A few baby names you might want to avoid

Our dear friends are expecting a baby, and they think it’s going to be a boy. When they were in town a couple weeks ago, we chatted a bit about possible names for the kid. And that made me wonder: What are some boy names that parents should avoid? Here are a few that I came up with after almost no reflection on the matter:

  1. Adolf
  2. Lucifer
  3. Goliath
  4. Genghis
  5. Onan

Did I miss any obvious ones? Let me know in the comments. Who knows? If we get enough of a list going, it could be a real public service.

In other news, I finally updated the rickety old blog software that runs this site. It was a painstaking process, and I’m not sure it was completely successful, so if you run into any problems, please let me know. For now the site is using a barely modified canned theme for its design. It feels a bit too “corporate” for my taste, but I wanted to make sure things worked before I started trying to dress it up again.

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7 Responses to A few baby names you might want to avoid

  1. Jessica says:

    Polpot. Britney. Sadam. Judas. Quagmire.

  2. Drew MacDougall says:

    Blanket,Absalom,Jong Il,Divine,Baby 2.0

  3. Vernon says:

    I once had a student named Jovi, after Bon Jovi… Might want to avoid that. Another: Cletus.

  4. apnerve says:

    I’d like to add 1 … LADEN!

  5. Leandro Alves says:


  6. Mitar says:

    Swede Swedberg ?

  7. Franzwa says:



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