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Parents Regret Picking These Baby Names…

Imagine you’re a new parent in the position of picking out a name for your child. Shakespeare’s  famous observation “A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet” just doesn’t seem to apply here, right? It is a fact that most new parent’s feel a real pressure to pick the “perfect” baby name. After all, you can only pick once.

That’s exactly how parent’s feel when they go back and forth, make lists & debate the “pros” and “cons” of potential baby names for sometimes months until they settle on the “perfect” name. Unfortunately, not all parents put in that much effort ( or any effort at all for that matter ) when it comes to choosing a baby name for their new family addition.

Which brings us to the “23 worst baby names EVER”. These are the “worst of the worst” baby names that have EVER been unfortunate enough to grace a birth certificate. Brace yourself because of all the names in the world; these 23 are the absolute most cringeworthy…

Debra.

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Debra sounds like a normal name, right? Wrong; stemming from the Hebrew word for “Bee”; which was another name on this list. This next name is just terrible…

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Carol.

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Carol may seem like a classic baby name; but the truth is that parents who pick this one usually find themselves regretting it big time. Although it sounds like a good name for a girl; it’s actually an old English word that means “manly”. Yikes.


Beverley.

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Beverly is another perfect example of a terrible baby name. Stemming from an old English word meaning “Beaver Stream”; it doesn’t seem like a name fit for a person at all. Many “Beverly’s” out there make it work; but you can be sure their parents regret using that name. The most regrettable baby names to avoid are still to come…

Angela.

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Angela may sound great; but it comes from an old English word meaning “messenger of the gods”. Talk about a lot of pressure to put on a kid. The name was wildly popular in the mid 60’s; but immediately fell out of use which is why most parents these days regret using it. When it comes to the worse names of all time; these next few “take the cake.”


Gulliver.

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Some people might expect a name based on a famous 1726′ Jonathan Swift novel to be popular almost 300 years later. Those people would be disappointed. Gulliver is among one of the names parents say they regret the most. It’s no suprise, since the name “Gulliver” comes from the French word “goulafre” – meaning “glutton”. However, the next baby name is even more regrettable…

Moe.

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The name “Moe” these days is used almost exclusively in reference to the anger filled bartender on “The Simpsons”. It’s actually a latin name meaning “To Love”. How ironic; as this name makes the cut of the most regretted baby names and is used less and less each year. This next baby name however, is almost not used at all…

Raoul.

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Raoul is the French version of “Ralph“; just a little less popular. Used increasingly less each year the popularity of this name has dwindled and left a sour taste in parent’s mouths. Admittedly, it is a lot better than this next baby name…

Beach.

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Yes, you read that right. Beach is actually used as a baby name ( not very often ) and once the initial novelty wears off; many parents are left feeling a little sandy about it. It still might be better than this next name, though…

Salmon.

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Who would name their child after a fish? It happens and once grandma stops giggling and realizes you actually named her grandchild that; thanksgiving dinner is going to get real. That may be one of the contributing factors to why this baby name is most regrettable. You haven’t seen anything yet, though…

Drummer.

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Any parent can tell you that a drum set is usually out of the question. Some parents do a 180 and even go as far as to name their child Drummer. It’s all fun and games until little Drummer with the Mohawk comes to you and confesses he’d rather play the triangle. But hey, if you can believe it’s still better than the next baby name…

Puck.

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That’s right, puck isn’t just something they use in hockey games – it’s also a baby name. The name Puck doesn’t exactly emit a response of respect and admiration though. It may be though to see why parent’s would choose this name but it isn’t tough to see why they would regret it. The next name is just ridiculous…

< Humphrey.

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Humphrey is an old German name meaning “Peaceful Warrior”. The name does not exactly strike fear in the heart of enemies, but it will most likely make you some friends at your local Bingo hall. The next name on this list might make it more difficult to find friends…

Bertram.

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Bertram is not the first choice for any parent. However; for some they do choose this name. Bertram comes from an old German name meaning “Bright Raven”. Hard to imagine any parent not regretting that name. This next one might be worse…

Ernest.

