I recently attended a family reunion, where I paid my respects to the older generation and joined them in welcoming the younger one. Our newest member is Riley John Tyler, which is a fairly euphonous name, but it got me to thinking about some of the names moms give their kids these days. It used to be that when one of my children came home from school talking about a friend, I knes at least what gender the child was. No more. I can no more tell what gender someone is from their name than I can determine their favorite flavor of ice cream.
Here are a couple of "bad" names I've encounteed over the past few years. Please note that not all of these children are related to me. Our family does not have the corner on the market for stupidity. Also, please feel free to to add your own favorite "worst name" in the comments.
Brothers, Justice and Datain, were born to a young woman who was obviously having legal problems. . . They were later adopted by a family member who changed their names to Justin and Dayton.
Several years ago, I heard a woman calling her small son to her. "Payne, come here!" Could labor have been that bad?
My personal favorite bad name is DeTerrence. Deterrance from what? Sex?
We mustn't forget the droves of children whose given names are surnames. Frequently, these surnames have nothing to do with their parentage. Kendal, Whitney, Morgan, and McKenzie lead the list as names that most likely sounded good to the parents. So how come no one ever names their kid Horowitz or Hannigan? "Pleased to meet you, my name is Berkowitz Martinez."
I have to admit that I like it better now than when every girl's name was Jennifer or Jessica. Those names gave me waaaaay too much information.