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#1 meg


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Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:53 PM

<H1 class=headline>I found this article today, I was a bit surprised by some of the results. What do you think?

Most hated baby names: Is your kid's on the list?</H1>

[img]http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/GMAvAhuyCFC18gFDrd2kTw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTE5MA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en-US/blogs/partner/pois7b5g081b30k.jpg[/img]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:


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


  • Jayden
  • Brayden
  • Aiden
  • Kaden (these rhyming names struck many as overdone, Wattenberg reported)
  • Hunter (too much like a last name or "too violent")
  • Hayden
  • Bentley (people dislike brand-name names, Wattenberg found, calling them "trashy")
  • Tristan
  • Michael (too boring, according to some)
  • Jackson

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:59 AM

Only one of my names is on there but with the last name being fight. I tyinka violet conotation is a little too late.

Hunter Fight.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:07 PM

Wow....Interesting to read. I have to say there are a few names on here that I hate, but I won't say which ones for fear of offending some:) However, some of my favorite names also made the list: Hayden, Tristan.

I found it really interesting that her research found out that people really hate 'trendy' names. How in the world did they become so trendy if we all hate them?

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 10:34 PM

Hunter and Tristan are on my boys lists :)

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:28 PM

I love Tristan!

Michael is on my middle name lists for boys, it's Nathan's grandfathers names. IDC if people think it's boring!

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