A few things have inspired this post. 1) The STFU Parents blog, and some other no longer running blogs dedicated to bad baby names. 2) Reading through the weird names at the bottom of the SSA extended list. 3) Going over odd names in my head. Or rather, names with not-so-great meanings, such as Claudia and Perdita.
Here are some names, how many babies were given the name in 2011, and my commentary. This list could go on for days, so I'll just stick with boys names for now.
Gowtham, 6 - not sure what to make of this, but it seems definitely related to Gotham city
Nation, 11 - skip the fictional city name and go with Nation...after all, your kid IS their own nation
Granite, 6 - they loved their granite counter so much they named their son after it
Cable, 8 - like Granite, they loved their cable TV so much...
Thang, 31 - that thang you do...
Gohan, 17 - this one may not be obvious to some, so look up "Dragon Ball Z"
Gambit, 5 - similar to Gohan, you might need to know about the X-Men to appreciate this
Cape, 6 - instead of naming it Gambit or Gohan, Cape will do just fine, so they can grow up wanting to wear a cape...or they might visit Cape Cod
Trig, 35 - trigonometry was hard, but maybe having Trig as a name will help?
Cartel, 6 - a new spin on profession names, but who wants their kid to run a drug cartel?
Couper, 14 - a cross between Cooper and the French word coup
Cougar, 6 - a nice animal name and all, but I hope his middle name isn't Hunter
Newt, 5 - a name with history, yes, but also the name of a little black salamander
Chaos, 7 - yes, children can be chaotic, but no need to make it their name
Breaker, 10 - just like Chaos, children break stuff, but it isn't their finest quality, so skip it as a name
General, 15 - I'm sure they intended it to be like the military title, not the phrase "in general"
Choice, 6 - kind of like Chance, but it certainly wasn't the baby's choice for a name
Gamble, 6 - like Choice, these parents took a gamble on their son's name, but hopefully their son doesn't pick up a nasty gambling problem later in life
Tuff, 36 - he won't be tough enough unless we name him tough spelled wrong
Clever, 7 - let's hope he's clever enough to own his name, so to speak
Carion, 5 - one less R than carrion, as in "the decaying flesh of dead animals"
Gorge, 6 - another word name gone wrong, "to engorge" means to swell up
And my favorites today: Cristofher, 6, and Christofher, 6. Obviously if you added two spaces it would become "Christ of her/Crist of her."
How about you? Have you seen any name that make you wonder what the parents were thinking, or names that made you laugh?