If you’re currently tossing up between baby names, consider this article a public service announcement. Mums have joined forces to come up with a list of the most problematic baby names in existence, and the reasons why they wouldn’t never use them for their own children.

The thread on mumsnet was started just a few days ago, and is already five pages long. Because, ladies, there are apparently a whole galaxy of baby names that need to be eliminated from use.

The original poster of the thread laid down some very clear rules on the purpose of the list. “Starting this thread for names which are genuinely problematic,” she explained. “The purpose is, a quick reference for people to check is the name they are thinking of on the list, and also as a reference for justifiable reasons to advise against using a name.”

And the mums did not disappoint. Referencing names that are linked to historical catastrophes to monikers that have interesting meanings in different nations, they crafted a list of baby names they’d never use, and why.

16 baby names mums would never use

Here are just some of the baby names they blacklisted, and the reasons the mums have given.

1. Lolita

“Reason – most people associate this with the character in the book by Nabokov, about a paedophile. The character Lolita is his victim.”

2. Enola

“Reason – this very uncommon name was made famous when the pilot of the plane that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima decided to name the plane after his mother, Enola Gay. A catchy pop song by the band Orchestral Maneouvres in the Dark, about the plane, is well-known in the UK.”

3. Myra

“This spelling and the pronunciation like the English word ‘my’ is widely considered unusable in the UK. It was not a particularly common name and most people associate with Myra Hindley, a notorious serial killer.
The similar names Moira, Meera, Meira, Mara, and Maura are all fine to use.”

4. Michael

“…if your surname is Hunt.”

5. Donald

“If the duck didn’t already do it, the name Donald is officially dead to the world.”

6. Candida

“Because it’s a fungal disease.”

7. Fanny

“Because it’s a common euphemism.”

8. Peony

“Because of ANYTHING you would ever say about anything that belongs to them.

Peony’s hat
Peony’s coat
Peony’s rash
Peony’s problem
Peony’s caught on the zipper

Just say them out loud grin.”

9. Percy

“Is slang for penis. Pointing Percy at the porcelain is a well known expression for going to the toilet.”

10. Melaena/Melena

“It’s black tarry poo due to bleeding in the gut.”

11. Addison

“It’s a disease.”

12. Pippa

“We really loved the name Pippa but then found out it means slang for blowjob and other similar things in various European languages.”

13. Joby

“It’s basically Scots for poo, and not in an obscure old word that people won’t know way.”

14. Abigail

“Meaning lady’s maid. They say it’s archaic but it’s used in Jane Eyre.”

15. Amelia

“Meaning without arms or legs. Another medical term to avoid.”


“It’s unusable in UK (in my opinion) and prob quite dated in US.”

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  • Some of names here very familiar to me. I think they are fine.Choosing a name up to you.


  • Often names have several meanings, you can pick the meaning it has for you.


  • That is a real mixed bag list of names.

    I am surprised some names like Addison. Amelia and Abigail are on the list. I suspect if you looks at some of the most popular names used these would be in that list too.


  • I’m surprised at some of the hidden meanings of quite normal names.


  • I definitely agree with some of those names being on the list


  • Some different names in there which I would never use.


  • I didn’t know the meaning of some of these names.


  • Lots of these are fine.


  • I would never thought of any of these names as being a problem until reading this.


  • Interesting when you really get into it/check the background of names.


  • Yes, there’s a few on there I know. Amelia, I thought was a pretty name and I know a couple. Who knew these names had such meanings.


  • Addison, Abigail and Amelia? Those are all lovely names! The others I can understand- Fanny-ew!


  • On second thought I’m surprised Diana isn’t on the list. Died In A Nasty Accident..


  • My Pop’s name was Donald, Hubby has a mate Percy and we shortlisted Amelia as a first name. Who wouldn’t want to be named after a great strong, brave aviation woman.


  • List surprised me to. My pops name is Donald, my husbands, brothers, kid is named Amelia. Really didn’t think those two were that bad of name.. go figure ..


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