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You may think that pop culture has NO BEARING on what you name your kid . . . but even if YOU didn’t think about Michael Jackson when you call your son “Blanket,” everyone else will. (???) has a list of “once normal” baby names that pop culture basically ruined. Here are the Top 10!



  • 10. Damien

    Thanks to the 1976 movie, The Omen.

  • 9. Waldo

    There will always be “Where’s Waldo?” jokes.

  • 8. Donald

    This name will now be associated with Donald Trump . . . for better or worse. “Hilary” could’ve also made the list. And to kids, it’s connected to “Donald Duck.”


  • 7. Dick and Fanny

    There was a book series back in simpler times, the main characters were Dick and Fanny. The characters name have now been changed since they’re slang terms for naughty parts of the body. We won’t even mention the cover artwork…

    The Faraway Tree - Wikipedia

    The Faraway Tree is a series of popular novels for children by British author Enid Blyton. The titles in the series are The Enchanted Wood (1939), The Magic Faraway Tree (1943), The Folk of the Faraway Tree (1946) and Up the Faraway Tree (1951).

  • 6. Siri and Alexa

    They’re now associated with somewhat-creepy digital assistants, and to use them you call them out by name.  That said, Siri was never a “normal” name, right?

  • 5. Hermoine

    It wasn’t a super common name before “Harry Potter”, but it was considered an “exotic” option. Now, it has a much different vibe.

  • 4. Katrina

    Most hurricanes don’t ruin the human names they are given, but Katrina wasn’t an ordinary hurricane. Thank goodness this Katrina brings the sunshine!

  • 3. Chad

    Like Karen, it’s now a meme for an “alpha dudebro”-type.

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    A is a typically resemble the common " stereotypical alpha male: he is depicted as an attractive, successful, muscular, cocky, and very popular among women. dudebro " figure of a young, athletic white male who wears trendy clothing and only enjoys popular things.

  • 2. Mario

    It’s now basically 100% associated with a video game character.

  • 1. Karen

    Sadly, it’s now a meme for a specific kind of entitled white lady.

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