25 Burdensome Baby Names for Boys

You love every piece of your baby boy, from tip to toe. You don’t really want to give him a hard time, so you better pay attention and stay away from these 25 burdensome baby names. How did we construct the list? Simple, we dig deep to find ancient names with unusual sound, strange meanings or derived from nasty things like “death”.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

Ambrose: a Greek name that means immortal. It derives from Ambrosia, the magic drink that Gods of Olympus had for breakfast. Think of it as a super food in a shaker that gives immortality!

Ankoma: it means last born.

Archibald: a French/German name that means bold, or in other words brave. However the name Archibald sounds like you are the leader of all bald people, which is not cool unless you are Bruce Willis or Vin Diesel!

Bartholomew: meow, you are a cat name Bartholo…and that’s how you screw your baby’s life forever! The Aramaic origin of the name has the actual meaning of son of the farmer. At least there is the funnier and more usual shorter version of Bartin.

Boaz: the second husband of Ruth was a gentle man called Boaz according to the Bible. A Hebrew name that means strength, but still sounds a bit bizarre.

Burdensome Baby Names for Boys

Bouvier: the male version of this name has French and Latin origin, and it literally means an ox. Jacqueline Kennedy’s middle name was Bouvier and that was enough to make this a top baby name of that time.

Cord: means lamb. Now why would you name your baby lamb is a different story, perhaps you might want to reconsider as this might be quite a burdensome name for your baby boy.

Dakarai: of unknown origin, still sounds strange!

Durwood: of unknown origin, probably something to do with the woods…

Gershom: this name hides a significant burden, as the meaning of the word is exile in Hebrew. It’s the biblical word for the Book of Exodus.

Godfrey: sounds like Joffrey from Game of Thrones, and this alone make it a very unpopular name as the character of the TV series is a little prick (who happens to be King)!

Hercules: another Greek name unburied from mythology. Hercules belongs to this list of burdensome baby names as the Greek semi God (son of Zeus) hero had to win 12 adventures full of terrible enemies. For starters, Hercules had to fight as a baby 2 snakes that threatened his life. Would you like your baby to have similar fate?

Humphrey: means peaceful warrior. Celebrity name for Humphrey Bogart (actor) and also a name of a saint.

Ignatius: the meaning of this burdensome baby name is fiery one, derived from the Latin word ignite. A popular name in religion, so think of it only if you have dreams to see your baby boy become on day a Bishop, or even the Pope.

Kalunga: weird name that nobody really knows what it means.

Lafayette: a French name that means from the land of the beech tree. It might sound like a name from a really happy place, but think twice. Dodi LaFayed was the man who Diana, Princess of Wales, had an affair with, and eventually killed together in a tragic car accident in Paris in 1997.

Lazarus: the man who was dead and Jesus brought back to life. Cheerful message, but still the dude was dead. I don’t think any parent would like his baby boy having a dead guy’s name!

Marmaduke: beside the fact that this name sounds like marmalade, it has hilarious links with English upper-class associations.

Mortimer: means dead sea. Remember what we said about Lazarus? That’s right: avoid anything that is even remotely linked to something dead or you are risking giving your son a really burdensome name.

Percy: the effective hunter, a name of Latin origin which was used by British aristocrats as a surname, so it is linked with rich white people who are taking advantage of slaves.

Reginald: a name of Latin origin, it is the guy who advises the King. If you have ever seen Game of Thrones, you will understand why no one really likes the ruler’s advisors, as they are all liars and corrupts.

Thelonius: the name does not even exist! It’s fake and it was created in the US so as to make it sound like Latin. Choose only genuine names or else you add burdens to your children’s future.

Vladimar: sounds Russian, ‘nough said.

Wolfgang: ditto, sounds too German!

Zacharias: a heavily religious name, carrying divine meanings. Better play along with diminutives Zach or Zack, unless you want to stigmatize your son for ever!

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17 responses to “25 Burdensome Baby Names for Boys”

  1. ERT says:

    Uh, what’s wrong with sounding “too Russian” or “too German”?

  2. BabyNames says:

    Hi ERT,

    We are very sorry if this part of our post is offensive, we are trying to make our blog posts a bit funny so we are adding some “jokes” that some people might not approve.

    If you feel you have been offended, please let us know and we can work on it.

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  4. Kay says:

    Excellent post.

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  6. Wyn says:

    Dubblecheck your information. Lafayette refers to this person:


    here mistaken for Dodi Al Fayed


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  8. JAck D says:

    Pure magic right here. Cheers!

  9. M says:

    Such an unhelpful “article.” Godfrey sounds too close to Geoffrey from GOT? Yes, they share the same ending, but Jeffrey is much closer to Joffrey. Godfrey begins with a different sound completely. Dakari just sounds strange? Wow, how helpful and specific.

    • BabyNames says:

      Hi M. You are probably right. This was one of our first articles so it could be massively improved. Thanks for your feedback, it means a lot even if it wasn’t so positive :) we are glad you took the time to leave a message, please feel free to browse through our most recent articles and tell us what you think and if we have improved over time.

  10. M says:

    Forgot to mention the multiple typos/spelling errors. They certainly help your credibility.

  11. Junie says:

    Wait, not naming your baby after a dead guy? Huh? Most names have, at one time or another, belonged to someone who is no longer living. I understand not choosing a name that outright means death, but it’s kind of difficult to pick a name that’s never belonged to a dead person….no?

    • BabyNames says:

      Hi Junie, thanks for stopping by. There’s only two things certain in this life: death and taxes. So, you are rigth that almost every name belonged to a person who is now dead. What we try to say here is that some people had a really nasty death, some very public faces or iconic people from history, that have a burdensome story associated with their life and death. Hope this helps, thanks for your feedback!

  12. katie says:

    Thelonius Monk— jazz genius—duh—–

  13. Anonymous says:

    This “article” is absolutely terrible. You think names are “too Russian” and “too German”?! That’s a rather bigoted point of view.
    Percy “is linked with rich white people who are taking advantage of slaves”? What a poorly thought-out comment. Nonsensical.
    Why are you so against “English upper-class associations”? It’s not as if all English upper-class people are bad!
    And Zacharias is too religious? What’s wrong with it being linked to religion? Shouldn’t the same be said for Mary and Joseph, then? Ridiculous!

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