Poor Child: 5 Hood-ish Baby Names That Take Creativity Too Far

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November 30, 2011 ‐ By Renay Alize


Oranjello (Or-anne-jell0)

Yes you read that correctly, it’s pronounced like Orange Jello. Now I understand being creative and all of that but perhaps naming your child after a food with questionable nutritional value is not the move. People will think he’s shaky and lacks substance.

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  • Donna

    Don’t these idiot parents realize that they are identifying their children as black by naming them ridiculous, made-up names? I worked as an EEOC Coordinator for a major health insurance company in the 1970s when affirmative action was popular. Photos of prospective applicants were not allowed, nor was any reference to their race so as to preclude employers from not hiring minorities, namely, blacks, based on their race. But now, with these ridiculous names, it’s obvious what their race is. If you want your kids to be accepted by this country, stop giving them these ridiculous names. Sorry, but white men still control who gets what in the US.

  • KC

    How about the name Schnl? It pronounced Chanel. SMH

  • http://www.facebook.com/conshnkell411 Constance Shnooky Kelley

    Dijonnaise.. I guess her mother was a big fan of condiments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438551270 Jessica Lucinda Williams

    “LeDasha” (Le-a) mama need her “le-ass ” whooped.

  • http://twitter.com/buddiejames buddiejames

    well, I read page one page and linked to the references, but I refuse to click, click, click, guess I missed the rest of the aarticle

  • ModelType

    What I don’t understand is it seems as though parents these days don’t realize their child is going to grow up one day. Crazy names with crazy spellings, how will that look when little Zhaniah turns 40 or 60 maybe. I think its because the parents are young when they have them and they think that kid is going to stay 4-years-old forever

  • http://www.facebook.com/treysuchasweetheart Trey Suchasweetheart Andrews

    The La-Dash-a one is an urban legend

  • k.s.d

    I have a Tyquandreannia and a Jaur’niyah in my class!

  • kaymee

    Barackeisha made my day! LMAO

  • LeWilde1

    Anecdote from friend who works in social security office on Chicago’s West side. A young mother is bringing her infant in to get a number. My friend is looking at the birth certificate, trying to come up with the most inoffensive pronunciation, and just punts: “Vagina [insert last name]!” The mother says, “NO! It’s Va-gin-AY!”

    And I finally met the woman who said she named her daughter “Porsche” and couldn’t wait til she could afford to buy one.

    The book Freakonomics has a good chapter on black names, too.

  • WTFDoTheyBeThinking?!?

    I work at a Pediatrics office…..when I saw the name “Boo’Qualan”….I was done! We also have a “Dasani” (like the water) and a “DaMahzie” pronounced Dah-mah-zee-ayy….JUST HOOD!

  • tearcollector

    People, just STOP with these stupid, made up, hood names!! You will make sure your kid gets laughed at and denied for a job. Those names aren’t African, nor are they appealing.

  • Nicole N.

    I’shakeba, Ta’keshianna, Comfort, Pleasure, Paradise, Lacole, Shakanna, Latasja, Marvette, Rauseeaa, Tuesday-Storm. Sad…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/shanifiu Shani Bernard

    I love created names even weird ones. I don’t wast my son in a class with 10 more kids named Alex……. we have to start evolving names some time. now is the dark age lol

  • Babyjo

    I’m a substitute teacher and jeezus the names I come across. Sad to report that I have met TWO A-a’s (pronounced Adasha. wish I was making it up) and a friend had two twin boys in her class names Lemonjello and Orangejello (emphasis on the second syllable, and soft on the last syllabe, so “Or-ON-jullo” and “Luh-MON-jullo”)

    • Babyjo

      I swear I’m just waiting on little asterisk (spelled * ) to come walking through the door

  • Maldrie

    This is so late but parents need to name their child something that will set them up for success not to be held back all their lives over a name. Give them something reasonable like Jonathan David, Mary Elizabeth, Shannon, Cheyanne or something like that! Not names like Promise Char’Nice or Mercedes Benz or anything like that!

  • Guest2

    I met a guy out about 10 years ago, and his name was Phiance (Fiance). I thought he was kidding but he wasn’t and he said his dad name was Phil, but his mom was very young when she had him, so she wanted to give him part of his dad’s name, and she also felt (being very young) that she would never get married with a child so this was the only way she would get a fiance. I think he is about one of the only guys that I remember hitting on me and I never talked to after, but it was just too funny, and I found out he wasn’t lying.

  • CarlaKah

    L’JahFarao (El Jah Farao). Darealyst Clark (son of Clark). Dusheinah (Do Shine Ah). Dejenirah (mix of dennis (dad) jennifer (mom) and nira (grandma). Phassyon (Fashion). Biscuit (cookie in french).

  • http://twitter.com/NajeemaIman Najeema McMahan

    My cousin dated a “Devious” yes that was the name on his driver’s license…and his name spoke volumes about him,….

  • blanche

    I worked in a hospital. Here are some names I ran into there and in the local community . I’ll leave you to guess the last name of this first one. La Diamond Brace ____ , Formica Dinette ( first and middle name), Washonda Foote (first and last name) Indiana Missouri (first and middle name of an ancient lady,) and Nitrogen O’Hara (first and last name of an elderly lady who has been dead for some time). I bet I could date her birth to the time that nitrogen was placed on the Periodic Table. Oh and for the moms: Braxton Hicks (first and last name)
    I consider these names to have true creativity. The last two ladies were born sometime before the beginning of the 1900s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Que-Stevenson/1204180733 Que Stevenson

    How bout my name is “LaQueita (la-qwee-ta) TaWand”. Yes, the Q  &
    the W have to be capital. I got in trouble in kindergarten because the
    teacher kept spellling my name “Laqueita”, and I kept telling her she
    was spelling my name wrong. My dad was called to the school, and laughed
    when he found out why I was throwing a fit. He had taught me early on
    to make sure the Q was always capital. My 10th grade geometry teacher
    couldn’t pronounce or spell my name and nicknamed me, “Que”. That has stuck
    with me from then on. What’s really funny, I hook up with Tyrone! 
    LaQueita & Tyrone have children. Have to give them easier names… Mya Aliyah Nicole
    (two middle names, I know Ghetto) & Isaiah Tariq.

  • truth

    Reading this article  just shows how more  stupid and ignorant black people are great with every passing day

  • Smjdel

    I work in Labor & Delivery, and I’ve seen a number of mothers name their girl babies Nevaeh (Heaven backwards) and one who named her daughter Nevaeh tnes legna (Heaven sent angel). One mother who was having a boy said this was going to be her last child, so she named him “Finale”. The hardest part is saying “Oh, what a cute name!” when you really just want to say “What are you smoking?” :-)

  • Mbobak1

    When I worked at a hospital there was a woman who named her baby Female, rhymes with tamale. Actors are the worst. Nicholas Cage named his son Kalel, after Superman, an actress named her daughter Audio Science, and Matthew McConnaughey’s redneck brother, Rooster, named his kids after beer, son Miller Lyte and daughter Olympia. That’s class! (Sarcasmotron dialed up to 11)

  • Frowspodl

    I also have a white student named “Armani” – personally, I would interview John before I’d interview Armani.

  • Ekelly

    Once knew of a woman named “Rotunda

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  • Winnie

    An employer doesn’t care how black a name sounds, the employer cares if the name sounds stupid and ignorant. Because as an would be employee, you are proposing to represent the company. So, I don’t want to hire Cottonelle White as my press agent because I don’t think anyone’s going to take her seriously and I don’t want my company name associated with it. LaKeisha White, well, she might get the interview, but I am happier with Aliyah White because the name sounds sophisticated enough to represent me. As far as I’m concerned Aliyah White and Evelyn White have the same shot at the job.

  • Frowspodl

    I have a student whose middle name is Kocane. Yes, like the drug. And he’s a sweet little boy.

  • 3175551212

    When my daughter was pregnant with my grand-daughter, she and her husband came up with some bizarre names.

    I told them that if they were going to give the child an  …unusual given name, then at least give the child a traditional middle name so that the child could choose which name they preferred to be called.

    Actually, the person that I really feel sorry for is the singer Dido.

    The name on her birth certificate is Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong.

  • ShaTia Harris

    that  ”QUATRAMARAINE” is ridiculous!

  • ShaTia Harris

    I really cant believe some of these names. to add to the oranjello: twins orangella and the other name is lemongella (orange and lemon). Mytru Love (My True Love). I could add some crazy relatives names but Im not going to go there lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adrienne-Smith/100000669290277 Adrienne Smith

    Quantalisha [I'm guessing it's pronounced Quan-ta-LEE-sha] Tykquanda [Sounds a lot like Tae Kwon do, but with an "ah" sound] Criminale and Justice [twins], Alize [alcoholic beverage] Cache Monay [Cash Money], and yes, I know a real Bonequeshia [a girl in 4th grade - I'm 30, so 20-21 years ago?] These are just a FEW of the names of people I personally know and/or interacted with. These are the names of people whose parents obviously had no hope of goals for their children in their lives, likely because the parents never became anything themselves. No, it’s not cool to name your child anything like this. Creativity be damned. The world doesn’t work that way. Guaranteed when it’s resume time, little Quantralisha is not getting a call back, Amirah [a name of Arabic origin] just might.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Captive-Audience/100002632521300 Captive Audience

    It isn’t illegal to use a different first name as long as you’re not doing it for the purpose of fraud.  So if your parents gave you a silly name you can just rename yourself.

  • NJDre

    I am still waiting to hear my prediction come to fruition– Levitra or Viagra…

  • Evelyn

    I can’t say for sure what I would do if I were black, of course, but I think I’d stay away from the made-up names. Honestly I don’t know if the aversion is so much that the names indicate that someone is black—because Aaliyah, Aida, Nkwame, and other traditional African names clearly indicate that but are not off-putting—but that the names seem to indicate parents of lower education. White people do it too, and it gives the same impression (to me, anyway). It’s just that with white people, the names themselves are a little different (lots of “en” sounds at the end, usually, like “Kryslynn,” “Kakinston,” “Taybryn,” etc.); every time I hear a name like that, I roll my eyes. I’m 100% sure there’s some definite racism that people with the black versions of these types of names have to face, but I’m also thinking that an Aida or Aaliyah would get a call back on a resume before a Quoshanique… and I bet Olivia or Alice would get called back before Kryslynn.

  • Gent258

    And these parents will be disappointed when Le-a does not get a job interview or a job. The simple name John worked for both Rockefeller and Kennedy.

  • Blkctzr

    Back in the day a hood chick from my projects named her child Jodici (yeah, after the group) – true story

  • Fsc3etienne

    I had clients who’s chilldren’s name were:

    - My’Miracle No-Doubt Jackson (I would not have believed it had I not had the kid’s birth certificate in my hand!).

    - Wednzdea (pronounced Wednesday….. once again I had a copy of the birth certificate).

    - A’Million

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1440759737 Mary Beth Stearns

    White boy named QuinC (Quincy)

  • Caussia

    you know the call him Da Da for short and that just as ghetto as his real name Dafinest..smh!

  • Freakyfletch

    My opinion, all these ‘unique’ and special names are stupid. Saying they are derivatives in some way saying, you either don’t know the orginial spelling or truly want it unique. In turn that causes confusion and laughter among the educated. Traditional african names are butchered or made up based on what people think are traditional. Talk to someone from africa and find out the meaning and correct spelling before you names your child a name they will live to resent you for. Why name a kid after a brand. I understand there may be historical value in the names themselves, like Hennesy, Remy, and Alize. But were the parents really thinking about that? i tihnk not, they were thinking about what they were drinking when they concieved or a night out. Not the historical meaning of it. Aceeptable in France for those names, of course, because they know them. Here,definitely not, the history isn’t beother to be learned. It just points directly to the materialism obsession in America. A person becomes unique by theirselves. Not by their name, and when someone can’t pronounce or spell a name, if they aren’t foreign or within a couple generations foreign, then that’s just plain stupid and causes more headaches. I’m usually the last one to say this, but just be normal like everyone else.

  • Bella_nubia

    lol, Try Trayonce (Tray-on-say) or  Raylicious

  • Clauzel2004

    as a teacher in high school, i have come across numerous odd names.  once when one of my students was pregnant, she confided that she was planning to name her baby LATRINA.  i pulled her aside and begged her not to give her baby that name becase a “latrine” is a “toilet” and she followed my directive.  years and years later, while at a different school, a student in my class filled out the delaney card and wrote her name: LATRINA.  i might have stopped one girl years earlier, but i could not stop the entire world.  and just before i retired, i met several students in an after school program who told me that there was a girl in their school named KLAMIDIA.  now, of course this is not the way the medical term is spelled but it surely is the way the medical term is pronounced. i have also found numerous misspellings of names which is sad because when the person writes that name in the hospital, it seemed to me that the educated person in the hospital should have corrected the spelling with the parent’s permission.  Micahel, for example, was misspelled as “Micheal” numerous times and i once had a student who was supposed to have the name “Charisse” but was spelled instead “Chrissie”.  But this was all mainly due to our lack of education at that time [this was during the sixties and seventies; we are slightly better off now.  and so what if our creative names are not like theirs.  so what?  odd names never hurt OPRAH or ARSENIO or CONDELEEZA

    • Clauzel2004

      sorry, i meant to type MICHAEL

  • GHETTO NAME

    Can I just say I have quote on quote ghetto name. My mother named me JaQuia (Ja-koy-ah, And yes, the capital Q is necessary). And I’m not gonna lie, at just 20 years old, my name has (and still does) give me some grief. Most people tell me I have a pretty name when I tell them how to properly say it. I love my name though and I wouldn’t change it. But some of these names are just taking it too far. (I bet someone is saying that about me too though.)

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KR7IRXEXZN4JSZJLMWAT3U6VQA Corduroy-fire-kills-seven

      I think your name is very pretty.  I would have never gotten that pronunciation from the way it is spelled.    

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Que-Stevenson/1204180733 Que Stevenson

       I think you have a pretty name. I probably would have mispronounced it as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/QueenBeeMiMi Mia DivinelyFavored Bolden

    A friend of mine from back in the day who was on assistance and housing and whose baby daddy was a crackhead named her baby Koolmillion.  SMH…..yes, unfortunately this is a true story.

  • Bobbyb

    Shi’thead.  (sh-theed)  terrible name to bestow on a kid.  everyone knows what it really is.

  • roseyoung

    I once knew a girl from  East St.louis named LaSonya  i said   you mean like the  stuff Italian people make and  eat?  She though,t but  didnt know  where i was headed with it.  I dropped the subject. It’s a pretty dumb parent, i think, who does this kind of  crap to a baby.  What about names the  sound like  a  Z  but begin with an X?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Duke-Fawcett/100000451488181 Duke Fawcett

    Dumb n i g g e r s

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Duke-Fawcett/100000451488181 Duke Fawcett

    Black people, always known for setting trends”, lol . You mean like doing something stupid. Unwed mothers, deadbeat dads, drug dealers, rapist, murderers domestic abusers, etc.. Honestly, if we could rid our country of 90 percent of them, we could start over and get this country going again.

  • Douglas J. Bender

    I don’t like all the “Jer”-names.  Variations of “Jermaine”, or “Jeremiah”, I guess.  Like, “Jermichael”, “Jervon”, or what-not.  Hey, I just noticed that “Jermaine” is a combination of “Jer” and “Maine”, the state.  So there’s a whole slew of new baby names out there:  “Jerdaho”, “Jerhio”, “Jerigan”, “Jerahoma”, “Jeregon”, “Jertexas”, “Jerzona”, “Jerinois”, “Jeresota”, “Jeriana”, and so on.

    Or, following the trend of adding “Jer” to an English name, there are also the following unique names:  “Jerdavid”, “Jernathan”, “Jerken”, “Jeric” (“Jer” plus “Eric”, but “mashed together”), “Jerwilliam”, “Jerjim”, “Jerry” (again, “Jer” plus “Jerry”, but “mashed together”), “Jerdamon”, “Jerbob”, “Jerlebron”, “Jerchauncey”, “Jerblake”, “Jerbrian”, “Jernique” (from “Dominique”), etc..

    Of course, creating unique-sounding names results in the name having no MEANING.  “What’s my name mean, Ma?”  “Uh, it means your father and I were so self-absorbed and proud that we made your name up on the spot.”

  • WaterDog

    I
    had a tenant who thought the Hospital had named her daughter for her,
    so she listed her daughter’s name on the application as Female
    Jackson. By the way, it’s Fa-mal-E

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Rosen/610781695 Robert Rosen

    I don’t recall where, but some time ago I read about a baby whom his parent(s) named LaPimp.
    Then there’s the basketball player whose real name is God Shammgod.

  • Sorofamily

    A young mother in our clinic wanted to name her daughter Latrine. Thankfully, one of the nurses convinced her to change it to LaTrina.

  • Offended

    It doesn’t matter what name you give your child (even Crayola).  If you teach them ambition, perseverance, and professionalism, they can do anything and will be hired for anything.  I for one, have a peculiar “homemade” name and I had no problem EVER defending my name, because my work ethic and recommendations spoke for me in every job I applied for.  I now hold a position that only three other people in the nation hold.  I work alongside other women of color with “homemade” names that, too, climbed right up here with me.  Yes, I have to sound out my name, and even have to spell it on occasion when I introduce myself, but do believe, I’ve never been confused for someone else or gotten lost in the mixes of Rachels and Jennifers.  This downgrading ourselves and retelling racist jokes about the way we name ourselves is disgusting.  ANY name said with pure professionalism, pride, and confidence will only get the honest reaction of “Wow, that ‘s creative,” “How’d you get that name?”, or “Whoa, how do you spell that?!” and once a response is given, one’s personality and intelligence kicks in.  I’m sorry to bust anyone’s bubble, but A NAME HAS NEVER HELD A GREAT PERSON FROM BEING GREAT.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FM5YUY24JMZ6BZGLHN4ZHR7NA Simply

    The problem is when an employer sees the resume, they usually toss it.  Seriously.

  • Antoinette

    The real problem with naming your kid Monefah Aquanae woods. Isn’t that people know she is black.  The real problem is little Monefah will have live with the consequences of that name, not her mother. Its not about naming your child a black name or a white name. Its about giving your child a name that will not hinder him or her in their future. My sister’s name is Sha’ Toya. Yes with the accent. Her middle name is Danielle. She uses Danielle. My mother thought that she was being creative by naming my sister Sha’Toya with the accent. She is famous for saying that my sister’s name is french. This is a shinning example of ignorance. Just because you put an accent doesn’t make a name french, Mom!  

  • WWW SHAVONNEJACKSON27

    THATS NOT RIGHT AT ALL. I AM A BLACK WOMEN AND I DONT TRY TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE I’M ALL THAT, BUT YOU REALLY HAVE TO THINK WHEN YOU NAME YOUR CHILD,THEY HAVE TO HAVE THAT NAME FROM THE DAY YOU SIGN THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND WHEN ITS ON THEIR DEATH CERTIFICATE,I KNOW PPL LIKE TO BE DIFFERENT,BUT AS A BLACK WOMEN,IF I WAS A TEACHER OR PERSON HIRING YOU  I WOULDNT BECAUSE OF YOUR NAME(,SAY I’M WRONG I KNOW),BUT COME ON NOW THAT’S JUST STUPID ON THE PARENT.TRY SIMPLE NAMES THAT EVERYONE CAN PRONOUNCE AND SPELL WITHOUT ALL THOSE DAMN HYPHENS. SORRY!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=874065205 Michelle Shields

    a couple of names i’ve personally encountered: Blonzella, and keeping suit with the product names: Hairspraysha.  no kidding.

  • Oregonsistah

    My sister named my niece “Elna Resha”….The Elna was a play on her name Eleanor and my great Aunt Elnora….

  • Ann

    Parenthises …. I’m serious it is a real name.

  • Etherwhisp

    I gotta tell ya…. I’m definitely sending out the pic of Barackeisha to all my white buddies. Seriously, DO NOT name your child Tika-shanna-wanna or any derivasion thereof. I can understand wanting to be independent of Mark, Lucy and Jane, but if you are reading this then you have access to the internet. For pete’s sake, Google some traditional Swahili or Angolan, or wherever the hell your ancestors came from, names.

    • Swanhilde

      Thank you.
      I mean it doesn’t have to be from where your ancestors hail (some of us may not exactly know) but for goodness sakes don’t let it be a name that leaves your child open to a lot of being chuckled/pointed at.

  • guest

    I had a sweet little boy in my preschool class who was named Vermin.  As a hispanic, I had heard the name Fermin but to me vermin means rats.  His mother looked like an educated woman so I’m not sure where that name came from.

    • Swanhilde

      Sounds like that lady had some latent issues regarding the birth of her son.

  • Swanhilde

    I had a northern European name until my 26th year. Unfortunately I was born several years after Queen Elizabeth II was crowned so not only did I have her name many women around my age had her name. I was working in an office where there were several of us and one time the supervisor called out our name and three of them including myself turned around to answer – it was at that point that I decided to change my name – the entire thing, including my surname. My family is not close so I didn’t really care what they thought about my changing my surname. I spent  the better part of six months going through baby books and different mythologies was an interest of mine so I looked at those names as well. I settled on three names that flowed well, from Greek mythology. I get quite a few compliments on my name still after almost thirty years and most people (unless they have some grasp of mythology) don’t know what the origins of my name are.
    I understand what my mother was trying to do in naming me Elizabeth. She figured that in naming me that, perhaps I would have a better chance. Unfortunately, it was an illusion. If someone does not want to hire you because of race, it does not matter what your name is.
    Unfortunately people think we are stupid because apparently, some of us are. It is not necessary to name your child something ignorant because you are too lazy to go through a baby book or too ignorant to look at using names that are both beautiful and unique but have long since fallen out of use. Unusual and beautiful names can be found in all mythologies, from African to Greek and in between-do some damn research.
    People will continue to think we are ignorant if we continue to give them ammunition.
    Stop giving them ammunition.

  • Margeaux

    I WISH i was lying on these names, but this woman (white) named her biracial children Ovious
    ( obvious) Nvious (envious) and Nautica, everytime she mentnions her kids names, i cringe. As if that wasn’t enough, I went to school with a chick named Xtacy Passion. I couldn’t make this stuff up if i wanted to.

  • detroit survivor

    i really dont give a rat about a persons name   honestly i will just puke if i hear the name jennifer, heather, ashley aiden, kayle, kylie, katie, kaya        not a hater really,   i told my girls who are both newly married dont make me have to call my kid  any of these names        but as far as creative black names,   its not a real problem    but i resent a name that is so jacked up with apostrophes, upper and lower caseletters, and a name so far out there that when i have to spell the name i have to be taken to task and get the eye rolling and sigh because the person has to walk me through some outrageous “special” name      like im the idoit

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ash-Iman/663018948 Ash Iman

      Well, go ahead an puke because my name is Ashley and I am so proud of it.

  • Guest

    Adream Cometrue Jackson…the name on the graduation program at my son’s school.

  • Titania

    My ex’s mom worked at a preschool, and one of the kids was named Sha’hogany. Like mahogany. D-:

  • Rivervalleycoupons

    Umm seriously we are told this by someone named Renay Alize?! Isn’t Alize a drink? Someone please correct me if I’m wrong…My daughter’s name has an ‘ in it and we are so far from being ghetto…

  • guest

    all of these have been proven to be hoaxes. stop perpetuating stereotypes.  snopes dot com folks!

    • BriL

      Actually, my cousin’s friend (who works at a preschool) really DOES know someone named Oranjello. And he had a twin brother named Lemonjello. No lie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stepfamilyguru Stepfamily CommunicationCoach

    I have heard many interesting names, but  Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii takes the cake.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stepfamilyguru Stepfamily CommunicationCoach

    I have heard some interesting names, but I think  Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii takes the cake.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=520671728 Courtney Hudson

    Couple of names from some kids who went to a school in South Georgia… Lorider (like Low Rider), and Shateed (spelled Sh!thead) Lovely.

  • Diamondlove93

    Tatalalish and corchona {cor che an na}

  • Calvin1

    from elementary school.  Tracozlyn.

