What NOT to Name Your Baby

Sasha Brown-Worsham

The folks over at Lemondrop released their 2010 list of "what not to name a baby in 2010" and some of the names on the list were surprising.

With both of my children, naming was such a challenge. We were limited by letters since in my religion (Judaism), you can name a child "for" someone who is deceased by only using the first letter of their names. In my case, that was Allen (my grandfather) and Susan (my mother).

My children are Samara (for my mom) and Alan (for my Zaydee). But for a long time, when I was pregnant with my daughter, she was "Sookie" (a diminutive of Susan), which made the list, likely because of True Blood.

I am so glad we picked Samara instead.

Here are a few more:

  • Cullen
  • Piper
  • Miley
  • Sookie
  • Emma/Emily
  • Isla
  • Malia
  • Isabel/Isabella
  • Jet
  • Anything with an 'x' (think Pax, Maddox)
  • Lola

I believe wholeheartedly in the power of names and struggled long and hard to find names for my children that wouldn't make them one of 10 in class with the same moniker.

Alan was set to be Henry Alan for the first two days (Hank for short), but then we realized we knew about 10 Henries. When the final paperwork came, he became Alan Henry.

And when the nurse told us that no baby had been named Alan in the 15 years she worked in the unit, we were very proud. The goal? Unique, but not too "out there."


What names were on your "don't name" list?

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