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Bad Baby Names: The Worst True Names Parents Saddled Their Kids With, and You Can Too! Paperback – March 1, 2008
From the Author
Do you like your name? Loathe it? Wish you could have has some say in the matter, because if you had, you would have chosen something stronger, something sexier, something smarter - something more you?
Well, we're here to tell you, you could have done worse.
I've been a Michael so long, I can't imagine being anything else, but do you really think Emmy Royd or Ima Muskrat felt the same way?
When you work for a company that helps people find names in old documents you get sort of preoccupied with names. This book came from that preoccupation. What started as occasional emails passed around on quiet afternoons turned into us scouring records for names that stood out for...well, their unique stropping power. Trust me, when you come across Wild Looney or Cash Favors it gives you a pause. Others make you laugh out loud, titter, shake your head, gape, or otherwise simply boggle the imagination. You can't help but wonder what the Hineys were thinking when Dad suggested, "Hey honey, I know, let's name him Harry..."
Most of the names in this book have come from the United States Censuses, 1970-1930. Some came from other record sources, such as military or birth, marriage, and death records. All of the names, as near as we can tell, are authentic. AS the very least, they are the names people offered on official documents. And why would you lie about something like Maxim D. Wart/Pure Blow/Valentine Bender/Love Lee Couch/Love Youmans/Willie B. Long?
Good reading, and remember: a name is for life...
From the Back Cover
Real People. Real Names. Real Funny. We have the proof.
Here is just a sample: Warren Peace - Born in 1866. Son of Edward and Betsey Peace of Essex, Essex County, New York. Appears in the 1880 United States Federal Census.
Hades Fryher - Born in 1916. Daughter of Louis and Annabell Fryher of East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York. Appears in the 1920 United States Federal Census.
Mars Nix - Born in 1928. Son of Johnie and Tammie Nix of Franklin County, Alabama. Appears in the 1930 United States Federal Census.
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Even though this book is sometimes repetitive and boring, I still liked it enough to recommend you check it out of the library. Hopefully you won't be naming your child any of the more unusual names in the book like Gravy Cooks, Late Knight, Super Mann or Brown Rice. I found my eyes glazing and rolling back in my head reading list after list after list of names. I'm not sure how to make the format more interesting. The page layout was okay, but maybe a bigger book with a little more history between shorter lists of the names.
My favorite? Nicole - historically the least expensive girl in the whorehouse. "Look it up" says Don't Name Your Baby! Ha!!
Great way to subtly suggest to your well meaning friends and relatives that the world doesn't need another Kaitlyn or Jennifer; it's also good fun to look up all the names of your adult friends and see what they've been saddled with. I also remember their listing for Patrick - "why don't you just tattoo IRISH on his forehead?"
Our goal in naming our children has been to find names that aren't in this book :-) So far, spot on!
Some of the names in here defy description. It's amazing to think of people actually being named things like Evil Blessing! And they're all from the U.S. Census!
I had a great time reading this with my kids on a recent roadtrip. Highly recommended to all parents: think of the names you could have saddled your kids with!
A perfect baby shower gift!
When I got it, I read it straight through but only out of a sense of duty to the review I knew I would have to write. I really couldn't wait to put the book down. The authors gathered together from a universe that is filled with wonderfully bad names a bunch that are only dull. After a couple of pages, you recognize that some parents are pretty unimaginative. Going on for the whole hundred and twenty or so pages simply confirms that first impression. Sure enough, some parents are pretty unimaginative.
I was looking for humor. I found boredom. My sense of honor won't even let me give the book to Goodwill. Some financially-strapped bargain-hunting reader might buy it.