Friday, April 15, 2011

NAMES 2010!

On Wednesday, I met my parents on St Maarten. It was fantastic, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about, is it? I only bring it up now because my mom hand-delivered me this year’s baby names newspaper insert! On an island in the Caribbean that they cruised to, that’s next to the one I live on! My life is weird.

To those who are new to the blog, there’s a town called Rexburg, Idaho. I used to live there, and my parents still do. Rexburgites give their children the most horrible names (it’s a Utah/Idaho thing, as many of you already know). Each year at the end of March, the newspaper prints an insert showing off all the children that were born the previous year in the Madison Memorial Hospital, or at least the ones whose parents love them enough to pay the thirty dollars for the ad, and I look forward to it more than is probably healthy. This is my fourth year of posting the best of the worst to my blog for your entertainment. (See previous installments here, here, and here).

Let’s kick things off with the ever-popular Mix-N-Match category. Put a variety of first syllable options in one jar (the more Y’s the better!), and second syllable options in another jar, then pick two, stick them together, and name your kid that. Come on….everyone else is doing it:

Taivry
Zayden
Tamsyn (See comments)
Brailee
Emree
Tinley
Brenly
Treyton
Draidyn
Taysom
Maely
Breklyn
Tayzlee
And SEVEN Brinley/Brinlee/Brynlee/BrynLees

Next, the Sound-it-Outs. Phonetic spelling at its worst:

Autum
Trinidy
Kenadi
Jesee (shudder)
Cassydi
Addee
Dakoda
Madysin
Paityn (there were two of these, with this same spelling, ON THE SAME PAGE. How is that even possible?)
Rhyley

Invasion of the K's:
Kaibree
Kinzlee
Kysen
Kaislyn
Kaycen
Kynlee
Khloe (THERE WERE THREEEEE! One was 'Khloe Jazzlene')
Kasen
Kaelee
Kaydence
Kaydee
Kyler
Kooper (two!)

He's going to be a cowboy whether he wants to or not:
Blake Stetson

Possible misspelling of a branch of the military:
Amry

Possible tribute to an alma mater:
Devry

His mom's a 'Bachelor' fan:
Kipton

the "What the EFF???'s"
Qwayde
Klair
Blyss
Naveyah
Ledger
Vestal
Chyloh (I honestly stared at this for five seconds before realizing it’s supposed to be like Shiloh…I think?)
Treygon (2!)
Ridge
Payzlee
Lyrik
Riggin
Kham K (??)

Aaaaand the Worst Name of All:
Deizel. DEIZEL. A type of gasoline, misspelled in more than one way, only one of which I believe was intentional.



Discussion:

Point 1: I felt that there were less – key word LESS - totally wacko names this year (anyone remember poor little Crymson Rayne? Or Triton Duke?), or maybe I’m just becoming desensitized. But it seemed to me like some of those sorts of names were replaced by more K names, more Braxtens, more Eastons, more Oakleys, and more Rykers. I didn’t include these in my lists because they are names that have been in previous installments that I’ve already discussed and have come to expect. There was, however, a RyKer. Didn’t expect that.

Point 2: A note on that Naveyah. The AWFUL name “Nevaeh” (‘heaven’ spelled backward) has been gaining popularity for the past few years, and to take an already made-up name then misspell it seems like a sin.

Point 3: While perusing this year’s announcements (particularly when I ran across TWO Treygons, a name that cropped up two years ago), I made the realization that there MUST be expecting parents in Rexburg sorting through these names for a very different reason – IDEAS (or ‘idizz’, as they would say it). Which just doesn’t seem right. If you’re going to give your kid a made-up name, you can’t just use someone ELSE’S made-up name!! That’s like DOUBLE cheating!


kxthbai

182 comments:

  1. I love, love, love you for this.
    Aunt Mearyaannn

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  2. The only way to stop this problem is for the newspaper to stop printing it. I'm sure parents in Rexburg, without internet, are scouring this list annually looking for hot new names.

    This list is legitimately where dreams go to die. Can you imagine trying to make it in any professional field with the name: Lyrik or Vestal. Ain't gonna happen. Giving a kid many of these names is like giving them a neck tattoo on the way out the womb... their guaranteed to end up either a) a bartender, b) a burned out athlete, or c) a DJ.

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  3. Is it too late to change my child's name to RyDer???

    P.S. You're wrong--the names are still out-of-control crazy

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  4. Bravo. I was hoping you'd do this again. The names are just as hilarious and terrible as ever!

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  5. I would appreciate you removing the name Vestal from your post. I don't want it to get too popular before I have children. I've been saving it for my first born. Boy or girl.

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  6. I look forward to this post every year.. Still blows my mind. Two of the worst names I've come across since your last post-- as in, I know their parents-- Riglee and Ryatt. Those poor little babes.

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  7. hilarious!

    -Tawnjia (just kidding, it's just plain regular old Tonya...)

    I actually took a lot of flak recently for posting about odd name spellings - I still say it's akin to child abuse in some cases!

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  8. Tamsyn is actually a pretty popular name in England and Australia. Not a favorite of mine, but still.

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  9. Are you kidding me? This is NUTS. Although, we do have a little cousin named Trager. YES, Tray-Ger. The mom wanted to name him Tray but the dad felt that was a little too...feminine, so he added the GRRRRR sound at the end to make it manly. What are these people THINKING????

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  10. This list makes me want to cry. Then again, I just forwarded it to my wife and now all the "bad" names I've suggested will look fantastic in light of this list.

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  11. Thank you for being related to me.

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  12. What do you want to bet that the kindergarten class will have multiple Peightyns and Khloes, and "Mary" or "Jane" will have the truly unique names?

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  13. I like your Aunt LOVE YOU FOR THIS TOO!!!!

    Oh boy, Where have you been since 1996 when I have been keeping lists of hella horrible made up Utah baby names. One of the reasons I worked at Fuddruckers in Provo was to make it a point of asking every child there name and later on adding it to my list! Here are a few of my favs'

    Thank you for putting all of this together. My husband will die when I show him. In fact he actually get ANGRY when I tell him the names! We too have discussed how the actual conversation goes on coming up with a name.


    ALL TIME WorSt JATHAN!!! if this baby isn't gay by 6 months give it until 7 months and he surely will be.

