Bad baby names
The word bad has two meanings here. First, is bad as in evil;
the second, bad as in a mistake. For the former please see the menu
list of evil baby names.
Baby names that can be a mistake are those with unintented meanings,
due to an alternative pronunciation, slang or dialect meaning. For
example, Randy is a fine name in the United States, but it means horny
in Australia. Other ones are Butch, Gaylord, Dick, Fanny, Pansy.
Another way to come up with a bad baby name is to not pay attention
to the initials, such as Arthur Simon Smith. This can also be a problem
with the initials, such as Carl Otto Jones, has the initials, C.O.Jones
(drop the periods and see what it means in Spanish). Or Carl Lang
gives us Clang, which adolescent boys would be happy to make into
a game of "hey, let's clang him."
Other bad names result when you pronounce the first and second name
together. Examples are Warren Pease, Hugh Jass, Anita Baath, Ima Mann,
Harry Butz, Butcher Baker, Ima Payne.
When it comes to bad baby names, the song "A boy named Sue"
by Johnny Cash is noteworthy. The narrator of the song complains that
his no-count father's meanest act was to name him Sue. He assumes
that his father did it as a joke. Indeed, people would make fun of
him and he got into lots of fights due to his girly name. He vows
to find his father and kill him. When he finally finds him in Gatlinburgh
playing poker, he declares: "My name is 'Sue!' How do you do!
Now your gonna die!!" They have a knock down drag out fight.
He gets the drop on his father when they go for their guns, and his
father explains: "I knew you'd have to get tough or die. And
it's the name that helped to make you strong." In the end the
I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
And I called him my pa, and he called me his son,
And I came away with a different point of view.
And I think about him, now and then,
Every time I try and every time I win,
And if I ever have a son, I think I'm gonna name him
Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!