These Are Some Of The Worst Baby Names In The World

Along with their awful meanings...

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We can only imagine how hard it would be to choose a baby name… like your kid literally has to have that name until the rest of forever.

So, if you’re currently expecting… or if you’re planning on adopting a fur baby, these are the names you probably want to avoid for many reasons.

Sometimes a name can sound perfect … until you realise the meaning of the name and everything just goes out the window.

Thankfully has come to the rescue and put together a list of the worst baby names they have ever heard to stop other humans making some regretful choices.

  1. Akuji

The meaning of this African name is "dead and awake" – not very cheery for a new life!

  1. Cecilia

Although this pretty-sounding Latin name may be your name of choice, you may want not want to tempt fate as it means "blind".

  1. Claudia

Again, you might want to avoid this feminine of Latin Claudius as it means "lame" or "disabled".

  1. Deirdre

This Celtic and Gaelic name unfortunately means "sorrowful" or "sad one".

  1. Desdemona

You'd already be off to a bad start as this Shakespearean character is murdered by her husband, Othello. Never mind that this Greek name means "of the devil", "ill-fated one" and "misery".

  1. Dolores

This Spanish name sadly means "lady of sorrows" – you don't want your little girl to become one of those, do you?!

  1. Emily

Emily is an English version of the Latin Aemilila, which comes from the word for "rival".

  1. Hecate

This Greek goddess of witchcraft is probably not a good omen for your little'un.

  1. Kennedy

A unisex name of Celtic and Gaelic origin, and is often a surname too – meaning "deformed head".

  1. Keres

This Greek baby name means "evil spirits" – eek!

  1. Jezebel

Once used as a word to shame women, this Hebrew name actually means "an impure follower of idols".

  1. Leah

The name Leah actually has many different meanings in many languages, but in American or Hebrew-speaking families this name means "tired or weary".

  1. Lilith

It's so close to the pretty flower name Lily, that we wouldn't have thought Lilith would be anything but lovely and pretty. But it turns out that this Hebrew name means "night monster" or "ghost".

  1. Lola

Lola is actually a diminutive of Dolores (who knew!) which is above, meaning "lady of sorrows". Oh dear!

  1. Loralei

This German name is another pretty-sounding name, but deriving from Lurlei which means "ambush cliff", Loralei actually means "she whose singing lures men to destruction". Yikes!

  1. Mallory

You just can't get any worse than this unisex French name – it means "unfortunate" or "ill-fated".

  1. Malvolia

This feminine version of Shakespeare's Malvolio translates to "ill will"

  1. Mara

See, although this name DOES mean "bitter" or "sorrow" in Hebrew, and is also a Hindu goddess of destruction, Mara does mean "sea" in Gaelic. So, you know, there's that...

  1. Mary

SURELY the mother of Jesus has a name which is holy and wonderful? Unfortunately not. Mary means "rebellion" or "bitter" in Hebrew.

  1. Molly

We're not sure what's going on with these three but yet again, Molly also means "bitter".

  1. Narcissa

There are two ways you can look at this name. The Narcissa flower is more commonly known as a daffodil – you know, those beautiful yellow flowers which signify the beginning of Spring! But it sadly also links to the word narcissistic, which means to be obsessed with yourself.

  1. Nerezza

This Italian name means "darkness". Which isn't necessarily a BAD thing, but...

  1. Portia

You'd probably rather hear about the Shakespearean character, who was rich, beautiful and intelligent. But the word Portia derives from a word for... well, pig.

  1. Persephone

Again, there are two ways to think about this name. Yes, the first is the meanings of "to destroy" and "murder". But bear in mind that Persephone was the Greek goddess of Spring!

  1. Rebecca

Although this biblical woman is normally looked up to, being one of the main characters in the bible, the name actually means "to bind", "to tie" or "snare".

  1. Sidero

This name is a Latin name meaning "evil nymph". You don't want one of those on your hands!

  1. Sloane

This Gaelic name is slightly ambiguous – yes, it means "warrior" or "fighter", but that's not ALWAYS a bad thing, is it?

  1. Thana

Sounds lovely doesn't it? But Thana actually means "death" in Arabic. Gulp.

  1. Tristana

This Celtic name means "sorrowful" or "sad". Poor Tristana!

  1. Tristesse

Following the same train of thought, this French name means "sadness".

  1. Zilla

Hmm, this Hebrew baby name might sound very pretty, but it actually means "shadow", "shade" and "gloom"...

  1. Abaddon

YIKES – translated into Hebrew, Abaddon means "Angel of death". He's also the king of a locust army in the New Testament.

  1. Alastor

Anyone considering naming their sprog after Mad Eye Moody in Harry Potter, think again. This name is Ancient Greek for "persecutor" or "tormentor".

  1. Azazel

Biblical groups cite his name as an "evil demon" or "evil spirit", or even a "fallen angel".

  1. Brennan

When used as a first name, this Gaelic name is Anglicised and means "sorrow" or "sadness".

  1. Brone

Another Irish name, and it also means "sadness".

  1. Byron

It's not as concerning as some of the other names on the list, but Byron is derived from Old English "byre", which means "cowshed".

  1. Calvin

Derived from the French "chauve", meaning "bald"... Don't do it!

  1. Cameron

Could be worse, but this Scottish name means "crooked nose".

  1. Campbell

Another Scottish name, this time meaning "crooked mouth".

  1. Cessair

In Irish legend, Cessair was the granddaughter of Noah and died in the flood. This name means "sorrow" or "affliction".

  1. Das

This Indian name derives from the Sanskrit word Dasa, which means "servant" or "slave"

  1. Doyle

This Irish name translates to "dark stranger". Eek!

  1. Dracul

Well, for starters, it's too close to Dracula for our liking. Even worse than that, it actually means "devil" or "dragon".

  1. Dugal

Dugal comes from the same origins as Doyle, and therefore also means "dark stranger".

  1. Huxley

This well-sounding name is of English origin – but it means "inhospitable place".

  1. Jabez

This Hebrew name means "he makes sorrowful", and apparently his mother said: "I gave birth to him in pain".

  1. Jacob

Although Jacob helped to found the 12 tribes of Israel in the bible, the name actually means "supplanter" – which is someone who takes the rightful place of someone else.

  1. James

James is derived from Jacob, which as above means "supplanter".

  1. Jolon

This Native American name translates to "valley of the dead oaks". Not a pretty picture.

  1. Kennedy

As seen in the girl's list, this unisex name means "deformed head".

  1. Mallory

Another unisex name mentioned in the girl's list, this French name means "unfortunate" or "ill-fated".

  1. Mort

Although it might just be short for Mortimer, this name means "dead" in Old French.

  1. Oleander

It's not far away from Oliver is it? But it actually means "poisonous flower". We'd stick to Oliver if we were you.

  1. Phobus

This name sort of makes sense as it means "fear", similar to the word phobia.

  1. Samael

This Hebrew name means "venom of God" or "blindness of God" and was an archangel in folklore. Yikes!

  1. Teivel

This name is the Yiddish word for "devil".

  1. Than

Than is a Greek name for "death" – how morbid!

  1. Tristan

This Celtic name has many meanings, but one of them is "sorrowful" or "sad".

  1. Ubel

In this day and age, your little one may be nicknamed "Uber", whether you like it or not. Never mind that it actually means "evil".

  1. Valdis

This is another unisex name which means "the dead".

Well, there you go.

Thank you for helping with this baby name process.

Carly Heading

1 June 2017

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