Bad boy baby names have an undeniably cool essence to them. They call upon fiery meanings of warriors and lions—and tigers and bears, oh my!—alike and encourage the bearer to fight for what they deserve in life. Not only do their definitions and unique spellings make them something special, they also highlight more heritages than you can dream of! No matter where their family tree’s roots take hold, if baby’s parentage has you absolutely certain they’re going to be the handful of all handfuls, a bad boy baby name just makes sense.
When did “bad” start meaning “good?”
The answer to this question might be a big surprise! The word “bad” used for situations to mean “good,” “cool,” or any other shockingly positive adjectives seems like slang that might have perked up in the 80s and 90s—think “She’s a Bad Mama Jama”—but it actually started far earlier! An older variant of the word was spelled “badd,” and this was introduced as slang to fit a dual purpose; someone who was badd to the authorities was a revolutionary to their peers, thus changing the word’s future forever. Given the human penchant for loving a rebel, it’s unsurprising to the modern mind that this definition appeared; however, this usage was first popularized two centuries ago! In the 1800s, rebel society made a name for itself and never looked back.