The Five Weirdest Baby Names from the Most Popular Names of 2010

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Your kid won't turn out like this.
The list of the top 100 baby names of 2010 is out and it is filled with many names you would expect. There are Biblical names like John and Luke and James. There are pop culture names like Bella and Zachary. There are even names that help you to rhyme your kids like Aiden and Jayden because we all know how annoyingly adorable that is.

There are other names that no one should use...ever. Unlike the list of crazy names found in the Atlanta Journal Constitution's database of Georgia baby names including ESPN, Doctor and Bacardi (we're not kidding), the names on this list are the 100 most popular in the entire U.S. These aren't names given by a couple of nuts who decided their son should go through life as Exxon. These are legitimately popular names, God help us.

We looked over the top 100 and pulled out the five weirdest for your enjoyment. We included whether the name was for a boy or a girl, which wasn't always obvious, and its ranking among other names of the same gender.

5. Ryder -- Boy #97
When we looked this one up, it simply said "horseman." It should have said "rider misspelled." All we could think about was the truck company of the same name. You don't want your son named after a semi, do you? Maybe you do.

4. Addison -- Girl #9
It's pretty remarkable that a name with this many things wrong with it makes it to number nine on the list of girls' names, especially considering the meaning for this name is "son of Adam." Yes, son, so why would you name your daughter Addison? Even worse, it also happens to be the name of a disease. Nice going, mom!

3. Brooklyn -- Girl #30 and Hudson -- Boy #96 (tie)
Look, we know you New Yorkers are proud of your city. We here in Texas are pretty proud too, but you don't hear us naming our kids Montrose or Rio Grande. We feel it's a pretty good rule of thumb that you shouldn't name your kids after neighborhoods or rivers, but what do we know?

2. Grayson -- Boy #66
We're going to set aside for the moment that these are the most popular American baby names (is "pip pip cheerio!" going to be on the top 100 hip phrases of 2011?) to say that if you name your son Grayson, he either has a long career ahead of him as a butler or a troubled but brilliant novelist with crippling self-doubt. Congratulations!

1. Nevaeh -- Girl #99
When we first saw this name, we though, "What the hell?" Turns out, it was the exact opposite of hell because, wait for it, Nevaeh is heaven spelled backward. We thought saying stuff backwards, particularly when it is hidden in popular songs, was satanic. Whatever the case, this name is pure evil.


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Bookowl572
Bookowl572

So wait, Texans don't name their kids after places in Texas like New Yorkers do? So how did Austin, Dallas, and Houston all come about as names? Cause I'm pretty sure you say any of those names and people are going to think that kid is named after...hm, what is it? New York?? No...oh that's right! Texas.

Baby Names
Baby Names

A good blog with very informative article also give more point-able article.

Claude
Claude

Never would I name my child Braes or Trinity...just weird. Yes, the Trinity has biblical implications but ugh...all words are not meant to be used in nomenclature.

houstonholly
houstonholly

Navaeh is actually Heavan spelled backwards...not quite as significant.

big red
big red

Of course Texans are proud of their state and name their kid after cities here. Example #1 - Addison. Located near north Dallas.

Nancy
Nancy

The most popular baby names in the U.S. won't be released by the Social Security Administration until May.

This list doesn't represent names given to babies in the "entire U.S." It more likely represents the most searched-for names at that particular website. Interesting information, but definitely not the official list.

tacotruck
tacotruck

I know a grown woman named Texas. Just saying.

Nate
Nate

Well, the Hudson River was named after Henry Hudson, so naming your kid Hudson isn't exactly like naming him Rio Grande. And Brooklyn really isn't a neighborhood, more analogous to naming your kid Austin...

Jeff
Jeff

Thanks for the note. That was a typo on my part that I've corrected.

Jeff
Jeff

Thanks for the heads up.

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