These baby names for girls and boys may not be cute, sweet or elegant, but they are most definitely unique. Still, here's why our winners for the worst names of 2019 should give you pause.

By Lisa Milbrand
September 10, 2019
Photo illustration by Sarina Finkelstein; Getty Images (4); Courtesy of HBO (1); Adobe Stock (1)

While thousands of parents named their kids Emma and Noah this year, only a small handful picked these 20 baby names. And that's definitely a good thing in our opinion! Why? Many of our contenders for the worst baby names of 2019 carry more of a negative meaning than some well-meaning parents may realize.

Without further ado, these are the baby names we hope not to see on next year's most popular list for the sake of both society and your kid's future first-grade teacher who will have to memorize how to spell it.

Worst Baby Names for Boys

Kingmessiah

King + Messiah? Let's just say that's a lot of name for your son to live up to.

Yugo

Do you really want your beloved baby linked with a defunct automaker who crafted a legendarily bad car?

Cub

This nickname baby name pick is adorable now, but not necessarily a long-term choice. (Imagine Supreme Court Justice Cub Smith?)

Axis

Love the x, hate the fact that this word is generally followed with the phrase "of evil."

Manson

Maybe these parents weren't aware of the crazed serial killer who is forever synonymous with this baby name?

Pinches

I don't even know why 7 sets of parents thought this name was a good idea.

Xxayvier

You're setting your son up for a lifetime of having to repeatedly spell his name for people. ("Yes, that's right. X and then another x.")

Cletus

Unfortunately, this name has become shorthand for some pretty nasty Southern stereotypes thanks to The Simpsons.

Danger

Unless you're giving birth to the next Austin Powers, not sure this name belongs anywhere near a birth certificate.

Stylez

This baby name sounds like a cheesy '90s boy band that didn't make it big.

Worst Baby Names for Girls

Shy

Either this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, or your outspoken daughter's going to be constantly razzed about it.

Mattel

The toy manufacturer famous for Barbie dolls may be one of the more unusual inspirations for baby names.

Cyncere

Something seems amiss when you give your child this virtue name—but misspell it.

Chardonnay

Only next-level wine moms need consider this one. And if they do, we hope they consider how it will sound being called out on her first day of kindergarten!

Khaleesi

Admittedly, Khaleesi used to be on the hot baby name list—but my guess is that there's a lot of Khaleesi baby name regret going on after that shocking Game of Thrones character turn.

Starlett

Unfortunately, this looks like a porn star name. (In other words, a definite worst baby name contender.)

Blaykelee

Consider this the ultimate argument for why you should avoid creative spellings.

Any

If you're picking word names, aim higher (like Awesome, which was also bestowed upon five little girls last year).

Vegas

Let's face it: You're dooming your daughter to a lifetime of very awkward "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" jokes.

Pansy

Still used as a slur toward LGBTQ+ people—so this floral name may not be ready to make its comeback (no matter what J.K. Rowling thinks).

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