    So...
    Jathan
    Liston
    Grunner
    Runner
    Cage
    Race
    Pacific (girl)
    Wellington (girl)
    Thompson(girl)
    Zzyxx
    Bread
    Locke
    Misty Breeze
    Stormy Rain
    Tolker
    Jexton Teg
    Caehl
    I know a Diesel (so stupid)
    I do know a "Seven" also.
    Ryker is a sin

    I will be back. And often.

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    1. My brother's name is Rhyker... He is over 20 yrs old. So it has been around for a while.

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  14. WHY?! WHY ARE PEOPLE DOING THIS TO THEIR CHILDREN??? Something must be done. For the children.

    Using wacked-up spelling like "Cassydi" doesn't make your child unique. It makes your child the daughter of idiots.

    Come on people.

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  15. I totally lurked onto this site but have to share one of my favorites from my son's preschool class: Galligrr. Yes. As in, that's how a tiger would pronounce it. It's really spelled that way.

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  16. Yeah there was a little boy named Diesel at the park the other day. It made me think about noxious fumes every time his mom said it.

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  17. THANK YOU!
    I was just sent this by a friend, who KNEW I needed to see this!
    I just spent 2 years in Pocatello as a TV reporter, and couldn't beleive the names that came out of there?!? What are parents thinking!!?? I was actually working on a report about the "you-neek names" when, alas, I got laid off. But holy cow, you hit the nail on the head. Brilliant. I shall be forwarding.
    -lauren (withOUT a y)
    www.laurenruthie.blogspot.com

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  18. My friend posted this on FB and I realized I never paid attention to the baby names when I was living in Rexburg. And my friend did name her oldest daughter (born at Madison Memorial) "Madison" - which I thought interesting when that happened 10 years ago. Funny how 'Madison' is still popular.
    Why do parents make up names when they want a unique name? Why don't they just find 'old-fashioned' names and then see where it comes up on the Social Security Name popularity site?
    Alas.... that is not to be.
    I honestly think that all the Idaho/Utah parents are trying to be cool inner-city parents who give their kids unique names, like Javon, Taneka or Taresha, etc.

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  19. Ok this is hilarious/ridiculous. Treygon??? REALLY? Vestal?!?!

    I am officially naming my kid Bob.

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  20. I live in the 'burg and have to suffer with these names around me everyday. It is so great to see someone who shares my sentiments
    -Alex. Just Alex.

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  21. The word verification is actually often a great name. Case in point: Rumplesc (it's like a real take on Rumplestilskin or something). Imagine working in a hospital with a ward full of misfit names. "So is this the name of the child or the medication?"

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  22. I am Lianna's old bff from Boise and read your blog all the time. Now that you are moving, how will I stay current on her life?! :)
    LOVE this series. Keep it up!

    And I blogged it on my blog. Had to share.

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  23. We knew three brothers named Axle, Gear and Gage. Poor kids....always worried what they would name a daughter if they ever had one...

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    1. The only thing I think when I read this is that their next kid is gonna be Stickshift or Accelerator.

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    2. Thank you for the ideas. We have a son named Diesel, and if/when we have another boy we like Axle, but we couldn't come up with a third boy's name. We really like Gage or Accelerator. As for girls... possibly Bentley. Daddy's a mechanic. We can't help ourselves.

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    3. My son's name is Gage. Its a great name!

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    4. My son's name is Gage. Its a great name!

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  24. It never ceases to amaze me how selfish parents can be, and how many truly hate these beautiful little babies. These poor kids/teenagers/adults are going to have to spend their entire lives spelling/explaining/justifying why they were saddled with such stupid names.

    I think payback should be what the child decides to have inscribed on the parent's tombstone. Revenge!

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  25. I live down in Texas where babies have real yawners like Andrew and Grace. I so miss Utah/Idaho for the horrible awesomeness of baby names.

    P.S. I have to point out that Tamsin/Tamsyn is a very traditional English name even if it sounds cheesy and kre8ive.

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  26. I heart you in a way you cannot know. My sister and I, both recent Utah transplants from back East, have noticed these strange name trends here and have laughed until we've peed. But we've both lost touch with the most recent additions, so this blog post is a treasure trove for us. THANK YOU!!!

    p.s. There is a kid in my daughter's kindergarten class here in Utah who is named, I kid you not, R2. Yes. It is real.

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  27. I really wish you would scan the original article because I CAN NOT BELIEVE these names are true. I can't imagine that real people are picking these names for real human babies.

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  28. Hahaha! I want unique names for my kids, too, but I'm already scared by the classmates of my preschooler: Tsebay, Oisin, Anais, KC, to name a few. (I'm sure they all mean something...meaningful). I don't live in UT or ID but I DID grow up in the Burg. Toooo funnneeee!

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    1. Funny enough, Oisin (oh-SHEEN) is a common Irish name, and Anaïs (AH-nah-EECE) is a common French name. You must live in a very multicultural area.
      No clue on the others.

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  29. Thanks for all the the comments, everyone! 30, and so far not any I've had to delete due to foul, pervasive language! (Those ones are obviously from disgruntled parents of Payzlees and Adicynes disguised as "Anonymous").

    It seems like every year one sneaks onto my list that is a legitimate name. Once it was Taggart (but can you blame me on that one?), last year it was Raleigh, and this time I concede regarding Tamsin/yn.

    Carry on.

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    1. Haha.... Funnily enough, I have a daughter named Raleigh.

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  30. Well done, thou good and faithful name snob. I am proud to call you my daughter.

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  31. I actually know the person who named their kid Deizel..

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  32. There is a great naming book called "Beyond Jennifer and Jason, Madison and Montana." It's a really entertaining book. I would love to see them get a hold of this list.

    Great post. Thanks for the laugh.

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  33. My husband and I talk about this all the time. It makes us sick that there are so many crazy baby names out there.

    For the record it isn't a Utah/Idaho thing to give your kids weird names. Just the other day I saw a lady's post about naming her unborn son Captain or Tiger. She doesn't live in either of those states. And the movie Baby Mama makes fun of New Yorkers giving their babies strange names like Wingspan and Banjo! It a nation wide epidemic.

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  34. Obviously you don't realize that the rash of Rykers comes from Star Trek- The Next Generation. As does the recently popular Kira. As an official treckie I will accept those two.

    But the rest? GCXSPLT! (Hey! THERE'S a new name!)(It's the sound of vomiting)

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  35. Question...I know someone who named her son Zander and is going to name the baby she is going to have Zoey. Is it just me or are those names ugly??

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  36. However you feel about them, at least they're legitimate. I'd rather see a precious baby boy named Angus over a precious baby boy named Bread.

    (Bread!!!!)

