Worst Baby Names Of 2011
Yes, someone named their kid Facebook, and no, it wasn’t Mark Zuckerberg. An Egyptian man named his daughter Facebook to celebrate the social media site’s role in protests in Egypt against then-president Hosni Mubarak. Activists used the website to organize demonstrations that ultimately led to Mubarak’s exit. So even though the guy had a good reason behind the name choice, maybe he could’ve gone with something a little more low-key? This moniker is definitely newsfeed-worthy, but that’s not necessarily a good thing.
And you thought it was going to end there. Nope. Perhaps inspired by baby girl Facebook, an Israeli couple named their daughter Like, after the Facebook button. The couple wanted a unique name and thought it was short and sweet. Like’s parents don’t think that she’ll be teased in school — we’re not so sure about that. What’s next? A baby named “Comment” or “See Friendship”?
Sorry, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon — Moroccan’s not exactly at the top of our baby name rankings. What’s their son going to think when he finds out that he was named after a themed room in his parents’ house? Hey, at least they didn’t name him “Bathroom” or “Pool House.”
This designer name climbed 64 spots between 2009 and 2010 in Social Security’s baby names rankings, and we’re guessing it’s only gaining in popularity. We’re all for style and a bit of drama when it comes to names, but Armani wouldn’t be at the top of our list. If the designer baby name trend takes off, picture your kid going to school with a Balenciaga or a Gucci. Yikes!
Alicia Silverstone’s a well-known animal rights activist and vegan, so it didn’t really shock us when she named her baby Bear Blu. Hey, it works for her — but we’d prefer to stay away from animal baby names.
We’re not joking. People have named their babies Lucifer. We’re not quite sure why any parent would want their little angel to have such a sinister-sounding name. And if you actually are looking to name your child Lucifer, you won’t be able to in New Zealand. It’s been banned by the names registrar there after three couples tried to give their babies the moniker and were denied.
It’s perfectly fine to name your kid something that’s trendy, but actually naming him “Trendy”? We’re not so sure about that. UK-based soccer star Gabriel Zakuani and his wife recently named their baby boy Trendy. The inspiration: Zakuani admits that Twitter and “trending topics” on the social media site might have played a role. We honestly wouldn’t be surprised if his next kid’s name is “Hashtag.”
Okay, so we know Lakers star Ron Artest is far from a baby, but he went through a rebirth of sorts in 2011, too. Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace (Metta’s his first name; World Peace is the last name). Metta is a Buddhist word that means loving kindness and friendliness toward others. The basketball player said he hoped that his name change would inspire the world’s youth. We’re just glad the NBA lockout is over so we can see “World Peace” on the back of his jersey.