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Same Name-Two Reactions-Judging Baby Names — Dave’s Diary

I’m a little over a month away from becoming a grandfather for the second time.  It’s pretty exciting.  Son Lance (just a coincidence) has a gorgeous little girl named Aubrey and daughter Sarah (just a coincidence) is due to give birth in May.  Interestingly she has decided not to learn the sex of the baby before the bundle of joy is born.   It’s kinda driving her husband crazy!  So at this point, we don’t what his/her name will be for sure.  One thing IS for sure and that’s the fact that there is a thin line between love and hate when it comes to baby names. Many of the names that are most popular on the list supplied annually by the Social Security Administration are also the same names that are the most disliked list.

You could call it a backlash against being too “trendy”. says it succinctly: “A quick track to baby-name fame seems to also trigger hate for that name.” The number one name that people dislike the most is Nevaeh, which is “heaven” spelled backward. This made-up name for girls didn’t even exist until the 1990s, but skyrocketed in popularity from 2003 to 2007 when it shot up from the 150th most common baby name to the 31st.

The top 10 most hated boys’ names:

  1. Jayden
  2. Brayden
  3. Aiden
  4. Kaden
  5. Hunter
  6. Hayden
  7. Bentley
  8. Tristan
  9. Michael
  10. Jackson

The top 10 most hated girls’ names:

  1. Nevaeh
  2. Destiny
  3. Madison
  4. Mackenzie
  5. McKenna
  6. Addison
  7. Gertrude
  8. Kaitlyn
  9. Makayla
  10. Bertha

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