  • DawnAnonymous

    The worst name I ever heard was a girl named her daughter “Placenta” because it sounded pretty. The least a person could do is look up the name before bestowing it on their next generation…

  • me

    imaginonda…i-maj-in-non-dah

  • Anonymous

    My school looked something like this…
    Aramaxima
    Zarethan 
    Nickawana
    Nelkika
    Alvalatonya
    Jeranykolya  (Not sure if that’s spelled right, but that’s how it’s pronounced)

    ….small town obviously….

    • crazyface

      oh…and Chenderquita

  • Christie

    Starrqweetah is my favorite :D

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  • http://twitter.com/iamnotablogger Rissa

    My sister’s friend is a teacher and has a child in her class named “Abcdef”.
    I was on the phone and she was telling me this and then spelled it for me. I almost hung up on her.

    On some of these though: like “La-a”, I need to see the receipts because I hear the stories of them for YEARS and people always claim it’s someone they know.

  • laffoutloud

    Jeffrey Dahmer and last name. The parents said that with every negative a positive must balance it out. Uggh.

  • UCGUCCI1

    YEAH AND WHAT ABOUT THE NAME==DUKEE, . HE IS AFRICAN

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Casher-Oneil/100002427586133 Casher O’neil

    I knew a couple who named their child Babe (like the pig) and Two (because he was the second child).  Some other unique names: Sunciery, Concreta, and De’Shanique.  You KNOW a name is ghetto when it has two capital letters and/or an apostophe.

    I have a name that belongs to lots of middle class white women.  I can also “pass” on the phone — in other words, I don’t “sound” black.  The look on the faces of job interviewers, etc., when I show up in all my natural-haired glory is PRICELESS!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ash-Iman/663018948 Ash Iman

      I totally understand! My parents named me Ashley because they didn’t want people to immediately know I was black when looking at my application. I can also “pass” on the phone so when I show up with my big afro, full lips, and chocolate skin they always do a double take lol.

      I understand why my parents did it and I love my name but I think I might change it up for my kids.

  • Daquirie001

    Johndesha, Johnadia, and last but not least, Meconium (after a newborn’s 1st sh*t)… Need I say more?

  • http://twitter.com/assassinsfate Davanward

    Well when I had my son there was a woman who had given birth to twin boys. I was told by the nurse that she’d named her kids Orangello and Lemongello. So 13 yrs later I get a giggle thinking about orange and lemon. 

    That said, I have nothing against unusual names. My name is unusual as is my sons. The difference  between my son and myself is I know what my son’s name means. It’s east African and  as beautiful as the day is long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527242819 Adell Robinson Daugherty

    Why black people, why?  This is the name your child will have for the rest of their lives.  What were you thinking? 

  • Anonymous

    A Friend of mine told me that when she was in the hospital after she had given birth to her first child that the nurses told her about another woman, who had delivered around the same time, naming her child Vagina, pronounced Va-Geena, kind of like Regina, but spelled like the private part. SMH

  • Caroline

    I recall hearing a page over the P.A. system at Walgreen’s once and they were looking for Champale, not the product, a person (along the lines of “Champale, please dial extension 1234″).  I couldn’t help but wonder if she had a brother named Cold Duck waiting at home.

  • randomtandem

    People need to stop naming their kids these stupid azz names. If they like the names so much, why dont they change their own names to that dumb mess. They must really want their kids to have a hard time getting jobs. A lot of these parents are delusional and think their kids are gonna be the next Beyonce, and wont have to worry about a job! Get your head out of the clouds!

    I knew a girl named Starkisha (star-keesha) smh

  • Guest

    At my son’s daycare, there’s a little girl named Chavelle. When are people going to stop using car names for their kids? Though I have yet to meet a kid with the name of Mustang (or Pinto for that matter), Chavelle? Poor thing! Part of me wonders if she was conceived in the back seat of one. Oh, and then there was the family with the last name of Lear. Named their daughter Crystal Chanda. (Facepalm). Ugh.

  • Gues

    Onistee Mone’y (pronounced Honesty Monet)

  • joy

    I worked at a daycare center and there were 3 Aaliyahs, 3 Shakiras, 2 Beyonce’s, and…a DaNinjuh.  Say it out loud.

    Da Ninja.  I was like comeeee onnnnn.

  • http://www.sayitrahshay.com Rachee

    I once knew a kid by the name of Sophine (so-fine). Sigh!

  • jaydeebee

    Two kids my daughter went to high school with had the last name of “Blow”. So, the daughter was named “Pleasure”. The son was named “Felton”. Of course, he was a junior, so everyone called him “BJ”.
    Also, please don’t name your child “Precious” or “Miracle” or “Amiracle”. I know you think your child is a wonderful blessing to you, but it’s hard enough for a woman to be taken seriously in the workplace without having be called “Precious” by her boss.
    The crazy name thing permeates all cultures. Can we talk about white women who name their kids after romance novel characters? Some of the ones I’ve seen are Brock, Roman, and Stone. And ladies–COLBY is a type of cheese, not a child’s name. Might as well name him Cheddar or Monterey Jack. Then there are those who seemed to have mixed up a world atlas with their baby name book–Paris, London, Brooklyn, Dallas, Savannah. Apparently Dallas has become so common for Cowboy fans that they’ve resorted to naming the baby after the famed coach–Landry. What happens if the kid grows up to be a Steelers fan?

    • Wombat

      Actually, Colby is most commonly a proper name (usually a surname or a location).

      The cheese was named after the place it was created. 

      I’ll agree that crazy names are present in all cultures, but I’ll also say that when I see a young black person pull up at work (I have to look up people by their names) half the time I brace myself to ask them “could you spell that for me?” and get the resulting eye-roll or snappy response.

      At least London or even Kathi or freakin’ Moonbeam/Pilot/Apple are fairly easy to hear and then spell. La’Twoniq-esha less so (and yes, I’ve encountered almost that exact name).

      I get irritated when people take my nice, normal, spelled the regular way name and assume it’s spelled the various “special” ways. Since when has that become the more common/likely case? Ugh.

  • Bern

    OMG I work with kids and this mom named her kid Craiga and so you think its pronounced “kreyg-a” but no she pronounced it Seria and would get mad that we were pronouncing it. U kidding me smh

  • BamaLady

    My sister and friend worked with a lady who named her kid Pajamas. It was pronounced like Paj-uh-moss. I personally know a woman who named her youngest child Delastin, as in “the last one”. As much as I hate crazy, goofy names. I also hate surnames for first names, like Smith, Collins (both girls), Parker, Spencer, Cooper, etc. Oh, and I know a little ole lady named Elvis and a man named Lemon (pronounced Lee-mon).

  • Hellis

    I have heard Amazin, Crispina and Seven for a girl.

  • Andromeda

    I once mentored a young woman with a son named Koneyak.

  • deedle

    Irish names are the best! Shiobhan, Niamh, Saoirse 
    And I’m  not Irish they just sound pretty, hell hard to pronounce!
    And Arabic names, they have beautiful meanings

    • lucascott

      Tell that to my Irish and Welsh cousins living in the US. They were constantly correcting folks on how to pronounce their names (or spell them). Twin girls named Shiobhan and Sinead. There’s also Maire, Ciaran, Padraig, Enfys, Cai, and Emrys

      for the record that’s Shiv-awn, Shin-ade, Mee-ra, Keer-an, Paw-drig, En-vees, Kay, Em-rees 

      oh and I’m constantly getting double takes because folks don’t know that Luca is a girl’s name in Hungarian. 

  • Truth

    You do realize that half of these are fake, right? As in urban legends that get repeated ad nauseum by racists and are easily debunked by Snopes?

  • Danq55

    lol anyone see “the league” with carmanjello 

  • nutter88

    I went to school with Schschwanna. Jones. No joke.

  • concerned

    As far as spelling goes, as long as the spelling of a name is phonetically correct there should be some leniency and room for creativity eg. shaun shawn shaune shorn sean. Americans on a whole are NOT known for their spelling accuracy. (Dreamed learned leaped… only spelt this way by americans. do your research) That being said

    EVERY race,ethnicity w/e has its share of ridiculous names and no matter where you are from a name should have meaning and foresight. i notice the terms “white name’ and ”black name” being used. Are we still at that stage mentally? Really? is it wrong to be black? if my name is Jordan (that sounds black) should i be discriminated against? However if my name is lajordaneshoe (the jordan shoe) Then i have an issue; NOT with the RACE the name sounds like but with the name itself. A name should not be a point of humour or ridicule even before the person has been met.

    Jim (pronounced GYM) really? is that even normal? answer: YES because we have gotten used to saying it. what is a george or hailey ( hail- e)  snowy (snow-e) summer :S autumn?

    Does it really have anything to do with race? I would like to admonish ALL PEOPLE  to pick a name that is reasonable. 1. Can be pronouned 2. Is spelt how it is said 3. Is Unique 4. Has MEANING 5. Will not be a punch line in a standup

  • Stillrainey

    … then there’s Bunquiqui and she’s quick to correct you on the pronunciation (Bon-kwee-kwee, not Boon or Bun). Wow! Does it really matter how it’s pronounced?

  • Mgvillegas68

    We have a patient who named her child, ABCDE.

  • Jfks

    The writers name is Renay Alize. Go figure.

  • Msloso

    This chick named her daughter A’million & her son Trillion, But the she lives below the poverty level SMH shame on her! “Po’ kids” 

  • Cchigbu23

    It isn’t just black parents that do it. I went to school with two vietnamese brothers named Viet and Nam. For some reason I was the first person to notice and I asked the older brother (Viet) if his parents did it on purpose- and in the denile that he was in replied, “No.” :/

    • Cocolicious

      OMG – if they are Vietnamese then the word broken in two word might actually have significance in their native language. These might actually be two traditional names.

  • YoungFresco

    I know twins who are named Dacoldest and DaBaddest. Both middle names are Baby last name Evers. I also know a MiAngel and a Miheavenly Angel.

  • Stillwater

    Ok, OK. I have the ultimate ghetto name for you. I met this child at a school. His name was on his name
    plate that his teacher had attached to his desk before the school year started. It read, “Silky Smooth”.
    That’s right. I didn’t spell it wrong.
    It sounds like a pimp’s name. I could hear somebody calling him from down the street now, “Hey Silkaaaay!” This kid had on a thick gold chain!
    Now, tell me where he’s going to work? If I saw that name on a job application, I’d throw it away!
    Poor thing. He’s at the mercy of his ghetto behind parents.

  • Ladykaty27

    I knew an Oranjello–and it was not pronounced like Orange Jello, but like OH ranj JAY lo.  I thought the worst was a poor baby boy that I knew named for Hakeem Olajuwon, but spelled Elizawon.

  • Def Jammin

    A woman tried to name her daughter “gonnorhea”, because she thought it was beautiful, until the nurse explained what it was.

    • BamaLady

      My sister’s sister-in-law, a maternity nurse, had a patient who named her baby Merconium. That’s what a baby’s first poop is called.

  • Yardie

    As one Caribbean to another, you are a bigot.  First of all, your spelling and grammar are atrocious.  This makes your criticism of African-American culture seem like the pot calling the kettle uneducated.  Secondly, I am tired of Caribbean people (my own family included) criticizing black Americans while benefiting directly from the fruits of their struggle.  Finally, some of the names you mentioned, “Fatima” for instance, are traditional names.  What is wrong with Shauna, anyway.  I know several ladies named Shauna, or some variation on that name, and I don’t think anyone would mistake them for “Aunt Jemima”.  

    P.S.  Just to throw this out there, the best name I’ve ever run across was “Pharoah Farrow”,  First and last name.  It worked for him because he really did look like a Pharoah. 

    • BamaLady

      My favorite first and last name, Ella Pazella. She’s a patient of the medical company I work for. Pazella is her married name.

  • Helengkin

    The saddest, most unfortunate name I’ve come across as a middle school teacher – Chattel (pronounced Shay-tel). 

  • CaliforniaQueen

    Theres nothing wrong with being creative or unique but I’ve seen some folks go overboard…
    like Darrylietra…just because the daddy’s name is Darryl doesn’t mean ‘esha’ or ‘ietra’ needs to be at the end of it
    and Donquillatish…well I just have no words for this 1 smh

  • Dbfr7t

    Shi’thead, (REAL NAME) I am NOT kidding!

  • Nakamsaki_1

    Worse name I heard b4 – Gavina (Ja-Vine-A) like v.a.g.i.n.a but Gavina…..lol

  • Kate

    My mother was an RN in the 1960′s through 80′s in some pretty poor areas of the South. She described once being present at a birth where there was a surprise twin- two girls. The mother had already decide on “Regina” for the daughter (pronounced “reg-I-na”, but put on the spot and thinking about a rhyming name, and being apparently completely  ignorant about where she’d heard the name before, she went with the (in my opinion) stellar combination of Regina and Vagina.

  • otis

    Lasanja
    Kedira
    Mooqwuisha
    Kooladisha
    Sqaniqueaqua
    Lanelle
    Montavio
    Rondaiz
    Foniquewa

    • Oneger8poet

      I am an educator and I had a student named  2dayy.  I think this name takes the cake for ghetto names.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4LOANJOSLNPJXRMHLAI2OQTSJY StatusNo

      I heard a ‘Vagina’ once. No lie! Pronounced va-geena

      • ladykaty27

        We had a family friend who died (an older lady) in the 50′s named Vagina.  Her mother thought that it was the most beautiful word she had ever heard.  And it was pronounced as it would be in the dictionary.

  • Tia

    I have a girl in my college math class named Chawnqueeba. It’s clear her mother doesn’t love her :/

  • Flora

    Ambi-Anc

    Pronounced Ambiance.

  • http://twitter.com/FatGirlSnacks FatGirlSnacks

    My niece, Klasiq and my cousin, Dynasty Arielle who was calling herself Lasharitijuana for some odd reason.

  • Grgoyl1

    She named him “Syphilis” (pronounced Sif-i-lis). Thank goodness the child was only a month old. My mother and other nurses MADE her change the boys name.

  • TheCompleteOpposite

    I have actually heard the Le-A before. And I personally know a Deeaquaneisha, a Shockadarious, and a Krinvatta. Now, it’s not my business or anyone else’ business what someone names their child and I actually love unique names. I have a pretty unique name myself and, fortunately for me, I like my name. However, I wish people would thik about their children. Kids are cruel, so think about how your child is going to be treated before you, basically, “curse” them with some crazy name that they’ll probably just lie about until they can legally change it.

  • 1SaintsFan

    Why isn’t anybody mentioning Beyonce?  Yeah she’s supafly, but still, her name is ghetto!

  • 1SaintsFan

    Fatima is actually an old Muslim name, not ghetto!  You’re just being silly to get replies, right?  

  • 1Saintsfan

    I attended school with a girl named Delonceletta, and this was back in the late 80′s and early 90′s.  I laugh when people try to combine three names in one, for example Cory, Nicole and Keith becomes Nicoleitha

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501421132 MaDonna Awotwi

    Cheri’Kijafa/ Dmx/Envy/ Doll/ Jahrule

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501421132 MaDonna Awotwi

    ABCDE/ SEXXIGH/ REVENGE/ METAPHORIC MESSAGE/ DIE’NASTY/ NAUTICA/ VERSACE/ DIAMONTE/PRETTY BROWN/CINNAMON/ JODECI/ MAI’LUV & MAI’AHL (my love and my all)

  • Lee

    did anyone peep the name of the person who wrote the article though? lmao

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4LOANJOSLNPJXRMHLAI2OQTSJY StatusNo

      OHHHHH. DAYUM. I missed that.

    • CaliforniaQueen

      Bwahahaha @ Renay Alize…now that needs to be on the list!!

  • Allyce

    I hate Shaquana and Shaquanette.

  • Curly85

    My aunt is an educator for disadvantaged, single moms in Texas…she told me one of her student’s kid is named Nefarurae (Nefa-roo-ray)…heffa what ray?

  • Love_and_peace_gurl

    T.I–> Messiah Ya’Majesty

  • Tuttifrutti

    As a teacher in a NYC school, I can attest to one thing about “exotic” names and that is, children with these types of names are often the worst behaved! I am speaking from my experience and I tell you, the ones with “la”, “Qua”, “Sha”, and “De” preceding their names were behavior problems! I don’t profess to know why; just stating my experience! I had a boy named “Damien” in my class once and if you know the movie The Omen, then you get my drift!  BTW, I’ve had some peers with odd names too: a girl named “Vendetta” made me wonder who her mom was out to get, and a girl named “Quo Vadis” had me thinking her mom was a fan of those epic movies!…

    • A_light_in_the_dark

      What’s wrong with the name Damien? That’s my uncle’s name, and he’s a successful lawyer.

      • Cchigbu23

        you have to see the movie to get it.

      • http://twitter.com/assassinsfate Davanward

        I don’t know how to tell you this so I’ll just say it. Your uncles the anti-christ. XD

  • FulaNY

    In high school, I knew a girl whose niece was named Ty Lin Nol (Tylenol) no lie. SMDH

  • http://www.motorcitymoxie.com MotorCityMoxie

    I think I might have me Le-a before..smh

  • Lantern48

    Or Alfonsa (for a boy), pronounced /al-FAN-zo/.  Musta realized at some point that it was a girl’s name.

  • Lantern48

    Oh.  I just remembered: Sir Meyer, Princess, Queen, Precious. . .

  • Amiril

    Ready?  Here goes, culled from newspapers and other published sources: Causha, Fantasy, Cymone, Beoncay, Knight, Chaser, Neriah, Chardonnay (pretentious white name), Anataja Doniish (cuz one crazy name wasn’t enough), Korsica, Liyaka, Edwanda, Jonique, Jaxon (pretentious white name), Axle Rose (girl), Abcde (pronounced /ab-si-dee/, Jakinni, Jabari, Lashorna, Chizara, Tambreshia Laqua (when one crazy name won’t do), and si’blings Ji’Bri, Che’Lyse, Na’Rya, Arshunda, Jace, Terrya, Demon (pronounced /de-MON/), Donyull, Arian (so you don’t confuse him with Aryan), Meconium (how I wish I were kidding — that’s right, newborn baby poop!), Undra, Ejetta, Kamaria Rena Jumeade (when 2 crazy names aren’t enough), Lorylee Honey (hillbilly white name), Kyndralyn, Tedrick. . .it just goes on and on, but that’s enough for now. Don’t these parents love their babies?

  • Lantern48

    You should learn to punctuate before you publish.  Seriously.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4LOANJOSLNPJXRMHLAI2OQTSJY StatusNo

      ROTFLMAO

  • Lusenz

    Harold Head and Richard Head were brothers I once knew…… think about it!!!

  • Yermom

    One time the hubby & I were in Caldor (remember that Dept. store) and one worker called out to her co-worker (a black girl) “Toshiba! lend me your scissors!” 

  • Outwiththeold

    All of you people on here that seem to be experts in NAMES, need to just STOP. Do you really think a White employer is going to think differently about a Black applicant if he, or she sees that an applicant’s name is Michael, or Beth, but sees that they are indeed Black?  If they already have a racist attitude regarding a so called ghetto name, then they are going to still have that attitude when they see the person is Black. I think people that have different, or odd names need to worry more about Black people who are hiring them that have  problems with ghetto names, than any White one.  In my oppinion having an European name doesn’t make you better than any other person. Yes, there are some names that are spelled the wrong way, and the parent had not thought correctly about it, and many may not have any meaning at all, but that probably was the case with all names at one point or another. Maybe I’m wanting to live in a make believe world, but why not treat people with names based on their character and not the sound, or spelling of their names, because after all most people I believe are intelligent enough to eventually learn how to say anyone’s name and let it go at that. Now for the record I named most of my older children basic normal names as many of you call them, such as Paul and Victoria, but my youngest child is named TréRomeo, YES TréRomeo. Please don’t break the name down for me because I I like the Italian name Romeo, because of the Shakespheare play, and I know you all know which one, so no need to go there, although now the name Romeo may mean lover, and Tré means three. Whatever I like it better than Billy Bob, and Drexel.

    • Outwiththeold

      Sorry for any typos.

    • http://thesoulstorm.wordpress.com KevnJay

      if a forum full of black people are thinking this, OF COURSE white people are going to think it. Their attitudes may not change once we get in the door, but Boomqueysia will never know because they’re going to toss her resume as soon as the see the first La, Qua, Sha, and the like.
      You may not like it, but it’s just like anything else in reality: when someone doesn’t know you, they’re going to look for ways to identify things about you. Being that a manager won’t see you, and your name is the first thing listed on there, that’s what they check out.
      I’m not going to touch your child’s name, but as far as the reason….
      here’s nothing wrong with you liking the Shakespeare play. My only this is people forget the play was written as a tragedy. Yes it means lover, but the love he wanted, he couldn’t have because of their families, leading him to kill himself…it’s actually kinda morbid.

      • Outwiththeold

        First of all I know what the play is about, I just like the name Romeo which happens to be the name of the lead character in the play which you already know. I also guess there are many other people who like the name Romeo as well. Oh by the way thanks for giving me a synopsis about the play..lol. As far as a Black applicant filling out a resumé or application and then getting it tossed in the trash because of their so called Black name, then this must mean that if you get an interview because of your so called normal European name, all you will get is an interview, because the interviewer doesn’t like Black names or people to begin with I bet.  Are you really not intelligent enough to know that a job interviewer who hates so called ghetto Black names, actually doesn’t like Black people as well? Sure there are many people who hire that don’t want to hire Black people period, and maybe knowing that a persons name sounds Black keeps them from bothering to go any further, but once this person sees who you are as a Black applicant with a normal name, you think they will suddenly LIKE you as a future job prospect. This is only being said because it is another excuse to not hire Black people, and if this wasn’t an excuse then they would find another. I wonder how any person with a foreign name even gets a job here in America then. Give me a break. But I guess it’s nice to know that you got hired on your job specifically because you are a Black person with an European common name. Every Black person should change their name to Jack, Beth, Phonenix, Carly or my name Michelle if that’s true, because then we’ll all move up like the Jefferson’s, because White people will automatically give us jobs, because based on our European names we will automatically assimilate in their culture better and Boomqueysia won’t. Great then! But then I guess you don’t make up the rules, White people do so we all better comply.

        • http://thesoulstorm.wordpress.com KevnJay

          what kind of drunken militancy is this?

          sweetheart, ghetto blacks and blacks aren’t the same thing. So if an employer hates a ghetto name, has nothing to do with me….I’m not ghetto. White people distance themselves from rednecks the same way. Joey and Ashley dont want nann to do with Billy Ray and Dollie Mae.

          Numero dos-

          “but once this person sees who you are as a Black applicant with a normal
          name, you think they will suddenly LIKE you as a future job prospect”

          –and IF YOU’RE QUALIFIED, YES!!!  that’s the GOAL of an interview.  that, and to Make them like you. They don’t know you, everyone gets the side-eye until proven otherwise. I have no idea what kind of interviews-if any at all- you’ve ever been on for that to be questioned.

          More often than not, the attitude matches the name.If a hoodrat with a hoodrat name doesn’t get the job, it’s because they’re black, the hiring manager hates black people… thing is, how would they even know unless they saw a hoodrat name plastered on the resume?..nevermind the fact they barely graduated high school, and applied for a job that calls for a bachelors. And if they were to somehow get through, they’d be ready to call Al and Jessie when they got fired for doing nothing, calling off all the time, etc.

          So by your standards, the child with the ghetto name -a car, a liquor, a verb, a semi-famous dead person, something with a -tae, ra, sha, or la at the beginning or end, or something that is supposedly “Swahili”- should get the interview because their name is CREATIVE…”Marteekwa..hmm that sounds interesting, I want to bring her in to see how she got that name”. They should get it over the kid whose parents wanted to prepare them for life by giving them a name that doesn’t require a background story or a dictionary pronunciation. My parents shouldn’t have named me Kevin. I might just change it to K’eveantay….my professors BETTER know how to spell it and everyone on the street BETTER now how to say it!!!!!! I’m sure the way you just read that name isn’t the way I meant for it to be pronounced.
          You can call BS on this all you like, fact is there have been studies that have shown the callbacks ghetto names get vs. the regular names.
          You’re not giving up anything by giving them a normal name…if nothing else, it’s one less reason for them to hate you when they get older.