    My brother-in-law told me today of two young brothers named Turtle and Swish.

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    1. (I realize this is an old post. I just stubbed across it.)
      I was tolerating most of these unique names to some degree... but then... Turtle and Swish. Oh dear. Why? Haha!

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  37. Ah. My favorite post of the year. On any blogge.

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  38. Oh, by the way, one of my old roommates - who I swear was mentally slow, except she was at a really good school, wanted to adopt a black boy and name him....


    nig'a

    I wish I was joking.

    I moved out the next week.

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  39. Should everyone stick to James, Michael, Susan, Mary? Just curious. I agree, there are some awful names out there. Now I am beginning to wonder about my kids names?!

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  40. You're hilarious. Totally twitted this.

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  41. I met a family who had three sons. Xander, Xane,and Xaden. I dont know about anyone else but I wasnt a big fan of the X theme.

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  42. This is awesome. I've had so many people do a double take when they hear my child's normal name: Jack. Yes, JUST Jack. There are still normal people living in Rexburg

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  43. When my daughter was in preschool there was a little girl named Abcde. No joke. It was the first 5 letters of the alphabet!! They said it like Ab-see-dee. Dumb!!!!!

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    1. OMG! When my son was very young he learned that there are no spelling rules when it comes to names and decided he was going to name a son Abcde and pronounce it John. LOL

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  44. I bet Khloe Kardashian is responsible for the Khloes.

    And to anonymous up there: Anais is a very popular name in France.

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  45. After teaching first grade and seeing kids struggle to make phonetic sense of their OWN names I swore I would give my children more classic names. In fact, when my youngest was born the nurse actually thanked me for giving him a name she had heard of and could spell!

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  46. i, also, wanted to make note that it is not only utah and idaho. also, my son is named Axel, after his great grandfather. i loved this list though, i have been a hater of the made up names since all of the Brylee, shylee, kylee, braylee, shaylee, brynlyn epidemic in my city.

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  47. The worst part of the kids having these names are that the parents are going to get mad/irritated when you don't spell their child's name right.

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  48. You need to add a category called "straight to the stripper pole" for names like Pacific or Taisly

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  49. To Natalie Jane above--I'm partial to your name. It's what I named my daughter in 2006!

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  50. Is Anais pronounced Anus? Additionally, Ainsley (and all spelling variations of this name) is just too close to Anus for my liking as well. Shudder.

    Great post though. Gave me a hearty laugh. Thanks to "creatyve" parents for their truly entertaining name choices.

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    1. Anaïs is a French name (feminine), pronounced AH-nah-EECE. Anaïs Nin is the most famous bearer of the name, a famous author. She said such things as "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." I'd suggest reading some of her work!

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  51. I WANT THIS POST TO BE A LIE. PLEASE?!

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  52. Although I was in awe as I read through this list, I can't help but feel like I've just found the group of people who ridiculed kids when they were young and are now raising their children to chide those who had overly "creative" parents. This gives me a pit in my stomach.

    I really hope we can all grin at this list and then remember that these will be our children's peers and our attitudes and seemingly harmless ridicule may result in generational bullying or hostility.

    Please love your neighbor -- even if their name doesn't follow your phonetic palette.

    PS - My kids have relatively normal names....I'm hoping to defend those who have no voice on this blog.

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    1. I thank you, as a parent who's childs name made this aweful list.

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  53. I happen to know Lyrik. Mom from the bronx. Dad from Utah. Really cute little kid :) --- that is.. unless there were two lyriks with different spelling

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  54. Wonderful post, even if these hidjust letter combynnations are now seared into my brain for life. (Make it stop!)

    So... if "Naveyah" is a derivative of "heaven" spelled backwards, what are we to make of "Riggin"?

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  55. BTW @jonnyj "Is this the name of the child or the medication?": I bow to you.

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  56. haha that is too funny.
    I want to give my kids semi-original names but nothing this horrendous.

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  57. Precious. Just precious. What is WRONG with people!?

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  58. Thanks for all of the great ideas for baby names! I will definitely be referring to this list when brainstorming for my little munchkins!

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  59. On twitter there's the hashtag (trending topic) #nayme that pays tribute to truly horrific name choices. My friend in Roosevelt, UT goes through the birth notices weekly and posts the more offensive ones. My brother and his wife recently substituted a "y" for the perfectly serviceable "i" in Ellison and part of me died that day. I blame the small Utah town they live in.

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    1. awesome! I am going to follow that for SHURE ;)

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  60. A couple in our neighborhood named their four sons, in honor of Star Wars: Talon, Liam, Jett, and Lake. Not kidding. I love her though so it is hard to be too critical. Side note. They are all REALLY small kids so they won't even be able to bust their ways out of it ;)

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  61. Your mom's comment cracked me up. I promise not to name my baby any of these.

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  62. oh my goodness.. i blame it on younger people who were encouraged (too much) to be way too creative in everything. i am a fan of the classic, originally spelled name. i also have had nurses thank me for not giving my child a cross to carry in life. (names: Lynn, Ashley, Peyton.) or maybe i am just terrible boring?

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  63. Our new niece is "Brinkley" - as in the DOG in You've Got Mail. The boy dog. And, oh wait for it, her parent-given nickname is "Brink." As in the home security system.

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  64. My son has a Draven and a Swayde in his class. Also all the normal names, spelled cre8tively. Shelti? What is that? Oh, also, on his soccer team, a Ryker (of course) and a Trapper. TRAPPER.

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  65. Those poor babies, what are parents thinking. I am all about being individual but really they are already going to have so much to deal with just being a kid now they have the names to cope with too.

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  66. @AtSmith, we aren't ridiculing the kids, we're ridiculing the parents, and rightly so. These kids will have a handicap throughout their life. If you don't believe me, watch what I do with your daughter Tayzlee's resume in 20 years. Just watch!

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  67. Uh oh. My son's name is River. Does that make me a loser parent, too? It's a little out there, yeah, but we love it.

    Whatever. We will just get him into MMA or something so no one messes with him.

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  68. These poor children having to learn how to spell their names! And what about the poor teachers!! "Um, honey your name isn't spelled Kaitlin, it's Kaeiytlyinnnnn!" j/k :)

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  69. Oh, man... Reading all these comments was just as rewarding as the post itself! (word verification........) As for the name epidemic of the 21st century? Seriously. What is wrong with some parents?!!

    My sister teaches high school in our small-ish city just south of Salt Lake, and literally had a student with her first name: Justa, middle name: Cowgirl. No, I'm not kidding. (Apparently all the kids have similar names.)

