Is ABCDE Really a Baby Name?

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ABCDE isn’t an urban legend. It’s a real baby name.

In fact, it’s the official first name of hundreds of females in the U.S.

How many ABCDEs were born in the last decade? Here are the numbers:

  • 32 in 2009
  • 28 in 2008
  • 24 in 2007
  • 26 in 2006
  • 22 in 2005
  • 15 in 2004
  • 22 in 2003
  • 17 in 2002
  • 16 in 2001
  • 12 in 2000

In total, over 200. And that’s not all. Other baby girls were named ABCDE in the 1990s (and perhaps even earlier).

What do you think of the name?

UPDATE – I’ve found more alphabet soup baby names! Abcd, Abcdef, Wxyz, and more.

46 Responses to Is ABCDE Really a Baby Name?

  1. It doesn’t have much going for it.

    What’s REALLY crazy though is that the supposed pronuncation of it – Absidy – has become a name in its own right (5 in 2009)!

  2. Holy crap, good catch!

    It’s a little ridiculous that Absidy exists, but…I do appreciate that some parents attempted to turn ABCDE into a functional word.

  3. I try hard not to pass judgments on names (after all there is a child who bears the name and had no choice). But I struggle with this name. I don’t like it at all.

  4. Laurie, I have a hard time with that as well. It’s not easy to be honest about certain baby names. We all know that some people (including a lot of kids) own these names, and we don’t want to offend any of them.

    But I try to keep two things in mind.

    First, we’re never insulting the name owners. Just the names. (If we’re being critical of anyone, it’s the parents who bestowed these names, not the children who received them.)

    Second, some names really are bad. Indisputably bad. I think it’s best to call these names out. If we’re honest about them, and if expectant parents see what we say, they may be dissuaded from using them. And that’s a good thing.

  5. I wonder how many of these girls change their names eventually. My first thought was that this was filler text for parents who didn’t name their children immediately or something like that.

    Egads!

  6. It could be filler text for a few, though “unnamed” and “baby” seem to be a lot more common as fillers.

  7. It really seems more like a boy name to me.

  8. I think the boy version should be EFGHI.

  9. ABCDE is actually pronounced “Abstity” like Abstinence and Chastity combined. EFGHI? How would that be pronounced? “Effigy”?

  10. ABCDE would not have any “t” sounds in it. “ab-si-dee” makes sense for the pronunciation. Also, EFGHI would rightly be pronounced like the name EFFIE as “GH” make the sound of an “F”. No offence to anyone having either of these names, but as an English teacher considering getting puppies, it seems these would be fun names to give the pups.

  11. When I see names like these, i feel such hatred for the parents…How can people do something like this?

  12. 25 more ABCDEs in 2010.

    Still waiting for an EFGHI…

  13. You have no idea what happened! My name is Abcde Tate, I am the first! This is how: I was born in 1999. My mom went on some radio show where u call and they tell u wat ur childs name means, My name meant Hope and good fortune (which so far is correct). After that there were Abcde’s EVERYWHERE! and it make’s me mad to see people judging and copying my name! So thanks alot for your comment.
    ~<3 Abcde Tate~

  14. @Abcde – Interesting. You could be one of the first.

    I’m not sure how your mother came up with “hope and good fortune” as a meaning, though. “Abcde” has no meaning at all; it’s just a string of letters.

  15. It shows a total lack of creativity on the part of parents. Yes, it kind of sounds pretty, but so does “satan”

  16. How stupid to think Satan sounds pretty..horrible example darling. A name is a name…it’s about who you are as a person..don’t let your name determine your fate..

  17. One time in church I saw Abcde in the baptisms section of the handout. I figured the secretary forgot to change out the placeholder text. Then I heard the pastor say it I nearly burst out laughing. I could tell the others around me were as dumbfounded. I can’t believe parents could be so selfish, projecting their own fucked up ed ness onto the helpless child. I’m sure there is a high rate of Abcdes changing their names. When a kid rejects their given name, its a pretty big sign. Yeesh

  18. My name is Abcde.. I was born 1997.. So im the first Abcde.. LOl. About 6kids name in my school is Abcde. Im not the only one in my area. Is very unique, and different. I love my name..
    – Abcde Kelly

  19. 21 more ABCDEs in 2011.

    That brings this century’s total to 260 so far.

    Add to that some of the instances from the 1990s and we’ve got nearly 300 known ABCDEs.

  20. Are you serious right now? For those that are “appreciating that parents TRIED to make this a word or whatever”…you are as retarded as the person who tried to make this a name/word. ITS A BUNCH OF LETTERS. Why not name your freaking child, “xyjdkjag”?! It’s pronounced like ZRING. Stupid people…

  21. Abcde is a poetic form using the letters of the alphabet in order.

  22. I love this name! I plan to name my daughter it, just spelt differently of course to make it easier to pronounce. I think it sounds beautiful, Absidy. I think that you are all very quick to judge just because of how someone has spelt something and dont realise how sweet an unusual names can be, some people do put alot of thought into their childs name,and as simple as it looks or sounds, it actualy took them a long time to come to that conclusion. I read some of the names of the people commenting on this and are more turned off those names then this one!

  23. I really don’t get why this name is such a big deal to people. You keep saying “it’s just the first letters of the alphabet” but if that’s simple, why does it make you so angry? It’s not like they named their child Adolf Satan. The way it’s pronounced does sound pretty. Seeing as their name is in perfect alphabetical order, they would always be the first.

