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Avoid baby names your child will grow to hate

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Stay away from bad baby names with these helpful naming tips

You may think you're clever and creative, but your child could pay for your weird baby-naming style.

Let's start with hipster baby names. Hipsters are an educated bunch who dress weird and balk at convention. Their desire to stand apart from the norm leads them to bestow names such as Gulliver, Enoch and Briseida on their innocent offspring. C'mon… isn't childhood hard enough?

Next on the list are gender-blurred baby names. There is a growing trend among celebs (which means that regular folk will soon follow suit) to give boy names to girls. While a woman named Ryan, James or Wyatt might command positive attention, a little girl with a boy's name may encounter nothing but bullying. Na, na, na, na, na, you have a boy name! It's a tough way to grow up.

Duggar-style baby names are not recommended. Jim-Bob and Michelle gave every single one of their children a J name. Ugh. Parents may think it's cute, but alliteration takes away some of each child's individuality. (And if you have a ton of kids, you get to a point where you run out of good same-letter options. Jinger, anyone?) 

Speaking of Duggars, we recommend that you steer clear of pop culture baby names entirely. Naming your child Katniss or Haymitch because you're a fan of The Hunger Games is messed up. Giving your daughter a K name in honor of the Kardashian clan is hardly doing her a favor. Remember, what's popular today will not be when your baby is a teenager or an adult.

Infamous baby names are not encouraged either. Don't call your twins Bonnie and Clyde. Avoid bad guy names like Caligula, Osama or Muammar. And please don't do what Heath and Deborah Campbell of New Jersey did — they named their Adolf Hitler Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell. Yeah, it's a free country, but…

Baby names with unique spellings are another bad idea. In 2013 alone, the Social Security Administration recorded at least nine different spellings of Aidan. Naming your daughter Hayleighe will make her stand out among the other Haleys, but in a not-so-good way. Do you really want your child to spend a lifetime correcting people on the spelling of her name?

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