Naming a newborn baby is every parent’s business – unless otherwise wholly unacceptable to the law or the society. Most parents usually go for the familiar, classic baby names, while some would christen their babies with the most trending names right now.
And parents who want to be a little more adventurous? Well, they’d rather go against the flow and give their newborns weird names, some of which are beyond any regular person’s comprehension.
Understandably, these parents’ naming choices are compelled by their desire to be unique and out of the ordinary. However, other people would either find them laughable or feel pity for the child for having to go through such a name for the rest of their lives. Anyway, check out some of the world’s weirdest baby names that you’d end up scratching your head, thinking, “How on earth could they conceive such a name?”
1. Moon Unit
Let’s go first with the relatively “tame” example. Still, it was a suitably odd choice of the avant-garde rock star Frank Zappa for his first-born daughter with his second wife, Gail. The couple would have two more children, with no less weird names: Dweezil and Diva Muffin.
Census data show that at least ten babies – all females – were named Darth in 1920. If that doesn’t work for you, Dartha and Darthula are the other options. Choose this for your newborn and get ready for a lot of “I am your father” jokes.
Now things are getting a lot weirder as we go along! How tragic a child’s life must be when he’s named with something associated with Satan or the Devil. So, who in the right mind would name their child like that? But at least there’s one child in Scotland who was named Lucifer in 2018.
According to the baby’s proud father (who seems to be a rational person): “We put a lot of thought into it. There’s nothing wrong with what we’ve done. We are not Satanists. At Halloween he won’t have to wear an outfit. He can go as himself.” He chose Lucifer for his son because it was a “strong name,” and he wanted him to be a strong person.
At least one baby was given the name “Marijuana” during the 1970s – and it was not just an affectionate nickname for “Mary Jane.” It’s “Marijuana,” as in.
We would understand that it’s the 1970s – the dopest (pardon the pun) time for stoner people. A baby girl was named “Marijuana Pepsi,” which appeared to fit perfectly into the post-Woodstock era of the early 1970s. Now a teacher in Wisconsin, Marijuana Pepsi admits it was tough growing up with that name. And just for the record, she says she has never smoked weed or done drugs.
5. Adolf Hitler
If Marijuana Pepsi has a pretty tough life going because of her name, then what kind of life would be for the young “Adolf Hitler”? The American baby boy was born in 2005 and was named after the infamous Nazi dictator. Not surprisingly, the boy’s father is a white supremacist and a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi. The father first attracted infamy in 2008 when a local supermarket in New Jersey refused to decorate a cake with “Adolf Hitler” for his son’s third birthday. The dad also gave his other children names that are connected with the Nazis, such as “Eva Braun” (the real Adolf Hitler’s girlfriend).
Sometimes, parents have to be creative in order to make their child stand out in many ways by giving them unusual names – such as Abcde.
Not one, or two, or three, not even ten children have been named Abcde. As of 2021, 373 children have been named Abcde – all girls.
Unfortunately, a five-year-old girl named Abcde became a victim of bullying. In 2018, a Southwest Airlines employee at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, allegedly mocked the girl because of her name. The subsequent news coverage compelled the airline to issue a public apology to the girl and her family and privately reprimand the employee.
Now, we’re on to babies with incomprehensible names. Apparently, “Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116” is pronounced as “Albin.” It was actually submitted as a gesture of protest against Sweden’s naming laws, in which the parents must submit a name for approval within three months of birth. Not surprisingly, the name was rejected.
Facebook has been the top social media platform in recent years, but few would think of it as a suitable baby name. An Egyptian father reportedly decided to name his newborn daughter “Facebook” to honor the social media giant’s role in spurring the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
9. Covid and Corona
Many of the strangest things indeed happen in the time of Covid-19 or coronavirus, especially during the first few months when the pandemic broke out. As the world slowed down and new measures were put into place to control the spread of the virus, a couple from India named their twins Covid and Corona in 2020. The choice of names obviously came from an unfortunate situation. But for the couple, getting the attention was more important. It worked, and the names of the newborn twins went viral like the dreaded Covid (or corona).
10. X AE A-XII (formerly X Æ A-12)
And last but not least, business magnate Elon Musk and his partner, singer-songwriter Grimes, made headlines in 2020 when they named their newborn son X Æ A-12. Not only was the name bizarre, but it also violated California laws as it contained characters that are not included in today’s alphabet. In compliance with state regulations, the couple changed their baby’s name from “X Æ A-12” to “X AE A-XII.”