Thursday, in a press release every news outlet in the land pounced on, the Washington Department of Health noted the most popular baby names of 2012 in our state. Coming as no surprise to anyone with young children in daycare, names like Mason, Liam, Sophia and Olivia reigned supreme.
But what about 2012's worst baby names? After all, for every well-named baby there's at least one Hashtag or Apple. And that's just the start ...
As noted in the Department of Health press release, uniqueness apparently goes a long way these days for parents choosing baby names. It's probably a positive development, considering the fact there were at least seven Matthews in each of my elementary school classes growing up. But it also leads to some kids who will no doubt hold long-term grudges against their parents.
As the state Department of Health notes:
Parent's today choose more unique, creative names for their children than parents did in 1980. Today, less than half of names for baby boys come from the top 100 names list and only about a third of names for baby girls are among the top 100. In 1980, nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of all baby boys had names in the top 100 names, and more than half (53 percent) of girls had one of the top 100 names for that year.
So what were some of 2012's worst baby names? While the Baby Center - self described as "The #1 pregnancy and parenting web and mobile destination worldwide" - labels them more flatteringly as "unusual," a list of actual baby names from 2012 provided by the website leaves no doubt we're looking at a generation of scarred children.
Taken from a survey of half a million parents, according to the Baby Center here are some of the most "unusual" baby names of 2012 - with each name having been given to at least two kids. As the Baby Center notes, this means "it's not a fluke!"
Terrible boy names:
Not to be outdone, here are some terrible girl names:
Looking at the list, it's almost enough to make a person pine for the days of rampant Jennifers and Christophers.
For parents currently grappling with what to name expected children, the state Department of Health provides a handy dandy list of popular baby names by year.
Remember: When naming a child, be unique ... just not too unique.