    I don't know why it makes me so unreasonably angry to watch people I know use a common enough name, then BUTCHER its spelling just to be "unique" or "cute". Barf.

    I'll definitely be checking in again, Jessie. Good times. :-)

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    1. I know those kids! The others are Brodeo and Arena Racer

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  70. way good stuff. way good. hahahhahahahahahahahah

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  71. I read baby-name rolls out of the newspaper for entertainment whenever I get a chance. I live in SE Idaho, used to live in UT, really some great material in those sections.

    I've been thanked by nurses for using normal names...spelled normally as well.

    In some European countries you have to name kids an approved name... http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/08/world/europe/08iht-danes.html

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  72. My cousin works in hospital in Cali.. She just took care of a little boy named prince and a little boy named facebook.... I'm totally for real!

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  73. This. Is. Awesome. You just made me really homesick for living in the Utah/Idaho name belt! Long live Vestal!

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  74. 2 sisters in NH...

    Starr Amber
    and
    Fire Fairy.


    I feel so bad for them!!

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  75. I always love a good laugh! The comments are almost as good as the original post. And is it just me or do several of the people who've posted comments have "creative" names themselves? Just saying...

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  76. Thanks for posting this! My sister forwarded it to me, because we talk about cursing children with bad names all the time. (and FYI, my children are Alex, Katie and Emma--named just before the HUGE Emma popularity explosion!). I grew up in Rexburg, and can attest to some pretty awful names, but sadly they live everywhere--I met someone who named their innocent baby daughter "ChewBecca". Yep.

    If you REALLY wanted to give your daughter a "unique" name that NO ONE else in her class has--use the favorites from the last 2 generations: Linda, Sandra, Brenda and Barbara OR Jenny, Becky, Wendy, and Amy.

    Thanks for discussing the monstrosity that is "Nevaeh"--Urgh! Right up there with "Angel" and "Chastity" in "Names to give your daughter if you want to be a grandparent at 28".

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  77. Oops--I forgot to mention that when we lived in SE Idaho, we knew some parents who obviously don't know the "if a word seems familiar, but you don't know for sure what it means--look it up before you use it for your child's name" rule name their daughter "Tyranny". Seriously.

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  79. Just discovered this wonderful post! Loved it and read all of the last three years as well as all of the comments for each of the four years. I couldn't get enough! I live in a large city in the midwest and teach at an exclusive private pre-school. Even though I have "loved" Utah/Idaho names for years (went to college in Utah for 4 years and lived there a few years after graduation), I feel the trend for creative names is now spreading. This year we had a Bliss born to a family at school and my favorite, a Prayrie--that's prairie, as in Little House on the....Please continue to keep us posted--I have missed hearing these!

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  80. I love this list each year! I may have found an even deeper gold mine here in the Midwest where I now live, though. My husband and I were rolling as we read names from my daughters elementary school year book the other day. A few highlights: Vern'Tarious, Broznin, Da'nessyah, Fanta'Ja...and the list goes on and on.

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  81. I love the sociological stories names tell . . . the ueber-white eighteen-year-old BYU-I dropouts with their Tridgers and Aaliviyahs (shoutout to 'Seriously, So Blessed!'), thinking their lives are so "way fun" and their kids are so "way cute."

    Have to tell you though, I had you pegged as a Mormon from the name of your URL! :D Swedish last names are a great tip-off, hee hee.

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  82. I've heard of a "La-a"

    That's right. It's pronounced "luh dash uh"

    I'm Mormon too and I've heard of some crazy stuff. How about Teancum, January, and Asher--in one family!! Some people are insane. The names aren't cute or trendy. They are dumb!
    I know a Jaxon too. eck.

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  83. Love this, but sadly, I don't think it's a new trend. My husband's family hails from SE Idaho and they are terrific, but their names are, well, not. Early on (before I had REALLY examined those genealogy charts) we decided to use all family names for our kids, mainly because we're indecisive and it narrowed the pool.

    So we got a Dalton, Nola, Lucy, and Jack (all names I like, though Dalton seems a little trendy in retrospect). Now we're stuck, because if we have any more kids we have to choose from DeVerle, Eldean, Velora, or Eudora.

    Guess we'll stop at four.

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  84. Here are a few more from Utah to add to your list:

    Glacia Falls
    Spring Waters
    Ryden
    Taden
    Ajiah (Pronounced Asia)
    Trinadee
    Aricka (Pronounced Erica but of course had to be spelled differently
    These two are at the top of my all time favorite horrible names list. Their parents had 11 children and on the last two apparently had a difficult time coming up with names. "Tenik" (He was number ten of course.) And Nevele (Eleven spelled backward.) AAAAHHHHH!!!!

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  85. By the way...I am also a teacher in Utah and I can't tell you how frustrating it is to get your classroom ready for the year. You put all the nametags in on the desks, on the art wall, on their folders etc. Then the cute little kids and their "creative" parents come to back to school night and inform you that you have misspelled their child's name multiple times. Never fails. I have AT LEAST 2 or 3 EVERY YEAR!!

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  86. If the kid's name is Khloe, the parents are fans of the Kardashians. Also, I read the 10 most hated names for boys and more than half of them rhymed with Aiden. (Caden, Hayden, Brayden, etc) and a lot of the most hated names for boys and girls happen to be the most popular too. Weird. Apparently there are 40+ names out there that rhyme with Aiden. I once met a 5 year old girl named Nirvana... but that was 15 years ago... names have gotten so out of control since then!

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  87. Anais Nin was a very famous French writer, so Anais isn't a made-up name, although it's probably not what I'd choose for an American kid who will hear it pronounced anus her whole life.

    I watched an episode of Sister Wives where they were talking about naming the next child Truely, and I really wanted to know if they were intentionally misspelling it.

    Payzlee! Love it. I'm in Washington state, and we have a lot of the rhyming Caden/Braydon/Jaden etc. going on here. We also have a lot of Norse mythological names - my kid goes to school with an Odin and a Loki.

    P.S. Key word FEWER.

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  88. I'm not sure how my friend Brooke came across your blog, but she shared it with me--specifically, she shared this post on crazy-A names. Because we just don't get it. The ridiculous spellings of otherwise kinda-cute names almost hurts me more than the made-up names. (I said almost.)