  24. Anna: Actually, Aaron and Aalyzah would still come before Abcde (which is the stupidest of stupid!).

  25. @Abcde, born in 1997. It’s hard to tell from your writing, but you appear to be saying without a trace of irony that your name is great because it’s very unique. Yet there are 6 Abcdes at your school. That means it’s common.

  26. i realize its a made up name.. but i do sorta like it. it sounds pretty when said and it is unique in an interesting way.

    also, i was born in 1987 and in junior high, there was a girl a year older than me with that name and i just ran into a girl last month with the name as well, also in her 20′s. so none of you were the first.

    but i like how the name how been around for sometime and yet it still remains mostly unheard of.

  27. I really like the name! :D
    It’d pretty and unique, I like how it sounds. Absidy.. Abcde (:

  28. So, is it safe to say then that “JKLM” will be the NEW middle name?!! (Pronouned “Jak-alym”) Come on people!

  29. OT: JKLM reminds me of Jkwon, which popped up suddenly in 2004.

    I’m sure all those kids write it “J-Kwon” (like the rapper) but the SSA’s list leaves out punctuation, hence Jkwon.

  30. Okay all you abcde name haters, you should all go get a life instead of bashing the name “abcde” and the parents of the named child. It’s a beautiful name and I will name my daughter ABCDE because 1. I don’t give a f*** about your opinions 2. It’s a beautiful name 3. Who cares if it’s common? So is John, Mary, Christian, Bob, Emily, Etc…… 4. Don’t judge the parents because of their decision they can choose to name their baby tree or grass if they want too (which I don’t think they should but it’s just an example). 5. My baby girl will love her name, and she’ll be able to spell it before other children because YEAH IT IS THE FIRST FIVE LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET! Hence, she’ll be ahead of her class.
    In conclusion,
    Go suck a d*** you abcde name haters because Abcde sounds way better than your lame a** names. Hahahahahaha! Haters.

    [Note from Nancy: Edited for strong language.]

  31. I usually delete comments like the one above, but I let this one through because the “she’ll be ahead of her class” line cracked me up.

  32. ABCDE is pure idiocy! Tradition is so much a part of naming your child, why go against it so much. Maybe part of the problem is very common last names: Black, White, green, Jones, Smith, etc. Maybe change your last name to go with a more “normal” first name…

  33. I think people ^ should worry about what they’ll be naming their kids and not what others are naming their kids. It isn’t your child, it isn’t your name, so it isn’t your problem. ABCDE is not idiocy. Just because it’s the first five letters it doesn’t mean it’s stupid. It could be spelt another way and still sound the same. I can already tell most people who don’t like the name are the type to judge a book by its cover. Good job people, good job.

  34. What if we put an actual vowel between the “c” and the “d?”: Abcyde, Abcidy, Absyde, Or Abside, even Abcede, Absede? IDK, thr more i look at it/think about it i like it. Hmm

  35. Actually the name Abcde is really pretty. I love it. I actually think of naming my daughter that but with a different spelling. It’s the spelling that make people hate it! Absidy sounds nice and the nickname could be Ab or Abby etc. The name is extremely pretty but the spelling could use some work.

  36. Ha! He won’t be ahead of her class, she’ll be the laugh of her class! The name is hilarious, I heard about it from a friend that’s a teacher and she has a student with the name. It’s just too funny, this name is such a joke

  37. Okay, so everyone seems to be missing this one point. THEY HAVE TO LIVE WITH THIS PAST THE AGE OF TWENTY! Imagine a seventy year old or even a forty year old named abcde. How will anyone take them seriously?

  38. It’s 330 am. Idk why I googled this. Goodnight.

  39. Totally rediculous name.. I heard of someone just naming a baby girl ABCDE I was appalled..
    I looked further and found this article about strange birth names and ACDE… Its interesting and I totally agree!
    http://www.helium.com/items/1091953-odd-birth-names

  40. It’s RIDICULOUS~ very laughable! First off the alphabet “name” parents give their child doesn’t sound out Abcidy or Absidy !!! If you google translation it sounds like the letters “ABD” all put together said very fast!! I just want to know what drug these parents who give their children an alphabet for a name, what drug are they on? It is not a name, nor a word! It is sad and selfish for a parent to do this to a child!!! Out right STUPID!!!!!!

  41. I laugh because most of the people who like Abcde as a name also think “spelt” is how you spell ” spelled”. Clearly we are having issues with the English language here!

  42. I like abcde it’s beautiful. And I’m naming my daughter abcde and if anyone has any problem with me doing so you can [DELETED].

    [Hi Jeffie! No death threats, k? -Nancy]

  43. It’s not a name I’d name my daughter but I wouldn’t say its a horrible name, because it’s not. I’ve seen a LOT worse names than that. Abcde is not a bad name.

  44. [DELETED].

    It’s not unique. It’s not clever. It’s not special. It’s beyond stupid.

    [Hi Danny boy -- had to take out the insults. We try not to do that here. -Nancy]

  45. am having a baby in December and i plan to name her Abcde Nicole and for all yall that dont like it o well its my baby not yalls !!!! Most of this People on here have ugly name to but i dont go around telling everybody yall make me sick

  46. Yeah…like I’m going to name my child “obesity”… That’s the stupidest name ever.

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