          PS, I also agree there are a lotta trolls on here…

          • southernfriedwhite

            kudos to you kevnjay, well said !
            I am a white educator in the south, and I have seen some names that make you wonder what parents were thinking. I caution my students to consider names a bit less exotic to avoid getting job apps tossed before your prospective employer ever gets the chance to meet you and be impressed. Also kevnjay you made an excellent point..white people really do distance themselves from rednecks and trailer trash whites. As a general rule..they are an embarassment ( but we do laugh at their names too..just like we laugh at some of the ghetto names )

      • Outwiththeold

        Another thing, I beg to differ that this forum is full of actual Black people..lol. I feel alot of Trolls frequent this site.

    • Outwiththeold

      Because the Hell I wanted too. Thank you. Maybe I should ask how you gonna name your child a European name. If your name is a European name, why did your parents name you a European name. Oh, I know because all White people will treat you Great, because you have one?

    • Cchigbu23

      I think it’s stupid that black people think- “Oh, that place won’t hire me because I’m black.” Unless there is a picture of you on your resume they aren’t going to know that you are black untill you land that interview- now it is your time to impress. But if they look at the resume nd see Bonqueesha- yeah, I think there will be a prejudice there.

    • White girl name and proud…

      Yes it makes a difference.  My name is Brandi Alexis and my last name is not a common black last name.  When people meet me for the first time after just seeing my name on a piece of paper are shocked because I am black.  It never fails.  I can tell you flat out that I have gotten better opportunites and positions because of my name when compared to other black girls with the same skills.  Brandi Alexis is a hell of lot more appealing to the people in charge than Temoshay (I went to elementary school with him) or Lavontinique (Wtf?)
      At LAX a few years ago I left my license at the counter and when I went to retrieve it the lady at the counter (a different one from the one who had helped me minutes before) called me a liar because Brandi Alexis wasn’t a “black” name and wouldn’t give it back even though she had my PICTURE right in front of her.  I had to call her manager over.   It’s sad but true.  Having a” European” name doesn’t make me better but it does make my life a hell of a lot easier. 
      Until the world changes I’m sorry, Tre’Romeo, might be cute name and I like it but I would never name my child that because of the negative associations that’s going to go with it.  People are going to have two forms of thinking 1: either he’s uneducated or 2: his parents were uneducated.  I see it everyday in my job.  He could go to Harvard but when he fills out an application and it’s compared to Jacob Morgan (who could also be black) they are going with Jacob.
      That said my hubby is Mexican and his name is Craig and our son is Brandon because I’m vain and love my name.  Craig has gotten a lot further than his co-workers Juan and Rodolfo.  So it isn’t just a black thing.
      Enough with my diatribe.  Worse name I ever heard: LaQuesa.  It means “cheese” in Spanish and her mother didn’t know it.  It still makes my head hurt.  My Big Mama had a rule for naming babies: If won’t look right on a tombstone don’t name them it. 
      I take that to heart.

  • http://www.thesoulstorm.wordpress.com KevnJay

    I don’t think the names have to be as ghetto as much as the reasons behind them. Diamond, Brandy, and Lexus: they could be pretty names, but if you did it because Uncle Leroy loved E&J, and because the car’s expensive…rethink it. I remember NEVER meeting an Aaliyah until the singer died in 2001. Because a lot of misguided girls liked “One in A Million”, the name started popping up everywhere.
    It’s not always us though: A couple months ago a little girl fell from a window here in Pgh. I remember someone asking if the little girl’s name was Alison, someone said “no it’s Alize, like the liquor”…i remember thinking she was black until i saw her picture- cute little white girl.
    But we still need to get it together–i remember going to an ITT Tech graduation and there was a girl named ShaTocqua walking across the stage..

    • BestCoast

      May have been a variant of Chautauqua, which is an Iroquois word meaning, variously: ”two moccasins tied together”, “bag tied at the middle”, “where the fish are taken out” or “jumping fish”; usually referring to Chautauqua Lake in New York.It also refers to the adult education traveling shows known as the “Chautauqua movement” of the late 19th & early 20th centuries and the still-existent Chautauqua Institute the movement spawned.  For Los Angelenos it is known as a street that connects the Pacific Palisades community to the ocean.

      • http://thesoulstorm.wordpress.com KevnJay

        that’s interesting…
        but I read the program. It was spelled just like I typed it. That hoodrat’s parents knew nothing of a Chautauqua lake lol

        • Cocolicious

          Never under estimate what a hoodrat might know. They have diverse backgrounds like anyone else. There are a lot of Native American descended people in the hood are are quite aware of their heritage.

          • spjt

            Ummm, yes… and they are all Cherokee… *sarcasm*

            • Cocolicious

              Like I stated, don’t under estimate the poor or people from the hood.

          • KEVNJAY

            If you’ll notice, I never questioned the hoodrats intelligence; ol girl had just got her degree, so something is up there.

            Her parents clearly are a different story. Id put money on them NOT knowing what that was.

            And SPJT could not have said it better. Most of the native Americans died off/killed by whites by the time we got here so its nowhere near as many as hoodrats claim.

            • Cocolicious

              That’s the problem, having negative, derogatory, perceptions of others within your own race and of the poor. It’s unfair.

    • mzfitz

      I go through the same thing with my daughter, her name is Kamala (pronounced comma la) first thing I’m asked, “is she black”? we’re white, she was named after my yet again white best friend that was killed in a car accident right before she was born. 

  • Keisha Samoht

    La’Earl Jenkins

  • Bahahaha

    Naw.. i met a girl named theodoasha!.. Oh and vazzlene

  • Ucrtweety

    I’ve never met a Orangjello but I actually know someone name Lemonjello.  It’s pronounced La-mon-je-lo

  • Ms T

    I was on the bus in my neighborhood and a good looking brother had his daughter with him.  As they approached their stop, he called her name to wake her:  Alize…Alize..c’mon baby, we’re home…

    WHY????!!!!!!!! 

  • Ryses_Pyses

    Well, I work on a helpline for medicaid so we get funny names everyday. but Im sure the funniest/ most memorable ones are ABCDE(pronounced Absidy) and Pheloni (pronounced Felony) smh……

    • 1SaintsFan

      Please tell me Pheloni was a joke you made up, please!!!

  • Nora Morse

    It isn’t so much the names.
    It’s the spelling.
    Renay.
    sigh.

  • Jacara

    Dierdra …
    Siobahn
    Rhiannon
    IRISH names … different , but not ghetto! 

  • Kathy

    Mia-neeshia-nette (hypens mine)

  • Ellaquent

    A friend worked in a school in Oakland. One of the kids was called ‘Gonnie’ – short for what? Gonorrhea. The parents thought it was a nice name. They didn’t know what it meant.

  • He

    I know a white girl who named her mixed baby Kroshela. Pronounced Crow-Shay-La

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JA6F5TWJHMP2VLTMS6QMKFBPPE Angela

    La-a is very funny. I hope her daughter legally change her name. She shouldn’t have to suffer because her mother is stupid.

  • Houston Gal

    The worst one for me is Lasharobotosin, Here are the runer ups, Toweneka, Laqumeshia, God Bless Williams (whole name), Cowelesha, Auntraneik, Lanaqetra, and these are real names that are with real people for the rest of their lives

  • Mz_chocolatina

    Ignorance at its finest. I respect peoples right to chose and express themselves but COME ON!!!!!

  • Guest

    There is a child whose first name is “Wunhunid”…as in 100.  SMH!

  • Dkmb

    Who names their child Clytia. Imagine doing roll call and trying to keep your face straight.

  • Getit!

    I remember the pause on the first day of school. Today(open house y’day) I asked a coworker what was his daughter’s name again. He said, “Lucy and my son is Grady. We have real simple names.” I thought he said his son’s name was Greggie. Reading church history, I thought the names Urban and Origen were beautiful. Thank God I’ve graduated, still beautiful(Origen) not practical.

  • Vpd004

    Sorry, but having grown up with an unusual name (now it’s considered pretty) it’s easy to understand most peoples reaction to these very crazy names.  I’m 54 and my mother was ahead of her time, but @ that time the African names weren’t in, so she just gave us unusual names out of the European stock.  But I was teased and bullied for having my name and these parents are not thinking about their kids @ all in this.  My mother might have thought my name was pretty @ the time, but what I had to go through was horrible.  I would say she was selfish in that regard, but she’s was a really good mother.  My point being, I really like my name now, but it’s not really bad @ all considering the names I’m seeing now.

  • Cece

    What people fail to realize is that names from times past have once been categorized as “regular house hold items” or whatever was special to the parents, or what they felt their children would embody as they became older. It may sound crazy to us because we’re using names of objects that ARE in our language, let us take Ashley for example. It means to be from the ash tree in Latin. So, if you spoke Latin, basically you call your daughter “from the ash tree”. Aside from how society has became discriminatory and silly with the damn negative stigmas placed on names, I think it’s ok to call your child whatever, that is, if we lived in a perfect world where ppl would know WTF their names mean ANYWAY, realize that names in fact ARE based off of objects and ideas in reality, and will not judge based off a name. But we don’t so whatev.

  • Amanda

    Oh dear God, how racist are you people?? Not only are half the names on this list urban legends, but just because a name doesn’t fit into white culture you deem it unacceptable? Shame on you.

  • tasha

    kawanza mashika and wytta (y-tay)

  • Priscilla Malarky

    As others have mentioned, white people come up with just as many ridiculous names, but sometimes they’re ridiculous in different ways. Celebrities especially get away with naming their kids terrible things, the most notable examples being “Audio Science” and “Apple.” Others: Moon Unit (Frank Zappa’s kid), Bronx Mowgli (Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson)… There are more, I’m sure that I’m not remembering or that I’ve not heard of. 

    But non-celebrities give their kids dumb names, too. I know these names are trendy, but my God, names ending in -ayden (Brayden, Cayden, Jaden…) are not original anymore, and, in my opinion, were never that nice to begin with. You have kids being born today being given names that are the days of the week, common household objects, and that defy gender norms to an unreasonable degree. It’s dumb, and such a transparent and selfish effort by parents to be viewed as original even at the expense of their children. I was at the doctor’s office and in the waiting room was a young family with a very small baby. The receptionist said, “Oh my goodness, your baby is beautiful!” The mother beamed and said, “Thank you! This is John.” The receptionist said, “Well, he’s so handsome.” The mother got all prickly and said, “She!” The receptionist said, “Oh… Hm. Is she named for someone in your family?” The mother said, “No, we just thought it would be cool.” If you name your daughter John, you can’t get mad when people think your baby is a boy, especially since babies are pretty sexually monomorphic and THAT IS A MAN’S NAME.  Androgynous names (Morgan, Taylor, Ashley [yes, this used to be a man's name!], Jamie, even Mason) are one thing, but naming a girl John is really silly. 

    This all comes down to personal responsibility, and the fact that, like anything else in life, you can’t just do whatever you want when it comes to naming your kids. There are consequences that go beyond what simply sounds cool or seems original, and kids have to have these names forever. This awareness is appallingly lacking in a lot of younger parents of all races. Regardless of race, excessive “originality” in the naming of children translates later in those children’s lives as unsophistication. Some traditions exist for a reason. 

  • Ben_wife

    i was named vanequa, i had went to the courts at age 16 to get it legally changed. i wish parents would think and ask themselves would this name that i’m about to write on my child’s birth certificate something i would be comfortable with if i was named this, and growing up to.

  • jasminetea

    One of the guys from Penn and Taylor named his child Moxi Crimefighter…

  • http://www.facebook.com/xavmoore Author Xavier Moore

    DaMafia. No sh!t.

  • Detroitkat92

    For real though, I did know of some twins named Oranjello and Lemonjello. I’m so serious. I was like why lady? Why? Those kids are going to be teased so bad…………………..

  • Msboone97

    Try the name: MyAngel… Ok foreal??? Why would a persons name their child this???… Looks like somebody forgot to separate the 2 words…

  • Tony

    Ta’ Dreme pronounced To Dream..smh

  • Teacher

    ABCDE PRONOUCED “AB SUH DEE”

  • Meme

    It was twin girls one was name ‘Today’ and the other ‘Tomorrow”

  • Lyke_no_otha81

    my 11 daughter has classmates named Ikequinnesha and Jay’Corey. There is a girl working at my local wal mart named ShaBrittney. Why is the “Sha” needed?

    • Cocolicious

      There they go with that damn apostrophe. Now, Jacory, Jacori  (American – blend of the names Jack and Zachary) is a popular name.

      Ikequinnesha – Let me quess, dad’s name is Ike and mom’s name is Quinnesha. I’ve come across several versions of Quinnesha: Quaneesha, Quineisha, Quay’Neisha, Queneecia.

      I’ve come across a ShaBarbara.

  • Lildeevil9116

    Tyquaisha, Bonquisha, and a guy named Jaguar with a brother named Ferrari.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570119775 Denise Marie Larkin-Linton

    True story, this woman named her child Va’gina.she pronounced it VAGEENA, however it never failed that on the first day of school or when a substitute teacher was teaching the class it was pronounced “vagina”. smh!!!!!!

  • Lpfundamentals

    …And I though Le(dash)a was an urban myth!  This list is scary; however, I have another to add.  Pajama, pronounced Pa-jah-may.  This little gem was offered to me by the salesperson at Walgreen’s when I was pregnant with my daughter.  Needless to say, I declined.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523190586 Alice Reid

    You see, what had happened wuz… I was told this story by a teacher who said it is true.  She said she had a girl student in her class named Syphillis — pronounced sif – FILL- us.  This teacher asked the mother for the origin of the child’s name and her response was that when she was being wheeled into the delivery room, she saw some brochures with the “name” Syphillis on them and decided that this was a sign.  Hence, she named her newborn daughter.

    Like I said, I was told this story.  I have never doubted its teller’s veracity. 

    • Mira12

       Syphillis… the worst “name” I’ve ever read here (apart from Adolf Hitler).
      Another example that the children’s names tell a lot about their parents’ education level. Hood or not.

  • Mokomokosama

    I once had a student named Travisty, after her father Trevor. She seemed to have NO idea what “travesty” means.

    • Mokomokosama

      Sorry, should have been after father Travis.

  • WILDBLUEYONDER

    I cringe when people name their kids according to what the father’s name is – example; Johnette, Johnetta, Jamesetta, Markelle, Jasonetta, Masonette — these names are all people I know!!!

  • Deesmith415

    Quinayzha- pronounced Kwanaysha, J’Engelo- pronounced Jangelo, Prince, Quevanta- pronounced Keyvontae, Marquell, Kimone- pronounced, Irmani, Bryianne- pronounce Brionknee

  • Illnaturegear

    There’s plenty of traditionally black names that sound appropriate, yet have some flavor: Simone, Marcus, etc.  Also, it’s very possible to create a unique name that is actually intuitive to pronounce.  So I dont understand why somebody gonna name their kid something like Sha-ma’janae when we all know everybody just gonna call her nae-nae anyway.

    • Adriana

      Totally. I don’t understand why so many young parents feel that to make a cultural statement, a  name has to be completely outside of the realm of reasonable phonetics. 

      I’ll add also that an easy way to have a unique and pronounceable name is to borrow from other cultures with phonetic systems similar to ours. My friend whose family hails from India is named Ashraya, which is beautiful, pronounced intuitively, and ACTUALLY MEANS SOMETHING in the language from which it comes (it means “shelter,” or “provider of shelter”). My cousin, whose wife is from Iran, named his newborn son Bijan, which is unusual, but fairly easy to pronounce, and means something in Farsi (“hero”). My name is actually Adriana, which is not that uncommon in South America and Mediterranean and Eastern Europe, but is fairly unusual in the United States, especially in the phonetic spelling I use (and yet, when I go to Starbucks everyone wants to spell my name on my cup as “Audreannah,” or “Audrianna.” I just wanna be like, “It’s spelled exactly how it sounds!”), and actually has a great deal of meaning for my family (my grandfather escaped from Tito’s regime in Yugoslavia in the 1950s by crossing the Adriatic Sea into Italy to give his family a better life somewhere else and then brought them over to the US a few years later when he’d established a good life for them, and I am always reminded of his sacrifice and the risks he took; this is really special to me). 

      In any case, I’m not sure why in recent years people have gotten so unnecessarily…inventive. Have they forgotten that a name will need to actually be PRONOUNCED, because that is the purpose of a name?

  • Illnaturegear

    Broads with crazy names seem to run together.  I was dating this chick with a crazy, unnecessarily apostophe’d name — one of those names that you just don’t even wanna say so you just call her pet names EVERY time.  Anyway, she starts naming off her best friends and I swear she had the LEAST most ridiculous name out of all of them.  The whole crew sounded like a gaggle of ghetto-fied stripper power rangers.

    • FelishaCrooks

      LOL!!!

    • SCBeauty1983

      BEST COMMENT EVER!!!  LMWAO!!!

    • SGF

      OMG, in this bevy of hilarious postings this one stands out the most.  It had me laughing so hard that various family members came running in to find out what was going on.

  • Senise B.

    Oops! I forgot “Caressa”.

  • Senise B.

    My first week teaching 2nd grade. (Staff and kids)
    La-Tarvia
    Dahjanae/Dejanae
    Diavionne (NO LIE!!!)
    Shaquinnique
    DaMonte
    DeViante
    Ajanae
    Imunique
    Raymonette
    Quintasha
    Shataria Melissa (WTF)
    Trevion
    Imani-Shai
    Delorean (YES, like the car)
    All but 4 were terrors. By Friday I was physically exhausted from calling their ghetto-ass names a million times. The next week I let them chose a cartoon character name for themselves to make it easier on me, lol. The kids and parents thought it was the best idea EVER. If they only knew why. The next week my mock roster consisted of Homers, Marges, Iron-Man and so on. Whew!

  • ObservintheATL

    The little girl was named Thy Shall.  Her mother was giving her a name from the Bible. SMH

    • Cocolicious

      *faints*

  • Brokeneyelash

    …to many to name but these three stand out, DeAquanita, Adreama, and Quandrelle.  But one I actually like, I went to high with her…”Tru Love”

  • NativeSwahiliSpeaker

    I am still ROTFL and SMH over “Le-a” ….. pronounced as La-dash-a

  • spjt

    I’m sorry, I can’t help but crack up at all the comments!! The shyt is hill-freakin-larious!! I was laughing at some of the comments/ names when my son comes up and asks me what am I laughing at? I gave him a brief overview and he said that coincidentally his friends were recently looking up ghetto names from the 1960′s (??? I didn’t ask why). When I asked who thought to do that, he said his friend “Kwanza”… umm, really??? — you can insert sounds of crickets and visuals of tumbleweeds here –  Anyway, I COULDN’T say anything, I mean .. how ironic is that.. My son is 12, I didn’t feel like getting into the adult conversation that if the 2 of them had applications to the same college, social organization, jobs, etc.. chances are my son (Matthew) would get the gig first… Well… unless he was pledging a black greek organization…. dang ya’ll these comments are off the hook (and funny none the less!)

  • LeshaDgafVaughn

    topramenesha …sesriously

  • Nat

    turquoisa 

  • Aywhite85

    C’Kret pronounced Secret
    Bri’Essance
    Itipiquanda I-tip-i-quanda

  • Klove

    I will never forget a girl trained me and her name was Karrira.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Lee/1115636861 Nathan Lee

    I have heard – Obamanisha, AppleMartini, Barakata, and Martinella, after Martin Luther King. Will I do not believe the government should have the right to take a kid and change their name no matter how dumb it is or how “out there” the parents are I still think parents should consider the future of the child they are naming.

  • Geminigirl_6

    P.S.  It is all quite pitiful to me as people will know who and what these children are before they see them.  Oh God Sharon – Here comes the nigras with those……names no-one can pronounce.  Pitiful!  I personally cringe when I hear these names on our children.

  • Geminigirl_6

    Personally, these names are NOT Black/African-American.  They are nonsense and ridiculous!  All those vowels and warped spelling……SMDH.  We can be more creative and do much better than this.  How would the parent(s) like to live with these given names?! 

  • Rakuspirit

    Several years ago when i was doing a career day for Black students, one of the students was named “Spontaneous”.  I didn’t know if was a girl or a boy, but when I tried looking that person up on FB recently I found a physician in this area with that name.  I think the doctor was female.  

  • 2-bz

    It’s funny to see how much SOME people of color dislike the uniqueness within their own culture. Urban culture globally is one of the most imitated styles around so it always surprises me how to one another it’s frowned upon. I work in one of the biggest cities & come across names of many different races that look like they need Vanna Whites help, like solving a puzzle & no one bats an eye questioning their nationality, class or dialect. Who’s to say that names like George are more respectful than Barack find the power within yourself not just a name. Jewish, Indian, Asian patients co-workers & doctors that I affiliate with daily are very comfortable & non-apologetic about the difficulty in pronunciation of their names so why should I! At birth you’re labeled boy or girl, christian or baptist rich or poor black or white etc… I hope that we all become more accepting of our differences rather than continue the ugliness of continuing judgmental homicide.

  • Queen4aking

    Alot of these children better use their God given talent and create their own company. Because when they go apply for a job, the hoodish “no one can pronounce my name” is going to cause their resume to hit file 13–the trash!

  • Msmischayl

    Why would you disrespect a child? There is alot of power in the tongue! I pray blessings over little Miss Destiny! I pray she is headed for greatness! Why do people find comfort in being hateful and negative to others? Isn’t it time we unite and rise above such foolishness? Geesh….

  • accordingtofadzi

    A language spoken by over 60 million people and you’re gonna go and call it made up like its some kind of gibberish?! 

  • Squeezablechic

    I’m sure a lot of names have an originin or means something else in a different language or culture. However, look at the times we’re living in. Why give your child a name with a stereotype or set him/her up for ridicule later in life? If it doesn’t look good on a resume, job application or college entrance form, then don’t use it.

  • Cocolicious

    Robtavius. I know that Rob comes from Robert, but I never could figure out where Tavius comes from. There are a lot of these created names, for boys, that end in -vius, -vious, or -ius, -ious, or -us: Ja’Tavious, John’Tavious.

    What about Kot’Rhonda, or Kot’Trina…as in the African-American Vernacular form of “Good God All Mighty” –
    “Kottoh Mighty”. those names might be more ‘country’ (Traditional African-American rural culture) than urban ghetto, however.

  • Ashley

    A little girl at my brother’s day care a long time ago was named Amajn, pronounced “imagine.” That poor child…

  • Courtney Neffertara Simmons

    Got a Spanish friend whose name is Usnavy, she says her mom fell in love with the name after seeing a U.S. Navy ship sail through the coast of Cuba. Smdh…

    • Ashley

      Really? I’m pretty sure I read that exact line in the book The Dirty Girls Social Club. The girl Usnavys in that book at least went by “Navi” all the time, but even still…

  • Avid reader

    As an african who lived in NJ for years, I heard so many names that were allegedly ”swahili” or from other African countries that I shook my head. For one, most Africans(atleast West African specifically Nigerians) give names with specific meanings and not because it sounds exotic..so my advise is anyone is giving a name to there children consider the meaning( research,ask people what it means and what circumstances that the name is given) because it does have a way of affecting the child life…thats just my take….

  • Why?

    My son was friends with a boy named Messiah.

  • TMWeston

    I volunteered at an after-school program and there was a child named, ABCDE (Ab-Suh-Day)……..

    • Aywhite85

      I’ve seen that name, too. Sad, sad, sad!

  • sundaye

    Well my name is sundaye pronounced as sunday and my 6yr old daughter name is Rain’Nevaeh and my 7mth old daughter name is Amazen’ Grace and i named her after my mother-in-law named grace. Do u think thats ghetto? both names have symbolic meaning behind it lol just thought i would share that

    • LillyMunster

      You need to quit.

    • Avid reader

      sweetie am sorry but unless your kids are going to be entertainers, u have set them up for all types of failure in the professional world!! have u heard of a neurosurgeon, vice president,or attonery general with those names?! not trying to disrepect your kids what so ever but please tell us you have middles names a lil less eccentric?

    • shehiplocki

      …yeah, i think it’s ghetto……sorry.

      • Felisha

        Me too, I agree, it is very ghetto.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3FCFGVRE7QHH2W72ADJVFCST4U Denise

      sundaye is nice. the other names, embarrassing.