    One of my friends named her kid Daxton. Dax.ton. What the what is that all about anyway? I think I'd rather name my firstborn George than Daxton (or Braxton, for that matter), and I really don't care for the name George. Why do my Mormon cohorts have to be so crazy when it comes to naming their babies? Nothing says I hate you like naming a kid Chyloh. I was quite certain it was pronounced Chill-oh myself, for a minute there.)

    Pretty sure this post has won you another follower. Congratulations.

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  89. Knew a guy that threatened to name a daughter Chanda (pronounced Shanda). not too bad unless you add the last name Lear.

    perhaps the reason why they have yet to bring girls into the world. but I really hope he was just kidding.

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  90. My cousin named her son Maverick. He's either going to end up a pro ball player or in prison. Sigh.

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  91. My mom is a teacher in Georgia and it's just as bad there. It's torture the first month of school until she gets the names memorized. They get all offended when you pronouce their misspelled name wrong. Go figure.

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  92. I heard this name today and thought of your post.

    Get ready for it:

    Declan

    My husband thought it sounded like something that you'd buy to seal your deck.

    And just as another treat, we heard this name too: Daxton. Utah really is the capital of horrible names!

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    1. Declan is a very common name in Ireland, actually.

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  93. When I read the name Qwayde all i could hear in my head was the mutant from the movie Total Recall whispering "Qwayde, Qwayde, start the reactors." lol

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  94. Hi, really enjoying this post but just to clarify, the names Oisin and Declan are Irish names and have not been messed with, Declan is a saints name from the sixth century and Oisin is also an ancient gaelic name.

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  95. There's a reason for every child's name but some are pretty funny!

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  96. I know a Seven and a Ransom and a Diesel. And Diesel's parents told me they were thinking of naming their next boy Barracuda. I didn't know whether that was a joke or not and was too scared to ask.

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  97. OMGGGG. Thank you for pointing this out-

    *IDEAS (or ‘idizz’, as they would say it)*

    I live in Utah and I want to jump off a cliff every time I hear 'idizz'. WTH Is up with that?!!?

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  98. thank you for this. its the best thing ever.
    julie

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  99. I am a teacher, and each year when I see the names of my kids I envision the apocalypse. Delightfully, this year I have a Henry, a William, and a Sophia. However, I also have a Zaylee and a Hadley (Sookie Stackhouse reference). Hadley's brother is Dawson (also Sookie Stackhouse reference.

    Last year there were three Aidans. And two of them were Aidan S. So I had to start writing Aidan St. and Aidan Sc. Ridiculous.

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  100. Growing up I had a couple of female friends that were both named for the location in which they were conceived. Say hello to Tazmania and Phuket, or Taz and Pookie, as they preferred to be called. The real unfortunate part was on the first day of school when the unsuspecting teacher had to try and pronounce "Phuket", there was a lot of "F- fuh-um, I'm not sure how to pronounce this name..."

    Also, we liked to ask them when their new brother "Back-of-a-Buick" was due.

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    1. I know this is very late, but that part about pronouncing Phuket had me burst out!!!!!!!

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  101. I recently was talking to a friend who has a friend who is insisting that their baby boy be named Avery. So dad is insisting that the middle name be Danger. Avery Danger. Wow.t

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  102. Anais I've heard, it is pronounced Ana-ees. Here are some of my faves: Vanity (she's related to me. Super cool), siblings Prince, Princess, Precious, Perpetual (so not kidding!), and to Anon above--is your Abcde in AZ? I knew a girl who named her daughter that years ago. She proudly told me how she was stoned one day and while doodling the alphabet sounded those letters out and saved that "name" until she had her kid.

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  103. Anais is pronounced "Anneye" like "I lost "an eye" in a bar fight"

    And it's true that in some European countries, there is an approved list of names you can choose for your kids, because that's socialism. However, I've noticed each time I visit these countries, there are more and more kids with the same names because the list is limited. Plus, they're picking the really old fashioned names that (many) Americans might find ugly like Vera, Hilda, Arnold, Alfred, Bertha, Harold, Norman/a, Ethel, etc. It's been a little tough for me when someone has a baby and I ask the name (expecting something like Ingrid or Erik and they proudly say "Oh, this is baby NORMAN or Merle" *barfs*

    And Alison Wonderland...thanks for stealing my screen name I've had since 1993, spelled EXACTLY the same way. $10 says your kids are name Austin, Cason, Peyton and COPYCAT!

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    1. you're wrong! Anais is pronounced Ahnah-ees. In France, it'll have to dots on the i which tells you it's pronounced as a long i.

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    2. I'm European and I don't know which country you mean? All countries with lists like that have names on them like 'Tatjana, Suzzanna, Yuri, Anna, Vladivodskov'....or whatever weird COMMUNIST name, no 'Vera, Hilda or Norbert', those are more English names. Check your facts!

      And 'Alison Wonderland' isn't the most original screen name, get over it!
      A thousand bucks your children names are Whiny, Suckey, Stupid, Moron.

      PS. I love this list, and sorry for the snark!

      DuHleeSHatayotAVERa


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  104. Aaaaand number 108 is the first hateful (and delusional) comment! I can't believe we made it this far without any...it was a good run.

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  105. Hey wait a minute! I actually know a few kids named Declan of different ages, too far apart in age to be "trendy" and from very nice, well educated families whose other children have normal enough names like Alanna, Siobhan, Erin and Brody. So some names might be normal but ethnic names, I don't think it's fair to hate on those.

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  106. I agree. I try not to let any names that are actually names slip through my radar, regardless of my feelings for them (though, like I said above, there always seem to be ones that still do...oops). A few names have been mentioned in the comments that definitely are legitimate.

    I saw a Deklyn on a blog the other day, though. That would have made the list for sure.

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  107. And I thought the Midwest had some bad names! I had a kick looking through my Kindergartener's yearbook. Camaro was my fave. And a girl. Is that the joke where you name your kid after the place they were conceived?

    I agree with those who worry about the children's futures because I have been in a position to hire people. The names with apostrophes and hyphens always end up at the bottom of the list. Some of them are simply too misspelled and I wouldn't know who to ask for if I called them back. "Hello, is Jez'zamynnah there?" WTF?! That wouldn't fit on a nametag anyway!

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  108. TrollIng for baby names when I was pregnant I came across a set of twins... Morning Star and Evening Moon. I wondered if morning star was named for the sausage or for Lucifer...please people. Before you name your child something, Google it!

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  109. I am not a huge fan of way out there names or too crazy of spellings but my name is spelled different and I have loved it, and by the way. All of my daughters have different spellings except one and hers is the only name is is pronounced wrong!

