Side-eye alert: US parents have been VERY busy naming their babies unusually

Worried baby

The US Social Security Administration has revealed some fresh data on how Americans are naming their babies and it’s fair to say that the good folk at Toyota are kind of chuffed.

Beg pardon?

Variations on the car manufacturer’s famous Camry feature twice in the list – in the form of Camreigh and Kamreigh – with over 100 tots named a lot like their popular family car.

There were many, many other eyebrow-raising monikers on the list, so the Camrys are in good company.

While some names on the list have their roots in a diverse range of cultures, many others show parents who a) couldn’t choose between two names, b) sought to torture their child at roll call for their entire school life, or c) were partaking of bath salts in ill-advised ways.

The names show a trend for replacing a simple “y” or “ey” with the letters “eigh” … or perhaps an “ee”. Some parents opted for names featuring consonants that are a little rarer – think “x”, “y” and “z”.

Eat your broccoli, Camreigh!

Some of the names sounded more like Game of Thrones characters than newborn infants while others resembled fictitious types of medication or the names of gnomes from ancient Irish legends.  

All of the names had one thing in common and that is that when the name is uttered the response is “I beg your pardon?”


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Here are the most-used names amongst the more rare or unusual US choices …

  • Camreigh – 91 babies (!)
  • Asahd – 58 babies
  • Taishmara – 38 babies
  • Kashdon – 30 babies
  • Teylie – 23 babies
  • Kassian – 22 babies
  • Kior – 20 babies
  • Aaleiya – 19 babies
  • Kamreigh – 18 babies (!)
  • Draxler – 17 babies
  • Ikeni – 17 babies
  • Noctis – 17 babies
  • Sayyora – 15 babies
  • Mohana – 13 babies
  • Daxton – 13 babies
  • Knoxlee – 12 babies
  • Amunra – 12 babies
  • Arjunreddy – 12 babies
  • Irtaza – 12 babies
  • Ledgen – 12 babies
  • Avajade – 11 babies
  • Cersei – 11 babies
  • Imona – 11 babies
  • Lunarose – 11 babies
  • Miraclle – 11 babies
  • Novahlee – 11 babies
  • Owsley – 11 babies
  • Gurbaaz – 11 babies

Thoughts and prayers to the babies who are heading into a lifetime of repeating, spelling and explaining their name eleventy-billion times. Godspeed, infants!

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