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12 common American baby names that would simply never work in Ireland

Imagine naming your kid ‘Konner’.

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EARLIER TODAY, THE Social Security Administration released data about the most popular baby names in the USA for 2016.

Noah was the most popular name for boys, while Emma topped the list for girls. (You can check out all the data here.)

Some of the names inside the top 1000 were unusual to say the least. (Khaleesi and Drake, anyone?)

Here are some that would never work in Ireland.

1. Kennedy/Kennedi

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Ranking: #59/#416

Why it wouldn’t work in Ireland: Two reasons: (1) Kennedy is a surname and (2) it’s sacrilegious to spell Kennedy with an ‘i’.

2. Trinity

Ranking: #137

Why it wouldn’t work in Ireland: You can put Trinity on your CAO, but you can’t put it on your birth certificate. The jibes at your expense would be endless.

3. McKenna/Makenna

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Ranking: #251/#319

Why it wouldn’t work in Ireland: If it was decided that McKenna was a reasonable name for a human to have, who knows where it could lead? Would people start naming their children McCarthy and McGinty?

4. Delaney

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Ranking: #262

Why it wouldn’t work in Ireland: This country isn’t big enough for more than one Delaney.

5. Journey

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Ranking: #264

Why it wouldn’t work in Ireland: Too much scope for slagging. Imagine all the ‘unnecessary journey’ gags.

Don’t make unnecessary journeys. That’s advice your Dad should have followed, pal.

6. Rylie

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Ranking: #322

Why it wouldn’t work in Ireland: A notionsy spelling of “Riley” or “Reilly” goes against everything Irish people stand for.

7. Ashlyn

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Ranking: #396

Why it wouldn’t work in Ireland: Again, we cannot endorse American spellings of Aisling. Imagine the chaos at Christmas when parents of classmates would be tasked with writing Christmas cards for little Ashlyn. “Could they have not named the child Aisling for Jaysus’ sake? Aisling with a ‘y’. Have you ever heard the like?”

8. Konner

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Ranking: #972

Why it wouldn’t work in Ireland: Firstly, it just looks like the Kardashians got their hands on Conor and totally bastardised it. You’d be laughed out of it.

9. Thatcher

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Ranking: #832

Why it wouldn’t work in Ireland: Everyone would just assume your Mam and Dad were massive Tories.

10. Stetson

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Ranking: #709

Why it wouldn’t work in Ireland: Everyone would assume you were conceived to Nathan Carter’s Wagon Wheel. The shame. The absolute shame.

11. Legend

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Ranking: #311

Why it wouldn’t work in Ireland: Just seems cocky, doesn’t it? “You think you’re such a big legend, don’t you?”

12. Messiah

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Ranking: #218

Why it wouldn’t work in Ireland: If there’s one thing Irish people don’t like, it’s people who are “up themselves” or “think they’re better than you”. The name Messiah just suggests… airs and graces. Avoid.

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