    I think it is strange that a person with an untraditional spelling of a name would ridicule other parents choices in names. Jessie is not "traditionally" a girls name nor is it "traditionally" spelled Jessie. If you are going to pick on people for spelling their daughters name Jesee (or however they spelled it), you should not use your name on the blog, unless you are of course a man and your name is Jesse! Your name was probably an abomination to all those Pearls,Sarah's, and Abigail's that had "traditional" and "sensible" names. They probably thought those same things you are thinking about these parents.
    Again, I don't think parents should give them stupid names like the Abcd that was mentioned above, but just because a girl is named Katelyn instead of the original Caitlin does not make them bad parents or "poor" children.

    Thanks,
    Mandee (and I LOVE my name and I don't think my parents are stupid)

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  110. It's cute because it's so, so wrong.

    http://www.behindthename.com/php/search.php?nmd=n&terms=Jessie

    Also, say my parents had named me Jhessykah. That would mean I can't dislike made up names and misspellings? I don't get it. People don't name themselves. Certainly if I had a daughter named Payzlee you would have a legitimate point.

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  111. That Taggart you made fun of in 2008, that was literally my son. I was glad 2006 wasn't there to show my Aisley and we weren't around in 2010 for you to make fun of our Tripper.

    As I grew up I was always Jen C, Jenn C, Jenny C or Jennifer C (I was forced to wear a name tag through most of elementary) because there were so many Jennifer Christensen's in the world not to mention all the Jennifer something else's, Jenifer, Jeniffer, Genifer, Gennifer etc that plagued my growing up days (so even though my name was common I still have to always spell it).

    There were 22 baby girls born with my EXACT name (middle name included) on my EXACT birthday in my EXACT hosipital. Everytime I went to the library I had to specify my full name, parents names and then finally my full address before I could even check out my books! Forget about going to the bank or doctor's office, what a nightmare!

    I thought I'd be saved when I got married, seriously how many Ivie's are out there? Well there was a Jennifer Ivie that lived in my apt before me and all my mail got forwarded to her, she messed up my pell grants because of cars listed under her name and she was in the hospital giving birth at the same time as I did with my first 2 (if they hadn't been different sexes they'd probably been switched)!

    This would be exactly why people give their kids different names and if you go back in history you will find that at one time or another "insert any name here" was questionable or actually a name for the other gender it's used for now (Ashley, Lorin, Shirley...)

    You may think my kids names are 'funny' but there is absolutely nothing else that would fit them and I love them!

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  112. THANK YOU for this post. to all those parents who have a normal name and try to do better for their kids....don't. picture their stupid, misspelled, made up name on a resume. let their personality make them uneeq/uneek/uniq. its selfish to try and make yourself appear uniq and cre8tiv by giving someone else a stupid and crazy name. these names are a joke to everyone around you. i have a good friend who just named her kid something so stupid that it makes me wonder, how can we still be friends?? i'll keep my plain name thanks. family name or not. some words are not appropriate to be used as a name.

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  113. I used to live in Savannah, GA. One of the hospitals puts up the baby names of all the babies born that day at a very popular intersection. One of my favorite things was to get caught at the red light and text my sister the names. One of my favorites of all time Dy'mond.

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  114. "can you imagine sending your child into the work force with a name like vestal?"

    Yes. I don't care for the name particularly, but my aunt's name was Vestal. She made enough money to (most likely) buy and sell you. she made money from nothing, too. she had Grammy awards before her death a few years back. She was personal friends with a few former presidents.

    Just something to think about. I'd never name MY kid vestal. I like more common names. (although, vestal isn't in the "made up" category. It's old school.)

    We hear a lot of names in the media but glaze over them because the person's other traits or job sticks out more to us, and we just don't think how odd it is.

    Hello. "Wolf Blitzer", anyone??

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  115. I live in Pocatello and when we named our eldest "Jane", you wouldn't believe how many people tried to take that good old fashion name and add letters to it.

    So, do you spell it "Jayne?" Uh no. It's JANE.

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  116. A friend of mine just delivered twin girls. She named them Crimson and Clover. Poor dears.

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  117. I would appreciate you removing the name Vestal from your post. I don't want it to get too popular before I have children.

    Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again

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  118. My friend just named her baby Truxton. We just made the decision to stay here in Rexburg, and I'm rethinking it just because of her name choice.

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  119. Wow, I thought I was the only one who felt this way! I am from California where the odd names are Autumn and Summer. I'll always remember the girl at the preschool I used to work at(in Provo, ut) who was named Kaydee instead of Katie. Also, I know a girl from Utah who named her first two kids Grey Wether ( a girl) and Timber Wolf (a boy). She is now pregnant with her third and I am scared to find out what its name will be.

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  120. Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life.

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  121. Heather Elizabeth AsburyJanuary 15, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    A couple of these aren't so bad.

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  122. Just came across this from a friend's blog and ohhhh gosh. rexburg, you break my heart. my friend told me they were naming their kid either Bronx or Tenley. alright. the best one ever though?

    i worked at a daycare in Washington and we had a scrawny little blonde boy name Magnus. Magnus...really? you weigh like 20 lbs.

    oooooooh word verification is Liasel.so my next kid.

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  123. I didn't realize this was a localized thing - I thought it was a worldwide epidemic. I live in Idaho Falls. Glad to know the whole entire world hasn't gone bonkers. (Just my hometown and neighbors!)

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  124. Someone in the comments mentioned all the Aiden, Cayden, Hayden, Brayden, etc...

    My son's name is Hayden and I'd have to agree it is really annoying how many of these there are, and I DID my research! I only knew two Haydens when I chose the name, (a personal friend's child and actor Hayden Christensen). I looked at tons and tons of lists as my husband and I couldn't decide on a name and I was super nervous of choosing a bad name for my kid. NO WHERE on any of those lists did I see the name Aiden anywhere close the top, yet somehow it ended up as the number one name the year my son was born. It's really annoying, especially since the "H" isn't the easiest to hear so I always have to over-emphasize it and spell it out so people can understand what his name is. :(

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  125. Ha! Too freakin funny! My daughter Taivry happenes to be THE Taivry on your list! Born 2010 at Madison Memorial Hospital in good ole Rexburg Idaho and yes I put her in the paper! Glad she made it ......and at the top no less! Oh well, I LOVE it and as you pointed out.....it definitely is unique......be that good or bad in whoever's opinion.

