As parents, you won’t want to confer a name on your mini-me that can easily be reduced to a silly nickname, or worse, the punchline to some joke.
What won’t work either ― names with complicated spellings or are easily mispronounced. It’ll likely be butchered by nurses, teachers, as well as other people in the future, so the only thing you’ll earn from your angry offspring is resentmen and eye-rolls.
By the way, pick trendy names only if you’re fine with seeing loads of heads turning when you call out to your kid in the playground.
If you mulling over which unique name to give bubba, you may want to skip these unique ones. Scroll through our gallery to find out why…
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BATMAN BIN SUPARMAN
A Singaporean-Javanese man made international headlines when he was arrested four years ago after stealing money from a shop. The irony was his name is similar to those of famous comic book heroes — Superman and Batman. With such a unique name, the picture of Batman’s NRIC has actually been widely circulated online from as early as 2008, says a BBC News report. But jokes aside, Supraman is actually a rather common Javanese name. “Su” is a common prefix in Indonesian names like former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and it’s derived from Sanskrit root meaning “good, fortunate”. (Photo: BBC News)
NORTH AND SAINT WEST
It didn’t take long for Twitter to erupt into jokes when reality star Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their firstborn baby girl, North West, in 2013. User @Lord_Voldemort7 joked, “So I’m assuming that North West won’t be a one direction fan?”, which has since been retweeted 23,000 times and counting. Nor did it help when the couple named their second child, a son, Saint West their came along,. Twitter users canonised the couple’s son as “The Patron Saint of Baies Cooler than You”, “The Patron Saint of Fame” or “The Patron Saint of Names that are slightly better than their sibling’s names”. (Photo: Kim Kardashian/Instagram)
With superman’s birth name, you would think actor Nicholas Cage and ex-wife Alice Kim were big fans of the comic book hero. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Cage shared with People Magazine that the name came to mind when Kim wanted a name that was “usual but beautiful”. They finally settled on the name Kal-El Coppola Cage because it was a “beautiful name and it had a kind of magical ring to it”, notes Cage. While giving your child superhero names are not uncommon, imagine the headlines it’ll make if the child ever runs afoul of the law. (Photo: Entertainment Tonight)
CRICKET PEARL AND BIRDIE LEIGH SILVERSTEIN
These are the adorable names Cougar Town actress and comedienne Busy Philipps and hubby Marc Silverstein gave to their two daughters. Philipps’ name was actually a nickname that caught on, instead of her actual name Elizabeth. So, when the actress was pregnant with her kids, the couple decided to name their offspring after “that thing that we wanted to call them”, Philipps said in an interview with NBC’s TODAY. The actress actually took to Twitter to respond to other users who worry the kid’s names will make them ideal candidates for therapy later in adulthood. Philipps tweeted, “Its weird people think my kids will be in therapy because of their names. Guys, my kids will be therapy for LOTS of reasons, I'm sure.” (Photo: Busy Philipps/Instagram)
Singer Alicia Keys and her music producer husband, Swizz Beatz — real name Kasseem Dean — named their first son Egypt, 7. While you may be thinking that it’s because he was conceived there — it wasn’t so. Just imagine the number of times he’ll need to explain his name to his pals. By the way, his little bro, now nearly 3, is named Genesis Ali. (Photo: Alicia Keys/Instagram)
You’re probably thinking that this is a typo — but it isn’t. According to an article, some 328 of these individuals live in America. In fact, a teacher at one of Singapore’s enrichment centres says she has also encountered a student with such a name. The name is pronounced “ab-si-dee”, which sounds way better than how it’s spelt! (Photo: iStock)
TALULA DOES THE HULA FROM HAWAII
In 2008, the New Zealand government actually stepped in to take the child into state guardianship, so as to change her name, according to The Guardian Newspaper. The child was so embarrassed by her name, she refused to reveal it to her friends, choosing to lie and say it’s “K” instead. Rob Murfitt, the ruling family court judge noted, “The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment that this child's parents have shown in choosing this name. It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily.” The girl at the centre of this saga has since changed her name. although what it is hasn’t been revealed to protect her privacy.
KYD MILLER DUCHOVNY
X-files star David Duchovny and his wife, actress Tea Leoni, named their son Kyd (pronounced “kid”). This is on top of his last name which already can be quite difficult to articulate, since it’s pronounced “doo-cov-nee”. The couple reportedly prefer calling their son by his middle name, Miller, instead. Imagine the confusion it caused when the couple went around looking for their son at the local playground! (Photo: Duchovnycentral.com)
My Name is Earl star Jason Lee chose Pilot after a line in a 2000 song by indie rock band Granddaddy, which had stuck in his head. It goes, “He’s simple, he’s dumb, he’s the pilot”. Outrageous as bestowing a name Pilot on your kid is, the least anyone could do is to get the spelling of the entire name right. Inspektor with a K? Good luck on getting the Starbucks barrister to write it down properly. (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
This has to be a cautionary tale about turning to a dictionary for christening inspiration. Dallas Clayton, the former beau of The Knight’s Tale actress Shannyn Sossamon, looked through the dictionary thrice before settling on this combination. Sossamon explains, “We wanted a word not a name, we were going to call him [just] science, but thought it might get shortened to Sci, as in SIMON.” Uh, sure! (Photo: Mom.me)
This sounds like an old-world name fit for a wise old man except that it’s the moniker chosen by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star Jena Malone for her 1-year-old. The word ode refers to a lyrical poem that’s usually meant to be sung. Others claim that Ode could also be a Teutonic name — a form of Germanic language — meaning rich. Whatever the meaning, Malone and her fiancée were thrilled at his arrival. In an Instagram post, the actress states, “Humbled and in complete awe that we get to experience the most ancient and transcendent love that exists.” (Photo: Jena Malone/Instagram)
When Numb3rs star Rob Morrow and his wife had a baby girl, the pair gave their daughter a pun-ny name, to follow “family tradition”. Morrow’s wife is Debbon Ayer, which sounds like the word “debonair”. Let’s hope that 16-year-old Tu loves the musical Annie as she can expect to have a lifetime of listening to people singing the title song, Tomorrow, to her. (Photo: Daily Express)
This futuristic name sounds as if it was inspired by a sci-fi film character but it’s actually the name given by Victoria’s Secret supermodel Doutzen Kroes to her baby boy, now aged 6. The name, pronounced as “Fillen” may seem unusual to you, but Kroes’ DJ husband Sunnery James loves it. He tweeted of his firstborn, “Can’t describe this feeling! Phyllon is our life!” (Photo: Daily Mail UK)