18 Unfortunate Baby Name Choices People Came Across In Real Life

Kasia Mikolajczak
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When you give a child a name, it's usually related to either something you really like or a family connection. Sometimes parents choose a particular one because of its meaning. But what about all those unusual, and shall we say, weird names?

Celebrities are notorious for giving their offspring those types of monikers. How can you forget Saint, Blue Ivy, or Bear? Well, I guess regular people are taking a page from celebrities' playbooks because they, too, are coming up with questionable names for their kids. A recent Reddit thread asked, "What horrible, ridiculous names have you heard parents choose to call their children?" and the answers were quite interesting.

These Edgy Ones

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"An ex had friends who named their kids Haight and Rayge (hate and rage). Good luck kids."

Oh my goodness, can you imagine being stuck with those names, haha? I feel for those kids. First of all, you have to explain how to pronounce them and then put up with weird looks, no?

When Your Parents Give Up

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"My neighbor was the 12th kid. His parents named him Twelver. That’s gotta be the worst I’ve ever seen."

Wow! I guess this is what happens when your parents give up. Instead of picking a regular name, they just figured, "Why not?"

This Odd Choice

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"Had a little boy in my program named Rowdy. Eh... kind of rednecky but, whatever. Then I found out his older brother is named Howdy! WTF? Found out later that the older boy's legal name is Howard. That's less ridiculous, at least."

This Weird Connection

Star Wars
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I work at a college and often go through the new applications to process them, I've seen all kinds. Most ridiculous name I've seen thus far though: Starscream Anakin as his first and middle names. He has a normal last name. When I first saw it, I was certain that it was a kid [messing] with our application system. Then I met him in person, and he showed me his ID. His name is legally Starscream Anakin. I get the Anakin part, but of all the Transformers to name your kid after, why on Earth make it Starscream?"

Hmm, that's not a good combination, huh?

This Lazy One

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"I went to high school with a guy named John John John. Yes, his first name, middle name, and last name were all 'John.' This was not in Texas, BC, or Ohio, so there are at least several parents who inflicted the same name on their kids. He was a nice enough guy and owned it. He did sometimes sign his name John3."

I mean, WTF?

This Rich Name

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"Some friends of mine in high school knew a girl named Cash Money. Met her once and she said her name with some made-up accent."

I hope she's able to live up to that moniker and makes a ton load of money, ha, ha.

This Religious Connection

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"Christgift, Christwill and Christgood all siblings. Bless their hearts."

Yikes! I guess Saint doesn't look as bad now, huh? I think I'll rather have that, ha, ha. I wonder how those kids feel about their very specific names. What do you think?

This Elvis Fan

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"Heard a lady yell at her kid, 'Graceland Tennessee stop running around!'"

I'm assuming the parents are Elvis fans otherwise this kid's name wouldn't make any sense. But still, would you do that to your child? I don't think so.

This Confusing Name

Amy Schumer confused

"I worked with someone named Baby. Before I knew her I saw an email that started with 'Hey Baby' (she and I were on the same email distribution list) and I thought 'Uh I guess this guy didn’t do the mandatory annual anti-sexual harassment training?' I couldn’t believe it when I realized that was her actual name."

So how do you know if somebody is calling her by her name or being too forward?

This Funny One

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"My friend went to high school with Richard Noggin. Dick. Noggin. Duuuuuuude."

Ha, ha, I can't stop laughing at that one. The fact that the parents don't think about stuff like this is totally baffling to me. Ah, those poor kids.

This Very Specific Pronunciation

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"Had a boy in our school named Avonté. Pronounced Avont. Mother insisted the accent made the 'e' silent. She would come completely unglued when anyone said his name wrong. Lady, that’s 'Avontay.'"

Wow, take it easy there.

This Heavenly One

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"Nevaeh. It's heaven backward. Anyone that tells you their daughter is named Nevaeh will also tell you that it's heaven spelled backward. Every time."

I guess this name isn't as original as the parents thought, huh? Word got around.

This Passionate Choice

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"Wednesday Passion. That was a little girl I used to babysit."

"Named after her conception, I see," another Reddit user commented.

Okay, I don't know about you but if that's true then that's a little TMI for me. Keep it a secret. We don't need to know the details.

This Flip Side

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"On the flip side, my mom teaches a student named Natas, which is Satan backward. Ironically enough he is the sweetest, nicest, most well-behaved kid."

Oh, my goodness, I hope nobody realizes that. Why would his parents do that? I don't get that?

This Weird Spelling

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"The neighbor of my dad's ex had a son and daughter called Blaiyz (blaze) and Ainjayl (angel). I don't understand the strange spelling."

Isn't it funny when parents insist on some odd spelling of their kids' names? It's like they're already weird, so why are you making them look even weirder?

This Powerful Move

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"One of my co worker's last names is Rising. Please welcome to the world his baby daughter Valkyrie Rising! I'll admit, it's [really] cool. I don't recall the middle name but it was normal like Renee or something."

That is quite cool, huh?

This Gangsta Rap

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Unsplash | 金 运

My aunt was a midwife and once had the mother of triplets want to name her kids 'Gangster,' 'Gangsta' and 'Money.'"

Come on now! If that's not just showing off how much you value money and gangsters, then I don't know what is, ha, ha. Leave those kids alone. Am I right?

This Power Couple

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"My mother is a genealogist and discovered that my great great great something grandparents were named Lettuce and Nimrod. A power couple."

However the user updated their post, writing:

"Update: I spoke with my mom and she said that her name was Lettice with an 'i' so y’all were right. And it probably wasn’t pronounced 'lettuce' like I imagined but rather 'Latitia' or something. They were married around the 1840s! The joys of genealogy!"

Ah, haha! Can you imagine that? That is the funniest thing I've heard all day. And that's why I left the best for last.

Oh boy!

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I don't know about you, but I seriously question some parents' sanity when I hear what name they settled on giving their children. I mean, out of all the names out there, they pick the weirdest ones. Why? It's hard enough to be a kid these days but then to have to justify your name. No! That's not cool at all.