    P.S. Just a little FYI she is named after one of my closest friends. (who's name is ShanTai)..... so not everything is ALWAYS as it seems. ;) Sometimes we do have reason's for our names....not always..... but sometimes. Oh and we named her sister Rhyelle.....so she'll be in the 2011 edition! Be ready for it! :) I'll expect her to be on the list as well or I will be severely disappointed now that I know there IS a list! Bwahahaha!!!

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  126. These were too funny! Thanks for the laugh. Having lived in Utah for 20+ years I've seen some interesting names. Shardean is one of the ones that still can make me both cringe and guffaw at the same time. An old childhood Mormon friend from AZ named 2 of her kids Shanda (F) and Taylin (M). A little bit of an eyebrow raise, but they seemed like nice kids.

    I have a first name that is very common for my age group. I couldn't walk down the hall at school and hear my name called without at least 10 other girls turning around and saying "what?". So I completely understand the desire to give your own kids names that are less common.

    My kids have "normal" names that are just a bit off the beaten path, not in the top 100. One of my girls is named Rachelle and it's funny -- a lot of people will read her name as Rachel. We figure they see the Rach, make an assumption, and just don't bother to keep reading the rest.

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  127. I don't know how I ended up on this post, but here I am, dying over the ridiculous names. What is with all these crazy UT/ID folks thinking these are acceptable names? For human beings? Their OFFSPRING! A girl I know (from WY, which is close enough to fall into the UT/ID category, I'm sure) just had a baby boy and named him Kreed. KREED! Why, why, why?!

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  128. Okay, after stumbling onto this post somehow, I've read through seriously like 20 of your posts. Girl, you are hilarious! You have made a fan of me :-) I love your sense of humor . . . I'm subscribed now so I don't miss a single hilarious morsel.

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  129. I think the reason many people dislike "creative" names is that it looks more about the parent trying to get attention for how "smart" or "creative" they are than it is about the poor kid who is now named Trigger.

    Bookmarked your site. BTW, my verification baby name is Onsweri. Don't you dare steal it! I'm saving it for my next boy!

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  130. I know a lady that named her twin girls Willow and Briar. Really? Such a bummer.

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  131. Mormons don't have a monopoly on crazy made up names.. I live in Atlanta and the majority of my patients (which are kids) have quite the names. You also get yelled at if you don't pronounce them right.. Here is a list I wrote down recently of just one day in the ER.
    Duretha, Ciherra, Cardarius, Tymeria, Quaneil, Valyssa, Haloni, Emoreja, Davanae,Zyren, Anaysia, Timijah and last but not least Idonnijah.
    Good thing I grew up in Idaho, so I have a leg up on my coworkers when it comes to pronouncing invented names.

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  132. My mom decided to go all crazy when she named me 24.3 years ago and I've been frustrated ever since. I'm forever telling people, "It's A-E-R-Y-N. Not Erin or Aaron, just Aeryn." My little sisters are Kianna and Jaylyn, and my little brother is Jaxon. -_- I've started going by an abbreviation of my middle name (MacKinsey) since Mack is easy for people to spell and pronounce. Sheesh.

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  133. Two of the best ones I've heard?

    Rail
    Storm

    Just... no.

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  134. Just came across this- I have thoroughly enjoyed reading everything! I always thought it was odd when parents didn't take a last name into consideration when naming their child. I have two examples of people I went to school with:

    Steven Stevens (West Virginia)
    Shanae Nae


    ps my "verification name: is Tianox. Watch out, World!

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  135. Aidan was a saint and this is a very common name in Ireland and England, as is Declan. Anais is French and can also be pronounced as Anneesh, Zander is just the shortened form of Alexander and again is common in the Uk. Willow and Briar although a little unusual are also not particularly odd for the UK, so a lot of these are not as strange as they sound, it's just a cultural thing, a lot of US names sound weird and made up to us over here. Coby? Trig? Harley? Cody? It's just what you are used to, lots of old fashioned names becoming populare here, like Archie, Mabel - Mabel! Florrie, absolutely awful, just my opinion.

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  136. What I really don't get are the parents who choose a spelling that is completely wrong phonetically for the way it is supposed to be pronounced. I will start with a simple one. I have seen both Tarra (TAHR-uh) and Tara (TEHR-uh) around for a while, but one mom named her child Tara and gets really mad when people pronounce it TEHR-uh. If you want TAHR-uh, you should have added an extra "R"!

    Here are two crazy ones. Look at these two names and guess how they should be pronounced:
    Chiara
    Shaira

    My guess would be "kee-ARE-uh" and "SHY-ruh," right?

    WRONG!

    They are supposed to be pronounced . . . wait for it . . .

    KARA

    and . . .

    SHERRY

    No kidding. How in the world ANYONE could think that Chiara = Kara and Shaira = Sherry is beyond me.

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  137. Kham K is likely SE Asian, and not deserving of a WTF, unlike the rest.

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  138. Yup. Note to self: If a name

    A. has no known meaning in its current form and is not a commonly recognized name *somewhere* (though i hate names without meanings in general), or
    B. isn't a common name and does have a meaning, but refers to anything i can buy in a retail establishment,

    I have *no* *business* giving a child that name. And if the first name is gonna be all unusual or funky, make the middle name something standard so the kid has an alternative. Remember, thirty years from now someone's gonna have to write that on a job application. You don't want your future boss to snort coffee out their nose when they read your resume.

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  139. So, while I had fun reading this post. I agree with AtSmith wholeheartedly! Please enjoy this site, but don't make these comments in front of your kids. As a parent of kids who do have unique names (which I love and totally fit them!) these comments can come out hurtful when they are repeated on the playground.

    I love my children's names: Trevelyan Lawrence(M), AlekZander(M), Taelynn Joy(F). I don't have any problem with that, our last name Wildman...that's a different story:)

    Trevelyan is a name of English author I like - and a character on a James Bond movie/game that my hubby was playing at the time (totally subconsciously picked the name and then friends pointed it out to us). Everyone pronounces/spells it wrong, but so long as they don't call him Trevor, that's fine with me.

    AlekZander is named that because we loved the name Zander, but wanted to give him something "normal" he could choose to go by if he wants to when he grows up. Though honestly my Zboy really is quite unique:) Just think, we almost named him AlekZander KirkPatrick Wildman. Yes, you may laugh at that one - thankfully I came to my senses - it's longer than the alphabet!!!

    Taelynn (TAY lynn)is made up, she would've been Talyn(Tah lin) if she would've been a boy. If she really doesn't like it, then she can be plain Lynn or Joy when she grows up. For now, we all love our Tae.

