Best and Worst Baby Names of 2010

According to the Daily Beast, anyway…

At the top were names such as Louis Bardo, Marcello Daniel, and Cosima.  All right, I’m down with those.  But Billie Beatrice? Amadeus Benedict Edley Luis? Nelly May Lois?  I’m sorry, but I am so not feeling them.  For some reason, I don’t like when girls are named boy names. I know, I’m an old fogey and anti-feminist, but I just think that when I see a name on a piece of paper, I should know if it is a boy or girl.  Feel free to flog me publicly.  Don’t get me started on the Amadeus one, which the site praises for it’s mix of “style, ethnicities, and eras.” Do they not know people are going to follow him around on the playground singing the refrain to a rather bad but unforgettable 80’s pop song? And Nelly May Lois sounds like someone who spends most of her time being mean to people at a bingo parlor.

At the bottom were gems like  Buddy Bear Maurice, Sundance Thomas, and Draco.  Jamie Oliver (who is currently winning his CDF round) is perpetrator of the Ursa major, and Draco comes courtesy of one former Ms. Winnie Cooper.  I’m not totally up in arms about Draco, though.  At least it’s a literary name, not one that’s made up.  They also slammed Vera Farmiga about her choice of name, which was an ethnic Lithuanian one.  I’m not cool with making fun of names from other cultures, so I take issue with that one.

It’s a hectic week my friends, so posting this week? Totally on the light and fluffy side… Hope you don’t mind.

11 Responses to “Best and Worst Baby Names of 2010”

  1. class factotum December 21, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    I should know if it is a boy or girl.

    I would go as far as to say that all girls should have their ears pierced at 12 weeks. It really is a lot easier in Latin countries – you never have that awkward moment of, “What a cute little! — baby! What’s — its — name?” The girls have earrings; the boys don’t.

    • Glinda December 22, 2010 at 2:54 am #

      Hmmm, I’m going to have to disagree with you on the earring thing. The thought of my toddler having access to earrings which she can attempt to pull out of her ears frightens the bejesus out of me.

      • class factotum December 22, 2010 at 9:49 am #

        Wow! I never even thought of that! My friend Laura and I took her baby to have her ears pierced when Corina was 3 months. I don’t think Corina ever tried to pull the earrings out. She was too busy screaming her colicky head off. But a grabby baby – yeah, probably not a good idea.

        The earrings that my sister and I got (and that Corina got) were the screwback gold posts, so they couldn’t be pulled out, but I suppose you wouldn’t want a kid trying to yank on them anyhow.

  2. La Petite Acadienne December 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Heh, we were actually just talking about piercing babies’ ears over at Manolo Jewelry.

    I agree with Glinda about the Nelly May Lois. Nelly can be kind of cute, but Nelly May Lois just sounds like an interfering old biddy, doesn’t it?

    And “Buddy Bear”? That’d be an adorable name for your Golden Retriever, but not for your child, who will have to someday put that name on a resume.

    • Glinda December 22, 2010 at 2:55 am #

      Yeah, I don’t mind old fashioned names, but three of them is too much.

  3. Sarah December 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    On the piercing a girl’s ears, I waited til my girl was 1 and wish I’d have just caved earlier. Some people still call her a boy even with earrings and pink. Sometimes I think all the people in MO assume you only give birth to boys and magically end up with girls later.

    • Glinda December 22, 2010 at 2:56 am #

      You must have a child who does not try to eat everything she sees. Lucky you. :)

  4. La Petite Acadienne December 22, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    Yeah, mine is 16 months old and STILL puts everything in his mouth.

    Getting back to names, when I was naming my son, I went by my “Supreme Court Justice” rule. When thinking of a name, put the prefix “Supreme Court Justice” (or “Doctor”) in front of it. If it sounds utterly ridiculous, then it is not a name that will serve your child well when he or she reaches adulthood.

  5. class factotum December 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    put the prefix “Supreme Court Justice” (or “Doctor”)

    Which means the girls named Tiffany all have great futures as ploe dancers, but as VP Finance? Not so much.

  6. class factotum December 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    Ooops. Pole dancers. Not ploe dancers, whatever that is.

  7. La Petite Acadienne December 23, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Obviously the career path of the kid is determined by more than just their name. However, like it or not, there ARE certain names out there that do give an individual a bit of an uphill battle when it comes to being taken seriously. Is it fair? No. However, it is something that parents might want to keep in mind if they’re considering naming their kid Bambi or Bucky. Names aren’t destiny, but they DO form certain impressions.