If you’ve recently had a baby, are expecting or just have your future kids name locked down, you might want to hold off looking at this list. We don’t want to change your mind, we don’t want you to feel like the name your child has or will have is bad. You liked it. That is what matters. But we have stumbled across a list of the most hated baby names in America.
Laura Watenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby, conducted an ‘informal’ study to come up with the list of the 10 most hated boy and girl names out there. (If we made list of the most hated titles for a book we had to type, we might include Watenberg’s.)
According to Watenberg, who did not directly ask people for their hated baby names, ‘gender-bending’ names, trendy names and difficult to spell names seemed to annoy people the most. Watenberg got her list by scouring message boards of various websites to accumulate a list of 1,500 names.
So here is the list of the top 10 most hated baby names:
- 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)
- 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)
- Bertha (author’s note: duh!)
- Kaden (these rhyming names struck many as overdone, Wattenberg reported)
- Hunter (too much like a last name or “too violent”)
- Bentley (people dislike brand-name names, Wattenberg found, calling them “trashy”)
- Michael (too boring, according to some)