New Survey Reveals the 50 Most Cringeworthy Baby Names of 2021
No surprise here: Several of the strangest names stemmed from recent celebrity births.
Celebrities. They're not just like us-and the bizarre names they often give their kids is a prime example of this. And according to a recent survey, several of those celebrity baby names are some of the least liked by the general population.
The global survey of 9,000 people, conducted through Names.org, ranked the "50 worst baby names"-and we have some bad news for the Keeping Up With the Kardashians (KUWTK) clan. While the ranking contained several baby names from the Kardashian/Jenner/West families, the number-one spot went to North, the moniker Kim and Kanye's gave their eldest daughter born in 2013.
Kim and Kanye's other four name choices for their children also made the list, including Chicago (No. 5), Saint (No. 15), and Psalm (No. 27). Even the clan's last name, West, landed on the list at No. 50.
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Saint, True, Stormi, and even West may seem like off-beat names, but they're not as uncommon as you might think. In fact, more than 1,000 kids in the U.S. have those names.
What other strange names made the list? Here's the full top 10, according to Names.org voters.
- Apple: This is the name given to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's daughter (Can you even talk about interesting baby names without mentioning Apple?)
- X Æ A-Xii: Or, more commonly known as the son of Elon Musk and Grimes. They originally named him X Æ A-12, but were forced to change it to remove special characters and numbers.
- Pilot Inspektor: This bizarre name combination was given to the son of Jason Lee.
- Abcde: A girl with the name, pronounced AB-Si-Dee, was made famous after an airline gate agent called it out in 2018.
- Blanket: Blanket Jackson is the son of Michael Jackson and a surrogate.
- Banana: Although not their official names given at birth, Christian Bale gave one of his children the nickname Banana and another Burrito.
- Tu: Tu Morrow is the daughter of Rob Morrow and Debbon Ayer.
- Kulture: Kulture Kiari Cephus is the daughter of Cardi B and Offset.
Of course, the only thing that really matters when it comes to names is that the parents-and eventually, the child-like it. And there are plenty of approaches that parents can take for a more unique name, from hipster choices like Lennon, Roman, and Wren, and more old-fashioned picks like Rose and Owen. Kirsten Dunst and Ludacris are among the celebrities expecting a child this year. It'll be interesting to see which direction they take.
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