Search: most hated baby names in the US
Why: On reddit, Parents: Have you ever later regretted the name's you gave your child at birth?, a conversation:
A mom - Although two of my sons' names are popular (they weren't 28 and 25 years ago), I'm quite pleased with all four of my kids' names.Logan is my middle name. Hunter is my brother's.
A user - Brayden and Cayden, eh?
The mom - Hunter and Logan.
The user - lol, d-bag names.
The mom - I really had no idea Hunter and Logan had any negative connotations.
The user - Hunter does. It's in the top 10 most hated male baby names in the US.
Answer: They are!
Source: Time, BabyNameWizard,
Top Hated Girl NamesNevaeh
Top Hated Boy NamesJayden
The More You Know: These lists come from a book called The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby. Author Laura Wattenberg conducted an informal survey:
I ended up tallying the viewpoints of hundreds of U.S. messageboard participants, comprising almost 1,500 name mentions. Many of the discussions were on parenting forums, but a good number were simply chatter on forums of diverse kinds/Among the results she found:
People dislike “gender-bending names” (when a boy name becomes a girl name like Addison) and names they can't spell. People also often backlash against once popular names – these names too, must know what it's like to be Britney.There is also commentary about each of the names on the list here. Highlights:
The survey that a small minority of people people dislike “ordinary” names, but you know what? I bet those kids with “boring” names are thanking their parents for sparing them torment at recess.
Nevaeh. A landslide winner, no surprise. In the most recent edition of my book, I wrote "Nevaeh may be the most stylistically divisive name in America." Grounds for objection included look, sound and origin, the whole package.But alas, as someone in the comments wrote:
Destiny. This name seemed to run afoul of two groups: people annoyed by "virtue names," and people who grouped it with other dreamy choices like Heaven and Candy as "stripperish."
Michael. The whipping boy for people who scorned "common" names. Names like Matthew, Sarah and Emily also came up several times. (Notably, they were the most likely names to be defended by others in the conversation.)
Jayden. The overwhelming theme for boys' names was a backlash against the rhyming -ayden family. Many felt there were just too many of these names, and "it's getting really old." Others said the names sounded too childish or feminine. The names were often mentioned as a group, but Jayden was frequently singled out.
Mackenzie. Often presented in a group with other Mc- names, which several posters described as "low class."
McKenna. See Mackenzie above.
Makayla. See Mackenzie above.
Most people DO NOT like my kids names, Jency & Tesher (both boys), but I"M the one that has to live with them NOT everyone else!True... well, except poor Jency. And Tesher.