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The name Ernest, while it was popular a long time ago; is not as popular these days. This is another German name meaning “The name of Ernest”. No, seriously. This next name might not be German, but it is just as regrettable…

Cecil.

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Cecil comes from an old Roman name; meaning “blind”. So it’s not suprising that most parents regret this name. Next up is a name that is even more regrettable…

Geoffrey.

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Geoffrey isn’t just the name of the most hated character on “Game of Thrones”. Okay, yes it is and every parent who named their child that has a large amount of regret for doing so. Not as much regret however; as they would have if they picked this next name…

Clarence.

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Clarence is one baby name that many parents wish they had not picked. It’s an old English name meaning “Clear.” With an outdated name like that; it’s ‘clear” to see where the regret comes from. It may not seem so bad after reading this next baby name…

Horace.

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The name “Horace” comes from the Latin term meaning “Peacekeeper”. Most parents find it difficult to keep the peace though after they realize they regret picking this baby name. At least those parents can sleep soundly knowing they didn’t pick this next one…

Clive.

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The regrettable baby name “Clive” comes from an old English word meaning “He who lives at the cliffs.” It’s no wonder parents regret this name; as babies and cliffs do not go together well. Although it may be preferable to this next name…

Leonard.

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The name Leonard is not only the name of the super intelligent star of the hit comedy series “Big Bang Theory” – it’s also a regrettable baby name. The name comes from an old German name meaning “Lion Heart”. While this name may have heart, it does not have the approval of parents who increasingly each year choose to abandon it for better ones. This next name…is not one of those better ones…

Bruce.

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You’d cry too, if your name was Bruce. Unless you happen to be Batman; it’s a tough name to pull off. It’s easy to see why parents regret this one. Perhaps it’s outdated and a little overused. You still won’t believe this next name…

Edward.

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Before those Twilight movies came out; “Edward” was a common name among boys. After the wildly popular movie trilogy however; the popularity has skyrocketed – leading to a lot of regret.

Gus.

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Gus is a shortened version of the latin “Augustine” – meaning majestic. It doesn’t seem to be a very “majestic” name, though. That must be why most parent’s who picked this name, later say they regretted it.

Kennedy.

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You might expect “Kennedy” to be more of a royal name; due to the political success of the Kennedy Family in the past. It may come as a surprise to you ( and to many parent’s who mistakenly pick this name ) that “Kennedy” actually derives from an old Irish term meaning “Ugly Head.”  Dang.

Cameron.

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Cameron comes from the Scottish surname; which itself derives from Gaelic origins and means “crooked nose”.

Bee.

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Bee isn’t a name that comes to mind immediately when trying to think of a great baby name. It is the name that comes to some parents minds though and for that they often feel filled with regret later on. This next name is REALLY disastrous…

23. Franny.

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A name that comes from France and means “free one”; Franny is a most regrettable name for a new parent to choose.

22. Bluebell.

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With a name like “Bluebell”, there is bound to be some regret involved. It’s not a surprise that this name makes the list of most regrettable baby names. When it comes to bad names however, for this next one, “Bluebell” will have to moo-ve out of the way..

21. Diablo.

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Among the names that most parents would not only never consider; but also most would not approve of; is the name Diablo. The reasoning behind this is easy to see- “Diablo” is Spanish meaning “Devil”. Not exactly the perfect name for a little angel, right?

20. Fifer.

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Fifer is a very uncommon name- but when it does occur, that wave of regret is sure to be close behind. Stemming from an old German word meaning “Player of a pipe”; this musical name has certainly been toned down over the years. This next name however …

19. Frostine.

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Yes, you read that correctly. Some parents actually named their child “Frostine” and you just know they regretted it. Although it is popular in France; you can imagine the regret many parents have about this oddly disastrous “sweet” sounding baby name. This next name will leave a bad taste in your mouth, for sure…

18. Jericho.

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Can you imagine wanting to name your child “Jericho”? Coming from an Arab word meaning “City of the moon” and used in the bible to refer to a town where the walls collapse; you can understand how this name would bring regret to many parents. Not as much regret as this next name, though…

17. Lucasta.

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Lucasta sounds like a name right out of the “Godfather” trilogy. It is however a name that was invented by a poet from the 1600’s named Robert Lovelace; who created the name as a term of endearment for the woman he loved. Immortalized in poems; the name continues on to today. Regrettably.

