Baby names: 94 of the worst names - and their terrible meanings

Whether you're expecting a baby boy or girl, it's apparently best to avoid THESE baby names at all costs... You don't want to accidentally lumber your baby with one of the universe's WORST baby names ever, do you?!

It's one of the most important gifts you can ever bestow upon your child, which is why so many parents spend such a long time dreaming up the perfect baby name for their newborn.

From flipping through baby name books, to looking to pop culture for inspiration, mums and dads search high and low for strong and meaningful monikers.

But there's also the need to be unique. After all, nobody wants their little one to share their name with five other kids in the class!

Thinking of a name for your baby? Don't pick any of these! (Credit: Getty Images)

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet - unless, perhaps, if it was called 'demon flower'.

Yes, there is a LOT to think about when choosing a name for your baby boy or girl. Because it's not just the name itself, oh no; it's also the MEANING of the name.

To help you out, we've taken a look through the baby name catalogues and dug out the monikers with the most terrible meanings ever.

From sadness to devil worship, unluckiness to physical ailments, these name meanings are all outstanding in their terribleness.

Isn't it sad when bad things happen to good baby names, eh?

They're nice enough names but the meanings... Eek. (Credit: Getty Images)


1. Akuji

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

2. 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".

3. Claudia

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

4. Deirdre

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

5. 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".

6. Dolores

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

7. Emily

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

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8. Hecate

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

9. Kennedy

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

10. Keres

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

11. Jezebel

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

12. 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".

13. 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".

14. Lola

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

15. 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!

You wouldn't like it if you were named for a "deformed head", we're sure (Credit: Getty Images)

16. Mallory

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

17. Malvolia

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

18. 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...

19. Mary

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

20. Molly

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

21. 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.

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22. Nerezza

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

23. 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.

24. 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!

25. 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".

26. Sidero

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

27. Sloane

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

28. Thana

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

29. Tristana

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

30. Tristesse

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

31. Zilla

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

Did you know that Molly meant "bitter"? (Credit: Getty Images)


1. Abaddon

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

2. Alastor

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

3. Azazel

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

4. Brennan

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

5. Brone

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

6. 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".

7. Calvin

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

8. Cameron

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

Aww, baby Crooked Nose... (Credit: Getty Images)

9. Campbell

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

10. Cessair

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

11. Das

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

12. Doyle

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

13. Dracul

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

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14. Dugal

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

15. Huxley

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

16. Jabez

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

17. 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.

18. James

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

Who knew that Jacob was so shifty (Credit: Getty Images)

19. Jolon

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

20. Kennedy

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

21. Mallory

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

22. Mort

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

23. 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.

24. Phobus

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

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25. Samael

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

26. Teivel

This name is the Yiddish word for "devil".

27. Than

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

28. Tristan

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

29. 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".

30. Valdis

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

Fancy a baby Venom Of God? (Credit: Getty Images)


Now if those weren't bad enough, some Reddit users had their say on the worst baby names they'd ever heard.

As we know, some parents take their quest for a unique baby name too far. In a new Reddit thread, people were asked to share the worst baby names they have ever heard.

And they didn't disappoint!

1. Aliviyah

"Pronounced Olivia. This baby's parents fit every trap stereotype."

2. Baby

"Yup. That's the name."

3. Mhavryck

"Pronounced as Maverick."

4. Elizabreth

"...Which easily becomes The Lizard Breath."

5. Nevaeh

"It will always be the worst. Your going to [hell] for naming your kid that."

Come on now... Elizabreth?! (Credit: Getty Images)

6. Little Sweetmeat

"Swear to God."

7. Danger

"I work in childcare. I could do this all damn day."

8. Beberly

"Sounds like an accidental birth certificate spelling error."

9. Harley Quinn

"Not first name and middle name. Not "Harleen Quinzel" and she calls her Harley Quinn... her first name is Harley Quinn. Poor kid."

10. D'Artagnan

"They must have read The Three Musketeers."

11. Panthy

"'Nuff said."

12. Jarica

"Parents couldn't decide between Jessica and Erica."

13. Legend

"For real. That's the baby's name!"

14. Olive Garden

"Well, I have liked the name 'Garden' for a daughter, but my wife was really set on 'Olive' so we compromised and are naming her Olive Garden Smith."

15. Meldor

"One does not just walk into Meldor."

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16. Cameron

"Why is this a stupid name, you ask? His last name is also Cameron. He's Cameron Cameron."

17. Merika

"As in, America."

18. C'andre (pronounced see-andre)

"The mother claimed 'I wanted his name to start with a C because his fathers name began with a C'"

19. Reighleigh

"It's Riley, but for a girl."

20. Spartacus

"Imagine when they get to school, and the teacher takes attendance."

21. Orlando

"For a girl. It was because of the Virginia Woolf book."

22. Appaloosa

"Yes, for a girl. And yes, like the horse."

23. Sassi

"Sassy, but with an i."

24. Stormy Sea

"Don't do meth guys. It makes you do really stupid things."

Hmm. Because Stormy Sea is definitely going to grow up well (Credit: Getty Images)

25. Abcde (pronounced ab-cee-dee)

"It makes my head hurt."

26. Queen Precious Jewel Earth

"I swear to god!"

27. Stiffany

"Stephanie and Tiffany, maybe?"

28. Hayydden

"Double why?!?!"

29. Melanomia

"My ex-boyfriend named his daughter Melanomia. Yup. Dodged a bullet."

30. Keeler

"Like vegetable peeler, but with a K."

31. Kingsley

"You had a baby, not a teacup poodle!"

32. Kelliton

"Kelly + Wellington?"

33. Lotus

"Lotus is a pretty flower, but an ugly word."

Oh dear... Poor baby! (Credit: Getty Images)

To be honest, we like to think that everyone makes their own good fortune, regardless of the name bestowed upon them. Plus, you know, there are so many different interpretations of baby names out there, we bet there's BOUND to be at least one good and positive meaning for each of the monikers listed above.

However, there's no denying that the likes of Melanoma and Keeler will go down in history as some truly awful monikers.

Did you know that any of these names had such drastic meanings? Would you ever consider naming a child one of them? Have you heard of any WORSE than the Reddit ones mentioned? Let us know over on Facebook and Twitter.

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