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America's Strangest Baby Name
by splatz
April 24 at 9:25 PM

America's Strangest Baby Name Is Impossible to Pronounce

by Jeanne Sager 11 hours ago


alphabet soupWell, America, the votes are in. You may think you've met the kid with the weirdest name in the nation, but chances are you haven't. That is unless you know one of the five children namedZzyzx?

No, that's not a typo. There are five kids in America carrying the unfortunate moniker Zzyzx, and a vote on bizarre baby names over at ebabynames just put theirs at the top of the weirdest list.

We know exactly what you're thinking. How does one pronounce that name?

Technically, it seems parents intend for their children to be called "Zay-Zix."

But that's the key, isn't it? What parents intend people to do with their child's name versus what really happens?

We can debate all day about whether or not strange baby names will make kids a target of bullying or if they're just going to be bullied because kids are cruel. But what's not up for debate is the problem that kids face when their parents create names that are hard -- if not impossible -- to pronounce.

They are dooming their kids to a lifetime of this:

John? Here.

Michael? Here.

Zuh. Zay. Zzzz. Mumble. Mumble. I'm sorry, but I can't pronounce this. Anyone with a name starting with Z? Sigh ... here.

In school. At the doctor's office. On the Starbucks line. And worse ... at job interviews.

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In this drive to be unique, parents seem to be forgetting the utility factor when it comes to baby naming.

Just look at the name that took the number 10 spot in ebabynames' weirdest vote: Mc. Is it pronounced Em-cee? Mick? Mike? Mac?

Kids need to be able to use this name. OTHER PEOPLE need to be able to use this name. Throwing down a pile of consonants on the birth certificate is essentially useless. Sure, it's a name, but it's not one that people can actually say.

So let's just add this to the list of best baby naming practices: write the name down. Ask other people to read it out loud. If they stumble over the pronunciation, you might as well just move it to the bottom of your list. You've got a kid to name ... not a statement to make.

What's the craziest baby name you've seen over the years? How was it pronounced?

Replies

  • Krizzle01
    April 24 at 11:57 PM
    I'd like to buy a vowel lol
  • johnny4ever
    April 25 at 7:49 AM

    That is a very unusual name!

  • booaura
    by booaura
    April 25 at 7:50 AM
    That's a crazy name.
  • splatz
    by splatz
    April 25 at 10:37 AM
    Haha! That just made me laugh and scare the baby!

    Quoting Krizzle01: I'd like to buy a vowel lol
  • splatz
    by splatz
    April 25 at 10:38 AM
    I really can not figure out how to even pronounce that.

    Quoting johnny4ever:

    That is a very unusual name!

  • splatz
    by splatz
    April 25 at 10:38 AM
    Even crazier that FIVE kids have that name.

    Quoting booaura: That's a crazy name.
  • booaura
    by booaura
    April 25 at 10:41 AM
    Yup. I can't even imagine what some parents think when they name their kids.

    Quoting splatz: Even crazier that FIVE kids have that name.

    Quoting booaura: That's a crazy name.
  • othermom
    April 25 at 11:10 AM

    I have heard a few different ones but never one like that

  • DanaG70
    by DanaG70
    April 25 at 11:46 AM

    We are huge college basketball fans, and a few years ago we were watching a game and I noticed one of the player's name was... God'sgift... no joke. Well he's one of six kids, his sisters names are Grace and Peace, his brother's names are, Promise, God'swill and Precious.

    His family is deeply reliegious.  

  • nurse1997
    April 25 at 12:14 PM

    Shame on their mom!

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