As the internet evolves, our language transforms. When a new word or phrase appears online, it literally goes viral, mushrooming like an infectious disease. Internet jargon quickly becomes new slang, saturating our pop culture, and everyday language. It’s only a matter of time until the slang filters into our given names.
As far as we know, these 20 popular words have yet to become first names. But, just in case you are considering one of these trendy terms for a baby’s name, we hope we can talk you out of it.
It seems like everybody is saying “swag.” This word used to mean free stuff, as in giveaways and promotional items. Nowadays, “swag” is short for swagger—a bold style mixed with confidence, and a little arrogance.
If you’ve got swag, you exude the essence of coolness that grabs everyone’s attention. Use “swag” alone in a sentence and it basically means “cool,” or as they used to say in the 60s and 70s, “groovy.”
Perhaps a mom or dad would want to bestow this title on their offspring to ensure their child has a bold and brash personality. As a soon-to-be parent, you may already look upon your magnificent creation of a pregnancy bump, nod your head, smile, and say “Swag, I made that.” And then all of a sudden, you start thinking “Swag” is a good name. Nope, it’s not a good name. It’s a nonsensical term that needs to disappear from our lexicon. There are way cooler names to give your child than “Swag.”
For those of you who have never heard this term before, welcome back from your extended trip to Mars. Everyone else on this planet knows "Bae" is an acronym that stands for “before anyone else.” It’s a term of endearment for that special someone in your life.
What a sweet name to call your son or daughter, you say? Yes, “Bae” is also a nickname for “babe” or “baby” but it doesn’t have to be the official name for your little one. The word “Bae” may sound sweet in some circles, but it’s not cute. When you hear couples calling each other “Bae,” it’s cringeworthy. Why this term is mainstream is baffling.
Oh, and just one more reason not to name your baby “Bae": it’s the Danish word for “poop.”
You've probably heard the vibrant and fun response “Yaaas!” It’s an unmistakable “yes,” except this word is elongated for emphasis, and the enthusiasm is tenfold. It’s a term of celebration that offers full support of the point. But be warned, you may flinch the next time you hear “yaaas” because it’s usually said at a super high decibel.
The excitement of this word may inspire you to turn it into a name. We know you’ll be super excited the moment your baby pops out, but refrain from using it at birth. You just might scare your child so much that he or she won’t want to come out. And if you name your child “Yaaas,” he or she will never want to go out again.
This term became popular online to mean a brutally, awesome person. Someone who is “savage” is a fearless rebel. If you’ve been looking for a masculine name for your little boy, “Savage” may seem like a rugged-sounding contender. While the term may mean hardcore, as a name, it’s not. The more it’s said, the more cringeworthy it becomes. For the love of all that is good in the world, please stop saying it immediately. And definitely don’t use it as a name for your baby boy.
You've probably heard the name “Neveah,” which is heaven spelled backwards. Since Neveah has become so popular, there’s probably someone out there considering “Lleh,” which is hell backwards.
You could pronounce it “Lay.” If you don’t like the negative aspect, you could add a middle name, so hell yeah becomes “Lleh Haey.” But why stop there? If we spelled every word backwards, we’d have an infinite supply of new baby names. Just think of the possibilities:
- Angel becomes “Legna”
- Tree becomes “Eert”
- Butter becomes “Rettub”
Or better yet, just “t’nod.”
Is your outfit on point today? Are you stylish, looking good from head to toe? Then you are “on fleek.” It means your game is strong, and whatever you’re doing is insanely good.
So, how did it become so popular? As usual, we have social media to thank (or blame) for our ever-evolving lingo. It stemmed from a Vine when a woman described her flawless eyebrows as “on fleek.” Somehow, it went viral, and became this strange phenomenon.
As a baby name, “Onfleek” would definitely be original. And we don’t doubt that your baby will be a stylish superstar. But saying this name out loud would incur some double takes and, at least, one “what the fleek?”
