A person's name is a huge part of their identity. It's what our teachers call us in class, what our partners moan in bed, and, ultimately, what our tombstone will say.

But sometimes it not only describes those who wear it but the ones that came up with it as well, and can say a lot about their creativity. Or the lack of it.

There's a post on Reddit by user Frasepalm that asks the question, "What baby name immediately makes you lose all respect for the parents and why?" As of this article, it has over 13,000 comments, many of which suggest that not everyone should be allowed to fill out their child's birth certificate.

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread Ohnasti

Supposedly pronounced “Honesty” but all I’ll ever see is “Oh Nasty!”

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread Back when I worked with children, I met a young lass named Younique. I felt sorry for her. She was only 4-5 at the time, and the moment she entered school, she began to hate it because the other children thought that it was silly and wouldn’t play with her. Eventually, the dad of another child said that it was a bad name *to her face.* Seriously. Don’t do things like this to your children. They aren’t pets. They’ll have to deal with the repercussions of your bad naming choices.

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Cadena Norton
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Once got beat up by a pair of identical twins cause they didn't like my name

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread So my Wife was giving birth to our first Son and the midwife asked if we’d chosen a name yet. We said yes and told her ‘Seth’. She replied “Oh thank goodness, a normal name! The last woman in here named her child Precious Bunny!”

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread One time when I was working at a motel, I took a reservation over the phone from a woman for her daughter:

Woman: Her name is Sri Lanka, S R I space L A N K A...

Me: Oh, you mean like the country!

Woman: Whaddaya mean, country?!?

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread Not so much a specific name, but gross butcherings of names. Ie. Kaightlynne instead of Caitlyn.

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread One little girl got her name legally changed in court, because her parents named her Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii.

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Edurne
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

in my country (Spain) this would never be accepted as a name, and no child would be registered with a similar name

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread I used to write on cakes, the worst name I ever saw was "Tuba Poo". I asked if it was a nickname, it was not. It's been like 6 years and it still haunts me. Her mother's name was Natalie, why Natalie? Why?

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Al B. Wright
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm lost for words on this one (and that doesn't happen often)!

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread Any name based on a popular TV series or movie. Like, if I see your daughter is named Khaleesi, I think significantly less of you as a person.

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Al B. Wright
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People that name their kids things like that are generally chavs/bogans/whatever the American equivalent is of those two words.

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I had a set of twins (I'm a teacher) a couple years ago named Heaven and Nevaeh.

I had four kids named Shaun in one class, all spelled differently, none spelled Shaun or Sean.

I had a girl named Jezebel and boys named Jesus and Messiah in one class. (Nothing really wrong with those names, but having all three in one class was odd.) I also had a kid named Ted that year. Not Theodore or Edward, just Ted. I saw his birth certificate, just Ted.

This year, one of the other teachers has a boy named M'Lord. I'm not even making that.

What's getting my goat this year is the random apostrophes. Your child's name is Elayna, a lovely name, IMO, but E'lay'na is ridiculous. I have three girls with random apostrophes in their names, its annoying.

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Nor
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nevaeh is just Heaven spelt backwards, how original.....NOT

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I had a teacher in grade 1/2 whose last name was Dyck (sounds like d**k). Fortunately at that age I didn't think anything of it. Apparently her parents didn't think anything of it either...

Her parents named her Rhoda. Rhoda Dyck. I have to assume they were sadistic assholes.

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Aisling Raye
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just changed all of my plans for today so I can re-watch every episode of Letterkenny lol

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#11

My cousin named her son named Lincoln, which isn't bad by itself.

At least until she had her daughter, Kennedy. She said she plans on naming her next kid Garfield.

She literally names her kids after the last names of *assassinated presidents.*

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread Kash. It isn't the worst name in the world but the fact his second name was 'Ransom', made it a whole lot worse.

Kash Ransom.

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Katie Rae
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, that's going to make kidnappings much more convenient

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread I was on a little league baseball team with these two brothers named Doer and Achiever.

Talk about pressure to perform, those parents had expectations.

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Al B. Wright
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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Achiever sounds like someone sneezing if said quickly, which is bad enough, but Doer? That just seems lazy, like they thought of achiever then couldn't come up with anything else.

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread A co-worker has a friend who named her daughters Vengeance and Violence.

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MrBallen Fan
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are they twins? Are they identical? Do they wear blue dresses? Do they live in a hotel?

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread Abcde (pronounced Ab-city).

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A few years ago there was a guy in my area in the news. His first name was Justice. He's doing 100 years for stabbing 3 people.

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Chicago, North, True. Just to name a few. I’m no Kardashian hater, but I really can’t stand the names they give their kids.

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AzKhaleesi
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Chicago is ok-ish only because growing up I had a friend named California we all called her Cali for short. But North and True is strange...and Apple.

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread Strap in and prepare for rough seas!

