According to Laura Wattenberg, the most hated names in America are “trendy” names that quickly become popular, for example:
-Neveah (Heaven spelled backwards)
-“Mc”-names for girls like McKenzie, Mckenna and Makayla
-sound-alike boys’ names like Jayden, Brayden, Kayden and Aiden, plus Madison and Addison
-hard-to-spell names that sound like Caitlin but are spelled differently—like Kaitlyn
-popular names that seem too “ordinary” like Michael and Matthew
The idea that names which seem to become popular almost “overnight” bother lots of people struck a chord with me. Year after year, I’ve been watching names like Neveah, Jayden, Brayden, Kayden and Zayden shoot up the popularity charts, which I dutifully reported as “hot trends,”–though secretly, I wished they would fade away into the obscurity. I think many people will be happy discover they aren’t the only people who “hate” certain names which seem to become popular almost “overnight.” You’ll find more related information in an article written by Stephanie Pappas in LiveScience.