How popular is the baby name Hunni in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Hunni and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Hunni.
Nancy Friedman of Fritinancy wrote a great post the other day called What Makes a Bad Name Bad?
It’s about company and product names, but her four “badness patterns” can be found in baby names as well.
- Counterintuitive spelling: Addtakizz, Hunni, Kwincee, Maxxamillion
- Inappropriate connotation: Adolf Hitler, McLovin, Miller Lyte, Violence
- Awkwardness: Abcde, Nevaehtnes, Q’Tyyr’N, Yan Ebyam
- The bandwagon effect (a.k.a. trendiness): Aiiden, Jaeden, Xaidyn; Aamari, Damarri, Zamauri
Can you think of any other bad baby names that fall into one (or more) of the above categories?
In Hertfordshire, the top ten baby boy names of 2010 were Jack, Oliver, Daniel, Thomas, Joshua, Alexander, Charlie, Harry, George and Joseph.
The top ten baby girl names were Isabelle, Daisy, Charlotte, Sophie, Sienna, Summer, Megan, Grace, Lucy and Olivia.
Unusual names like Hunni Princess, Blossom Bluebell and Ged Spartacus were also bestowed, but Roger Gagan, Chief Executive of the Watford and West Hertsfordshire Chamber of Commerce, does not approve of names like these:
I really think that in 20 years’ time, when these children are applying for jobs and going for interviews, that some of these names could really count against them.
Unfortunately some of these ludicrous names make people look like a bit of a joke. It could even make a difference to them getting a place at university.
I agree with Roger. How about you?
Sources: Ged Spartacus and Angel J among unusual baby names registered by Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire welcomes Ged Spartacus and Storm (press release)
Here are two names that piqued my interest as I read through the baby name rankings for England and Wales yesterday.
Honey was the 190th most popular baby girl name on the list. Parents have also been using alternative spellings of Honey, and throwing (pouring?) Honey into compound names. Here are all the Honeys I spotted:
- Honey (278 babies)
- Honey-Rose (8)
- Honey-May (6)
- Hunnie (6)
- Honey-Mae (4)
- Hunni (4)
- Hunny (4)
- Honey-Marie (3)
They honey-names don’t even account for a tenth of a percent of all the baby girls in the data set, so I wouldn’t call them trendy. But they’re definitely on the radar.
Can’t say I’m on board with Honey. To me, honey is either a term of endearment or something I use in my tea. I like it for dogs and cats, but not for humans. (Would make a great stripper name, though.)
Honey has never charted here in the U.S., but I have seen it on birth announcements before.
Lee was a very common second element in compound names for both genders. Despite this, I’d bet at least a few of the baby Brandon-Lees I saw were named specifically for Brandon Lee, the actor who died while filming cult favorite The Crow (1994). Here are the numbers:
- Brandon-Lee (23 babies)
- Brandonlee (4)
- Brandon-Leigh (3)
The only “-Lee” names to rank higher than Brandon-Lee were Jayden-Lee (29), Harvey-Lee (26), and Tommy-Lee (26).
Source: Office for National Statistics