    At least, they're not as bad as my nephew Atreu (think Never Ending Story). I honestly think it goes in cycles - my Mother-in-law hated crazy names, so she named her kids Emily, Matthew, Erika, and Erin. Almost all her grandkids have unique names - because her kids hated growing up 1 of 4 in their class with the same name! I also know some sweet, lovely ladies named Zya, Wkl (Rachelle), and Xko (Echo) - (sisters). Just sayin...

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    1. I love the name Trevelyan! I read a book called "The Duchess" whose main male character had that name and I have loved it ever since!:)

      I also love the names Aiden and Declan and don't find them "weird". I'm a Meghan and I seriously cannot count on both hands all of the other Meghan, Megan, Meagans and so on that i've met in my life. I also was the 1 of 4 in my class, so my child will definitly have different names.

      But I can totally see how some of the names on the list can be a bit ridiculous.

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  140. In the elementary school where I taught (in small town Virginia) I couldn't believe the number of kids with brand names. In one year there were Nike, Chevy, Nautica, Biore (seriously! like the pore cleaning strips!), Dior, Chanel, Infiniti and twins, Lexus and Mercedes.

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  141. I'm in the Army and last year had a coworker who was pregnant. She actually got the Nevaeh name from someone and was contemplating that for a while. I was waiting for the other female soldier to leave so I wouldn't hurt her feelings. I told my coworker that "Nevaeh" was the stupidest name I had ever heard. I asked her is she wanted to tell her child that the meaning of your name is just heaven spelled backwards? She wound up calling her Amelia which is a much more normal name and at least has a famous person with the same name. My sister also had a friend when we lived in Pocatello about 20 years ago named Fabula. Even back then what were people thinking?

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  142. We think a name which have powerful meaning attracts more and a trend of these names goes in good way.
    Our all team appreciate your post regarding names.

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  143. I've gotten some really good laughs from reading this post and comments - Thanks for sharing.
    Personally I don't understand the crazy spellings that don't make sense to pronounce and then get really mad because you butchered their child's name when trying to say it or just crazy names in general, but to each their own I guess...
    We named our daughter Ellvah (Elva), the reason for her spelling is Elva in Swedish (I grew up in Sweden) means eleven as in the number 11. If we ever move to Sweden I don't want her to be teased for being the #11. It also means fairy, but is spelled Älva (pronounced Elva). Using Älva in English wouldn't work as it would turn into Alva which is a completely different old Swedish name. Taking all of that into consideration we decided to come up with a spelling that would look and sound good + make sense without being #11. My daughters name gets misspelled and sometimes butchered but I nicely let them know how to fix/pronounce it and leave it at that. If they ask why it's the way it is I happily explain and I've only gotten positive reactions.

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  144. This is hysterical! I thought I'd share a butchered name I've come across.
    Caytlin and calling her Cayty or Caytie for short.
    Why? Why? Why? Please, keep it the right way. Kaitlin or Kaitlyn and Katie for short.
    That drives me NUTS!

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  145. As someone who has lived in Rexburg my whole life, what offends me is that people assume that Idaho and Utah are the only places where parents come up with odd names. I know more people (and children) with normal names than I do unusual names. And I'd also like to point out that not everyone with a unique name will grow up hating/cursing their parents... My parents named me Regency and I don't mind one bit, especially since my mom was considering Hannah, I would have been 1 of 2 Hannah Hansens in my grade not to mention that my brother married a Hannah...

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    1. What a wit you are! I chose normally-spelled, classic, Family and Hebrew names and AGONIZED over them beforehand. We had narrow meaning/heritage/real/unusual/non-teasing guidelines plus had to avoid two extremely large families' worth of names. People adore my kids' names and go out of their way to say so on a regular basis, even 18 years after my first blockbuster (happened to also be my late Mother's name). I had a sought-after, locally "legendary" list of names that I closely guarded and never revealed a baby's name or gender until he or she appeared. I have five children and just found out there won't be more. Honestly I cried over retiring "The List" first! I mourn all the coolness unbestowed. When friends and acquaintances have babies they check whether their names were on "The List" and are thrilled when they find they've chosen one of mine! Once I put my list in my phone and told a couple friends, I'd leave the room and return to find them trying to "crack" my phone to see The List! That said, all of the following have been neighbors or associates' kids at one time or another. My list was not consulted, obviously.
      Aidan Quinn
      Jersey Brown
      John Luke (I am a consummate Trekkie but..no)
      Geordi (above)
      James Kirk (?!)
      Ilia (for the motion pic but also a bum-related
      body part)
      Boca
      Siblings Jayvon, Tarvon, Trayvon, Antwan, and Bri-Annah
      Febreze (before you say it, no, not Fabrice)
      Choklit
      Princess
      Nikon
      Akko
      D'Licia (stripping by now I'm sure)
      Balboa
      SorryAnn



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  146. I named my kid Ashburn, but that was from my family tree. It was better than Ephraim and Orange. Back in the 1600's One of the many Ephraim's of my family was named Orange Ephraim. -.-; So silly name trends aren't just this century.

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  148. Seriously who cares what people name their kids? I have a Treygan, Trey for short. I wasn't trying to be cool or "inner city" I just liked it- the end. 6 other girls in my class had my name and I didn't want my kids to have popular names- so what? I'm irritated that people will write blog posts just to be offensive, just to make fun and put others down.

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  149. Referring to some above comments, Oisin and Declan are both traditional Irish names that are quite common over here in the UK :)

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  150. This just made my day! So good.

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  151. It seems like people are under the impression that real names can't be unique. But there are millions of real names out there. And thanks to the internet, you should have no problem finding a real name that your child won't share with anyone they meet. Not to mention the historical and cultural richness that a real name carries. So much better than something you just made up!

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  154. Taysom is our sons name. It is an English name and it is a last name. And yes we 'googled' it prior to naming him. We also know three other Taysoms besides our son. My husbands name is Tanner and he was named after someone who's last name is Tanner... So my husband and son both have names that were surnames before they were used as first names. I don't find that weird at all but I guess everyone has their own opinion :) People are human beings and more than just their name.

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  155. My parents made it simple. they just named me Bob. Spell it backwards and it comes out the same. Pretty hard to mess up even for a Rexburg Idaho guy!

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  156. The most exceedingly awful piece of the children having these names are that the guardians will get frantic/chafed when you don't spell their kid's name right.
    matching nicknames

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