This ubiquitous catchphrase garnered popularity through the SnapChat/ Instagram/Vine generation. “Netflix and chill” has a not-so-obvious meaning. No, this term has nothing to do with putting your feet up to watch season after season of “Arrested Development.” There’s a much racier definition to this phrase. Today’s youth know “Netflix and chill” as the “s” word: sex. The phrase means having sexual relations while Netflix plays in the background.
Maybe that’s how the baby came to be, but the child doesn’t have to be reminded of that for the rest of his or her life. Not only should this term never become a baby’s name, how about we just nip this phrase in the bud as soon as possible?
This term, short for family, doesn’t necessarily refer to a blood relative. You can call a good friend “fam.” It just means someone close to you who is like family. It’s similar to calling someone “cous” who isn’t your cousin. If you’re thinking of using this name, we suggest you don’t. “Fam” is not a proper name; it’s just annoying.
It’s just human nature to abbreviate words. Most people say “congrats” instead of congratulations, or “vacay” instead of vacation. Enter “ridic.” It’s a shortened version of the word “ridiculous.”
Whoever coined the phrase was just lazy. They probably didn’t feel like typing out the whole word, or perhaps they didn’t know how to spell it. The term “ridic” is as ridiculous as its meaning.
So you wanna name your baby “Ridic?” It’s if an homage to actor Vin Diesel and his “Chronicles of Riddick,” then perhaps you have an argument. If your name choice is based solely on the slang definition, we have an issue. Yes, your baby is going to be “really, really, ridiculously good looking” like “Zoolander,” but consider the terrible nicknames that will spawn from “Ridic.” The comments won’t be as pretty as your baby.
"Awesomesauce" is even more awesome than awesome. This term is internet-speak for spectacular.
This word is so sweet it could give you diabetes. It’s one of those words, like bubbles, that’s hard to say while frowning. Surely, a word as saccharine as “awesomesauce” would be a name befitting of your future child. A person named “Awesomesauce” would have to be a friendly human being, right?
Unfortunately, as a name, “Awesomesauce” sounds kinda kooky. It’s almost difficult to mock a term that has “awesome” in the word, so let’s leave this name in the probably-not pile.
"Cray"—it sounds cute, doesn’t it? When you find out “cray” is short for crazy, it loses its charm. Someone who is “cray” is on another level of insanity. The phrase is also known as “cray cray,” which makes us wonder how “cray” squared is easier than saying the original word. Was it really too much effort to type in the “Z?”
The name “Cray” would definitely place your baby’s name high on the hip scale. Since it already sounds like a nickname, you wouldn’t have to come up with one. But, if you name your baby “Cray,” you’re probably “cray.” Just saying. Our advice: leave it off your name list so your child doesn’t grow up in a juvenile detention.
Drake, Toronto’s chart-topping hip-hop artist, is responsible for the growth of this phrase in 2011. “Yolo” is an acronym for “you only live once.” And just like that, another piece of pop culture jargon is born.
In slang terms, “yolo” means the same as the Latin phrase “carpe diem” which means seize the day. In other words, enjoy your life, and don’t be afraid to take some risks. It’s a fitting sentiment to pass on to your progeny, but the moniker, not so much. As a baby’s name, “Yolo” is a no-no. You can offer your child the wisdom of this acronym without the burden of a silly proper name.
We’re just going to let this term run its course. Or maybe, it already has.
"Adorbs" is the bite-size version of the word adorable. It’s a term people use to describe the cutest thing ever. For example, with a high-pitched voice and a Valley girl accent, a girl might say, “Oh em gee, that’s puppy is so adorbs!”
The word itself is so cute, it’s hard to hate on it. But let’s call it what it is: “adorbs” is just another pop culture word of a younger generation. Of course, your baby will be the most adorable baby ever, but this name would get old really fast. Let’s leave this term where it belongs—on Twitter, Vine, Instagram, and Facebook.