  • Sdennis334

    Student at my job named Lil Melford. Dad wanted to name him Lil Man but the judge said no and allowed him to use Lil and his first name, Melford. Also, there’s a group of siblings – a Darryl, and twin sisters named Darrylmisha and Darrylnisha.

    Eff all this “individuality” or “uniqueness”. Your name is your identity. No one is saying to give your kids generic names, but give them a fighting chance in life. Truth is, Laquandrias and Tyreeks don’t make it too far in the professional world. Some do, most won’t.

  • http://www.ladilike.com/ Carmesha

    I’ve met a guy named Shawte (pronounced like “Shawty” in the south), twin boys named Confidence and Prosperite (prosperity), and a family where everyone’s name reads like a sentence, ex. Tadae’ Anew (today a new…) & then the last name. 

  • SashaThumpa

    I’m in the world of elementary school…and I’ve seen some stuff. Here are my top faves
    1- Alize (yes, the drink of the classy hood folk)
    2- LadyDutchess (yes, it was one word and her brother was Jason)
    3- Lord Destiny (a biracial boy who had to be called his entire name)
    4- Acura (pronounced ah-cure-ah)
    5- Amunique (self explanatory)

    • Cocolicious

      In America, any given name linked to a popular brand adored by the urban sect is considered ghetto.  However, some of these words/names are real legitimate, common, and/or traditional names in other countries. For example, Manolo which is a brand name of the shoe Manolo Blahnik  which is a company named after it’s founder who is from Spain. The name Manolo is a very common given name for a boy Spain.

      The name Alize is another example.  Yes, most black Americans are inspired by the brand of liquor in their giving of this name, but it’s an actual common given name. In Hebrew Alize means “joyful, joy”, it’s an alternate spelling of the name Alice. Someone in this thread of comments said Alize is a common given name in France, meaning “strong wind”.

  • guest

    shotavodka

  • Youknowwhatiitis

    Ooooh, look at the babies!! :)

  • Bryn

    Sadly – I came across a chick named Tremonkneesha (Tree-mo-nee-sha)….absolutely terrible…

  • Clutchdapearls

    For names that I KNOW belong to a child…Boo’Nayasia, Ja’Miracle, and My’Angel

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  • Squeezablechic

    Life is hard enough. Giving your child a “unique” name that is hard to spell or pronounce is just asking for trouble later in life. I saw a supervisor tear up the impeccable resume of an applicant simply because her legal name was “Princess.” Who wants to go around calling someone Princess all day long? We are a black couple with three sons: Christopher, Jonathan, and Ryan. Enough said.

    • Squeezablechic

      Oh and naming your child after a car you can’t even afford is just wrong, wrong, wrong!

  • Pseudoenny

    Full name: Da Drain Leaks Jr. And yes there was a Sr.

  • Anonymous

    In my school there is 
    Aushanique, Daray, Jashawn, Gerkoria, Shaqwanta, Abryna, Da’Mon, Brekia, Daileshia, De’Yanna, Gerkayla, Jarronald, Keturah, Tacorey, and Tayla

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3FCFGVRE7QHH2W72ADJVFCST4U Denise

      daray and tayla are OK. the rest are awful.

  • http://sugabellyrocks.com/ Sugabelly

    The most horrible part of this whole thing is that many African Americans go about claiming these awful names are “African”.

    They most certainly ARE NOT!!! Please and thank you. 

    Okay, I just had to point that out . Bye.

  • Sylence

    I knew of a girl I went to elementary school a while back named Spontaneous…I looked at my mom and said “Isn’t that a WORD???” But I think my middle school set it off…Pepsi & Oreo (Asian sisters) and Oreal (as in part of L’Oreal…like leaving the ” L’ ” from the makeup line would make a difference) LOL!

  • Marsha

    Pajamas pronounced pah-shia-may = hoodrat ratchetness

  • Guest

    The craziest baby name I know is Cimaflydiva. Poor kid

  • Ksjoo

    Met a girl in Atlanta names SheMiracle.

  • Bunni

    When one of my best friends gave her daughter the middle name ‘Cydavianna’, I had officially heard everything.

  • Tundeb

    aaliyah isswahili. highest most exhalted one/

    • Cocolicious

      No, the name Aaliyah is not Swahili.

      It’s Arabic, meaning “high, sublime, and lofty”; and Hebrew (Aliyah), meaning “rising, ascending”.

      • Sly

        It’s actually both. in Swahili it means Of the highest or the very highest. Basically what Tundeb said. 

  • Guest

    ..

  • Ronnieaikens

    The little girl looks so precious too!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3FCFGVRE7QHH2W72ADJVFCST4U Denise

      she is a model. her name is probably jasmine or jade. she is beautiful.

  • : o what?

    You asked question about crazy baby names we’ve heard  Re-NAY is pretty doggone crazy!!  Your article is an example of the Pot calling the Kettle crazy!

    • Cocolicious

      Renay is a legitimate variant (American) of the French name Renee which means “reborn”.

      Renee Perry is the fictional character on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, played by African-American actress Vanessa L. Williams.

      The name Renee, along with it’s alternate spellings, is a pretty mainstream name.  – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renee

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3FCFGVRE7QHH2W72ADJVFCST4U Denise

      I like Renay. it is a fine name.

  • Bklynstar2003

    I came across a guy named Debonaire…

    • Darkman

      It means something like cool, not complicate, nice in one french word (débonnaire), but means something like “looking good” in 3 french words (de bon air)

  • Binkygrad07

    i think the worse would have to be ABCD ( pronounced ab-se-dee) i was like really?????/

    • Cocolicious

      That’s a problem because that’s a racial slur against South Asian-Americans:

      ABCD – (South Asians in the U.S.) American-Born Confused Desi, a term used to refer to Indian Americans, Pakistani Americans or other South Asians, term as “desi,” who were born in the United States. The condescending term is used chiefly by South Asian immigrants to imply confusion about cultural identity.[3]

    • shehiplocki

      ….lol … i think some people are lying on here….outrageous bay bay, oh yeah shout out to jambalya… lol…

  • Sugar_Spice

    I went to school with a Creyolla (close to crayola), hispanic BTW & don’t forget that actor that named his child Pilot Inspektor

  • MYOPINION

    I came across a child’s name on a hospital birth certificate…KashDe’Mone’ pronounced Kosh de monay.  I was done.

  • Kay

    Omg these comments r off the chain I had a guy tell me my mother couldnt spell because she spelled my name kourtney with a k instead of a c mind u his name was skwire pronunced esquire lmao like the magazine

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_INPJG3ZG3OF7HG5MQKJBYXSZAY Tweety_slim

      #Spits red bull out

  • Calgirl23

    Taught a kid (male) named DeLovely.

  • http://twitter.com/Mrs_Maynard Jamila Maynard

    My aunt is a teacher and had a student last year named Desire Dix..smh! 

  • Deloresgford

    Yes i have a cousin whos name is wheresheat ( where she at) smh dont know what was wrong with her mom to do that to her

  • MzPolo

    the worst name i ever heard was Quotangelo

  • dddooonnnttt

    I forgot bout this one.
    Felony  -___-

  • Miya

    Two names I’ve heard have haunted me forever. No lie: 1) Fashionette and 2) Delast (as in Da Last baby my mom’s friend said she was having) Heaven help us! lol Oh, and my cousin’s 3rd grader’s name is Beyonce

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27206038 Miss Charla Allen

    Aquarica (a girl in my 3 y.o. niece’s class @ daycare)….not sure if it is because she is an Aquarius???
     
    2nybria (two-knee-bria)
     
    Spicey (yes….if you want your daughter to grow up to be a stripper)
     
    Tomorrow Dawn
     
    Tacoma (a city in Washington State)
     
    Royal Tee
     
    Rubenisha (her dad’s name was Ruben)
     
    ABCD (ab-cee-dee…that’s a baby that was melanin deficient ya’ll)
     
    Debonaire & Sincere (twin boys)
     
    Finas (like Linas- but the fine version…but he wasn’t)
     
    Sativah (real person I went to school with)
     
    Heaven Lee (a Korean girl who was in my cabin when I was camp counselor)

  • Cocolicious

    I have two examples of West Africans given names African-Americans would consider Ghetto.

    A West African lady named Confidence (I don’t know if she was given this name in her native language as well, using that spelling, but this is the spelling she used here in the states).

    Another West African lady named Elogia, which means ‘Eulogy” in English. So, Elogia died at childbirth in her 20s. The child she gave birth to, her daughter, was named in her memory – Elogia. The daughter died in childbirth, 20 years later.

    • Darkman

      Sad story…
      Confidence is low class but this kind of name is common. You can find Patience or Victoire (Victory) or for male Bienvenu (Welcome) or Dieudonné (God gift).
      In some tradition, when a woman lose kids at birth, they think the babies have been taken by witches. So to discourage the witches the give names that means trash, not good, or rotten in their languages… And it works! So, plenty africans are alive with that kind of name.
      Imagine your son name is “Trash” or “Bad boy” or “Sewage”…

      • Cocolicious

        I don’t see how Confidence is, necessarily, low class, it has a meaning.  To me, it’s the same as naming a child Destiny, a Gaelic name. So do the rest of the names you mention. Dieudonne is a very popular name in Latin Africa.

        There was a recent story about hundreds of girls in East India who given the name that translates into ‘unwanted’ in their native tongue. They were all given the chance to change their names.

        - http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/10/22/hundreds-indian-girls-named-unwanted-choose-new-names/

        My parent said that growing up, in their village, a certain priest would name all the children (traditional cultural names) and that the children would grow up to become the meaning of their names. So, if the child was given the name that mean ‘leader’, they’d be a leader. If the child was given the name that meat ‘patience’, they’d evolve into a very patient person.

  • BKThoroughbred

    It’s funny to me that a lot of people are critiquing other people naming choice as ghetto and worse. While I do agree that many of us take the naming of our children to lightly, or stretch spelling and creative boundaries. Your name is not an absolute predictor of your educational or financial outcome or more importantly your happiness.

    More times than not I can look at some name and tell what color they are; so if I see Jordyn and Jadyn Mackenzie on paper my guess would be BLACK. And probably their parents are knuckleheads that think they’re sophisticated and are naming there kids for “Success”. To many White people hiring there is no difference between Shaqueetra Johnson or a Tiffany Johnson or a Shaunna Williams

    I think we should be training our children to able to provide for themselves from a entrepreneurial standpoint in whatever endeavor they’ll choose, so they won’t have to be too concerned about filing out a job application

  • BKThoroughbred

    It’s funny to me that a lot of people are critiquing other people naming choice as ghetto and worse. While I do agree that many of us take the naming of our children to lightly, or stretch spelling and creative boundaries. Your name is not an absolute predictor of your educational or financial outcome or more importantly your happiness.

    More times than not I can look at some name and tell what color they are; so if I see Jordyn and Jadyn Mackenzie on paper my guess would be BLACK. And probably their parents are knuckleheads that think they’re sophisticated and are naming there kids for “Success”. To many White people hiring there is no difference between Shaqueetra Johnson or a Tiffany Johnson or a Shaunna Williams

    I think we should be training our children to able to provide for themselves from a entrepreneurial standpoint in whatever endeavor they’ll choose, so they won’t have to be too concerned about filing out a job application

    • dddooonnnttt

      Your name is not an ABSOLUTE predictor, it will have an affect on almost everything you do. Your name precedes your visage 90% of the time. Even if you looking the part and are qualified, no one in a law firm wants to introduce anyone to the newest partner Ashinkashay. Unless your child has some fabulous talent or gift that can OVERCOME such a horrid name, they are pretty much going to be relegated to the back of the bus
      *Thanks God my parents gave me a white girls name*

      • bookreader69

         you know what PLEASE!!!!  I personally named three of my five childen unique names and they are all well educated, well adjusted, law abiding citizens who have never had a problem getting a job because of their names and as far as school I made it clear to all of their teachers that if they were educators then they could learn my childs name, and when my child who has a damn good job walkes into any  business if they can’t pronounce her name they quickly learn. The uniqueness of a name no matter where it came from is still special to the person who gave it and the one caring it. Im glad  for you that your mother liked the “white name ” she chose to give you. How that working out for? there are plenty of lawers, doctors and a variety of other professions that  employ persons   with unique first and last names, last I checked America was a melting pot of society where everyone could express their difference and reguardless of if you live in the ghetto, drive through it or have never been in one just because you don’t like it does not make it wrong just unique. With so many people tring so hard to be something they are not  and conforming to what  the established few THINKS is the right way I find the names fun,funny, creative,  unique and just that a name.

        • dddooonnnttt

          My name is working out well for me, so well that it’s a non-factor. No one asks me how it’s spelled (except dizzy people), no one asks me if my name means anything, no one laughs at my name. I can go anywhere and my name is as innocuous as penny loafers. My name is not polarizing and people can hear my name remember it easily and feel no awkwardness about saying aloud. I’ve gone a lot further in life than every Darkeisha, Markeisha, Laqueeda and Kimfalafel I’ve ever met. And every other black woman I’ve met that on my level or beyond has a regular name OR a unique name that’s not a made up jumble of syllables, or a disease, or an inanimate object but something cultural or historical.
          But this thread is about people like your kids, not me. Now, I do not know your kids or what your kids names are. But the fact that you jumped on the defensive leads me to believe this isn’t the first time you’ve been called out about giving your children silly names. I do not know how old your children are, but if they are below HS age then there really isn’t so much for them to have accomplished at this point in their lives in the first place. If they are grownup well done and congratulations to them for being that small percentage that must be gifted. That being said, it is a proven fact that people do not want to hire people with jacked up names. The most CEOs are named Peter. And I do not know 1 Larquinka who is a surgeon.
          I don’t know who you are referring to about trying to be something they are not, my name was given to me ‘special to the person who gave it and the one CARRYING it’. On paper people think I am white. I come in a tall, bald(ish) black woman and they think ‘here we go’, then I speak, eloquently :) and you would be surprised the number of people who are shocked when they find out I’m not some 14 word vocabulary hoodrat (though I am from the hood, don’t get it twisted…). These organizations realize they need black people, women especially, but they want Tiffanys, and Denises, and Paulines, not Fromqueequee, Kardinialis, and Ja’La’Dagger.

        • Darkman

          Good for you and them… Unfortunately, it won’t be the same for the majority of those with unique name. And I’m not thinking only about the young “Adolf Hitler” or his sister “Arian Nation”.
          Establishment like to put you in a box. If you apply to an executive job with a Rasta hair style, chances are you won’t get the job even if you’re from Harvard. Your resume can save you, if you have an unique name, assuming they read it. Life is already a hurdle race, Why add more hurdles on our kids path, just for our satisfaction? If, for the next 2000 years, Chinese culture is dominating the world, I won’t be surprised to see white people aith chinese first name. That’s reality.

        • dddooonnnttt

          And I didn’t want to go in that hard, but a woman with 5 kids on a WOMENS blog with 69 in her handle does not make for someone that I would take naming advice from. JUST SAYIN!

    • bookread69

      Finally someone who said something that made since.

  • http://www.youtube.com/presuchz21 Dasia

    My name is Quadasia and Lord knows I hate that name. If I could I would go back in time and knock some sense into my fathers head. Sad thing is he doesn’t even know where he got it from. SMH.

    • Ti

      CHANGE YOUR NAME

      • Dasia

        Uh now. I like it very much, thanks you :)

        • Dasia

          * no

          • SGF

            Wait.  You went from “Lord knows, I hate that name” to “Uh, no.  I like it very much, thanks you” in the space of one week??  Um.  OK, then…..

  • K. Brown

    One of the girl that lives on our street name is Kache (pronounced Cash) Monet. Not the worst but still a little too much.

  • K. Brown

    One of the girl that lives on our street name is Kache (pronounced Cash) Monet. Not the worst but still a little too much.

    • Darkman

      Kache Monet= Cash Money!!! It’s baaaad!!!

      • Ti

        HORRIBLE…her life is over..trust me

    • Darkman

      Kache Monet= Cash Money!!! It’s baaaad!!!

  • dddooonnnttt

    Research people. There is no one on this planet named Le-a, Orangello or Lemongello. It’s a story made up to perpetrate a stereotype of black people.
    That being said, Shaboota. Sha BOO da. Pause, blink, pause..

    • Ti

      Don’t be too sure.I’ve seen some names that are too stupid to say! YES.WE ARE THAT STUPID!

      LaQuinta..After the hotel..(stupid..you name ur girl after a c~rated hotel chain)
      StarQuinisha…Child murderer! Now in Jail 4 life!

      I can go on,n on,n on…..

    • D. Gold

      I used to be a case manager for CPS in Baltimore Maryland, and the mother on one of my cases had named her two boys Orangello and Lemogello. I had the case file to prove it. During a visit, I asked her why she named her children that…She told me because she liked Lemon and Orange Jello…No Joke. I once had to remove little girls from a woman who had named named them Fallopian, Vagina, and Vagania. I have also had mothers on my caseload who had named ALL of their children after alcoholic drinks.

  • dddooonnnttt

    Research people. There is no one on this planet named Le-a, Orangello or Lemongello. It’s a story made up to perpetrate a stereotype of black people.
    That being said, Shaboota. Sha BOO da. Pause, blink, pause..

  • Cocolicious

    now, that’s ridiculous.

  • Cocolicious

    now, that’s ridiculous.

  • Lynne82

    The writer of this article’s name is “Alize”, though. Irony much? LOL #Jokes

  • Lynne82

    The writer of this article’s name is “Alize”, though. Irony much? LOL #Jokes

  • Keyonnaa28

    The security guard at my condo is named Beautiful…..Sadly , she does not live up to those expectations….. That’s not even a name but a damn adjective…..I’ve also came across the names….
    Innocence , Nataki , Lotus , Barcardi, yes as in the liquor…….

    Sadly, parents are screwing these kids up…

  • Keyonnaa28

    The security guard at my condo is named Beautiful…..Sadly , she does not live up to those expectations….. That’s not even a name but a damn adjective…..I’ve also came across the names….
    Innocence , Nataki , Lotus , Barcardi, yes as in the liquor…….

    Sadly, parents are screwing these kids up…

    • dddooonnnttt

      When I was in HS a girl came for shadow day and her name was Happy, and had the nerve to be upset all day. We were definitely cracking on homegirl for that one.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_INPJG3ZG3OF7HG5MQKJBYXSZAY Tweety_slim

        Lmao i knew a chick whose name was “Happiness”. Nigerians really have interesting names, also “Kolanut”, “Dummie”, “Toto” and “Praise”.

  • Jscrandol

    Female (FEM- a- LAY), Elominope (L-M-N-O-P)

  • Jscrandol

    Female (FEM- a- LAY), Elominope (L-M-N-O-P)

    • Cocolicious

      oh, hell!

    • Cocolicious

      oh, hell!

  • So Sad

    I went to college with two sisters names Survival and Recovery. Apparently, they had a difficult time as newborns. I don’t know if I would name my daughters that; but whatever floats your boat!

  • So Sad

    I went to college with two sisters names Survival and Recovery. Apparently, they had a difficult time as newborns. I don’t know if I would name my daughters that; but whatever floats your boat!

  • Darkman

    I don’t understand why, we black people want the white people to forget our color and do everything to help them  find us without even seeing us… I remember a Liberian girl in London who was admired by other liberians because her name was like Mary Johnson: She could get any kind of job, access everywhere because people couldn’t assume she was black. Once she got the interview, you have at least a chance.

    Our identity is not in our name but in our soul. Nowadays, how many italian descent has an italian first name (except DiCaprio, or if she’s a female)? If we want to show our African pride, at least we should take REAL AFRICAN NAME. Ask your nigerian neighbor, he’ll be pleased to provide a bunch of them, with the meaning.

    • dddooonnnttt

      What if my family 400 years ago had major beef with Nigerians? Lol.
      If the identity is not in the name, then what’s the problem with a name like Mary Johnson?
      P.S. Every Italian I know has an Italian first name; Teresa, Bianca, Olivia… And if it doesn’t ‘sound’ Italian, you better believe it’s just a shortened nickname ie. Pauly for Paolo. Joe for Guiseppe. etc…

  • Darkman

    I don’t understand why, we black people want the white people to forget our color and do everything to help them  find us without even seeing us… I remember a Liberian girl in London who was admired by other liberians because her name was like Mary Johnson: She could get any kind of job, access everywhere because people couldn’t assume she was black. Once she got the interview, you have at least a chance.

    Our identity is not in our name but in our soul. Nowadays, how many italian descent has an italian first name (except DiCaprio, or if she’s a female)? If we want to show our African pride, at least we should take REAL AFRICAN NAME. Ask your nigerian neighbor, he’ll be pleased to provide a bunch of them, with the meaning.

  • Mz_beezy07

    I know a girl named QueenShaki….yea!

  • Mz_beezy07

    I know a girl named QueenShaki….yea!

  • http://www.facebook.com/CBCNewport Lauri Johnson

    Sincere God — that was the one that did it for me

  • http://www.facebook.com/CBCNewport Lauri Johnson

    Sincere God — that was the one that did it for me

  • Msfab73

    While on the topic do you all think that Shaquandra is a ghetto name?

    • dddooonnnttt

      Any ‘name’ that I can just rearrange the syllabelles and make up an equally ratchet name, yes.

    • dddooonnnttt

      Any ‘name’ that I can just rearrange the syllabelles and make up an equally ratchet name, yes.

  • Msfab73

    While on the topic do you all think that Shaquandra is a ghetto name?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ray-Cabble/100002634069096 La-Ray Cabble

    my childrens godmothers messed her youngest kids up 4 life. exotic purple hayze(wtf) envy lord roman hayze(wtf) eternity magic hayze(wtf)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ray-Cabble/100002634069096 La-Ray Cabble

    my childrens godmothers messed her youngest kids up 4 life. exotic purple hayze(wtf) envy lord roman hayze(wtf) eternity magic hayze(wtf)

  • Shanshan_jones

    Valshuqwan! Along with shadowlaleka

  • Shanshan_jones

    Valshuqwan! Along with shadowlaleka

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3VR32AIFSART67WZFRR6VU6HYY C P

    y are our kids names considered ghetto but white ppl who name their kids after game names, fruits and cars names are unique?!

    what about ppl from the middle east and africa? what are their names considered?

    Le-a, i read the mother was actually mad because the teacher pronounced it wrong..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3VR32AIFSART67WZFRR6VU6HYY C P

    y are our kids names considered ghetto but white ppl who name their kids after game names, fruits and cars names are unique?!

    what about ppl from the middle east and africa? what are their names considered?

    Le-a, i read the mother was actually mad because the teacher pronounced it wrong..

    • Nikki

      don’t get it twisted names like apple and pilot inspektor are just as stupid and ghetto.  the difference is with the celebrities who have concocted those “unique” names their children will have their parent’s fame behind them and probably won’t have to worry about finding a job the conventional way.

      i don’t have an issue with names that are native to other lands.  usually their names, while sounding foreign to us, mean something in their parent’s native tongue.

      anyone who would name their daughter le-a and then get upset when it’s being pronounced as it appears is an idiot.  “the dash is not silent”  #dead

      • Sdennis334

        People from African countries have been known to give their children very unique names. Comfort, Patience, Godsgift, you name it. However, traditional names that Westerners can’t pronounce aren’t ghetto or strange. I’m Ghanaian American and I wish my parents would have given me Ghanaian name.

  • BlackEmily

    Well… how about Fierlis Mi’King and Forever MiJoi?? IDK… some chick in Texas.

  • BlackEmily

    Well… how about Fierlis Mi’King and Forever MiJoi?? IDK… some chick in Texas.

  • SexyDark&Lovely

    Well I’ve heard names like De’R'Quise De’I'Quise Ja’Miracle and Greniqua smh

  • SexyDark&Lovely

    Well I’ve heard names like De’R'Quise De’I'Quise Ja’Miracle and Greniqua smh

  • http://twitter.com/VaPrincess81 Tabeitha Pollard

    This is why I named my children normal names Allen, Jeremiah, Morgan, Melissa and Kendra. I can’t stand these so called unique names that even educated teachers can’t pronounce. If they can’t pronounce them, why do these parents think their children can?

    • Ti

      Damn girl! How many kids you got? (I digress)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_INPJG3ZG3OF7HG5MQKJBYXSZAY Tweety_slim

        #dead

      • Cocolicious

        She’s blessed!

