What names should you never name a child?

@brettbum (304)
United States
November 19, 2006 3:36pm CST
This is going to vary from culture to culture around the world, but What names should a child never be given? I'm writing a novel and I'm looking for name combinations that are just oh, so wrong! It can be first names that are wrong or first and last names that are wrong etc. I speak english along with a little French, Korean and extremely limited Mandarin. I'd love to here some examples of bad foreign names as well, but really need to get a good description of why its wrong due to my inability to speak many of the other languages of the world. (I have bad hearing and have a very hard time learning languages, but can pick up the reading and writing very quickly. My apologies if I haven't learned your language yet. Its not for a lack of interest but mostly do to a slight hearing disability.) thanks, Brett
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@gabby77 (142)
• United States
20 Nov 06
zachary.... i dont know why besides that would be my name as a boy and i think i would hate it.
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@brettbum (304)
• United States
20 Nov 06
My father tried to convince my mother to name me Macky or Zacky. He lost and they decided on Brett after the tv show Brett Maverick with James Garner. :)
@TiffanieC (827)
• United States
20 Nov 06
There was this guy who was a really good friend of my ex-fiances back in high school. His last name was Toff and said if he ever had a little boy he was going to name him Jack... Jack Toff. Man, I hope he never did that! Could you imagine???
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@brettbum (304)
• United States
20 Nov 06
ROFL, no I can't imagine that he would get away with that. Its one thing to want to name a kid something strange but to float that by your spouse and suceed . . .
• United States
19 Nov 06
Someone I had to call on my other job was named Rainy Showers. I had to hang up because I burst out laughing!
@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
I've been there. When I was in high school years ago I worked as a telemarketer and saw some crazy names. Unfortunately, I can't hardly remember any names now (curse of the telemarketer :) I've had a number of situations where the name was too crazy or got to tongue twisted and I had to bail from the call in a fit of tears laughing on the floor rolling, literally.
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@Kylalynn (1773)
• South Africa
19 Nov 06
I don't like the name Damien, for obvious reasons. I once had to write a ladies name down. I asked her her name, and she replied 'Mrs Proudlove'. I wrote down, 'Mrs Proud'. She replied 'No, Mrs Proudlove'. Yes, that's what I have put down, I politely replied. I thought she was calling me 'love'. Anyway, we had a good laugh!.
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@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
I'm sure Proudlove will show up in an Ian Flemming book or actually make it into a James Bond movie some day. That's pretty funny.
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@somechic (354)
• United States
19 Nov 06
I know a girl named Bleu Berry (Her first and middle names)..now why would a parent do that? I sometimes wonder what people are thinking!!
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@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
That's Great, I've never thought of a name like that, even with Hali Berry, which is close to Holly Berry. That's very descriptive and paints a good image as well. Fantastic!
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@amy0214 (1513)
• United States
19 Nov 06
A couple girls names that I would never give a baby are birtha and beaulah
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@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
Birtha or Bertha would definitely be high on the list and Beaulah Ball Breaker is definitely a famously bad name (from Porky's I think :)
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@Poison_Girl (4164)
• United States
19 Nov 06
RAIN!!! Ugh... talk about a stupid name... Oh... and Campbell or Cam (for short) uhh... Tina! Grr... haha
@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
Great!, I've got an army buddy named Sunshine which is kind of the antithesis of Rain I would not like Campbell either, Camm . . . . I dunno Tina probably wouldn't be high on my list, but I have known several great women named Tina. :)
• United States
19 Nov 06
I know a total *insert not nice name here* named Tina and that's why I picked it. LOL It's really not that bad of a name. It just has bad connotations.
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@Rebecky (166)
• United States
20 Nov 06
Ok, friend of a friend, of a friend claims to be a satanist. He and his girlfriend had a baby boy, and named him Lucifer.
@brettbum (304)
• United States
20 Nov 06
Maybe that is evil. Is it evil for a satanist to name their child Lucifer or is that considered good? Or does it maybe depend on the satanic church that you are a member of . . . The evil satanists and the good satanists may not see eye to horn.
@kiiizu (1901)
• Estonia
19 Nov 06
Some languages (German, Estonian, Finnish, Turkish) have letters that English hasn't, like ä, ö, ü (don't know, can you see them, a, o and u with two dots at the top). Estonian has õ also, an o with a wavy roof. And yet some Estonian parents want to be very original and give their child an international name and are using there those letters, to get an effect of English pronouncement in Estonian. For example Cärolain pro Caroline, Kätlin pro Cathleen etc. Awful, I think. I read once, some proud parents wanted to name their child Boney M (about 20 years ago). Unfortunately I don't know, was it a boy or a girl. And once I met a small boy, whose name was Amon Re.
@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
That's a great point and I can see the dots above the U My name is Bumeter and when I look back at the spelling of the last name on the census reports from the 1800's its spelled with Büemeter or Bümeter. I think maybe the children of my Great Great Grandparents may have responded to the census request and maybe didn't know for sure how to spell the name coming from German to English and settled for something easy to Americanize the name or something. I bet that small boy named Amon Re was quite a character! lol
• Canada
19 Nov 06
Christina,Damian, Lucifer, Chester. I would never pick them names, I would never pick Damian or Lucifer because they are evil names , Christina and Chester are just names i'd never choose.
@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
You would have to think your child was the anti-christ or something to give them an evil name. I'd definitely stay away from Chester. It might have worked in the victorian age or something, but sounds rather ludicrous now. some names don't age well. John gets recycled notoriously in the west, but some names they only last 20-50 years before they sound craaaazzzy!
@cielo05 (597)
• Philippines
19 Nov 06
car names like toyota,hyundai,honda,bmw,kia pride.....
@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
Great point, not to mention car model names, like Mustang, Chevette, Taurus,Edzel,Charger,Prius,RangeRover,or Jeep!
• United States
19 Nov 06
For a boy== Sue....LOL
@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
I bet that is probably written in stone somewhere by now. Thank you JC -Johnny Cash not the other one.
@brurib (1529)
• United States
19 Nov 06
i never cal him diogo
@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
It doesn't sound good. Does it mean something? I may be missing something with Diogo . . .
@chance00 (3333)
• United States
19 Nov 06
I think porgy is horrible.I know a girl who was named after the play Porgy and Bess
@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
Woah! Stop the presses. That is definitely a horrible name and a pretty bad combination as well. Holy smokes, naming your kid Porgy, That's just mean!
• United States
19 Nov 06
dont name them basturd.... thats usually the nickname you tag them with later in life.... just a tip!!
@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
True That! There's even a series of Books titled "The Basturd"I wonder if anyone has every short circuited the process and named their kid Basturd? I wonder if they were literally a Basturd or of they literally acted like one?;o
@burgoonster (3767)
• Canada
19 Nov 06
Apple
@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
Yeah that's kind of a funny one even if its a last name like Fionna Apple. Not to mention, The Beatles might take you to court for Trademark violations! (see Apple Computer v. Apple Corps)
• United States
19 Nov 06
i don't like the name Anna
@brettbum (304)
• United States
19 Nov 06
I have an Aunt named Anna and my Great Grandmothers were named Anna, but its not very modern any longer. Is there a new slang reason why Anna would be bad?
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