My mom is a midwife and one day she came home with what she thought was the epitome of dumb names.

These parents had just gotten back from a trip to the states, where they had visited a dock to look at boats, and one of those beautiful boats had an even more beautiful and exotic name, they wanted to name their baby daughter after this boat.

Usnavy

My mom is a saint for not laughing.

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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean it could be true but it's a little ripped from musical theatre: "Usnavi de la Vega is the central protagonist of In the Heights. Originally from the Dominican Republic, he arrived in Washington Heights with his parents when he was very young. His name is based on the boat they saw when they came in (US NAVY)."

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I have a nephew named Anfernee, and I know how mad he gets when I call him Anthony. Almost as mad as I get when I think about the fact that my sister named him Anfernee.

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread Someone I know is a nurse in the ER so they've delivered quite a few babies. But one day they said that one set of parents decided to name their kid Ssss. You pronounce Ssss, Forest.

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Nevaeh, although I think that has more to do with the fact that every parent I know who has named their baby this is a teenager who thinks they’re “soooo cool” for dropping out of school in 9th grade, who are about as deep as a puddle but think they’re Aristotle or Shakespeare because “it’s heaven spelled backwards since she’s my angel”

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Cadena Norton
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My mother begged me to name my daughter this. I flat out refused

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Naming your child Bear makes me think you’re a huge twat. Mostly because I’ve met a few gorgeous children called Bear and everyone of the parents were huge twats.

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James016
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My son went to nursery with a boy called Bear. The mum was a very rude twat (dad was not in the picture)

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread Saw a fun name on the attendance sheet (so this is official) of one of my classes: Daddyboi

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Edurne
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that's just cruel, and again another name that wouldn't be legally accepted in Europe

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread The overly matchy names to the point of ridiculousness. My top example is a set of brothers named Romance, Romantic, and Romeo.

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread Renesmee

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread Baby. As in the Dirty Dancing lead female. Because nobody in the professional world is going to want their name to be Baby.

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Edurne
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you can easily predict the mockery the kid will suffer with that name.. if they really like it so much a good solution would be calling her Barbara, and baby being her nickname at home

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread I went to high school with a one "Crystal Shanda Lear."

This was back before dumb names were the rage. She would have been named that in, say, 81-82. Poor girl. I don't know that I lost respect for the parents so much as felt bad for her to be saddled with that s**t.

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Cadena Norton
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Knew a girl named Crystal dragon...thought it was pretty awesome

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Any form of Aiden (Aidin, Ayden, Aidyn, Ayeden) and/or Ashley (Ashlee, Ashleigh, Ashlie, Ashli, Ash-Lee).

I am a teacher and have had students with all those variations. I actually had 3 Aidens and 4 Ashleys (none of which were spelled normally) in a class of 23 students.

Like come on parents, you aren't being original by making your kid's name ridiculous to spell.

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Random Anon
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I dub thee "Fork", with a B.

Metalhead Turtle 🇺🇦
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Aiden a variant of Aidan, which means "little fire" in Irish?

Benjamin Brogan
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A lady I know teaches preschool. Here are some of her students' names... 1st Family of 5 kids: Epiphany (oldest), Michael (normal), Chardonnay & Zinfandel (twins), Placenta (that's the youngest) 2nd Family of Twins: Shi'thead (sh-thade), girl and OrangeJello, boy (o-ran-jello) Just to add a few more to the list.

Aly.J
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh my gosh. Parents need to submit their name choices to an official council before naming them.

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Kristen Drake
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My daughter’s name is Amy. People always spell her name wrong, or call her Emily. Wtf?

Aden Lawyer
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am insulted by the Aiden, for I am an Aden as you can see by my username

chaotic_charlie (they/he)
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

rules of unique names: replace all k's with c's and vice versa. y's become i's and vice versa. s's become z's and vice versa. also, try and jam a j, x, or v in there.

Alison O'Sullivan
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In some cultures you cannot use the name of a dead person in the tribe so to get around that they change the spelling slightly or they pronounce it differently.

Lisa Watson
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My kindergarten class had 30 kids and only about 10 different names. As an example, there were 4 different Lisa's and 3 different Joseph's.

Angela White
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the UK, Ashleigh is the common way to spell it for a girl and Ashley for a boy.

Jay Weigel
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hate the whole Aiden-Brayden-Caden-Jayden-etc. thing, no matter HOW they're spelled.

Berdarien Brown
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A lot of different Aiden spellings are regional. It's an incredibly old name.

GuineaBee
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know someone named "Aryan", but it's pronounced "Orion". Just...no.

Concept-Peter Roosdorp
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When trying to be unique and special becomes the norm. "My kid is gonna stand out!" Eh, no. Actually stand out less.. But sure.