  • http://twitter.com/VaPrincess81 Tabeitha Pollard

    This is why I named my children normal names Allen, Jeremiah, Morgan, Melissa and Kendra. I can’t stand these so called unique names that even educated teachers can’t pronounce. If they can’t pronounce them, why do these parents think their children can?

  • http://www.blackplanet.com/neeniebeanie18 Janeen

    There was a guest on Maury whose name was Pancake. I’m hoping that was a nickname.

    I went to school with a girl named Turquoise. When I saw her mom with turquoise long fingernails I assumed that was her favorite color.

  • http://www.blackplanet.com/neeniebeanie18 Janeen

    There was a guest on Maury whose name was Pancake. I’m hoping that was a nickname.

    I went to school with a girl named Turquoise. When I saw her mom with turquoise long fingernails I assumed that was her favorite color.

  • Maybe Imma a little ghetto

    Knew a white mechanic whose name was shoestring . . .

  • Maybe Imma a little ghetto

    Knew a white mechanic whose name was shoestring . . .

  • Beverly B

    DOG was an interesting choice for a name I heard of.  It is pronounced “Dee-Oh-Gee” and said as if it had a little Italian flair to it. Thank God it was for a puppy, and not for a baby!

  • Victoriaj1908

    My stepsister….Lashanette Lavasieur (pronounced La-shan-ette La-va-see-ay)

    • Nikki

      wow…just wow!  please ask your stepmom to step away from the drugs.  lol

  • aprilmayjune

    Mygod.  Yes, as in “my God” ( ???)  The mother was really young and the dad was a quasi 5%er rapper….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SCV2NFHLMLXKJSLD3UC5BCOAJ4 Lady Jane

    Please don’t name the child something it can not spell let alone pronounce. These names, according to statistics gathered from personnel offices, are not on the top of the list to be hired; thus hindering the person from gaining employment. Think before you hang a name on the child that will hinder it’s way in society and get them picked on in the school yard.

  • http://twitter.com/TheClitorials Realwomantalk

    A teenage girl named her babay EXTACY, and somehow though it was the cutest name ever

    Follow us at THECLITORIALS on twitter

  • Kbrown

    One of my kids at summer camp was named La’Passion. All i can say is Really?

    • Cocolicious

      It Spanish her name would be La Pasión

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_INPJG3ZG3OF7HG5MQKJBYXSZAY Tweety_slim

        Which is also considered hood for Latinos.

    • Cocolicious

      It Spanish her name would be La Pasión

  • sexcgenius

    It is not just black people who give their children seemingly left of center names.  If the extent of your journalism ability is such pointlessly, perhaps you should be working in a call center or getting coffee.  After all Ms. Renee Thug Passion, I mean Alize, if you don’t like these names then don’t consider them options for your own children.

    • Nikki

      i’m pretty sure she is aware of that fact, but for some reason black people seem to run away with this phenomenon adding as many syllables as they possibly can coming up with something that not only is hard to pronounce but looks stupid as well (we have to do better people).  not to mention this is a site gearing towards black people so naturally she would address the intended audience.  as far as her name being alize, i would think that would make her an expert on the subject to try and stop this madness.

      as a side note i know someone who named her daughter alize 15 yrs ago and is regretting that choice in the present.  not to mention her daughter absolutely HATES it.

    • Arian

      The “extra”ness and snootiness I am seeing in the comments has me shakinig my head.  Is it anyone’s business what someone names THEIR child?  Hell No.  But judgmental idiots will make it their business.  When you have business of your own, you won’t have time to worry about what someone else is doing.  I am too disgusted.  UGH. 

      • Korey

        Then you may want to direct your comment at the writer of the article.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kimberly-Butler/1151118939 Kimberly Butler

    Shantiqua, Shamika..we used to say anything with a LA/SHA/ and an AH at the end was most likely a ghetto name. I know Americans have the freedom, but at least have it mean something. I live in Berlin.. the Germans do not let people name their children these names, unless they can prove it really means something.

  • Mrs.L

    My friends cousin has a daughter named La’Daijahnarrianna. Poor baby.didn’t learn to spell her full name until she was 7, SMH..

    • Cocolicious

      I’m not even going to try to validate that. That’s too long. I was at the DMV getting my liscense renewed, once, and the two black ladies helping me were cracking up at this East Indian person’s name because they could barely get 1 of their 3 names on the card. They just put their first name “lsdljsljldjslsjldjlsjdsl” and initials “L.V.” All three of the person’s names were ridiculously long. They were like “We’ll just call you Henry.” lol.

    • Cocolicious

      I’m not even going to try to validate that. That’s too long. I was at the DMV getting my liscense renewed, once, and the two black ladies helping me were cracking up at this East Indian person’s name because they could barely get 1 of their 3 names on the card. They just put their first name “lsdljsljldjslsjldjlsjdsl” and initials “L.V.” All three of the person’s names were ridiculously long. They were like “We’ll just call you Henry.” lol.

      • Djka

        I hope you know the island thats called Madagascar: people have veryong names their and those are not made up. My step oncle name is Randriyanarisoa.
        And no one is crazy enough to short call his name. Thats just the way it is there. Check the president of that island and you’ll see its not made up

        • Cocolicious

          Madagascar, East India and, I’m sure, people from other countries have cultural names that are very long. My point is, linguistically American names are not long. That’s the cultural norm here, and there is a good reason for it. The woman is going backwards in naming her daughter La’Daijahnarrianna. When people form these other cultures say their long names, in their native languages, they don’t sound long. There is no way you can enunciate La’Daij…in English without it taking you a minute, or so, to finish.

  • Fbrown

    le’passion

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brittany-Delphine-Brown/69703172 Brittany Delphine Brown

    my parents own a daycare center and i have heard some crazy names come through there!. Lucifer, Langeire, Lucious, Carona, and the list goes on…smh

    • Cocolicious

      Lucious is Latin, meaning “light”

      Carona, alternate of Corona, is Latin, meaning “crown”

      Lucifer is Latin, meaning “carrier of light”

      • Darkman

        Lucifer is well known as the other name of the devil…

    • Cocolicious

      Lucious is Latin, meaning “light”

      Carona, alternate of Corona, is Latin, meaning “crown”

      Lucifer is Latin, meaning “carrier of light”

  • Korey

    Parents that give these names really need to consider the when the child enters school. You do not want the teacher to read the name on the attendance sheet and struggle with it. And really? You don’t want the kid to spend their entire adolescence fighting to defend their name.

    AND do these parents not think about how that name will look on a college or job application? You really don’t want your child to have a shot at life do you?Oh, there is also Lemonjello as well. And Pilot Inspektor.

  • Kharrismemories

    Emeoshieka Cleopatra – first and middle name. Poor baby couldn’t spell her own name until second grade.

    • Cocolicious

      Well, Sheika comes from Sheikh which is Arabic for “leader/king”. Emeo sounds West African. Cleopatra is Greek.

    • Cocolicious

      Well, Sheika comes from Sheikh which is Arabic for “leader/king”. Emeo sounds West African. Cleopatra is Greek.

  • http://twitter.com/roroyaboat Roroyaboat

    I had a student name Alwayz Yourz!  After School I asked her grandmother where the name came from she said a song and the grandmother commenced to singing it! LOL For Real!!!

  • Courtney

    Are we forgetting Pixies two older sisters Fifi Trixiebelle & Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa & her younger half sister Heavenly  Hairangii Tiger Lily Hutchence. being named after a city or state if it has significance to the parents isn’t bad nor is being named after a litterary or film Character uncommon Melissa Newman for example is named after the Orphan girl her mother Joanne Woodward played in the movie Count Three and Pray or Ophelia Dahl is named after the Heroine in Shakesphere’s play Hamlet Apple Martin is partially named after her grandmother Blythe Danner. Joanne & Josephine are most commonly nicknamed Joey which I know  from John Wayne’s first wife Josephine Alicia Saenz & Ms Woodward both are were nicknamed Joey. entertainers have always been excentric

    • Cocolicious

      Heavenly  Hairangii Tiger Lily Hutchence — this is the daughter of the late Michael Hutchence (another rare extinct, or nearly, surname) of INXS. She’s being raised by Bob Geldof. But she goes by Tiger (like Tiger Woods)

    • Cocolicious

      Heavenly  Hairangii Tiger Lily Hutchence — this is the daughter of the late Michael Hutchence (another rare extinct, or nearly, surname) of INXS. She’s being raised by Bob Geldof. But she goes by Tiger (like Tiger Woods)

  • Munchosgirl

    Shauntrelaneice…….I made that up when I was in high school. One of my classmates named her daughter that…..my daughters names are Amané and Amari. That was just some shyt I was going through at 17.

  • angel

    Try Brightening Amore’  and that was given to a baby who’s parents are latinos…LOL!!! (Who, by the way are not “ghetto” at all)..I dont know of any “hoods”in Idaho!

  • Cristalposh

    le dash a madddd!!!!!!

  • @dimplz4daz

    I went to my little cousin’s kindergarten graduation and the little girl’s name was Mez’merize…. :( that made me so sad SMH

    • Cocolicious

      there’s is no earthly explanation for that.

    • Cocolicious

      there’s is no earthly explanation for that.

    • Queen S

      Stripper in training!!!!

  • Posh

    i was about 10 years old when a “cousin” (i.e., grandmother’s best friend’s grand-daughter) had a baby at 16 and named the beautiful lil girl Tia (pronounced tee-aaah) Juanay Kiara Champagne Polk. I couldn’t understand why one child needed three middle names…still don’t get it.  And i’m absolutely certain that i’ve misspelled this child’s name because i’m pretty sure my “cousin” went to school with Le-a’s mother. po lil tink tinks.

  • Cupcakes tase Sparkly

    That little girl with her big beautiful eyes in the last photo is GORGEOUS!!!!!

  • Cupcakes tase Sparkly

    My cousin had her first child at 17 and I knew that although her name was Nina Simone that her child was going to be named an ignorant ghetto name and TYSHAUNE……I hate that name and these names as well
    Dayshawn
    Lashawn
    Any name with La, Day, Quan, Tron just sound SO DAMN UGLY

    • Cocolicious

      Tyshaune, a hybrid name:

      Ty is Latin, meaning ‘house’.Shaune is derived from Shaune, which is a variant of the original Hebrew name John (Hebrew), Sean (Irish, Hebrew) and Shawn (Irish, Hebrew), meaning “God is gracious”.

      Articles ‘La’ and De (derivatives ‘da’ and ‘day’) -
      In the Spanish language the articles ‘La’ and ‘De’ are used in a first name, title, or surname for emphasis or distinction. A more traditionally conservative example of this would be – Oscar de la Hoya.

      Consider the creative inspiration stemming from exposure to (as well as inheritance of)  Hispanic culture among African-American descendants. This is what I think would be the explanation for the use of  the prefixes ‘La’, ‘Da’, ‘De’ and ‘Day’ (because ‘de’ is pronounced ‘da’ or ‘day’ in Spanglish) in the creation of African-American unique names.
      Quan -

      As I posted above, I believe this comes from the influence of Korean culture (alternate spelling of Korean name Kwan which means “strong”) and the Swahili name/culture, as in Kwanza, meaning “first”.

      Tron is a Norse (Norsemen, the Scandinavian people before the Christianization of Scandinavia ) name, meaning “growing”.

    • Cocolicious

      Tyshaune, a hybrid name:

      Ty is Latin, meaning ‘house’.Shaune is derived from Shaune, which is a variant of the original Hebrew name John (Hebrew), Sean (Irish, Hebrew) and Shawn (Irish, Hebrew), meaning “God is gracious”.

      Articles ‘La’ and De (derivatives ‘da’ and ‘day’) -
      In the Spanish language the articles ‘La’ and ‘De’ are used in a first name, title, or surname for emphasis or distinction. A more traditionally conservative example of this would be – Oscar de la Hoya.

      Consider the creative inspiration stemming from exposure to (as well as inheritance of)  Hispanic culture among African-American descendants. This is what I think would be the explanation for the use of  the prefixes ‘La’, ‘Da’, ‘De’ and ‘Day’ (because ‘de’ is pronounced ‘da’ or ‘day’ in Spanglish) in the creation of African-American unique names.
      Quan -

      As I posted above, I believe this comes from the influence of Korean culture (alternate spelling of Korean name Kwan which means “strong”) and the Swahili name/culture, as in Kwanza, meaning “first”.

      Tron is a Norse (Norsemen, the Scandinavian people before the Christianization of Scandinavia ) name, meaning “growing”.

  • Staf46

    After all the criticizism and derision, it would be more insightful to learn as to how and why children get the names they do. Thought should be given to how the world perceives the person with their name. Kids eventually do grow into adulthood. Their names should not be a burden.

  • MusicizMyLove

    How about the celebrity who named their child Pilot Inspektor. SMH. Please people don’t just name your child anything. Look up the meaning of a name before name your child. Some names aren’t cute.

  • magicschoolbus

    TRY T’hogani, this poor child is going to hate her mother…smh

  • seek2027

    OMG people really gave their kids these names? this has to be a joke

    • F3ral Anarchy

      sad right

  • LovelyDay

    Shaquwanna, Pra’Yir (prayer), Zaphir, Xzayver, Trai’ Vadi, and my personal favorite… Shelamalissa… Ignorance at its finest!

    • Cocolicious

      A few of these we can ‘excuse’:

      Shaquwanna is derived from Shaquanna, which is derived from Shaquan, which is derived from Daquan, which is derived from Dequan (all of those are considered American English), which have been derived from ‘Quan’, alternate form ‘Kwan’ which is Korean and means “strong”. Coming from a military family I know that Korean names have been popular among Black Americans, esp those having been stationed in Korea. The inspired ‘Quan’ spelling may have also come from the Swahili name Kwanza which means “first”.

      Zaphir is an alternate spelling for – Zephir z(e)-phir as a boy’s name is a variant of Seferino (Spanish, Greek) and Zephyr (Greek), and the meaning of Zephir is “west wind”.

      Xzayver, an illiterate form of Xavier which is of Basque origin meaning “new house”.

      Shelamalissa – it’s a hybrid name
      - Shela is an alternate spelling for Sheila which is Irish/Gaelic in origin, meaning “blind”.
      - Malissa is a legitimate derivative of the name Melissa which is of Greek origin, meaning “bee” or “honey bee”.

      • Reedwrites

        If you have to break it down that far, it’s too much. People don’t like to over think names–they can barely remember so called traditional names, God forbid they need hooked on phonics and rosetta stone to figure out how to pronounce the kids name.

      • Reedwrites

        If you have to break it down that far, it’s too much. People don’t like to over think names–they can barely remember so called traditional names, God forbid they need hooked on phonics and rosetta stone to figure out how to pronounce the kids name.

      • AMINA

        Cocolicious..
        Please dont insult my language. There is not any word or name in Swahili which start with the speling of “Q”.  I am tired of all these make up names which people says has Swahili MEANING when they actual dont. I grew up speaking Swahili as my first Language and still speak Swahili at home daily… no Taraji is not a Swahili work However TarajiA is a Swahili word means =Expecting ( not hope/faith ) as mentioned earlier.

  • F3ral Anarchy

    smh ….why do we do this to our children….having worked in HR for years i know that these young mothers are setting their children up for years of having their resume/application immediately tossed in the garbage because the person in hr couldnt even pronounce the name.  now unless you KNOW FOR A FACT your child is going to start their own business or become a entertainer of some sort i plead that folks stop doing this.

    • Nikki

      thank you.  i know the names shouldn’t matter, but the reality is they do and they probably always will.  growing up i used to hate that my mom gave me such a “normal” name (my sister’s name while normal sounding has an interesting spelling).  now that i am an adult i thank God that i just have a regular name.  not only do i have zero issues getting job callbacks but if anyone tried to google stalk me there are too many of us out there to find me.

    • Tyegee

      I believe names sometimes play a role in career opportunities but I’d like to think many employers have evolved enough to look beyond silly names. In recent years we have witnessed people named Barack, Condeleeza, Oprah, Eldrick and Guion acheive great success.

      • dddooonnnttt

        Why would you think people are evolving in this society when people are naming their kids after toothpastes?

      • F3ral Anarchy

        those people were hired yearsssss before the whole “name” thing became an issue. 

      • Cocolicious

        If we go by the applied definition of ‘ghetto name’ suggested in this thread and the article above, ‘Condoleeza’ is a ghetto name. It was created from the Italian musical term “Con dolcezza” meaning “with sweetness.”

      • Amylee

        Barack isn’t a silly name. It comes from “Barakah” which is arabic.

        “Anglicized spelling, used by Luo speakers, of Barak, ostensibly as an Old Testament name, but in reality of Arabic باراك (baraak) < مبارك (mubārak, “blessed”) < بارك (bāraka, “to bless”) < برك (báraka, “to kneel”). A cognate of the biblical Baruch."

  • Miss London

    Rhiyonce as in Rihanna and Beyonce combined. Sad, I know…

    • Sweetie

      I think Beyonce is a stupid name.  You have to become famous to over come that stupid name. No one other than Beyonce Knowles should be named Beyonce. 

    • Cocolicious

      And, to think, Tina Knowles (nee Beyince) was afraid her family surname would become extinct. Now, it will live on forever, in various forms: Beyonce, Rhiyonce, Reyonce, BeyJaysus, etc…

  • pkeys

    True story: Nojail. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=51400818 Tiffany Clayton

      just wooooowww

  • Ldydai69

    This is the reason why my kids are named Jourdyn Mackenzie & Jayden Maxwell. They have to have a future.
    Oh and supposedly Oranjello has a brother named Lemonjello. They supposedly love somewhere in South Carolina.

    • Mi

      Oh my goodness! I know of a Oranjello and Redjello who live in Ohio. I had a rule when I named my kids the name could not be more than 6 letters, not spelled to difficult for people to pronounce and they could get a job without someone thinking they were a joke. I managed to do that by giving my daughter an american name but named her after her father. My son name is spanish but I pronounce the J and my last son has a cuban last name but its familiar to most people and they pronounce it correctly when they see it.

      • Cocolicious

        Redjello, that’s awkward to say in both English and Spanish. They should have dropped the ‘d’ – Rejello.

      • Cocolicious

        Redjello, that’s awkward to say in both English and Spanish. They should have dropped the ‘d’ – Rejello.

    • Sweetie

      Although not bad names, they are typical black names.  I know at least 4 sibling sets with the names Jordan and Jayden with several different spellings.

      • Tbaby_8

        Actually, they are not just typical black names, because I know of several white children, whose parents do not live in the hood and have know reference to hoodish tendencies who have named their children those names.

    • Cocolicious

      I heard about this story in college from a chick who claimed to know a relative of these twins. See, if these twins had been Latino or Hispanic people wouldn’t have been trying to make urban legends (a true tale, in this case) out of them:

      - Oran-heh-yo
      - Lemon-heh-yo.

      The mother could have been smarter in her explanation for these names.
      ————————————————————————————————-

      Oran o-ran – a boy’s name is of Aramaic, Irish and Gaelic origin,meaning “light; pale”. The Hebrew form originated from an Aramaic expression meaning “light”, while the English usage of this name is derived from Odhran (Irish, Gaelic) “pale”. American Senator Orrin Hatch. Oran has 5 variant forms: Oren, Orin, Orran, Orren and Orrin.

      Lemon, short for:
      Lemond l(e)-mo-nd – a boy’s name is a variant of Lamont (Old Norse), meaning “law man”. The baby name Lemond sounds like Lamond and Lammond. Other similar baby names are Demond, Aimond, Jamond, Leland, Leonid, Reymond, Ramond and Raemond.

      Jello could be derived from:

      Diallo (pronounced ‘jallo’, with ‘jello’ being an alternate spelling) is the French transcription of a surname of Fula origin (an English transcription is Jallow). Diallo is also an Fula/African given name meaning “Bold”

      -or-

      Lallo l(al)-lo as a boy’s name is a variant of Lalo (Latin), and the meaning of Lallo is “to sing a lullaby”.
      The baby name Lallo sounds like Lale and Lyall. Other similar baby names are Gallo, Lazlo and Laslo.

      ————————————–

      So, Oranjello would mean “pale and bold” (wonder if they are light-skinned), and Lemonjello would mean “law man and bold”; or two individuals sung to sleep. Hopefully, they didn’t cry themselves to sleep in dealing with any possible social adversity face in having such unique names – I know what that’s like (they must be teenagers, or young adults, by now).

      • Lantern48

        or they could just be Lemon and Orange Jello, which is more plausible.

    • MEL1SSA

      congrats on naming your children “normal” names but I think making up a spelling is just as bad as having a made up name… Jourdyn? hmmm… spell check = Jordan

    • MEL1SSA

      congrats on naming your children “normal” names but I think making up a spelling is just as bad as having a made up name… Jourdyn? hmmm… spell check = Jordan

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LBSPSV27VXWMQ62NT7IIYVKWD4 NaomiH

    Nedgina father name Ned mother name Ginette.  You can’t make this up

    • Cocolicious

      They should have just named her Negina, that’s sounds better.

  • Guest

    Reality and Reyonce

  • meeeee

    I saw someone mentioned the name cash. Honestly I do not think Cash is ghetto; I don’t really like it; but its not ghetto.

    • Cocolicious

      Commentary on the name Cash:

      Americans rediscovered this name starting in 2003, the year
      country music legend Johnny Cash died. The name’s cowboy aura is much
      older, though. You could easily have met a Cash back in the 1870s in a
      Western outpost like Kansas.
      ——————————————————————–
      Jessica Alba’s (Who is a white-ish looking Latina who claims to be of African ancestry) husband’s name is Cash Warren (born Cash Garner Warren) – a white guy originally from Los Angeles. Cash is a traditional American Southwestern given name for a boy. 

      Two other notables with ‘Cash’ as their first name:
      - Cash Asmussen (born 1962), American thoroughbred horse racing jockey
      - Cash Peters, British author and host

      ———————————————————————–

      Cash c(a)-sh as a boy’s name. Short form of Cassius (Latin) “vain”. Also a slang word for money, origin English, meaning “profit”. The name Cash has 1 variant form: Casshe.

      - Like Cassius Clay, aka legendary boxer Mohammed Ali

      • Cupcakes taste Sparkly

        Cash Warren has a black father well known athlete & actor Michael Warren and a white mother…therefore he is BLACK, BiRacial or Mixed or whatever he wants to call himself but you can best be assured that he would never label himself as JUST WHITE.

        And in what life does Jessica Alba look WHITEISH…the fact of the matter is that is beyond obvious that she is MIXED.

        • Cocolicious

          It doesn’t matter (wow, didn’t know Cash Warren was biracial), anyway.  Jessica Alba looks as white as Catherine Zeta-Jones, who IS white.

          The fact is that the name CASH is not a ghetto name (has nothing to do with having black parentage), it has historical reference in the U.S. and in Britain. Both Alba and her husband originate from the Southwest U.S., and they likely are deeply rooted there as well (family lineages).

        • Cocolicious

          It doesn’t matter (wow, didn’t know Cash Warren was biracial), anyway.  Jessica Alba looks as white as Catherine Zeta-Jones, who IS white.

          The fact is that the name CASH is not a ghetto name (has nothing to do with having black parentage), it has historical reference in the U.S. and in Britain. Both Alba and her husband originate from the Southwest U.S., and they likely are deeply rooted there as well (family lineages).

          • dddooonnnttt

            edited: replied to wrong poster

        • dddooonnnttt

          Sidenote: Jessica Alba has gone on the record as saying that while her ancestry is Mexican that she will not be refered to as Latina, seeing as how her paretns purposely did not teach her Spanish so as to better assimilate her. So, womp on her I guess.

      • David Coates

        Also Cash Flagg, director of the classic horror movie “The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-up Zombies.”

    • Lantern48

      No, it’s hillbilly.  The OTHER ghetto!

  • Lessonlearned57

    Shaliquwa sha-lique-waa

    • Cocolicious

      This one can be explained:

      Shaliquwa – derived from Shaliqua, which is derived from the original Arabic name Shaliqa, meaning “one who is sisterly”.

      • Wisdom

        Cocolicious, I appreciate your linguistic breakdowns! They are very interesting. I just don’t think the parents of Shaliquwa were researching the Arabic naming customs and loved Shaliqa and tweeked the spelling to be unique. It is just some mindless, made up, ghetto mess.

