Most Hated Baby Names: Is Your Kid's on the List?


babyIf you already have your heart set on a name for your baby, you may want to stop reading now. If you couldn't care less what anyone else thinks and won't break into tears at the sight of seeing your future child's name on the 10 Most Hated Baby Name list, then proceed. I warn you, however, that it can be brutal to see one's choice sitting there after all the painstaking debate and devotion that go into choosing just the right name. 

The list comes from Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby. She conducted an "informal" study and came up with the list. In general she found people hate "gender-bending" names in which a masculine name becomes feminine -- like Addison or Madison.

As well, people despise trendy names ... though obviously not everyone does or they wouldn't be trendy, right? Also on the list of hate are names that are difficult to spell (Kaitlyn) and those that are similar versions of other names (Jayden, Brayden, and Kayden).

Here's the full list (with notes from Live Science) ... brace yourself:


  1. Nevaeh ("heaven" spelled backward and one of the most divisive names around, according to Wattenberg)
  2. Destiny (people dislike names that confer a virtue onto a child, Wattenberg said -- and many associated this name with exotic dancers)
  3. Madison
  4. Mackenzie
  5. McKenna
  6. Addison (an example of a masculine named turned feminine, which many people dislike, Wattenberg said)
  7. Gertrude (people said this name is "ugly")
  8. Kaitlyn (for its "made-up" spelling)
  9. Makayla
  10. Bertha (author's note: duh!)


  1. Jayden
  2. Brayden
  3. Aiden
  4. Kaden (these rhyming names struck many as overdone, Wattenberg reported)
  5. Hunter (too much like a last name or "too violent")
  6. Hayden
  7. Bentley (people dislike brand-name names, Wattenberg found, calling them "trashy")
  8. Tristan
  9. Michael (too boring, according to some)
  10. Jackson

I'm surprised to see some of them there -- especially Michael, and Kaitlyn doesn't seem that strangely spelled to me. But some of them, yeah ... "Bentley," really?

Still, if you love a name, it's your baby, and you get to decide. Don't let the haters color your opinion of a name you love ... just know that your child may be among those who hate it too.

What do you think of the baby names on this most hated list? Are your children's names on it? Do you care?

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jagam... jagamama0710

For the girls, I agree with Nevaeh, Destiny, Gertrude, and Bertha. I like the rest (although I would probably never use them myself because they're pretty popular). 

For the boys, the only one I don't really like is Tristan. I love Hunter though. 

My daughter's name is Jaelynn Marie and my son's name is Gavin Ryker. 

I don't care what anyone thinks of them. :) 


jagam... jagamama0710

Oh for the record, Marie was not my first choice (or second, third, or fourth, etc.) for her middle name. My husband wanted to honor is mother who passed away a few years earlier though and it's not a horrible name so I agreed. :)

cassi... cassie_kellison

My nephews name is Hayden, so boo to that haha. But ya I know the ayden/aiden names are over done

Shanin22 Shanin22

My son's middle name, Michael, made the list. But it's a family name and I gave him a common middle name on purpose in case he grew to dislike his more unique first name (Orrin). Figured it gave his name a nice balance and he could use whatever name was more fitting to his lifestyle or profession as he grew up.

Really doesn't bother me that it made the list though... you really can't "win" with picking a perfect name for your child. Just picked what I liked and thought would serve him best in the future :)

KateS... KateShesGreat3

Ha this is the best list ever! My friend named her fraternal twins Hayden and Addison. And for everyone who thinks Neveah is uniqe, it's not!! Please stop naming your children stupis names and come up with something original!!

KateS... KateShesGreat3

Oh and @ jagamama, Ryker huh? Did your inspriation for that name come from Star Trek?? Ha.

Sapph... SapphireMomma

My son is named Jaden. Who cares if its the number one most hated boys' name? Our runner up name was Jackson.

nonmember avatar Gertie

What's wrong with Gertrude?!!!

jaxmadre jaxmadre

Awww my son is Jack Aiden, and Jackson and Aiden are on the list. Booo!!

He was named in memory of his deceased grandfather though, not for a trend.

I think if this list were extended, I'd like to see my first name on it. I HATE my first name and I'd deter anyone from using it.

jagam... jagamama0710

KateShesGreat3 - Actually I didn't! Although I quickly found out from my trekkie friend there was a character with that name. :) I've never seen an episode of Star Trek in my life. lol We've also had people question if we named him after the prison? Yes. We sure did. No, I just saw it on some baby naming site and we really liked it. 

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