16. Tally.

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Tally is as terrible of a baby name as any name on this list so far. Coming from a Hebrew word meaning “Dew of God”. Not exactly something to brag about at dinner parties. Unless of course; you have the next name on this list in which case no one will be inviting you to dinner parties…

15. Perdita.

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Perdita; meaning “lost”. A strange choice for a baby name and it’s obvious why this is one of the names parents regret the most. Some names are even worse…

14. Season.

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 As far as baby names go, “Season” is a unique one. Perhaps this is because parents usually opt for choosing a season of the year to name their baby after- but some take it an extra step and name their baby after all four seasons.  This is one to regret…

13. Winsome.

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You know what they say- you winsome, you lose some. Jokes aside, this old English name actually means “charming.” We are sure parents were not charmed after they realized they had made a mistake in using this name for their baby. The mistakes get bigger, though, and you won’t believe the names coming up…

!–nextpage–>12. Umberto.

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Umberto may seem like an odd name to give a child. If it seems that way; that’s because it is very odd. As far as baby names go; it does happen. Then the inevitable regret sets in. Not as much regret as the parents who pick this next name…

11. Trout.

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Okay, so it may not be as cool sounding as “Salmon” – but all fish names were not created equal. Trout is a real name that would make anyone regret picking it. It’s largely used as a nickname for those who resemble a fish. Yikes. This next name is even worse…

10. Thibault.

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Thibault is not a name you hear everyday. Thankfully. It originates from an old German name; meaning “bravery”. What could be more brave than naming your baby Thibault? Well, using this next name is brave for sure…

9. Mingus.

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Mingus is an old Scottish name meaning “tenants of a manor”. It’s difficult to imagine anyone actually wanting to name their baby Mingus; but it does happen. Thankfully, the next baby name is a less frequently used…

8. Bellatrix.

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Bellatrix is latin for “female warrior”. Parent’s who named their child this had no idea that an evil character from a “Harry Potter” movie would come along and ruin the name for everyone. Since then, this name has fallen very unpopular among parents. But it gets even worse…

7. Magenta.

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Parents regret using the name “Magenta” for many reasons. It means “Castle of Maxentius” and is also a town in northern Italy. It may sound good at first but after a while it becomes a regretted decision. Whatever you do, stay away from these next names…

6. Nellie.

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Nellie is an English form of “Eleanor” which originates from the Greek name “Helen” – meaning “most beautiful woman”. Although it has never been a popular choice and remains among the most regrettable baby names that parents wish they hadn’t used.

5. Livia.

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Who would name their child “Livia?” Well, it’s a Hebrew name meaning “Lioness” so you can understand the appeal. However- most parents regret choosing this name as most people mistakenly think it’s a form of “Olivia”. Whoops.

4. Cleo.

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Most parents who choose the name “Cleo” are attempting to shorten the name “Cleopatra”. However, the more recent pretend psychic “Miss Cleo” who was infamous for ripping off her cutomers, tends to overshadow that.

3. Coco.

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The third to last name on this list of the most regrettable baby names is “Coco”. At one time it was popular largely due to a successful French designer with the nickname “Coco”. However, it has since fallen off the charts and many parents regret choosing it.

2. Desiree.

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The name “Desiree” comes from a sensualized French name and has been in the top 1000 baby names in the U.S for the last 60 years. However; it has declined in use every year and will soon fall off the list making this one of the most regrettable baby names ever. But this last name tops them all…

1. Gertrude.

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“Gertrude” is the #1 most regretted name. Choosing this name should be avoided at all costs. It derives from an old German word meaning “Sharp Spear”. Parent’s who choose this name end up regretting it. Yikes.