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, moms 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!
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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 catalogs 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?
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Akuji: The meaning of this African name is "dead and awake" — not very cheery for a new life!
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."
Claudia: Again, you might want to avoid this feminine of Latin Claudius as it means "lame" or "disabled."
Deirdre: This Celtic and Gaelic name, unfortunately, means "sorrowful" or "sad one."
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."
Dolores: This Spanish name sadly means "lady of sorrows" – you don't want your little girl to become one of those, do you?!
Emily: Emily is an English version of the Latin Aemilia, which comes from the word for "rival."
Hecate: This Greek goddess of witchcraft is probably not a good omen for your little one.
Kennedy: A unisex name of Celtic and Gaelic origin, and is often a surname too — meaning "deformed head."
Keres: This Greek baby name means "evil spirits" — eek!
Jezebel: Once used as a word to shame women, this Hebrew name actually means "an impure follower of idols."
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."
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."
Lola: Lola is actually a diminutive of Dolores (who knew!) which is above, meaning "lady of sorrows." Oh dear!
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!
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Mallory: You just can't get any worse than this unisex French name — it means "unfortunate" or "ill-fated."
Malvolia: This feminine version of Shakespeare's Malvolio translates to "ill will."
Mara: 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...
Mary: Surely the mother of Jesus has a name which is holy and wonderful? Unfortunately not. Mary means "rebellion" or "bitter" in Hebrew.
Molly: We're not sure what's going on with these three but yet again, Molly also means "bitter."
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.
Nerezza: This Italian name means "darkness". Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but...
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.
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!
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."
Sidero: This name is a Latin name meaning "evil nymph." You don't want one of those on your hands!
Sloane: This Gaelic name is slightly ambiguous — yes, it means "warrior" or "fighter," but that's not always a bad thing, is it?
Thana: Sounds lovely doesn't it? But Thana actually means "death" in Arabic. Gulp.
Tristana: This Celtic name means "sorrowful" or "sad." Poor Tristana!
Tristesse: Following the same train of thought, this French name means "sadness."
Zilla: Hmm, this Hebrew baby name might sound very pretty, but it actually means "shadow," "shade," and "gloom"...
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Abaddon: Yikes; translated into Hebrew, Abaddon means "Angel of death". He's also the king of a locust army in the New Testament.
Alastor: Anyone considering naming their sprog after Mad Eye Moody in Harry Potter, think again. This name is Ancient Greek for "persecutor" or "tormentor."
Azazel: Biblical groups cite his name as an "evil demon" or "evil spirit," or even a "fallen angel."
Brennan: When used as a first name, this Gaelic name is Anglicised and means "sorrow" or "sadness."
Brone: Another Irish name, and it also means "sadness."
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."
Calvin: Derived from the French "chauve," meaning "bald"... Don't do it!
Cameron: Could be worse, but this Scottish name means "crooked nose."
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Campbell: Another Scottish name, this time meaning "crooked mouth."
Cessair In Irish legend, Cessair was the granddaughter of Noah and died in the flood. This name means "sorrow" or "affliction."
Das This Indian name derives from the Sanskrit word Dasa, which means "servant" or "slave."
Doyle: This Irish name translates to "dark stranger." Eek!
Dracul: Well, for starters, it's too close to Dracula for our liking. Even worse than that, it actually means "devil" or "dragon."
Dugal: Dugal comes from the same origins as Doyle, and therefore also means "dark stranger."
Huxley: This well-sounding name is of English origin — but it means "inhospitable place."
Jabez: This Hebrew name means "he makes sorrowful," and apparently his mother said: "I gave birth to him in pain."
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.
James: James is derived from Jacob, which as above means "supplanter."
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Jolon: This Native American name translates to "valley of the dead oaks." Not a pretty picture.
Kennedy: As seen in the girl's list, this unisex name means "deformed head."
Mallory: Another unisex name mentioned in the girl's list, this French name means "unfortunate" or "ill-fated."
Mort: Although it might just be short for Mortimer, this name means "dead" in Old French.
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.
Phobus: This name sort of makes sense as it means "fear," similar to the word phobia.
Samael: This Hebrew name means "venom of God" or "blindness of God" and was an archangel in folklore. Yikes!
Teivel: This name is the Yiddish word for "devil."
Than: Than is a Greek name for "death" – how morbid!
Tristan: This Celtic name has many meanings, but one of them is "sorrowful" or "sad."
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."
Valdis: This is another unisex name which means "the dead."
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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!
Baby: "Yup. That's the name."
Mhavryck: "Pronounced as Maverick."
Elizabreth: "...Which easily becomes The Lizard Breath."
Nevaeh: "It will always be the worst. Your [sic] going to [hell] for naming your kid that."
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Little Sweetmeat: "Swear to God."
Danger: "I work in childcare. I could do this all damn day."
Beberly: "Sounds like an accidental birth certificate spelling error."
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."
D'Artagnan: "They must have read The Three Musketeers."
Panthy: "'Nuff said."
Jarica: "Parents couldn't decide between Jessica and Erica."
Legend: "For real. That's the baby's name!"
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."
Meldor: "One does not just walk into Meldor."
Cameron: "Why is this a stupid name, you ask? His last name is also Cameron. He's Cameron Cameron."
Merika: "As in, America."
C'andre (pronounced see-andre): "The mother claimed 'I wanted his name to start with a C because his fathers [sic] name began with a C'"
Reighleigh: "It's Riley, but for a girl."
Spartacus: "Imagine when they get to school, and the teacher takes attendance."
Orlando: "For a girl. It was because of the Virginia Woolf book."
Appaloosa: "Yes, for a girl. And yes, like the horse."
Sassi: "Sassy, but with an i."
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Abcde (pronounced ab-cee-dee): "It makes my head hurt."
Queen Precious Jewel Earth: "I swear to god!"
Stiffany: "Stephanie and Tiffany, maybe?"
Melanomia "My ex-boyfriend named his daughter Melanomia. Yup. Dodged a bullet."
Keeler: "Like vegetable peeler, but with a K."
Kingsley: "You had a baby, not a teacup poodle!"
Kelliton: "Kelly + Wellington?"
Lotus: "Lotus is a pretty flower, but an ugly word."
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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 Melanomia and Keeler will go down in history as some truly awful monikers.
This post was written by Kayleigh Dray & Emma Dodds. For more, check out our sister site Closer.
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