Oops for Britney: Survey reveals most hated baby names...and Jayden tops the list for boys

It is something that will stay with your child for the rest of their lives, so it's best not to get it wrong.

But when referring to the top ten baby names, it is probably best to also have a glance at the most hated names.

An informal survey has compiled a list of most hated names for boys and girls and found that familiarity breeds contempt and popularity often also brings backlash.

A quick track to baby-name fame can also trigger a hatred for it, and some of the entries are featured high up in the most popular name also, especially when it is one that has been used by a celebrity.

The number one most hated boy name in the U.S. is Jayden, which just happens to be the name of Britney Spears' youngest son.
The next three entries after that are surprisingly off-shoot rhyming names of that - Brayden, Aiden, Kayden. Boring and common names aren't big winners either with Michael making the top ten for being too familiar. In a complete reversal, names which are not familiar - i.e. those which have been made up - are also among the top ten hated.

Neveah - heaven spelled backwards - was the top most hated name while Madison, which only became a girl's name when Daryl Hanna gave it to herself in Splash, and that was only because she happened to be walking down Madison Avenue.

Neveah didn't exist until the 1990s, but it took off in popularity in 2003, shooting from the 150th most common baby name in that year to the 31st most popular in 2007.

Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby, carried out the survey - which is not based on scientific evidence - for her blog.

According to Live Science, she scoured general-interest message boards online, looking for conversations about baby names that make people cringe.

More than 1,500 names were cited and Ms Wattenberg calculated which names came up the most.

The survey also came to the conclusion that people hate gender-bending names, particularly when a masculine becomes a feminine as in for Madison and Addison.

Among girls, a spate of Mc names sparked annoyance: Mackenzie, McKenna and Makayla all made the top ten.

Ms Wattenberg said: 'In recent decades, people have moved toward "whatever feels fresh." That means moving away from common names, and common sounds, from the previous couple of generations.

'That may explain why many people hate the names Gertrude and Bertha. Hard, Germanic consonants were once thought to convey opulence. Now we live in an age of vowels, and poor, guttural Gertrude doesn't stand a chance.'

Jean Twenge, a San Diego psychology professor and author of Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled -- and More Miserable Than Ever Before, told Live Science that there are two schools of thought when it comes to baby naming.

She said: 'On the one side, there are parents who want their kids' names to stand out. On the other side are those who see names as a form of communication.

'Those are the people who are saying, "I don't like the weird spellings and I don't like the really strange names. The common names are good because they're easy for other people.'

Source: dailymail

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