It’s that special time of year when I push my spell-checker to its absolute limit! That’s right; baby names are here, and a couple of weeks ahead of schedule, too! This is a big day for me, because it marks TEN YEARS of blogging awful baby names from southeast Idaho. (For more background, and the complete anthology, click here.)
Okay, let’s rip off this band-aid!
The Typical Drivel. Commonplace, yes, expected, yes, but don’t let that distract you from an important fact: They are still bad.
On a map
Burkely (and spelled wrong, to boot)
On a boat
Probably not too late to fix your spelling error on the birth certificate
McGyver (and his last name also begins with Mc)
And everyone’s favorite category –
Raiden Bayne Ryker
Raegan LaNeigh (“horse” in French)
The Absolute Worst Name This Year
Congrats, Jentry’s parents; you narrowly avoided this distinction, because along came JENTREIGH.
Some more categories, because why not?
Most intersectional name
McKynzlee. This name has everything: Multiple capitalizations. High scrabble value. “Mc” smeared onto the front end of an already made-up, then misspelled, name.
Worst real name
Rory Sanow (9 letters)
Jorian Barinov Tenorio Arruda McNeil (32 letters)
And three cheers for my favorite names this year! Not like there were a ton to choose from, but still. Well done, These Parents.
- For the first year ever, there is no Mix-N-Match category! Historically this is one of the most packed groupings, but this time there were so few names that fit the description that I just combined them with the Drivel category. Perhaps winds are shifting?? (But if those winds are blowing toward the WTF category, then no thanks.)
- Were there fewer truly awful names given this year, or are fewer parents choosing to advertise their bad taste in the newspaper, or am I just becoming desensitized?
- When sharing names in the comments, stick to first-hand accounts only. There are enough real bad names out there; no need to repeat urban legend.