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Tell Mommy: Is There Such a Thing as a Bad Baby Name?

If you don't happen to be part of Hollywood's elite, who seem to be allowed to pick wild and crazy baby names, choosing a complicated or nontraditional name can insight all kinds of chatter among friends and family.

Of course, it's not just gossip new parents have to worry about. Just ask Chris Okum, the author of Seriously Bad Baby Names. What if you name your child something that rhymes with a body part, dirty act or funny historical character?

I just assume most parents are highly selective and thoughtful about what they name their children, so I always try and embrace new baby names with the understanding that it's just a name — and no matter what, the child will grow into it. Then again, I don't know a Richard Boutiekiss. Do you think there is such a thing as a bad baby name? And if so, what is it?

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sophiashortcake sophiashortcake 7 years
my initials are SAS but when i was born parents were thinking of putting my middle name as my first name so it would of A.S.S. which would have been embarrassing thank God they didn't also my aunts real name is Edna she hated it so she switched with her middle name now everyone calls her Vitoria
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
the father?
GossipGal13 GossipGal13 8 years
i think the ugliest name in the world is Bob. It`s scary and just.... Eeep... I think it`s cos of Twin Peaks... But my name is julie and i absolutely hate it, it`s so normale!. Even though i don`t think Fifi Trixibelle or something like that would be a step up, i would absolutely love to have a special name. If i ever have a baby i`m going to name him\her Arden. What do u guys think of that name btw?.
missnomi missnomi 8 years
Ooh, I love thinking about names! I once heard of a couple who gave their son the middle name Youandi (pronounced youandeeh) you/and/i... very romanctic right? His first name was Nescio (I know not). Well, if those two names don't call for a crisis of identity I know not what does.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I love my middle name too Greggie. In fact, I'm passing it down to my daughter.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I love my middle name.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
I always liked the name "Moxie Crimefighter". Moxie is a great name. And everyone hates their middle names so who cares. I'd rather be Moxie Crimefighter than Sue Ann or Jane Doe etc. And I think "Pilot" is also cool. "Audio" I'm not a fan of but I guess it's no worse than "Oral", a very accepted name. Bottom line, if it's not insulting or a truly awful pun I don't see a problem with it. However you can get inadvertently bad names - Stephen King's son's name is Joseph. He goes by Joe.....Joe King, get it?
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Yes, I know the difference between optometrists and ophthalmologists. Some Walmarts have ophthalmologists on staff for consultations.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
greggie, I know Walmarts have vision care centers but optometrists and opthamologists are different things -- opthamologists are eye surgeons, and I'm surprised they would be working somewhere like walmart rather than a surgical clinic. Do they do eye surgeries at walmart now?
AKirstin AKirstin 8 years
I don't understand how being creative is pathetic, GlowingMoon. Not your style maybe, but not "pathetic". A homeless kitten in the rain is pathetic. Someone using their imagination? Not so much. After all, if that creativity produced a name everyone liked, we would be saying it was "clever" instead. You know what I'm sayin? Anyway, I really dig a lot of the weird names people are giving their kids. The fact that so many of the more average people in the world get their knickers in a twist over it makes it all the more enjoyable. :D Do you really think that human culture will {or should} evolve without new names? You *could* chose to enjoy the mutations instead of bemoaning changes. Just a thought... I think people are doing a disservice to kids by assuming they will someday hate having a weird name. I would love it if my parents had gotten more creative than "Kirstin" {even if it was uncommon back then}.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Yes, Walmarts have optometry departments.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
opthamologists work at walmart??
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 8 years
The Optomologist that works in the local Wal-Mart Vision Center has the name Jennifer Slutsky. :O
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Damian is only an alternate name for Satan because of the movie, it's not like Beezlebub.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
what about Galaxy Oceanna?
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
Meconium is the craziest ive ever heard oh and lemonjello and orangejello wtf after jello people are crazy
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
Well you know I'm not into the trendy names! :)
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I know this isn't a necessarily "weird" name and forgive me if it's a name of your child, but it bugs me when people name their kid Damian (Damien). Why would want to name your child an alternate name for Satan?? Or the fact that it's the name of the evil child from the movie The Omen. That name just creeps me out.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, how do you really feel?
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
Yes there is such a thing! Look at 80% (and that's being nice about it!) of the celebrity population. They give their kids horrible names. Kyd? Reignbeau? It's bad enough to give them a bad name, but to misspell it too?? That's just evil. :( I also detest these newly-popular names like anything ending in -ayden, Makayla, etc. It's just something I don't like.
Drewsfan Drewsfan 8 years
My uncle's name is Harry Johnson. His wife is Jack. Once we were walking around the fair and got separated from them and went to page them over the loudspeaker and the lady behind the counter refused to do it because she thought we were being 'vulgar' by asking her to page Jack n Harry Johnson...
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Jermain Jackson naming his daughter Jermajesty is pretty damn bad as well. I am not at all surprised at Penn Gillette making a joke of his kids' names, even if it's at their expense. I cannot stand that man. I wonder if Jason Lee is going to say what they named his new baby and if it's as bad as Pilot Inspektor. There's also that guy from GH who named his poor son Peanut.
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