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Several years ago, Gawker readers decided that Dillinger was the most pretentious baby name ever.
Certain surname-names do seem pretentious to me, but I don’t know about Dillinger. It makes me think of criminals.
I think names stolen from intellectuals (e.g., Aristotle, Einstein, Kierkegaard, Socrates, Voltaire) are more pretentious than surname-names.
What types of baby names do you think of as being pretentious?
Source: The Most Pretentious Baby Name Ever
Over the weekend, I read through the giant database of Quebec baby names for 2008. Most of the names there were familiar English or French names. A few were (very long!) Native American names. Here are some that stood out:
- Anakin & Anakyn (male) – Five of the former, two of the latter.
- Archippe (male) – Means “horse-master” in ancient Greek. Not a name I see every day.
- Awesome (male) – No pressure to live up to your name or anything.
- Coatl (male) – Means “snake” in Nahuatl.
- Dakota-Edison (male) – Strikes me as rather American-sounding for a Canadian name.
- Dune (female) – Named for the seashore or for sci-fi?
- Dung (male) – One of those names that gets lost in translation.
- Eileen Osiris (female) – Interesting combination.
- Ellliot (male) – Another triple-L in Quebec!
- Elyjah Woody (male) – Elijah Wood fan, perhaps.
- Enzo Versace (male) – Sounds expensive.
- Jde (male) – Pronounced…Jade? Jude? Hm.
- Junior Aroma (male) – Less offensive than Senior Aroma.
- Kaleb-Wolf (male) – Reminds me of Nakoa-Wolf.
- Kierkegaard II (male) – This one cracks me up. My favorite, hands down.
- Lady Victoria (female) – The most regal-sounding entry.
- Lazuli (female) – From lapis lazuli, no doubt.
- Loveland-Jacobs (female) – Looks like a surname, sounds like a law firm.
- Luna Mist (female) – There’s water on the moon, but I don’t know about mist.
- Luzer (male) – I hope it’s not pronounced the way I think it’s pronounced.
- Maully (female) – Molly’s dark side?
- Obama Kerby (male) and Stephan-Obama (male) – The only two Obama-names I noticed.
- Owen-Walter (male) – I thought this combination was adorable.
- Ramses-Emmanuel (male) – Should have a play date with Eileen Osiris.
- Readily-Chang (male) – Sounds peppy, doesn’t it?
- Ruly (female) – Better than unruly.
- Schnobxxxxxxxxxxxx (male) – They couldn’t come up with anything better than this? Seriously?
- Thunder-Jr (male) – Not as noisy as Thunder-Sr.
- Tia-Maria (female) – Makes a better name than Kahlua.
- Trevelle Anabelle (female) – Her parents are poets and didn’t even know it.
- Tyler-Layden (male) – Why yes, the baby name pop charts are indeed Tyler-laden right now.
- Velvili (female) – Kinda fun to say.
- Vernadette (female) – I thought this was cute. Vernon + Bernadette, maybe?
- Wyclef Jean (male) – There are fans…and then there are superfans.
Have an opinion about any of the above?
If you’ve perused the list yourself, do you remember spotting anything interesting?