        Plus I don’t see any Arabic people naming their kids after ‘us’. They have their own language, history, religion and customs that determine what they name their children. 

        Show me an Arabic child named something like “Na’ Quoneek”- as inspired by a Black American- and I’ll give you $10. 

      • Wisdom

        Cocolicious, I appreciate your linguistic breakdowns! They are very interesting. I just don’t think the parents of Shaliquwa were researching the Arabic naming customs and loved Shaliqa and tweeked the spelling to be unique. It is just some mindless, made up, ghetto mess.

        Plus I don’t see any Arabic people naming their kids after ‘us’. They have their own language, history, religion and customs that determine what they name their children. 

        Show me an Arabic child named something like “Na’ Quoneek”- as inspired by a Black American- and I’ll give you $10. 

        • Nikki

          i have to agree.  i think ur giving these parents a little too much credit.  while perhaps there is 1% of people out there that actually give proper though to these names the rest of the folks THINK they’re being creative.  plus i also think if someone is using ancient words to create a name they would probably use the correct spelling because as the english language has taught us changing the spelling of a word also changes the meaning.

          nice try trying to help a sista/brotha out though.

        • Lantern48

          WAHHHHHHHHH!  That is so funny.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LJI4AONM2LUIQ6TUYAEOLEUXVU Jeri

        For a change you’re right, or at least closer than your other explanations. OTOH, Shaliqa also means, in Arabic, ”migraine”.

      • Lantern48

        riiiiiiiight. 

    • Cocolicious

      This one can be explained:

      Shaliquwa – derived from Shaliqua, which is derived from the original Arabic name Shaliqa, meaning “one who is sisterly”.

  • Kellychimene

    Kanavis, Kanaiya, Kaina, Kanaisha..all siblings

  • http://www.peegame.net/ ThatChick

    The funniest thing about this article is the name of its author–Renay Alize!  Talk about inspiration.

    • Darkman

      That’s not strange: Renay is for René (male) or Renée (female), a french name. Alize (should be pronounced Aleezay) is a wind, unless it’s variance of Alice…

      • Lantern48

        Or unless it’s none of those.

  • Blakbutterfleye

    Boniva, Tankquesha, and Limeanisha, no seriously these are all real names. (its okay i feel a little uneasy too).

    • Cocolicious

      I believe the name Boniva has Slavic origins (derived from Boneva).

      Tankquesha is a hybrid name, obviously,  inspired by the nickname ‘Tank’, and the American derived form of Kesha, which is also a popular name in Russia. Kesha is also a popular given name among ethnic Jews.  Kesha is derived from Keisha, which is derived from LaKeisha, and is derived from the original Hebrew name Keziah which means “Cassia Tree”. Keisha is also said to be a derivative of the Arabic/Hebrew name Yakeisah (Yahkeisah,Yahkisah) meaning “He will ascend; Her life”.

      Limeanisha – Another hybrid inspired name. Limea is an alternate spelling of the name Lamia which is of Greek origin, meaning “gullet”, and Swahili origin, meaning “glitter or glisten”. The latter part of the name, Nisha, is of Hindi origin, meaning “night”. I wonder if some of this naming creativity is found in the West Indies, too?

      • Reedwrites

        Boniva is also the name of a drug advertised by Sally Fields to treat osteoporosis #ijs

         

        • Cocolicious

        • Cocolicious

      • Reedwrites

        Boniva is also the name of a drug advertised by Sally Fields to treat osteoporosis #ijs

         

      • Lantern48

        Oh, god.  You’re just crazy!!!!  Close out Google and go outside!  Ha!  Cassia tree?  fer real???  Lol.  You’re working so much harder than these parents, but the real meanings are just great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003085266535 Courtney Small

    i got sidetracked the baby in the first picture is sooooooooooooooooooooo cute :D

    • Mandinkka

      would you like to make one? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OXDDDJF54XANITTIVMCN5U27QQ Jasmyn

    I mean, I’m all for SOME … and I use ‘some’ loosely… unique spelling spellings of names (e.g. my name for instance) but then there are parents, all races, that give their children crazy names. Why give the child a horrible/crazy name? Audio Science? Kal-El? Tu Morrow? Jermajesty? UGH. My mom, a former case worker, use to tell me stories of people who had children with weird names; like a woman that came one time and she had kids named Hennessy, Remy and Alizé.(SMH!!!) Parents have to realize that names can sometimes shape their destiny.

    • Djka

      Hennessy, Remy and Alizé are in fact Actual names in France, there is a pop star NAMED Alizé, Remy is even. Ommun, it’s like your Paul Peter etc…
      And for Hennssy, comes from: LVMH: LOUIS VUITTON MOET & HENNESSY.
      So for real nothong wrong with those names

      • Djka

        Typing on my fone sorry for the spelling!

      • Reedwrites

        it’s the motive. most folks who name their kids that a) don’t know that fact or b) if they did couldn’t find any of those places on a map

        • Brittany

          You’re absolutely right!  Some of these “ghetto” names that are actually foreign are legitimate.  However their legitimacy is lost when the parent naming their children these names are ignorant of their orgin/meaning and only choose the name because they think it sounds cute.  It’s sad really…

      • sexcgenius

        So because they are derived from French (European Culture) they are okay.  Well many of the names you consider “ghetto” are derived from African Culture or African American Culture.  Does blackness offend you?

        • Wisdom

          No thought went into paying homage to African or African American culture when these ghetto monikers were invented and slapped on innocent children. Is someone who names their kid something like ‘Quanteisha’ (a real name, and yes the parents are totally ghetto & have drug addictions)  even able to describe what African American culture stands for? Are they able to articulate how a name like this honors the values of said culture?

          Right. Like they have this type of thought process between hits on the crack pipe. 

          These are crack baby names, pure & simple.

        • Wisdom

          No thought went into paying homage to African or African American culture when these ghetto monikers were invented and slapped on innocent children. Is someone who names their kid something like ‘Quanteisha’ (a real name, and yes the parents are totally ghetto & have drug addictions)  even able to describe what African American culture stands for? Are they able to articulate how a name like this honors the values of said culture?

          Right. Like they have this type of thought process between hits on the crack pipe. 

          These are crack baby names, pure & simple.

          • sexcgenius

            Culture goes beyond history.  Hip hop is a culture.  Many people who listen to hip hop don’t understand the culture, but they embrace it anyway.  Just because a mother is not well versed in the history and lineage of the name she selects, does not mean she is stupid or on crack.  Perhaps these mothers are not thinking about their children’s names from a centered point of view, but your comments are no better than someone saying everyone who lives on a street named MLK or Malcolm X is on welfare or uneducated.

            • nikki

              hmmm i don’t think i’ve been in a US city yet where the MLK or Malcolm X blvd ISN’T located in the hood.  not saying that all people who reside in the hood are uneducated, but they do seem to make up the minority of the population.  we won’t go into the reason why it that is so or else we will be here all day.

              i do think that whomever is naming a child should do his/her due diligence and look up the meaning behind a name if they are going to go off the beaten path.  not only for their own knowledge but to share with the child who may be getting teased by others.  ignorance is not bliss.

            • Wisdom

              Fine. So according to your logic:
              1)  All the eye-rolling names listed in this thread are in fact the expression of a culture. 
              2)  This culture is hip hop. 
              3)  The mothers who invent these names are unversed in history & lineage and are not centered in their thought process. 
              4)  They are simultaneously not stupid nor prone to drug use.5)  They do not generally live near MLK or Malcolm X Blvd in all-Black urban areas. 6)  They may be gainfully employed and educated. By extension, they personally know how hard it is to overcome barriers and succeed in white-dominated systems where people who look like them do not hold the keys to power.Only on your special lil’ planet, my friend.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LJI4AONM2LUIQ6TUYAEOLEUXVU Jeri

              Sorry, hip-hop isn’t a “culture”, it’s a moment. In a few years there will be another new moment. Believe it or not America does have a culture just like any other country has their culture. But unlike a lot of countries, we’re not identified by “traditions”,  we have elastic sub-cultures, or moments like hip-hop. You can’t call it a “culture” because everyone doesn’t embrace it. You might as well call New Orleans Dixieland jazz a culture; it has it’s own music, way of dressing, way of talking, way of relating, just like hip-hop. But, again, it isn’t embraced by all. And its “moment” has lasted far longer than hip-hop.

            • Lantern48

              Crack babies are a culture?

        • Darkman

          Blackness don’t offend me, au contraire! Unless you name your kid Aeesha (or Iesha), Akeem, Olajuwon, Emeka, or other real african name, don’t lie to yourself by thinking that Laquisha or Lashandra or other name with LA/ SHA/ DA/ DRE are from african origin, they are not. Remy is a real french name (Rémi), Hennessy is a last name that look english and Alizé is a wind.
          If you want some african pride, ask any african around you to tell you some real name. They’ll be glad to help you and you may find yourself on a trip to the motherland with them (and be proud of it).

          • guest

            Darkman
            Well said!

          • Guest

            Yes!!! Preach!!

      • Darkman

        The name are classy by themselves (and separately) but are wrong because Hennessy  and Remy (Martin) are names of alcoholic beverages!!! (cognac). So when you name your children like that, it tells a lot about your hobby…. Why not name your kid whisky or Chivas!?

        • Djka

          In France Remy or Martin does not have an alcool reliance.
          It’s commun names as I said earlier, just as any american would name their child John or Peter, and those make up names are not even taken from any place from Africa…
          When you are a foreigner fron the US and you ear someone named Laquisha, or Shontenella, and they tell you it’s in respect to their African ancestor, that person better check her history book, or even go to a librairy and check the names that are usual of an Africa Country (as you can’t say that Africa is a Country)
          For exemple my name is Djouka, you do not spell the D, and comes from my Cameroonian father, another exemple: Matsoudoum, here the T is invisible.
          So those people should really stop making fool of their kids and just give them either a name with european connatation, or a true African name.
          Not some made up BS. And Im talking for white & black people.
          So do not say that I have anything with ghetto names. Caus ist not bc your wealthy that gonna make you look good.
          Im done
          Good evening from Paris

        • Djka

          In France Remy or Martin does not have an alcool reliance.
          It’s commun names as I said earlier, just as any american would name their child John or Peter, and those make up names are not even taken from any place from Africa…
          When you are a foreigner fron the US and you ear someone named Laquisha, or Shontenella, and they tell you it’s in respect to their African ancestor, that person better check her history book, or even go to a librairy and check the names that are usual of an Africa Country (as you can’t say that Africa is a Country)
          For exemple my name is Djouka, you do not spell the D, and comes from my Cameroonian father, another exemple: Matsoudoum, here the T is invisible.
          So those people should really stop making fool of their kids and just give them either a name with european connatation, or a true African name.
          Not some made up BS. And Im talking for white & black people.
          So do not say that I have anything with ghetto names. Caus ist not bc your wealthy that gonna make you look good.
          Im done
          Good evening from Paris

      • Darkman

        The name are classy by themselves (and separately) but are wrong because Hennessy  and Remy (Martin) are names of alcoholic beverages!!! (cognac). So when you name your children like that, it tells a lot about your hobby…. Why not name your kid whisky or Chivas!?

      • dddooonnnttt

        Hennessy is someones last name, and the only reason Boonqueefa knows about it to name her child that is because of the liquor. Not because of LVMH or Francophilia. And Mr. Hennessy is laughing at the coonery.

      • Queen S

        yes but all surnames but as someone above said these women only named their kids because of their associations. it’s like naming my child Guinness, a surname most definitely but taken out the culture and transplanted makes it an odd name

  • http://twitter.com/Shauna_T Shauna T

    I know of cousins named Stankedra and Latrine (ultimate side eye) 

    Lord Jesus be a big, tall, barb wire fence around these children.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LMDJBVQT7URMQNBISXGOF73QTU MixedUpSiciliano

      With no disrespect to your family: 

      “So Latrine, tell everyone the story of your conception!” 

      Latrine: “Well, it all started when my dad joined the army…” 

    • Cocolicious

      Stankendra, and I’m breaking this up as ‘Stan-kedra’.  Kedra is derived from Keandra or Kendra which has Anglo-Saxon, Curonian, Scottish and possible Welsh origins. Stan comes from the boy name Stanley which has English origins. Yes, it does look like Stank-kendra.

      A Latrine is a toilet. Hmm, does mommy not like her kids? It’s like when I side-eye people who are nicknamed ‘boo-boo’. Why they call you that?

      Oh, and there are alternative spellings for Latrine, meaning this name is quite ‘common’ (hmmm):
      Latrinia, Latrin, Latrinna, Latriana, Latriena, Latrino, Latrina, Latrima, Latrinya, Latron.

      Could Latrine be taken as another form of Latrina, which could be another form of Trina…Katrina (Katrine/Katherine)?

      • Cjohnson

        Well Im a health care provider and i have seen……………..Bodacious……..( a 7th grader) female really!!!!!!!
        and also i went to highschool with a girl named Yoshaundalah………nickname Yoshi………..those are the most outrageuous I have personally seen. Bodacious takes the cake………………………

      • Cjohnson

        Well Im a health care provider and i have seen……………..Bodacious……..( a 7th grader) female really!!!!!!!
        and also i went to highschool with a girl named Yoshaundalah………nickname Yoshi………..those are the most outrageuous I have personally seen. Bodacious takes the cake………………………

      • Lantern48

        no.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drdear1 Dia Dear

    Simella, Piaget Cartier Jones, Nosmo King  

    • Sweetie

      Piaget is a french last name, but still Ghetto.

      • Cocolicious

        Piaget, Page, Paige…Paige is not a ghetto name. Any African-American Paige I’ve ever met was upper-class.

        • Darkman

          I don’t agree, Piaget is ghetto: who else can give a brand as name for a kid? You can call your daughter Mercedes, which is a real first name, but if you call her Mercedes- Benz, or Ferrari or Acura, you are definitely ghetto!!!

          • Cocolicious

            Piaget is a Swiss surname. Can also be derived from the Old French and English given name Paige.

            - Solange Piaget Knowles
            - Edouard Piaget (1817, Les Bayards – 1910), Swiss entomologist
            - Jean (William Fritz) Piaget (1896, Neuchâtel – 1980), Swiss developmental psychologist
            - Paul Piaget (1905, ? – ?), a Swiss rower

            • Darkman

              I like you Cocolicious, but, I’m not with you on this. :D
              The only reason they name their kid Piaget is because of the watch brand: it’s ghetto!!! Why can’t they name their kids Shakespeare or Tudor or Boleyn? If you want to honor someone, you should know his/her history. I’m sure you won’t (or had) name any of your kid that way.
              Beyonce’s mother can’t help…

            • OriginalGoldieLocs

              Dear Cocolicios,

              I’ve been reading your defending responses to some of the most nonsensical names based upon the fact that these names can be considered variations to other not-so strange names or have a true definition or meaning.  So I challenge you with this:

              The name Baday was derived from the Old French word bad, which meant “open”.  Spelling variations include Badet, Baddette, Badeig and many more. Baday is a true name
              and has meaning.  If one used your logic on whether a name is or isn’t ghetto, hood or just down right wrong.  It would be A-OK to name a child Bidet. *raisedeyebrow*, true? Bidet, not only means pony in French and can arguably be another variation of Baday, but it also means a bathroom fixture about the height of the seat of a chair (i.e. toilet) used for bathing
              the external genitals and anal region.

              Jokingly, I say I am going to name my first child Baday LaQuadeya-Ann Zanay EuJaenkens, aka BLAZE as a way to poke fun of names likely to come from children of thickly populated slum areas, inhabited predominately by members of an ethnic or other minority group, or ghettos. A person doesn’t have to live in the ghetto to have a ghetto name, but if something looks like S#^! and
              smells like S#^!, it’s probably S#^!.  I use this name not only for the hood nature of it, but also to prove that most outlandish names (whether real or made-up) are given to people because their parents didn’t know what the heck it meant… ignorance is bliss. They usually either saw it written somewhere or heard someone say it and thought to themselves, “that is a beautiful word… I am going to name my next baby that.”  I guess you would defend my first child’s name too, right?

              In conclusion, 90% of the names mentioned in this discussion are ghetto or hood.  Knowing 5 other people with the same name just means you know 5 people with ghetto a** names!  To ALL: Whether it’s fair or not, your name is your personal title page and you will be stereo-typically judged based upon it. So do your children a favor and keep it simple because the CEO is not going to take the time to Google search the meaning of your child’s name when reviewing candidates for a meaningful position within the company.

              Sincerely,
              Dionne 

              • Guest

                SN: Sorry about how awful this looks.  I guess editing in word makes things appear all screwy. *screwface*

            • Lantern48

              Maybe YOU should be naming all these babies.  Then the parents can claim honestly that they knew what the hell they were doing.  Meconium, Mmeconium, Meconium, poop by any other name would smell as . . .

  • Xyzebra

    What if hood names became gentrified? In other words, what if well-to-do white folks started naming their kids DaFinest and Berriana? Then you bourgie snobs would be trying to get in on the action.

    • Darcampb

      Actually,in the article the writer also calls rich white Hollywood celebrities to task for  atrocious child names

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LMDJBVQT7URMQNBISXGOF73QTU MixedUpSiciliano

      Society would become a mess!

    • Tinta

      A  HOOD name is a HOOD name whether or not a white person decides to use it.

      • Cocolicious

        They’re not hood names. All the people who name their children African-American Vernacular created names are not from the hood. Most the people I knew with these types names were among the black middle class (one to  two generations removed from the rural/farm living or the projects). They aren’t hood – just part of African-American linguistic bastardization of language(s) and word meanings. But African-Americans were doing this the whole time trying to communicate in and learn English, French, or whatever other language that was forced upon them. African descendants all over the world developed pidgin or hybrid dialects that involved words from 2 or more languages and/or dialects. Well, this naming culture/tradition falls within that linguistic heritage/continuum. African-Americans have created so artistic, social and linguistic expressions, historically. I am just curious why, out of all that’s been accepted by the world (the music, the slang, the dress, etc…), why does white society and the rest of the world have a hard time accepting these names? Sure, some of them might not mean something to the masses, but things like Jazz, Hip Hop, Black English Vernacular, etc.. didn’t mean anything until African-Americans created it and gave it meaning, even if the meaning was only significant to them as a whole (or individually). Yes, I might think some of the names are ridiculous, but people not from American/Europe cultures have given names that most will never get the meaning of, will never be able to pronounce…The names may sound ridiculous to most. Some you please, some you don’t.

    • Amiril

      Not a chance.

  • http://www.exhaletoexceljewelry.com Dana

    Names I have heard are Tyferriah, Cash Money, Khadreemiah, Millionz, Cash, Keylonte, Jamadi, King, Cortezz, Justify, Shemail, and Quonsheenah.

    • Louisiana Lickable Lips

      Cash Money???!!!! Really? But, I do like the name King

    • Louisiana Lickable Lips

      Cash Money???!!!! Really? But, I do like the name King

  • Nelly

    My cousin had a friend that named her son Romance and her daughter Passion. I was young but had enough sense to know she didn’t have much.

    • Ree411

      I attended my daughter’s award ceremony a couple of weeks ago and there was a little girl by the name of Passion Cummings. Poor baby is destined to be a stripper LOL

  • Cocolicious

    My name is a regular old Latin name, just like my parent and one sibling. my other sibling has a Hebrew name. I grew up in a town where names, and derivatives, like Keisha, Tawanna, Shemeka, LeQuay, DeWayne, Nitra, Shaunna, Shonda, Chaunte, LaQuita, Nioki, Quan, Marcel, Neisha, etc…were all too common. Growing up, my parent would laugh at these type names saying they were all made up and meant nothing – not like the names given to us. However, as I’ve grown older I’ve discovered that these-type names are derived from those having various cultural meanings, significance. And they certainly seem more tame than some of the names mentioned above.

    One of the linked articles notes that the following list of names are black names:
    Tayshaun, Deron, Rau’shee, Raynell, Deontay, Taraje, Jozy, Kerron,
    Hyleas, Chaunte, Bershawn, Lashawn, Sanya, Trevell, Sheena, Ogonna,
    Dremiel.

    But when you take a closer look at a few of them:

    - Deron, is Armenia
    - Deontay, From the French Dion, which is from the Latin Dio, originally a short
    form of any of the various names of Greek origin that begin with the
    name element Dios (of Zeus).
    - Jozy, is American, derived from Josie, Josephine or Joanne
    - Kerron, is Danish, English, German, Scandinavian, and Dutch
    - Chaunte, is French
    - Sanya, is Greek
    - Sheena, is Irish
    - Ogonna, is Nigerian. Another spelling is Ugonna
    - Taraje is a deriviative of Taraji which means hope/faith in Swahili

    Anyone recall the Kenyan man who named his child “Trendy” – inspired by Twitter, of course?

    • Djka

      Chaunte is no French name…
      Im french and sure about that, ask any french teacher around you or even google it.

      • Soliel

        Your french? Chaunte means to sing, singer or song in french. Ask a french teacher and look it up please.

        • A Clockwork Pear

          Chante* means sing

        • Djka

          And you spell your name wrong its supposed to be SOLEIL which meas Sun. But im sure you’re aware of that ,; )

        • Djka

          And you spell your name wrong its supposed to be SOLEIL which meas Sun. But im sure you’re aware of that ,; )

          • Cocolicious

            But if it’s derived from SOLEIL, SOLIEL, and it’s simply an alternate spelling (American), it still has French roots.

            • Amiril

              Nope.  It’s a pretentious attempt to derive from French.  In order to derive, you must be familiar with the original, yes?  You’re assuming there’s some tradition there. Or more likely a simple misspelling of a user id for online where they wanted to say something with their name that they thought was cool and it fell flat.

      • Cocolicious

        Chaunte is derived from the original French spelling Chante. Yes, it means sing as in Chanteuse. With African-American creative names, people like to add all the vowel sounds they might hear in the way they pronounce a name  into it’s spelling.

        • Djka

          Yes Chante is a verb which means to si.g, but it’s definitely not a name xD

        • Djka

          Yes Chante is a verb which means to si.g, but it’s definitely not a name xD

          • Cocolicious

            It’s listed as a name in several baby name databases. Chante, Shante, Chaunte, Shaunte, Shaunta. The etymological explaination makes sense.

            It’s been used as a given name in French-Canada and French-American (Louisiana Creole Culture). It’s French, whether it’s used in France, or not. It derives from the French language, the French word for singer, and to sing.

      • Cocolicious

        Kesha Chante – Afro-Canadian singer
        Chante Moore – African-American singer
        Chauntay Savage – African-American singer
        Chaunté Wayans – African-American actress

        ——————————— there is also this bit of etymology:

        A shanty (also spelled “chantey”, “chanty”) is a type of work song that was once commonly sung to accompany labor on board large merchant sailing vessels.

        he origin of the word “shanty” is unknown. While several theories have been put forth, perhaps the earliest and most consistently agreed on derivation is from the French chanter, ‘to sing.

        • Ndaya_t

          Just  for the  record , you got “Céline Dion Chante Noël – French-Canadian singer” wrong .Céline Dion is a French-canadian singer  for sure but Céline Dion Chante Noël  is an album title .It  means  Céline Dion sings Christmas!!!
          And  yes  i m French .

          • Cocolicious

            my bad

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LJI4AONM2LUIQ6TUYAEOLEUXVU Jeri

          I know you’re trying hard to excuse some of these names of black kids, but sometimes you’re just shooting blanks. A “shanty” is a small house, famous in Ireland. There’s a  couple of terms: “shanty Irish” and “lace curtain Irish”. The second has delusions of grandeur with lace curtains at the windows when in either case the homes they live in are, essentially, dumps. Now, you may be thinking of, in relation to the word playing off the French word “chante” for to sing, you’re thinking of “chanty” which is what songs sung by seamen are called: “sea chanties”. The song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” could fall into that category. Or especially “Sixteen Men On A Dead Man’s Chest”.

    • Amiril

      That is a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge stretch.  Deontay is NOT Frence.  Dion is French.  Josephine is is not Jozy. These are NOT multillingual baby-namers here.  You’re trying so hard to garner legitimacy where there is none other than a parent’s right to name their child.

      • Amiril

        French.  Sorry.  typo.

