We hate to categorize any baby names in something like “the worst baby names of 2012,” because chances are, some baby with a name we’ve deemed the worst will end up making it work. What do you consider the criteria for a name to end on the “worst” list? Names that some can’t imagine on a birth certificate are sometimes the name some families are set on. Who are we to judge? However, some names just really seem difficult to accept as an average name. What will going to school be like for these kids? Worst case scenario, they can always pick an average nickname!
During a time where pop culture references and media influence us more than ever, it’s no wonder to hear names of popular movie characters being called out across the playground. It’s usually the most popular movies that we see cross over from the big screen into our own culture, but what about the movies that were flops? Some releases don’t have what it takes to survive the spotlight and disappear just as quickly as they came. Here is a list of names from some of the lowest rated movies in 2012, and the names we think would have been an improvement!
Jamie, That’s My Boy
Suggestion – Julian (Greek): The child of love; One who is youthful
Morty, One for the Money
Suggestion – Mateo (Hebrew): Gift of god
Suggestion – Oliver (Latin): From the olive tree
Mary, That’s My Boy
Suggestion – Marley (English): One of the marshy meadow
Stephanie, One for the Money
Suggestion – Shea (Gaelic/Irish): Of admirable character/ From the fair palace
Suggestion – Celia (Latin): Heaven; Blind
Trying to decide what to name your baby doesn’t just depend on how it sounds with the family name and how it looks on paper. Studies show that a person’s name can affect self-esteem and relationship opportunities, and can even correlate with less education and the decision to smoke later in life. This Huffington Post article quotes Chandler from an episode of Friends saying, “I have a horrible horrible name…this name has been holding me back my entire life. It’s probably why kids picked on me in school and why I never do well with women.”
So, maybe if Chandler is at the top of your list, you might want to reconsider. Here are some other suggestions for baby names that will give your son or daughter a positive start!
Ethan (Hebrew): Strong; Consistency
Daniel (Hebrew): God is my judge
Christopher (English): He who holds Christ in his heart
Sean (Irish): Variant of John; Gift from god
Laura (English): The laurel tree or sweet bay tree symbolic of honor and victory
Elizabeth (English): My god is bountiful; God of plenty
Lindsay (Scottish): From the island of the lime tree
Chelsea (English): Seaport
Your commitment to your baby starts before he or she is even born. Health, a comfortable living space, and the name your son or daughter will be known by for the rest of his or her life are just a few things to keep in mind during a pregnancy. No pressure. Some names sound perfect to you for weeks at a time, and then one day you’re wondering how you could have even considered such a name. Maybe you’ve decided on a name for sure, but then hear it called over a loud speaker and cringe at the possibility. We’ve all witnessed name catastrophes—you’d be surprised at how many Voldermorts will come across class lists these days. Check out these names that won’t land your child on news or Internet pages because of their name.
Jack (English): Form of John, meaning “god is gracious”
Dylan (Welsh): Son of the sea
Connor (Gaelic): A wolf lover
Logan (Gaelic): From the little hollow
Madison (English): Daughter of a mighty warrior
Anna (Latin): A woman graced with god’s favor
Grace (Hebrew): Having god’s favor, in mythology, the Graces were the personification of beauty, charm and grace
Chloe (Greek): A flourishing woman; Blooming
If you think the best name for your child is 25 characters long and spelled much different than the original form of the same name, reconsider your decision for the sake of your child. February 13th is National Get a Different Name Day and you better believe your child will try—especially if they catch wind of a day in honor of changing their name.
Here are some names you may want to avoid when choosing the perfect baby name for your soon-to-be. Just take it from the celebrities who have already gone down the path of ‘worst baby names of all time.’
Buddy Bear Maurice (Jamie Oliver)
Jermajesty (Jermaine Jackson)
Kyd (David Duchovny and Tea Leon)
Pilot Inspektor (Beth Riesgraf and Jason Lee)
Bluebell Madonna (Spice Girl Geri Halliwell)
Calico (Alice Cooper)
Clementine Jane (Ethan Hawke and Ryan Shawhughes)
Kal-El Coppola (Nicolas Cage)