Kayla Hewey
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a 90s Kayla having the same name as 3 other people sucks but when you start spelling it weird you just make it harder for your kid to function having to constantly correct the spelling or pronunciation having to custom order everything with their name on it. It doesn't even help in the classroom they'll still have to add their last initial because there's no audible difference between Kayla and Kae-lugh

Jenny Cook
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I once met a nurse named "Taelour"

Ambry Petersen
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4 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Knew several Ashley's. I always liked the named Aiden, haven't used myself though.

Jurate Grigonis
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I lost count of the numerous forms of Alicia, Aleesha, Allisha, etc when I worked in a government department.

Jaybird3939
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm old. In my school years, we had 3 Patty's in the same class. Maybe one was with an "I" at the end. We called them Patty, then the beginning letter of their last name, Patty N. How unimaginative were we!

Juliette Dauterive
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aimee. Really? What’s wrong with Amy?

Helen Taylor
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There’s absolutely nothing the matter with the name Ayden. It can be overdone and the ridiculous spellings drive me crazy.

Atchaco-Leigh
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's better than 4 people called Amy with the same spelling.

Yawa
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hey my names is Ashleigh

Angie Yonaga
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a kid named Ayyden in my grade, and he is SUCH A PRICK

Heather Jerrie
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's dooming those kids to a lifetime of having to spell their name out loud or correct people's spelling. Selfish!

PandaGirl
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had a manager whose name was Aden

rumade
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ashleigh is actually a very traditional spelling of it.

William Travis
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

these parents just picked the 1st name they found on a list

Nimues Child
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"The name is Gnar Slabdash - the N is mostly silent."

James
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because their parents wanted to be original...

zububonsai
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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, but imho it's annoying when every parents uses too common first names, as well. In a class of 7 (yes, seven) I had 3x Luca ("Luca!" "Which one?" 🥴). I gladly take a class full of Grimbald, Wilma, Raya, Layana, Hoa...-s.

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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aiden, Brayden, Cayden, Jayden…

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread I lose respect for parents who give their kids first names that when added to their given last names become horrible. The parents don't even care that their kid has to live with it. Two real examples I've come across are Richard Sieman (The guy's name is D**k Semen, for f***s sake.) And even worse, Desire Cox.

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Hannah Hudson-Lee
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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I normally agree, but every now and then you come across one that is actually kind of cool, in a "You could be famous with a name like that" way. Three examples I have known, all of whom were born between 1900 and 1920 were, Joy Devine and the brother and sister Treble and Tenor Bell. Edit: Also, look at my name, remove the later addition of "Hudson" and then sing "Puff the Magic Dragon". Just the first couple of lines.

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread I knew three sisters names -Autumn-Breeze, Summer-Skye and April-Rain.

Bonus addition one of them had a kid and named it Gidget.

Edit for those wondering: This is in Eastern Canada.

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#31

I’ve taught:
- Precious
- Princess
- Righteousness
- Blessing
- Pious
- Destiny
*edit* forgot Sincere

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BannedFromABoatShow
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’ve taught an Annikin (yep, right after the prequel came out) Merlin, Wrigley (girl) Emmahleigh, and Aspen Forest.

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I had a chemistry teacher who was an avid runner. He proudly told us his three children were named Miles, Lane, and Chase. How narcissistic do you have to be to name your children after your hobby?

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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ar least their names sound normal-ish, compared to other names. If I were to meet someone named Chase, I wouldn't think anything abt it

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread I was once checking in a customer for service.

EmoChanel

And she was very proud of it.

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Al B. Wright
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sounds more like a nickname she decided to adopt day to day.

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread You know the Duggar family (19 Kids and Counting)? One of their daughters named their son Spurgeon. SPURGEON.

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#35

Names with uneccessary letters or the rarely-seen, lack of necessary letters:

Jaiymes

Jaxn

Khaydence

Aayden

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#36

I once worked for Build-a-Bear Workshop. In one of their new hire training videos there was an employee taking to the camera about who the f**k knows because all I could focus on was her name tag. It said "Om'unique". Like, I'm Unique, except worse. I still have no idea what she was taking about.

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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Went on a road trip with my family last year and we stopped at a gas station that had a subway inside, the subway employee's name was "Timberly" It was not a typo... we asked lol

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I met the adult child of parents who named their daughter Morticia Addams, after the TV Show. I made her show me her driver's license and there was the proof. Her own parents had a different last name.

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Madeleine Flowers
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Welp. I don't know what else to say about that.

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread Prancer and Vixen for babies born during the Christmas season.

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James016
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People should have a full mental health check before being allowed to name their kids

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#39

Felony Meth.

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AzKhaleesi
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What in the actual.... please tell me this is a joke.

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40 Hilariously Unfortunate Names Parents Actually Give Their Children, According To People In This Thread MyLuv (yes, I have met a kid named this). That poor kid is probably not going to be successful, unless they change their name later on.

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AP
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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I already posted this in another BP place, but I knew a guy named Happy. He definitely was not.

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