No one could have guessed such an ordinary word would become an internet trend. This word is self-explanatory. When you are on top of your game, and the ball is in your court, you are “winning.” But, Charlie Sheen redefined this term during a 2011 interview with ABC News. It snowballed from there, crossing over into the mainstream soon after.
With a name like “Winning,” your child is sure to be a winner, no? Possibly. Unless that is, your child isn’t humiliated every time his or her name is called. How about you be a winner-parent, and come up with a better name than “Winning.”
Before the rise of Twitter, the hashtag character (#) was known as the pound sign, the tic-tac-toe game board, the sharp symbol in musical notation, or an injury on a cartoon character. Today, hashtags are ways to find tweets with a common topic. For example, if you type #Superbowl (or #superbowl because tweets are not case sensitive,) a list of comments will generate from everyone who is talking about the Superbowl. Many new internet terms originate from hashtags.
If you’re debating whether this would be a good name for a baby, we think it’s #stupid. You should #thinkharder and #stopruiningchildrenslives.
The formal meaning of a squad is a team of sorts, like a cheerleading squad, or a squadron of an army battalion. The slang term “squad” means your best friends. Back in the day, they were called your posse or your crew. Thanks to modern day slang, the term is either “squad” or “squa.”
In case you didn’t know, when there are several members in your group, your squad rolls deep. And when all of your friends arrive at the destination, your squad rolls up.
You may consider “Squad” as a baby name because a new addition increases the number in your family squad. The name “Squad” even rhymes with “Claude” so it also sounds like a name, right? Wrong. A squad is a group, not one person. So, if you have this name on a baby list, we recommend you tape the list to a wall, and call in another squad—the firing squad.
When you “slay,” you are successful. Similar to “winning,” “slaying” is doing your best and making it look good. You’re killing it. By the slang definition, it’s means the same as “kudos;” you’re giving praise that someone is doing something very well.
Naturally, you want your child to “slay” in life. And again, it rhymes with several existing names, such Tre, Kay, and Jay. Out of all of the “baby names” on this list, “Slay” would be the best out of the worst. That doesn’t mean you should make it a possibility. So, we say “Slay,” go away.
If you’ve ever taken a picture of yourself, you’ve taken a “selfie.” Who knew this lonely activity could turn into a big business? Because “selfies” are uploaded to social media every day, companies have developed “selfie sticks.” These gadgets hold your phone at a distance, allowing you to take a wide shot instead of an extreme close-up. Side note: in yesteryear, “selfie sticks” were called friends.
It’s funny how this word sounds so much like the name Sophie. This similarity may have you thinking, “Could Selfie be a name?” It’s different and trendy. It’s also “ridic” and “cray.” It’s bad enough that millions of people take pictures of themselves every day. Using “Selfie” as a name may just signal the end of intelligent civilization.
"Amirite" is simply an alternate way to say “Am I right?” The only difference is “amirite” is a rhetorical question. This phrase is usually preceded by a funny or sarcastic comment. It reinforces your statement, and says “I’m definitely right.” It’s funny how this internet jargon is supposed to be a condensed version because it’s not that much shorter than the original word.
This term always seems to come out of the mouth of a wisecracker: a witty jokester with a gift of gab. Naturally, a funny parent has to have a funny baby. The name “Amirite” may seem hilarious to you, but it will be a bad joke your child has to live with for the rest of his or her life. Amirite? As a baby name, it is so wrong.
The term “bruh” is equivalent to “bro” which is an abbreviation of brother. In short, saying “bruh” is like saying “dude.” It’s a casual way of addressing someone.
Are you thinking “Bruh” for a boy’s name? First of all, every time you call your son, you’ll sound totally unimpressed. Second, think of how many men will turn around when you say “Bruh.” Third, “Bruh” has a positive and negative connotation. So, keep questioning this name. Even if you don’t name your son “Bruh” (and we hope you don’t), this term is going to be around for a while. Love it or hate it, get used to hearing it.