Twitter, the source of all twits, did a hashtag on ugly baby names.
According to the brain trust that is the Twitterverse, these are 50 of the ugliest baby names out there:
Alan, Arthur, Barry, Bertha, Betty, Beverly, Billy, Blue ivy, Bruce, Chauncey, Cheryl, Clarence Dolores, Dorcas, Dreshawn, Edna, Edward, Elmer, Gene, Gertrude, Gretel, Gunther, Gus, Gwen, Helga, Howard, Jomiesha, La-a (Ladasha)…the dash isn’t silent, Luther, Marty, Mort, Myrtle, Nevaeh, Nigel, Percy, Phillip, Phyllis, Quanisha, Ronald, Rosie, Sally, Sausagea, Shaquetta, Shaneekwa, Stuart, Sue, Tyquasia, Uvula, Virgina, Ya’Tonya
Okay, some of those are hard to argue with (Sausagea? FFS). But some of the others like Billy, Gwen, and Alan?
But it does seem that more and more people are picking up on the celebrity trend to chose a different or unique baby name. For instance, here are some celebrity baby name highlights:
Kal-El (child of Nicholas Cage)
Pilot Inspektor (child of Jason Lee)
Fifi Trixibelle (child of Bob Geldorf and Paula Yates)
Apple (child of Gwyneth Paltrow)
Kyd (child of David Duchovny)
Sage Moonblood (son of Sylvester Stallone) – He should have called him ‘Adrian’. Then whenever he was calling her to come inside, the neighbours could have had a giggle.
Destry (child of Steven Spielberg)
Memphis Eve (child of Bono)
Moon Unit and Diva Thin Muffin (children of Frank Zappa)
Sometimes, you cannot help but think that celebrities only give their kids weird names to grab a headline.
In 2007, a Swedish couple tried to name their daughter Metallica (sad but true), and tax officials blocked the name as inappropriate. Later this was overturned on the basis that a Swedish person already had it as a middle name.
Why such focus on what is ultimately just a label? It is the personality behind the name that makes a person. A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but naming your daughter Rose does not stop her nappy changes from being a smelly event.
What do you think? What happened to traditional names? When did passing on family names to new generations become uncool? Why is giving your kid a name that will get them beat up at school the new fad? Would you give your child a, lets go with ‘trendy’ name?