Names have always been heavily influenced by pop-culture and trends, just as our taste in food, music and fashion are. However, there are some names that find favour among some people, while they perplex others. The concept of ‘bogan’ baby names is a stereotyped idea born from names often inspired by pop-culture or by the parents’ desire to name their child something unique. This usually results in characteristics such as unusual spelling, or words being reimagined into names. Below, you will find some of 2018’s most entertaining new ‘bogan’ names, according to internet trends. A category of Australian names that exists, but is often by-passed because of its controversial characteristics and stigmatised history.
Sabrina Rogers-Anderson writes on Kidspot that the new 'bogan' trend includes changing the spelling of existing names, spelling names backwards, and coming up with new names formed by combining exotic syllables. The perfect example of this new bogan name trend is the female moniker 'Abcde', pronounced ‘ab-si-dee’. This name has been around for a while in the US it was used 328 times between 1984 and 2014. We looked to Sabrina's book, 'The Little Book of Bogan Baby Names' for inspiration for this story.
Meaning: Heaven spelled backwards.
Meaning: no meaning.
While at first glance it appears to be Dylan with a 'B’, it could also be pronounced Bye-lan.
This name was created in the 1990s and has become popular in Canada, the US and Australia.
Meaning: ‘son of Harris’ or ‘son of Harry’.
While this name is pronounced in the same way as 'Harrison', its variant spellings include Harrisson, Harryson or Harrysson.
6. Jack Daniel
Pronunciation: JAK- DAN-yəl
Meaning: Tennessee Whisky
Meaning: Phoebe - bright and radiant one.
Pronunciation: ZAY-vyer, ehk-SAY-vyer.
Meaning: Xavier - bright; splendid; new house.
Pronunciation: Tan-in or Tan-een
Meaning: no meaning.
Origin: American, Irish
Meaning: Valiant, Courageous
In this case the correctly spelled 'Riley' has Irish origins.
Meaning: First to seize, Royal daughter.
Using titles as names has become such a problem that the state of Victoria has banned royal titles from being registered, deeming them names that are contrary to the public interest.