  • Mctmarsh

    DaRealyst. He’s a child I tutored in college. Sweet and smart kid. Poor baby.

  • N~ T

    Presentation, Deshytrell, LaCreesha, Champagne…..*sigh*

    • sweettea

      Lacreesha is a very old greek name

      • MeMe

        no Lacresha is not Lacreesha…

        • guest

          Actually, the greek version is Lucretia

        • guest

          Actually, the greek version is Lucretia

          • Cocolicious

            Exactly, LaCreesha stems from Lacresha, which is a form of Lucretia -

            Lucretia l(u)-cre-tia, luc-retia as a girl’s name is pronounced loo-KREE-shah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Lucretia is “succeed”. Also possibly of Etruscan origin and of uncertain meaning. The name of a Roman matron who committed suicide in public protest against dishonor. During the Renaissance, darker associations were given to the name through Lucrezia Borgia, sister to Cesare Borgia.
            Lucretia has 25 variant forms: Crecia, Lachresa, Lacreash, Lacrecia, Lacresha, Lacreshia, Lacretia, Lacrisha, Lacrissa, Lakreesha, Lakrisha, Lecretia, Lecrecia, Loucrecia, Loucresha, Loucretia, Loucrezia, Lucrece, Lucrecia, Lucreecia, Lucreesha, Lucreisha, Lucresha, Lucrezia and Tia.

            • Savoir Faire

              Hood or not it’s horrible nonetheless…

              • Sly

                I agree. Jezebel is an old name too, and pretty to boot. That doesn’t mean I’m going to name my kid that. 

            • Savoir Faire

              Hood or not it’s horrible nonetheless…

          • Cocolicious

            Exactly, LaCreesha stems from Lacresha, which is a form of Lucretia -

            Lucretia l(u)-cre-tia, luc-retia as a girl’s name is pronounced loo-KREE-shah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Lucretia is “succeed”. Also possibly of Etruscan origin and of uncertain meaning. The name of a Roman matron who committed suicide in public protest against dishonor. During the Renaissance, darker associations were given to the name through Lucrezia Borgia, sister to Cesare Borgia.
            Lucretia has 25 variant forms: Crecia, Lachresa, Lacreash, Lacrecia, Lacresha, Lacreshia, Lacretia, Lacrisha, Lacrissa, Lakreesha, Lakrisha, Lecretia, Lecrecia, Loucrecia, Loucresha, Loucretia, Loucrezia, Lucrece, Lucrecia, Lucreecia, Lucreesha, Lucreisha, Lucresha, Lucrezia and Tia.

      • Lantern48

        Not spelled like that.  Doncha think if they spoke Greek, or knew that, they’d spell it right?

    • dddooonnnttt

      Presentation is only a cute name if the first one is Powerpoint..

    • dddooonnnttt

      Presentation is only a cute name if the first one is Powerpoint..

  • Girliusmaximus

    Im personally sick of seeing heaven spelled backwards… (nevaeh). I don’t like it. But I wouldn’t pass judgment on either the child or parent, they will have to deal with enough as it is…

    • http://www.blackplanet.com/neeniebeanie18 Janeen

      I HATED when everyone started naming their daughters that! Jaden although cute got played out to me too.

    • http://www.blackplanet.com/neeniebeanie18 Janeen

      I HATED when everyone started naming their daughters that! Jaden although cute got played out to me too.

    • Missnovah

      Lol you forgot the “Tnes” lol. I’ve seen T’nesnevaeh!! “heaven sent”. Ppl are ridiculous!! Lol

    • Missnovah

      Lol you forgot the “Tnes” lol. I’ve seen T’nesnevaeh!! “heaven sent”. Ppl are ridiculous!! Lol

      • Girliusmaximus

        Lol. I’ve never seen that before.

      • Senise B.

        Dayum I’m trying to pronounce that ish.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_INPJG3ZG3OF7HG5MQKJBYXSZAY Tweety_slim

        Bwahahahaha
        Chy please!

    • Sheislegendary

      That’s not a name that’s a place . People ARE SO DAMN DUMB

    • http://www.facebook.com/minkysmom82 Alexis Morris

      nevaeh has grown on me. sorry to say. lol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6UPJ6Y23C66HFHW4JZEDUHGXR4 Catherine

    this chick married my ex (aaron wright) and she named their daughter fa’eva aaron wright. lol honest tod god thats the truth she’s a straight HOODRAT……

    • http://www.peegame.net/ ThatChick

      Now I’ve heard it all!  #peepgame

    • Cocolicious

      Lord have mercy. She put her heart into that one.

    • Ms. Jo

      Oh Hell No!!! LMAO

    • Ms. Jo

      Sounds like you got out just in time! How could two people have decided that was cute? That is tragic!

    • Sugar_Spice

      OMG I am sitting here about dying at work, that child is going to have to be a stripper.

      • Yede

        Coming to the stage to fufill a life time of fantasies…Fa’Eva. Show her your love in $s

        • Etrina1117

          Hahaha!! She’ll either be swinging from a pole or on “Maury” trying to find her baby daddies… Hell, probably both!!!!

          • Senise B.

            There actually was a young girl on Maury named FaEva…trying to find her babydaddy. Ain’t that a kick in the teeth? And you thought were joking. SMDH.

            • http://twitter.com/MzChittick Racquel Chittick

              OMG I remembered that chick FaEva on Maury her daughter’s name was Eternity!….Ratchet!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/barbara.codner Barbara Codner

      Wowwwwwww!!

  • Me

    Good try personalizing this story about the mom and Le-a but an email with that story has been circulating for years!

    • Sugar_Spice

      Yup yup I got that email to along with Oranejello & his brother Lemonjello ( Lemon jello)

      • April

        actually that story is true. They are twins born in waco tx.

        • Babyjo

          And apparently they found their way to Columbus, OH. My sister in law had them in her 5th grade class a couple years ago.

    • Kim

      yet that still doesn’t negate the fact that these names exist when they really shouldn’t.  honestly the ones in the article have nothing on some of the ones in this comment section.

    • MeMe

      Exactly. I even came across a white supremacist version of it.
      It was something like “Look what these people are naming their children!” (but much more offensive)

      Anyway, I doubt this actually ever happened.

      • Lantern48

        Go the the Utah Baby Namer website if you want odd names from the Bible, steeped in meaning, completely obscure.

        • TheEmperorIsStarkers

          Steeped in meaning, like VulvaMae for a girl? (No kidding, go look for yourself.) *shudder*

    • eyeNOmuzziikkkk

      and its in a book i read, some ghetto fiction novel

    • Lantern48

      But I’m a teacher and I’ve SEEN it.

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  • Jean_Harlow

    Thank God my husband and I aren’t buying into this ghetto unique name garbage! We have 3 kids: Aaliyah, Montana and Jacobi. Our 4th baby is due this Saturday and her name is Destiny. We should get on the New Zealand bandwagon and start making against the law for giving kids dumb hood names.

    • Darling

      Wow, who told you Destiny wasn’t hood?  It is hilarious how you are referencing “ghetto” names as if you somehow removed from it.  Perhaps the most intriguing part about this is that you are so innately ghetto that you don’t even realize it when you are being ghetto..lol

      There are many Destiny ‘s in the hood! The name is typical of lower-class, African- American girls. Do yourself and your child a favor and reevaluate that name so your kid will have a fair chance at being called in for an interview after submitting her resume when she grows up.

      • Ginanacole

        Don’t Disrespect my daughters name ..her father named her and i am far from lower class nor do i live in the Hood…as a matter of fact we are the only black people on our block!

        • Darkman

          She’s right, Destiny (or Victory) is a very old name. A ghetto name is more a totallly invented name (LaShanté, Shaniqua, Daravon…)

        • Darkman

          She’s right, Destiny (or Victory) is a very old name. A ghetto name is more a totallly invented name (LaShanté, Shaniqua, Daravon…)

          • Cocolicious

            Actuallly, Daravon is more ghetto than LaShante and Shaniqua. The derived spelling and prefixes can still be linked to more original forms of those names. I’m not sure about Daravon, however.

          • Amiril Alterego

            or Jacobi?

            • Jacobee

              My name is Jacobee. I am a third generation college student, middle class, from a small city in the Midwest. I have to admit, it bothers me where this thread seems to be going.

              When I was young, I went to predominately white private school. Every day I sat next to Madisons, MacKensies, Reagans, Jacksons, Taylors- kids with last names as first names. That’s what Jacoby or Jacobi is. A last name.

              Its origin is Hebrew, and my mother gave me the name because it has specific positive associations for her. I would appreciate that before you lump my name in with these so-called “hood” or “ghetto” names, that you please do some research.

              • http://twitter.com/Amaris_Acosta Amaris Acosta

                Very true, however Aaliyah & Destiny are very popular names since the 90′s due to their being names of popular singers & groups. I can’t tell you how many Destiny’s, Beyonce’s, Aaliyah’s, Journee’s, LaTavia’s, Lelee’s, Monica’s etc, etc. They are all pretty names, and not hood, but you will see them in any hood due to where they were originally heard by the parent.
                PS- don’t post your child’s name unless you are prepared for some measure of ridicule or judgement. This is a public forum.

              • Sara

                “Third generation college student”??? You’ve been going to college for 3 generations?

        • SMH

          That’s ignorant. It amazes me how many people feel their class level is measured by how many black neighbors you have. What you are saying is that black people are low class and that other races are above us.  

          • Sly

            There you go, just attack the one thing she said that you can make a point against and don’t address anything else. I smell someone who has likely given one of your kids a frankenstein name and is now trying to defend that point. Anywho…

            These names began as traditional Swahili names. Then overtime people just started making up their own names and things went downhill. I feel especially bad when you have a child who is named something crazy and the parents have regular names. I think if a parent gives a kid a frankenstein name they should at least have to take on themselves. 

            • Yede

              Swahilli is a made up language. Speaking of ghetto names…I’ve seen Sharday after the singer. As someone who speaks Yoruba (the language of Sade’s dad), her name is pronounced Sha-day. There is no R sound in that name.

              • Uh…

                “Swahilli is a made up language”

                So are ALL languages genius. smdh @smart dummies

              • Violanjau79

                looool… i speak swahili and no it aint a made up language… do your research!!!!

              • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26707277 Nigeria Riggins

                actually americans mis-pronounce it.. I’ve heard HER say her name and it does sound like she makes an ‘r’ sound.. as for “Destiny”, i didn’t know it was an old name like Victory. as a young person, because i hear destiny in the hood so much, i would have assumed it was a ‘hood name. I would still defnitely reconsider that name because whether it’s old or new hood, people STILL would guess that your child is
                African American, and you don’t want people to make judgements just because of yur child’s name. My name is actually a country, so i guess it’s better than a hood name, and a lot of Nigerians love me for it. Perhaps try destiny or victory in another language? Now that would be dope.

                • Entrope

                  Her pronouncing her name with the soft “r” may have something to do with growing up in England where the letter “a” can be pronounced like it’s got an “r” on the end of it.  

                • Amylee

                  In fact Miley Cyrus’ real name is Destiny Hope but she changed it to Miley. So it’s not a “hood name” only

              • http://twitter.com/mer1maid Nancy Ellis

                Swahilli is the national language of Kenya.  Educate yourself.

                • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_INPJG3ZG3OF7HG5MQKJBYXSZAY Tweety_slim

                  And Tanzania, Comoros, Uganda.

              • African Princess

                Swahilli is spoken in 12 countries and is an official language in 4 countries. While Yoruba is only official in one and is not even recognized in the AU while Swahilli is. Educate yourself about things before speaking about them.

              • Browneyedbutterfly2002

                 Swahili is not a made up language its one of the many African languages google it!

              • bitchsbrew

                Wow. Made up eh? Wow. I have no words.

                • RI

                  I have no idea what colour anyone is but eh? nails you as Canadian…

              • 123

                “Swahilli is a made up language.”

                Swahili originated as a trading language and as such, contains Bantu, Arabic, Persian, German, Portuguese, English and French. It has existed & evolved for twelve centuries & is the lingua franca of East Africa, spoken by over 130 million people. 

                • Kirby

                  It’s also a very beautiful and melodious language — and a great source of authentic African names for children. 

            • dddooonnnttt

              The comment only addressed one issue because the majority of it was garbage (Fine let’s address it, The name Destiny, while ‘pretty’ is often accompanied by her sisters ‘Diamond’ and ‘Princess’, GHETTO. Her father named her whoopty doo -_-). The point of SMHs comment had nothing to do with baby names it had to do with the fact that GINANACOLE (it’s Nicole, btw) thinks that because she and her husband have become upwardly mobile (according to her) and moved out of the hood that they are beyond ghettoness. Which, clearly they are not, and there are plenty of black people that live in all black neighborhoods that don’t have a single girl named Destiny and the cars in the driveway cost more than GINANACOLES house.

            • African Princess

              Traditional Swahili names? Don’t insult traditional Swahili names by saying the mess that some African American parents come up with to name their children is remotely traditional. Traditional Swahili names have meaning like the name Afaafa which means Virtuous  

              • Caldosta

                but sounds a bit too much like Alfalfa.

              • FulaNY

                Most African names have meaning, but somehow the pronunciation and spelling messes it up in the US.

            • Browneyedbutterfly2002

              when i plan on having my second child in the future im giving it a Swahili name.

            • SMH

              I am 21 years old and I don’t have any children. I don’t care what people name their children because it’s their child and their choice. I was pointing out the fact that her comment 
              “ i am far from lower class nor do i live in the Hood…as a matter of fact we are the only black people on our block!” was ignorant.

            • Lantern48

              Like Delicious?  Or Service?  (cashiers at my local grocery store.)

          • Lady_leshurr

            Where did u get that from??? thaat those names are ‘traditional swahili’ ones???? they aint swahili cz thats my mother tongue… any swahili name would be like Malaika (Angel in english)… the swahili names will tend to have meanings like hope, love, etc

          • Zuri

            You are so right SMH.  So right I live in a upper middle class neighborhood with PLENTY of black neighbors ranging from school principals, lawyers, doctors, and firefighters.  Get a grip people, white neighbors don’t mean you have made it.

        • dddooonnnttt

          Everybodys kids name is getting disrespected in this thread…

          • eyeNOmuzziikkkk

            lmao!!! right!

          • Lantern48

            And rightly so.

        • eyeNOmuzziikkkk

          could be an all white trailor park…

        • chanela

          so being the only black people on the black means you don’t live in the hood? sweety there are hoods in EVERY country regardless of race. don’t get it twisted don’t you know the word ghetto came from jewish people living in impoverished areas?? and what about rednecks? yeah exactly.

          ghetto/hood doesnt= black. white people dont = great neighborhood 

          • Laur

            The word “ghetto” was originally “geto” and it came from the Venetians about 600 years ago–it was the Jewish quarter. Jews had to wear identifying patches (like yellow Star or David) sewn onto their outer garments and while those who worked outside the quarter were permitted to go outside the ghetto for work, everybody who lived in the ghetto was subject to a curfew and could get into serious trouble if the police found them outside the walls of the ghetto after hours.

            Just my two cents.

      • http://www.facebook.com/marquitathomas Marquita Thomas

        I don’t think the name Destiny is hood — Jacobi on the other hand…

        • Bman07

          Jacobi is far from hood. It is a biblical name.

        • Bman07

          Jacobi is far from hood. It is a biblical name.

          • QT-Pie

            Jacobi is not located anywhere in the bible hun… JACOB, on the other hand, is located in the bible.

          • QT-Pie

            Jacobi is not located anywhere in the bible hun… JACOB, on the other hand, is located in the bible.

          • Lantern48

            Yeah.  Like Boaz.  And Marquita. (not)

          • Lix Dio

            No, it’s the name of the pervy, Hawaii loving doctor on “Twin Peaks” — so it’s utterly cool.

      • Cocolicious

        Destiny d(e)-sti-ny, des-tiny as a girl’s name is pronounced DES-tih-nee. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Destiny is “one’s certain fortune; fate”. Mythology: the Greek deity of fate. Destiny has 8 variant forms: Destanee, Destina, Destine, Destinee, Destiney, Destini, Destinie and Destyni.

        ——————————————–

        Jacobi is derived from Jacoby – Hebrew/Latin origin, meaning “supplanter; held by the heel”

        • t.t.

          I had a dog named Jacobi…lol!! no joke

      • Cocolicious

        Destiny d(e)-sti-ny, des-tiny as a girl’s name is pronounced DES-tih-nee. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Destiny is “one’s certain fortune; fate”. Mythology: the Greek deity of fate. Destiny has 8 variant forms: Destanee, Destina, Destine, Destinee, Destiney, Destini, Destinie and Destyni.

        ——————————————–

        Jacobi is derived from Jacoby – Hebrew/Latin origin, meaning “supplanter; held by the heel”

      • Svdmsw

        You may need to expand your circle… There are many white girls named Destiny. It was a popular name like Brittany and Ashley in the ’80′s and ’90′s.

      • Tkisskiss123

        Uh.. there may be plenty of destinys in the Hood, but doesn’t necessarily make it a Hood/ghetto name. I don’t really see how she’s being ghetto in this comment at all… if anything I think you’re just being rude. Also, there are plenty of white/black girls named destiny who have great careers, I know a few actually.

        • Mina

          I met a man who named his twin boy and girl.  Her Royal Highness and His Majesty.  I told him that he ensured his children would be beaten up daily because of his poor choice.

          • Dijonay :-)

            Lol..that is hilarious. Ingenious even…Lol

      • Doridonnafisher

        Well said Darling!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380540055 Christine Lorraine Edmond

        Destiny is not hood…Miley Cyrus’s real name is Destiny

    • Robinlatoya

      Oh please anybody that names their child after a State and/or City is questionable… altho Montana is a ”cute” name! And I do agree, Destiny has been around for awhile now, its common in the Black Community…

      • Sweetie

        So is Aaliyah…

        • Cocolicious

          Some of you all are very ignorant. You care less about learning the meaning of a name, and more about ridiculing it. I’ve always been curious about what names mean, because I have a set of, what are considered, rather ‘unconventional names’ in America. I will ask a person what their name means, the inspiration behind it, if I want to know. If I don’t get an answer (or one that I’m satisfied with), I’ll search for it online or whip out a dictionary or name book.

          That’s all it takes, but so many are hell bent on confining the definition of any given name to a famous celebrity, brand name, or to popular urban culture. You can talk about how hood or ignorant a name like ‘Aaliyah’ might be all you want, but you’re just as ignorant for not considering the meaning of a word or name outside of how you came across it, outside of urban culture/identity.

          You’re ignorant for thinking, for example, every name linked to the urban market sector brand names that are given names are done in relation to that cultural market. You don’t think a black person from the hood who named their child Alize might not be aware of the French language or culture? What if said person is part Haitian (or from any of the French colonial countries) and has French as their first language or, I don’t know, studied French in school?

          Sure, some of these names make no sense, but some of you think that everyone from abject poverty, the hood, or the ghetto is an idiot, which is not true – which we can compare to some of the names the filthy rich given their own children.

          • JT

            True, we are not bothering to look at the derivation of a name, but neither is an interviewer.  It is all about gut instinct.  I guarantee that a mother or father that names their child Gucci, Tequila, Hennessey, or Champagne did not look up the derivation either.  They were thinking “wouldn’t it be cool to name my kid after ____?”  It has nothing to do with the long term cultural references and associations.  It has everything to do with an ain’t it cool attitude.  Armani is named after an Italian clothing company, not some African or Arabic word that means “beautiful flower” or something similar.  

            This is a problem across all socioeconomic classes.  Naming a child Apple, or Moon Unit, or Kal-El is just as short sighted.  Idiots are everywhere.  The lucky thing for these particular children is that their parents have enough money and influence to shield the child from the mistakes of the parent.  

            • AUMom

              Let’s not forget…

              Hopper Jack (Sean Penn)
              Tu Morrow (Rob Morrow)
              Pilot Inspektor (Jason Lee)
              Jermajesty (Jermaine Jackson) 
              Fifi Trixibelle and Peaches Honeyblossom (Bob Geldorf)
              Poppy Honey and Dixie Boo (chef Jamie Oliver),
              Saffron Sahara (Simon LeBon of Duran Duran)
              Kyd Miller (David Duchovny)
              Sonne and Ocean (Forest Whitaker)
              God’iss Love Stone (Lil’ Moe)
              Rumer, Scout, Tallulah (Demi Moore)

              This is not a discussion about race!  This is a discussion about naming your kids stupid things just because you can!  You are right JT…THESE kids have famous parents who have tons of $$ – they will be able to get along…other kids can’t. 

          • Lantern48

            Too true! You have to wonder about someone naming their child Porsche or Chevrolet, don’t you? OR Apple, or Pilot Inspektor or Dweezel, etc. In general, but not in each specific, these names are ignorant pretentions, regardless of race.  In specific, not all of them are.  I’d be surprised if Abcde meant anything in ANY language.  Perhaps you should loan them your book!  I like the idea that a name has a meaning, and when I posted, I made every effort to eliminate names that were obviously of foreign derivation, so as to mock only the ignorant, grandiose posturing behind them, rather than someone’s culture.  How can you justify naming a child after a medical term or liquor? But of course, you’re right.  Oh, I have one more:  Hotrad, pronounced, you guessed it, /hot-rod/.

          • lmb

            I worked with a white girl name “Alize”, but she pronounced it “a-LEEZ”.

            • Amylee

              Alizé or Alizée is a common name in France.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_INPJG3ZG3OF7HG5MQKJBYXSZAY Tweety_slim

          Aaliyah in Arab speaking countries is a well respected name meaning “one who is exulted.”

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LJI4AONM2LUIQ6TUYAEOLEUXVU Jeri

            I thought this was an Arabic name, too, but when I googled it all the entries referred to the dear child who died in the plane crash 10 years ago. At least thru 3 pages.

        • AUMom

          You are so right! Can you be a “redneck and ghetto” at the same time? Country singer Garth Brooks named his first daughter Taylor Mayne Pearl (born 1992) because she was concieved in Maine…and his second daughter August Anna (born 1994) because she was concieved in August. I have a friend that named her son Dayton bc he was concieved ON Daytona Bch, FL. (Ick.) I can see it now..
          .
          Question: “Hey, Dayton…that’s a weird name…why did your parents name you that?” Reply: “Well, Mom and Dad got drunk on nite and screwed on a beach in Florida. He didn’t have a condom and so here I am.”

          LMAO and they are friends of mine! People…we can do better than that!!!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3VR32AIFSART67WZFRR6VU6HYY C P

        that’s my cousins name and a few of my friends daughter’s name and guess what – they are HISPANIC…

        • Lantern48

          With two “a’s” and a “y”?  Really? And it’s not like Hispanic people can’t pick stupid names.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3VR32AIFSART67WZFRR6VU6HYY C P

        that’s my cousins name and a few of my friends daughter’s name and guess what – they are HISPANIC…

      • Cocolicious

        The name Montana has Latin origins, in its original form (spelling) it means “mountain”. The state of Montana was given then name because it’s a very mountainous state.

        • LN

          The state “Montana” was named such because they thought it was a cool name and wanted to name a state something cool.

          • Cocolicious

            If that were true they would have named the state Montanaisha, or Montanafreeka.

            • Lantern48

              Or Meconium or Precious. It’s not like we all speak Latin and “get it.”  I’ll bet you $50 you had to look up the meaning of Montana and that the parents haven’t bothered.

      • Lantern48

        Austin, Montana, Houston, Dallas, Paris, Nigeria, Staten & Ellis brothers, and loads of crazy puttin’ on airs white names like Jaxon and Cindee. . .

    • Lisa

      destiny…is she destined to be a stripper? 

      • Cocolicious

        Or, is she destined to be a lawyer, or a singer? A millionaire?

        • Msmischayl

          Why would you disrespect a child? There is alot of power in the tongue! I pray blessings over little Miss Destiny! I pray she is headed for greatness! Why do people find comfort in being hateful and negative to others? Isn’t it time we unite and rise above such foolishness? Geesh….

      • HonestyIStheBestPolicy

        you don’t even know her. you can’t judge people by their names

    • sexcgenius

      I have never met anyone named Jacobi.  What does it mean?  If it has no origin, it might be unique and by your standards ghetto lol.  As for Aaliyah, it is a beautiful muslim name.  Lots of girls in the hood are named Aaliyah.  Destiny just sounds like a girl who wears clear plastic shoes and dances on polls to make a living.

