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Is your child's name on the hated baby name list?

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Do you agree with the list? 

What names just make you cringe?

If you already have your heart set on a name for your baby, you may want to stop reading now. If you couldn't care less what anyone else thinks and won't break into tears at the sight of seeing your future child's name on the 10 Most Hated Baby Name list, then proceed. I warn you, however, that it can be brutal to see one's choice sitting there after all the painstaking debate and devotion that go into choosing just the right name.

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The list comes from Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby. She conducted an "informal" study and came up with the list. In general she found people hate "gender-bending" names in which a masculine name becomes feminine -- like Addison or Madison.

As well, people despise trendy names ... though obviously not everyone does or they wouldn't be trendy, right? Also on the list of hate are names that are difficult to spell (Kaitlyn) and those that are similar versions of other names (Jayden, Brayden, and Kayden).

Here's the full list (with notes from Live Science) ... brace yourself:


  1. Nevaeh ("heaven" spelled backward and one of the most divisive names around, according to Wattenberg)
  2. Destiny (people dislike names that confer a virtue onto a child, Wattenberg said -- and many associated this name with exotic dancers)
  3. Madison
  4. Mackenzie
  5. McKenna
  6. Addison (an example of a masculine named turned feminine, which many people dislike, Wattenberg said)
  7. Gertrude (people said this name is "ugly")
  8. Kaitlyn (for its "made-up" spelling)
  9. Makayla
  10. Bertha (author's note: duh!)


  1. Jayden
  2. Brayden
  3. Aiden
  4. Kaden (these rhyming names struck many as overdone, Wattenberg reported)
  5. Hunter (too much like a last name or "too violent")
  6. Hayden
  7. Bentley (people dislike brand-name names, Wattenberg found, calling them "trashy")
  8. Tristan
  9. Michael (too boring, according to some)
  10. Jackson

I'm surprised to see some of them there -- especially Michael, and Kaitlyn doesn't seem that strangely spelled to me. But some of them, yeah ... "Bentley," really?

Still, if you love a name, it's your baby, and you get to decide. Don't let the haters color your opinion of a name you love ... just know that your child may be among those who hate it too.

by on Apr. 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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by Andie on Apr. 30, 2012 at 9:40 AM
Quoting nuclear_sugar:

Mine did not make the list, although one of them has become a "gender-bended" name. I have a Wesley Eli (NOT an Elijah...those are everywhere in my area) and a James Harper. Harper has become a popular girl's name recently (thanks, Posh Spice), but my Harper is using the name as it was intended, since he's all boy.

What people hate about my kids' names is that they both go by their middle names...Eli and Harper. But this is an old Southern tradition followed by many of the men in my family.

My first two children go by their middle names. My youngest goes by her first and middle. A double name. You have to have at least one double name in a southern family. :-P
by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 9:43 AM
My kids do not have those names :)
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by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM
Nope. My daughter is not on the list!
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by Bronze Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:40 PM
Nope my kiddo's name is Danica
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by Silver Member on Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I'm not a fan of Gertrude, Makayla or Bertha from the girls list.

I actually like every single name on the boys list. 

I think it's so silly.  I mean you put Michael on there cause it's too boring, but why isn't Jennifer on the list.  Or Emily which EVERY girl is named right now?  It seems totally random.  And Destiny is a strippers name, but why isn't Candy on the list?  That sounds like a stripper to me. 

Neither of my kids are on the list ... and I think they are both fairly common names.  I gotta laugh because some of the responses from people who didn't like those names mentioned their kids names, and they were terrible (IMO)!  Different strokes I suppose!

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