50 Ugly Girl Names You Might Want But Need to Reconsider

Names are a very funny thing.

They are funny in that they often carry with them some kind of connotation, whether it is intended or not.

For example, some names are deemed as names for “ugly girls,” while others are deemed as names for “pretty girls,” “party girls,” “sensible girls,” and so many more designations.

And, while it may all seem a bit silly, the fact of the matter is that a person’s name can greatly affect how she is perceived by others.

Obviously, with that in mind, you will want to avoid some of the commonly noted ugly girl names for your child.

Though many of these names are actually quite brilliant and beautiful in their own right, it’s always nice to do your child the favor of helping her to overcome social stigma.

So, What are Some Ugly Girl Names?

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With all of that said, you may be wondering what are some examples of ugly girl names.

Obviously, perception varies from person to person and from culture to culture, but some names commonly perceived as ugly girl names include the following:

  • Enid
  • Millicent
  • Roberta
  • Gladys
  • Meredith
  • Esther
  • Patience
  • Virtue
  • Gertrude
  • Gretchen
  • Henrietta
  • Olga
  • Helga
  • Prudence
  • Peggy
  • Sue
  • Bertha
  • Helen
  • Hazel
  • Apple
  • Angus
  • Ermitrude
  • Gretel
  • Rebel
  • Arrow
  • Belinda
  • Carson
  • Davida
  • Ellen
  • Frida
  • Gwendolyn
  • Hilda
  • Inez
  • Julianna
  • Katherine
  • Louisa
  • Marta
  • Nora
  • Olivia
  • Penelope
  • Quin
  • Renetta
  • Serendipity
  • Tulsa
  • Tilda
  • Ursula
  • Violet
  • Wanda
  • Wendy
  • Matilda
  • Mildred

If you have been considering one of the names on this list for your child, don’t beat yourself up or even necessarily change your mind.

People find all different kinds of things beautiful, and just because your name preference or perception of ugly girl names is different from someone else’s doesn’t mean anything.

All you can really do is understand why some names are perceived as “ugly” while others aren’t and then make your decision in naming based on the facts.

Culture, Hearing, Sound, and So Much More

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One of the first things to understand is that some names simply sound unpleasant to the human ear for whatever reason.

Recently, for example, people have been talking a lot about how certain words, such as “moist,” are very unpleasant. There is no good or real reason for these words to be deemed as unpleasant; they simply are by some people. And it’s the same with names.

Some names simply bring up unpleasant thoughts, images, and/or associations for people. Whether or not a particular word or name does this is largely tied to broad concepts, such as culture, religion, and more.

Some examples of names that often bring up a negative connotation for no simple, definable reason include names like Enid, Millicent, and Gladys.

If you do not care what others think, however, or if you’re into defying cultural norms, you can easily pick a name that others think of as “ugly.” In fact, you might even be responsible for bringing a name “back” and making it feel hip and trendy once more or perhaps even for the first time ever.

Male Associations and Female Names

One major reason that people often find a particular girl name “ugly” is because it is a name that has traditionally been associated with males or because it stems from a male name.

Names like “Robert” or “Henrietta” are common examples of this phenomenon.

However, you should understand that cultural norms in terms of names shift often. Did, you know, for example, that “Ashley,” “Stacey,” and “Whitney,” were all originally masculine names? Nowadays, those names are thought of as female though they didn’t begin that way.

Because names shift so frequently, your best bet is to choose a name you like and to go with it, whether it is thought of as male or female. If people think your name choice is “ugly” for a girl, does it really matter?

Some people, especially feminists, have even gone so far as to argue that the hatred of “male names” for females stems from a hatred of women. So, for some people, choosing to name their female child with a so-called male name is actually an activist choice, one that calls into question gender and name norms and makes a bold statement.

At the end of the day, yes, some names are often thought of as “uglier” than others. And, if you want to protect your child from playground torture, you can choose a more socially accepted and “pretty” female name.

For bolder, braver people and their children, however, any name they like will fit the bill just fine






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