      • Ms_Sunshine9898

        I knew at least two people name Jacobi and if I’m not mistaken, it is a biblical name. . .

        • Cocolicious

          The biblical name of reference is Jacob, from which both Jacobi and Jacoby are derived, which is Hebrew meaning “he who supplants”.

          • Lantern48

            And they all knew that when they picked the name, too.  Which is why she mentioned it in her post. . .

        • Lantern48

          I hope they bring back Nebekenezzer and Shadrach, too!

          • Christian Catlett

            you FORGOT the billy goat 
            LMFAO I couldn’t resist 

      • Ms_Sunshine9898

        I knew at least two people name Jacobi and if I’m not mistaken, it is a biblical name. . .

      • still your gyal

        Actually my name is jacobine derived from jacob

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LJI4AONM2LUIQ6TUYAEOLEUXVU Jeri

        You probably arent familiar with the name Jacobi because it’s a German (and maybe Jewish) surname. But there is a famous British actor named Derek Jacobi.

        • David Coates

          Oswald Jacoby was a famous professional bridge player.

    • NurseLady

      ummm Destiny is definitely a dumb hood name. Aaliyah is close!

      • Savoir Faire

        Destiny is questionable but Aaliyah is definitely NOT hood!  It’s an arabic name actually & as you may know Black folks have been partial to arabic names for quite some time (ie. Raheem Amina, Latifah, Aisha, Abdul, Jamal…).  It feels like some names are getting the “hood” label simply because we may know someone that is hood that has said name. 

      • Savoir Faire

        Destiny is questionable but Aaliyah is definitely NOT hood!  It’s an arabic name actually & as you may know Black folks have been partial to arabic names for quite some time (ie. Raheem Amina, Latifah, Aisha, Abdul, Jamal…).  It feels like some names are getting the “hood” label simply because we may know someone that is hood that has said name. 

      • Cocolicious

        Destiny has Old French origins. Aaliyah has Hebrew/Arabic/Swahili origins. They’ve been around for hundreds, if not, thousands of years. They aren’t urban, recent, concocted names. They’re not ghetto.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LJI4AONM2LUIQ6TUYAEOLEUXVU Jeri

          “aliyah” with one “a” is actually a Hebrew WORD, not a name, and means an “immigration of Jews to the land of Israel”. If you google “Aaliyah” it might be that all the entries are about the singer who died in the plane crash.

    • Ynvee99

      Nobody wants to say it but I can count a million Aaliyah’s from the hood…that’s about as “hood” as you can get. 

    • Ynvee99

      Nobody wants to say it but I can count a million Aaliyah’s from the hood…that’s about as “hood” as you can get. 

    • Ms. Jo

      Actually Destiny and Aaliyah scream black hoodrat… sorry!

      • Cocolicious

        Only because of the entertainer brands “Destiny’s Child” and “Aaliyah” which are linked to the urban sect market. That’s what a lot of black people first think of when they hear those names.

        But both names have traditional origins, those spellings are the original name spellings, they are commonly given in other cultures, and have long been in used (hundreds of years), which means they’re not ‘ghetto names’. Both names have a meaning

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26707277 Nigeria Riggins

        not aaliyah (because i always knew it had meaning),but arriana does.. i know SOOOOOOOOO many people’s kids who think they are being original with that name.. that name is the new Destiny. Destiny, while has meaning in the dictionary, i don’t think it was really meant to be a person’s name.. unless someone can prove me wrong.

        • WordsFail

          Ariana is Welsh for “silvery” and Arianna is a version of a very old Greek name; Ariande. She was the demi-goddess of weaving, in case you were wondering.

          • Momza

            My husband chose our daughter’s name, “Arianna” as he had a colleague from The Netherlands named “Ariane” when I was pg.  We looked up the meaning of the name and in latin it means, “most sacred”. I love the meaning and gave her the middle name of “Hope”. I’d never met a single “Arianna” in my life, but in her kindergarten class there was another beautiful girl with the same first name only pronounced the italian way–”Ahr-ee-ann-ah” instead of “Air-ee-onna”.
            Either way, we love her name.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Skibop Marilyn J. Wiley

        Aaliyah is NOT a ghetto name. It means “the highest, most exalted one, the best” and the most famous Aaliyah we know died in a plane crash 10 years ago. She was a multi platinum singer, talented actress, dancer, graduated high school with a 4.0, was very humble, sweet, and well spoken. How is that ghetto? smh

    • Miss JC

      I love your third child’s name! But why wouldn’t I? My name is Jacolby.

    • Zuri

       My sons are Jayden and Brenden because those two actually have meaning..Jayden is a form of the Hebrew Jadon which means Grateful and Brenden is Prince in Irish.  Yes I am black with Irish roots, weird but true so I wanted my sons to have names with meaning.  Aaliyah is Islamic and a beautiful name and Jacobi Hebrew so not bad.  But Destiny is hood and Montana is a state.  Sorry dear you are still a little hood in the naming

    • 123

      I like your children’s names, but I hope you realize that they /do/ sound typically hood. Don’t take that as an insult – I appreciate creative names and think black people are overly criticized on this topic. 

  • DR.FUNK

    I used to think that poor & working class black folx should have to go through a local “review board” for clearing a childs name.
    I now think that wealthy whites should join them.

  • BAO

    My first week on my pediatric rotation as a medical student I saw the name Deziyah. My resident and I cracked up.

    Deziyah = Desire

    Why set your little girl up for a career in stripping?

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      L’JahFarao (El Jah Farao). Darealyst Clark (son of Clark). Dusheinah (Do Shine Ah). Dejenirah (mix of dennis (dad) jennifer (mom) and nira (grandma). Phassyon (Fashion). Biscuit (cookie in french).

      • LeilaM12

        Can I put these names down as “black-on-black hatecrime”?!

        • CarlaKah

          yup

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  • Live_in_LDN

    I understand the need for black parents to divert away from traditional European names but I feel that ‘hood’ (why do i feel odd typing that?) parents of this generation have done a full circle and are bastardising European nouns, adjectives and consumer product names to name their kiddies.

    I really doubt someone who names their baby Defunkilicious is making a protest against european colonialism but are creatively expressing their own foolishness.

    There is a little bit of a double standard as some white celebrities also name their kids outrageous names. Harper Seven, Pixie, Pilot Inspektor and these are off the top off my head. Lets get real though, these kids will never have to fill out a job apllication form in their lives.

    • chanicani

      And let’s not forget Shannyn Sossaman’s child, Audio Science…wtf?

    • Girliusmaximus

      And Pixie is not the worst of that bunch… Don’t forget Apple. I like Tom Cruise’s daughter’s name, I think that Suri is pretty.

      • lilkunta

        apple is fine. i dont get all  the neg comments  gwn gets bc apple is an ok name.

      • bitchsbrew

        Girl, Suri means fart in our local language here lol. #jussayin

    • justanote

      Thank you, well written.  LMAO @ Defunkilicious

    • justanote

      Thank you, well written.  LMAO @ Defunkilicious

    • IllyPhilly

      I don’t understand that at all. there’s Islamic names, Indian names, African names, Asian names all sorts of things to choose from, but as the poster said above a girl named Chronica-GTFOH!!

    • Queen4aking

      You are so right, Apple, Sailor, Pirate, Sundance, Bronx and Deacon…a few of these I knew and some I Googled. When I hear some names even nicknames all I can do is shake my head. LaDasha spelled Le-a, P’R____ or Chi’_____ No one should ever be able to look at your name on a piece of paper and tell if you are black or white. I’ve went on interviews and the hiring manager would have that look “Oh you’re black”.  I remember when my mom enrolled me in a new elementary school and after speaking with my mom and giving all the details….my mom went to the school and the lady says “oh you’re black”?

      • Joyce

        Is the same with me but they look at me and say “no offense, but you look very white”: I am from Puerto Rico and I have two very Spanish last names and I have a subtle accent, yet people look at me all shocked saying “but you are white, didnt you mentioned you were born in PR, Ms. Hernandez”. A name is jus that, a name: nobody should deduct skin color, heritage, or other of those things because of a name!

        • Joanne

          Well said Joyce, black people continue to show their ignorance but always wanting to please whites and pandering to their nonsense. I say, go ahead and name your baby whatever the hell you want. White people don’t care how we think or feel, so why should we care what they feel !

          • ImNewHere

            I’ts not about pleasing them as it is about stacking the chips in our favor. If they see a name like Nequeta Johnson on a resume, they will automatically go to the next person….if they see Nicole Johnson, they won’t know who you are and you’ll at least get the interview.

          • AUMom

            And that attitude,Joyce and Joanne, will close many professional doors for these children in the future.   There have been studies that show a resume with a name like “LaQuantre’ Smith” will not get an interview when a “John Smith” will.  You and I may not agree with it…but that is life and we have to deal with it.  I went to school w Nkwame, Ashanti, Aida, etc…I get the African heritage…but the dumb made up names?  Go ahead and name your kid something weird that is certainly your right…but why???  Why do something that will be detrimental to him/her in the future?  Just to make a point?  Here are some names from my son’s yearbook…I am NOT making any of these up…Quandarrious, Montavious, Shaniqua’, LaDarrious, Staysahm, Madikizela, Deantay, JaDarrien, Queenettea, Victaysha, Madikizela, Rodritus, Jessenya, Antonious, Shomari, Tamarius, D’vonte, Ke’ondre, Shaketra, Jonavius, and Jatravious, Rocshon, Lakeithan, Daijah, Daelauren, Khadijah, Savian, Swakela, Sharnekia, Shambrentta, Shambrellia, Quintre, Rabresha, Timmesha, Antavar, Keuntavious, Phaleighdo, Lacrarious, and Timmesha.  And an an all time favorite…Semaj…from my daughter’s class.  The baby daddy’s name is James…get it?  BTW, I think whites that name their kids stupid stuff like Star Knight, Princess, Destiny, Montana Skye, Allegra, need to have their head examined as well.  Let’s get real folks! 

            • CarlaKah

              Madikizela and Swakela are very normal Central African names. Khadijah is a very common North African name, Daijah as well… So not everything you don’t recognize is crazy or stupid.

              • edsullivan

                For hundreds of years, non-English speaking immigrants with unpronounceable European names have changed them to simple common English names because they wanted to be AMERICAN! And Patel named his American-born son Robert, not Sanjay.

            • Erykah Badu-rag

              My name’s Destiny >_>….

              • edsullivan

                When you grow up, you can fix that, so adults won’t laugh at you.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438551270 Jessica Lucinda Williams

            who’s naming their child for the sake of someone else? however foolish these names might sound, i don’t think they care what anyone, white, black, or other thinks. we so preoccupied with getting one back at the “white man”, and you’re right about one thing….nobody cares.

        • 123

          “A name is jus that, a name: nobody should deduct skin color, heritage, or other of those things because of a name!”

          Umm…no, not really. If you see Patel, you can deduce that the person is probably Indian or married to an Indian. If I see Yoshihiro, they are probably Japanese. Hernandez, Ortiz, Martinez…probably Latino, of any color. There’s /nothing/ wrong with being able to figure out someone’s ethnicity based on their name. The problem with names that identify you as black is…they identify you as black. If the person reading the resume is racist – whether casual or passionate – they can easily toss it aside. 

          • Jayda23

            If they’re racist, they’ll notice your skin color once you get to the interview.

      • Joanne

        That is so stupid ! What the hell does your name have to do with your ability or getting into elementary school. Why do we continue to pander to the stupidity of white people. Saying  so why don’t black people just go back to the motherland and choose names, no because we rather call our kids – Megan, Britney, Brianna and Charlotte. Why do we continue to always want the validation of white people. Geez !

        • AUMom

          Once again Joanne…really do you think that giving your child a non-made up name is “pandering to the stupidity of white people?”  Please…Herman Cain, Clarance Thomas, Jennifer Hudson, Will Smith, Cameron Newton…these names have nothing to do w the validation of white people.  Name your children as you see fit…knowing that if you give them an odd name it will hurt them in the future.  Is that right?  Is it fair?  Maybe not…but life isn’t fair.  My parents gave me a “normal” name w an odd speling…every single time I have to give my name I have to spell it out…and I want to strangle my mom!  Annoying at the very least.  Why hamstring your child just to make a point?  Choose motherland names…Aida, Ashante, Nkwame, etc…put that other crap….Starshetta, LaToya, JaTaveous etc…in the wastebasket and just say NO!  My daughter’s name is Charlotte btw.  Beautiful.  Classic.  Not common like Elizabeth or Mary…a little unusual.  Not weird.  And…Joanne is a beautiful and uncommon name.  Your mother did well by naming you that…surely you know it means “God is gracious.”  Very powerful indeed.

      • http://twitter.com/cereselle cereselle

        Bronx Wentz’s grandmother (Pete Wentz’s mother) is black. Fifi Trixibelle Geldof, though, is as white as they come.

        • GuestDZ

          Uhh… Pete Wentz isn’t half-black. He’s half-Hawaiian.

    • Grace

      I completely agree, I hate it when people use that argument!  The vast majority of people who give their children these absurd names can’t even find Europe on a map so what is the likelihood that they’re protesting European traditionalism/culture?! When you KNOW better, you DO better….

    • Kim T

      It’s not a double standard because as you said they will probably never need to fill out a job application.  They are not living at the same level as the average black child. You can’t compare the two.

    • LeilaM12

      I can vaguely see where you’re coming from when you say “double standard”. But I think it’s not that people think these White names are NOT awful, it’s just that they think “they come from such a wealthy background, they’ll inherit and don’t need to get past the HR department of any company”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Juanita-Wilson/100003115526686 Juanita Wilson

    Apart from that neo-nazi NJ couple that named their kid “Adolf Hitler”, I think any other crazy name would derive from common cold medicine. Ex: Nyquilla… Not as bad, but still.

    • Sweetie

      Or hair products like Aquanetta (as in Aqua Net hair spray for you youngins)

      • SomethingLikeAG

        I think I can beat most of the names on this list by going through my high school year book, for example I knew a girl named Chronica (yes that was her government name), there was also a Three, Atron, Cash`mon’ey, Abuniqua, Quatrinae, Shenanah and loquactia, pronounced lo-quay-shia.

      • SomethingLikeAG

        I think I can beat most of the names on this list by going through my high school year book, for example I knew a girl named Chronica (yes that was her government name), there was also a Three, Atron, Cash`mon’ey, Abuniqua, Quatrinae, Shenanah and loquactia, pronounced lo-quay-shia.

        • Darkman

          Atron? Waow!! If you pronounce it A – tron, it means poop in french slang…

          • French guest

            no it doesent

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            • dcgasy

              etron means poop

            • AnotherFrenchGuest

              Yes it does :) “Etron”

        • Evie

          Might we ask when exactly you graduated? Just wondering is this new age or have people been this crazy for a while.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marva-Jones/100000517797747 Marva Jones

          Lord have mercy….how are they ever gonna get decent jobs with those kind of names:(

          • Tee

            Condeleeza now that is a hood name also.  But look where she got to be.

        • detroit survivor

          i once worked on a lawsuit where the kid was named” QUATRAMARAINE

          that case was around for 3 years and not once did anyone ever get that name spelled corrected       unbelievable     

        • Oregonsistah

          where are you from

        • guest

          did loquactia talk alot?  ha ha ha…

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Duke-Fawcett/100000451488181 Duke Fawcett

          Had a Latronda and a Latreene at a restaurant I worked at. Latreene, pronounced just like the port-a-potty. She wasn’t happy when I told her what her name really meant.

        • tearcollector

          Government name? You mean given name?

      • Shauni870

        Hey aqua net works hella good!

      • Edgk

        Okay, i don’t mean to call you out on this BS publicly but sorry, you asked for it. Oranjello and Ladasha are two of the oldest Urban legends around. The story always starts opff, “My Aunt” or ” My best friends Aunt” and then it proceeds to go into the Ladasha tale. Considering that literally millions of people have been telling this story for like 20 years, it is a bit strange that none of us know a La-a. So not only as a public media person have you recycled complete lies but you actually included the lame “My Aunt..” part as well. Very weak.

        • Webjefa

          Oranjello story is true. They are twins from Fort Worth Texas. Lemonjello and Orangello. They were in high school at the same time I was about 20 years ago.

        • SC Teacher

          I am a teacher in SC…  3 years ago, I personally had a le-a in my class. It may have started as an Urban Legend – but I guess someone liked the idea enough to name their own child that.

        • Offended

          Thank you EDGK!  I was actually interested in this post and thought it was cute, until I read the La-a story!  The author totally lost credibility and I was floored that Renay used the fake anecdote!!  Completely offended that she contributed to spreading such a racist joke as if it were her own!  Ignorance…

        • kan

          Well, if Urban Legends are art, then life is imitating art.  I know of at least one girl child in DC with that name

      • k’Sheyna

        That was the stage name of a film actress during the forties and fifties.  She was American but billed herself as the Venezuelan Volcano.

    • IllyPhilly

      When dude named his kid Facebook, I was dizz’ one!!

    • SMH

      who is naming their kids this, in this day? GTFOH, Black ppl have such hate for themselves, who the f^ck are white ppl, is that who Blacks keep letting set the bar for standards. For one I work with a whole host of Indians from India name Manesha, Rajesha, Disha, Rajesh, LaKesh, and Keisha(she treads my eyebrows in Little India/Cerritos). Black ppl down grade themselves, everything is ghetto this, ghetto that, get some f^Cking self esteem. WHat the hell does Condalisa/Condoleezza  mean didn’t stop her from getting a PHD, I never came across a Black person name Aquanetta, Bonequisha, Sha’naena and I am almost 30-only from Black’s who are clowning and downgrading themselves, which than gets passed down as a joke for other groups to use and than passed on to mass media for the world to clown on. 

      • Kisses

        Indian names have nothing to do with this. There’s a difference between being cultural and just being ridiculous. Many blacks AND whites are guilty of the latter (however, we’re not concerned with what the white folks are doing, let them have their own forum to tackle their issues with naming their kids Apple or Gauge).

        And just because you’ve never come across the names yourself doesn’t mean they don’t exist as someone’s government. For you to say these names are only passed down jokes seems a bit naive and sheltered. Even if the were names made up for entertainment purposes only, what does that say about how black names are perceived? Most jokes have a ring of truth somewhere.

      • Liz

        I graduated high school with an Aquanetta. I knew an Antrinique pronounced An-tra- neek. That’s just a few.

      • Maellita_linda

        Lucrezia is a very common italian name. I guess it sounds like LaCraShia with an american accent.

      • Abc123

        No, it isn’t about hate, it is about people being ignorant. There is nothing wrong with many unique or unusual names, but sometimes parents who do this are not being clever… They are being stupid. When I come across someone with a name like Kyieta, I have no problem with it… But when you meet someone and their name is Philanderer (went to middle school with him), that is just sad. Look at “Penny” Hardaway…. He would rather be called “Penny” than by his real name, Anfernee. Do you think names like that open doors or shut them? I can underrstand not wanting a Eurocentric name, but ebonicizing them or English words just promote the same negative stereotypes that so many people would like to destroy.

        • HMcD

          Agreed. A child should not need a unique name to set them apart– they should be raised to become unique individuals.  Their personalities should be what people remember, not an outlandish name that no one can spell.  My personal favorite is Monilia…yep, like the v.a.g.i.n.a.l yeast.  Nice.

          • detroit survivor

            well said    i have to call a court clerk name “precious”   really????????????

        • Charlotte

          Not to mention that studies consistently show that employers are least likely to hire people with “conventionally black” names.

          • 123

            Employers are less likely to hire someone with a name like that because it’s obvious that they’re black. It’s not so much the name, but what the name indicates. 

            • Ahrens917

              123 cry me a river, i guess your just another victim of the man.  you should start the blame game with the ones who sold the blacks into slavery in the first place the shaka zulu’s of africa. but i guess we couldn’t blame the white man if we did that now could we? 

              • Udontwantnone

                True Africa has a extensive history with enslaving their own, including Nigeria outlawing it in 1943.

                • Craven

                  Actually, while the “shaka zulus” of Africa sold their country men they couldn’t have made the sale without the buyers. If you aren’t interested in purchasing something no one can force you to buy it.

      • Mohanroache

        yea i dig ur quite rite, but at tha same time ppl shudnt name their kids when they are under the influence, names like ‘orange-jello’ is total crap! lol

        • 123

          You know what’s funny? The black name history article that they linked to says that “orange-jello” and “lemon-jello” are myths. 

          • madmonkey

            I work at a school that has a Oranjello and Lemonjello….brothers.  

      • HMcD

        Re: Condoleezza Rice.  From Wikipedia: “Her name, Condoleezza, derives from the music-related term, con dolcezza, which in Italian means, “with sweetness”.  Rice began to learn French, music, figure skating and ballet at the age of three.[6] At the age of fifteen, she began piano classes with the goal of becoming a concert pianist.[7] While Rice ultimately did not become a professional pianist, she still practices often and plays with a chamber music group. She accompanied cellist Yo-Yo Ma playing Brahms’s Violin Sonata in D Minor at Constitution Hall in April 2002 for the National Medal of Arts Awards.” 

        And that’s why she got a PhD- she’s an achiever.  Not due to or in spite of her name.  Good for her and the parents who did a great job raising her.

      • LovingLife

        The name Condoleezza was derived from the italian musical term “con dolcezza”. It means to play ”with sweetness”.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marva-Jones/100000517797747 Marva Jones

        Believe it or not……black mothers are naming their children crazy names!!!! I know a kid right now at my job name “Kashmere” (like a sweater), Ja Johniquia, Clinique. The list goes on but it’s very true!!!!

      • HBCUandIVYgrad

        Condoleezza Rice’s name has musical origins.  It comes from the Italian term con dolcezza, meaning with sweetness.  Her mother was a high school teacher and one of the subjects she taught was music. Her father was also a minister as well as having a regular 9-5 as a guidance counselor. The family had a love for music, so it’s not a far fetched made up name.  It, like most names (even those of us whose names our parents made up) has meaning.  

        I agree to an extent with your point, just not the way it has been presented.  Yes, take pride in your name, but naming children after alcohol, cars, etc…is not a good thing.  Unfortunately we live in a society where people are judged constantly…and though you really shouldn’t care, the reality is even with that ivy league degree (I do hold one myself), employers are going to look sideways if your name is Tequila Alexus whatever.

        And in my 31 years on the planet, I have come across many a folk with names like Corwarsky, Quindrikas, Laquanshay and so on. Unfortunately, many of them adhere to the stereotype that people with names like that have vs breaking or crushing it and proving it to be untrue.

        Fortunately, with ALL folks…Black, White, purple, green, whatever giving their kids crazy names like Apple, Inspector, Bear Blue and all that…hopefully society will soon not worry about what a person’s name is and instead be concerned with WHO a person is and what they contribute to society.

        • madmonkey

          Just to be clear, there are no people who are purple or green.

      • http://twitter.com/HighSadiddy1 Tricia Clark

        Its not only black people! #GwenythPaltrow named her kid apple!

      • Savoir Faire

        Actually my mom is named Aquanetta so I can assure you this name does live on.  Oddly enough she was named after a beautiful B – rated movie actress who was popular in the 40s.  She was Native American but I’m not sure the origin of the name.  Contrary to popular belief neither the actress nor my mom was named after the can of hair spray (Aqua Net). 

      • Here!

        Finally, someone puts into words what I’ve been trying to emote for years. Why does another race have to be our barometer for what is socially acceptable?

        • ImNewHere

          I agree wholeheartedly, when have we ever suffered the same consequences for the same actions?

      • Jayda23

        Totally agree!! I knew of a couple of East Asian women in school with names similar to that and I thought they were black women until I saw them. It annoys me that we are still tryna satisfy the white folk with no luck :-(     (sarcasm)

    • Casper101usa

      Try Abcde (Ab-sa-dee)

  • Bhfkjhfjhwjhsa

    La Tonka?!!! I almost spit my coffee on the screen.

  • eyeNOmuzziikkkk

    hey! i like LaTonka! sounds like she is a jazzy lil whipper snapper! neck rolling and all

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