“You Named Her What???”: 140 Of The Most Unfortunate Names Parents Gave Their Children (New Pics)

Naming a child can become quite a headache. Making lists, trying to come up with a name that doesn’t remind you of a certain someone, thinking about all the possible nicknames and diminutives—there’s a lot to take into consideration.

In such situations, some parents-to-be turn to their loved ones asking for suggestions. Others keep their ideas to themselves as every Tom, Dick, and Harry seems to have an opinion, which might make the parents doubt every option there is. Then there are also people who get creative and come up with something that is very unlikely to be heard of before.

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We have put some of these unheard-of names on today’s list for you to browse and marvel at. Shared by the ‘That name isn’t a tragedeigh, it’s a murghdyrr’ Facebook group, they ought to surprise you and show that when it comes to naming children, some parents sure have enough inventiveness not to need anyone’s help (or an outside opinion, for that matter).

In order to delve deeper into the topic of names and the significance they bear, Bored Panda has discussed it with two experts, psychiatrist Jean Kim, MD, and linguist Valerie Fridland, author of Like, Literally, Dude: Arguing for the Good in Bad English. You will find their thoughts in the text below.

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Started in June 2021, the ‘That name isn’t a tragedeigh, it’s a murghdyrr’ Facebook group is dedicated, in their own words, “For when CSI needs to be called. For the poor sad decomposed body of a name”. The private group is home to a collection of some of the most authentic—even if somewhat unusual, in most cases—names people have encountered, which has already amassed over 211k members.

It’s no surprise that the members have plenty to share, considering that naming a child is up to their parents’ imagination (as long as it doesn’t cross certain lines of decency, of course). In Sweden—home to roughly 10 million people—for instance, around 186 000 people have unique names or unique spellings of names. It’s arguably safe to assume that in the US—a country of nearly 332 million people—the number of unique names ought to be way higher. (As a matter of fact, there are roughly 6,850 Americans whose name is Unique. As in, that’s their actual name.)

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#5 This Name Is Pronounced “Your Highness.” Enjoy The Rest Of Your Day

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“It’s a very personal decision, so anything really goes,” psychiatrist Jean Kim, MD told Bored Panda in a recent interview. “You might worry (like my parents did—they picked my first name which was found in both Korean and English) about whether the name ‘fits in’ to a particular culture or era, or you might not really need to care about that aspect either, because people should try to respect all names anyway, as long as it isn’t something blatantly obscene or hateful. You may even purposely want to honor a different culture or special person with a name. It’s totally up to you.”

She added that having a unique name can be both a blessing and a curse. “On the one hand, an unusual name can be memorable and make a person unique or stand out in people’s minds. On the other hand, people may treat it as strange or foreign, or even make fun of it if it’s not part of the status quo of familiar names.”

#6 You Named Her What???

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#8 Anonymous Because This Is A Relative And I Am Paranoid. The Worst Part Is Glycerine’s Siblings Are Emily And Jackson

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“Names are one of the first things people find out about you—often before they have ever encountered you in person—so they carry a big impact and there are definitely some biases we have developed in terms of how we react to names,” Professor of Linguistics in the English department at University of Nevada, Valerie Fridland, told Bored Panda.

“Most of the feelings we develop about names come from socially or culturally learned associations we have with those names—e.g., if a name doesn’t sound like it is from the same culture or language, it might influence how others react to the person in ways that can affect their future. For instance, research reveals that we find more employment discrimination when employers view CVs with ethnic or foreign-sounding names compared to white-sounding names (similar results in the science/math fields have been found with typically female vs. male names).

“There are also names that might be old-fashioned or that have fallen out of fashion like Marge or Gertrude that might tend to call up unfavorable social associations (such as unfashionable, dowdy, boring) even if someone has not met the so-named person yet. Finally, some names might also sound like something else (e.g., Dick as a nickname for Richard) that listeners can’t help but call up when they hear the name, making those with those monikers have to deal with heckling or jokes (and the negative associations that come with those),” the linguist added.

#9 Pistol Rae Rose. I’m Nauseous

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Jean Kim pointed out that a person’s name is something that others perceive about them, so how others treat them can, for better or worse, be influenced by their name. “Perhaps names that ‘fit in the crowd’ can make people feel included, and others feel excluded, or be viewed as dated or dowdy if their name is viewed as of an older era.

“Gendering of names may also sometimes happen; for instance, women with boyish names may be viewed (whether true or not) as more assertive or spunky. Sometimes having an unusual name may also inspire someone to feel more creative or unique and individualistic. Names are, of course, one relatively small factor among many that influence a person’s overall personality in the end.”

#12 Pls Stop Naming Ur Kids Arson

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#13 The Fact She Has To Put (Jessica) Next To Her Name

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#14 Oof

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Psychiatrist Jean Kim emphasized that names are often associated with honoring others. “Surnames are handed down as a ‘legacy’ from generation to generation, but first names can be used to pay homage or honor someone and memorialize them as well. Perhaps even if there is no personal relationship, someone may like an aspect of a person with that name, especially celebrities or popularized fictional characters, and may hope their child fulfills those characteristics.”

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#16 I Just Posted And Then Came Across This.. It Just Has To Be A Mistake, Right???

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Linguist and author Valerie Fridland seconded the idea that knowing someone with a certain name can alter the way a person views it. “Certainly, past experience with a name, like whether you had a girl named Sagel in 3rd grade that was super nasty to you or if you have met several Mikes who excelled in sports, can influence how you name your child since you will have been conditioned to have a negative reaction to names associated with negative experiences.”

#18 I Had To Dig Into My High School Yearbook For This One – Poor Kiddo

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#19 Found This On A Cup At Goodwill Today

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#20 Y’all This Can’t Be Real

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“While a lot of times we want to give our child a unique name, some research shows that people with more common (or popular) names tend to have better social, self-esteem and employment outcomes,” Dr. Fridland told Bored Panda. “Some interesting German research found that, in online dating forums, having an unpopular name limited how many people viewed one’s profile and earlier research found that having a desirable name helped with social popularity in elementary school. 

“There is also research that suggests that those who like their names (regardless of how popular their names are) score higher on adjustment scales that measure self-esteem and social desirability; and if one encounters social rejection it may lead to them not liking their name. As a study carried out by Jean M. Twenge and Melvin Manis puts it, ‘What you think of your name has something to do with what you think of yourself.’” 

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#22 Seen At A Swim Class:

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#23 I’m Really Hoping This Is A Nickname

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According to Valerie Fridland, “It is important to help your child come to see their name in a positive light (by either choosing one that is popular and therefore socially well accepted and known) or by providing positive associations with their name for them as they grow up (strong models of people with those names, a positive history of that name in their family, etc.).

“A key seems to be that children need to like their own names and that helps with self-esteem (which then helps with how they are perceived by others), though the thing that is hard to control is how others treat your child because of their name and, if negative, this may in turn affect how your child views themselves. Parents need to balance these different factors when considering whether to choose a more popular name or one that is not strongly marked or unique,” the linguist added.

#24 This Is Interesting To Say The Least

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#25 I Just Watched Season 1 Of Love After Lock Up….”Vajohnna”?!

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#26 Kakarot Why

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“Name-signaling—where names give off messages about the ‘type’ of person someone is—does seem to have an effect on how people interact with others, and it does seem that more familiar and common names (which signal in-group identity) are more positively responded to. So, it is nothing about a name itself that intrinsically means anything, but instead the social associations it carries based on our experience,” Valerie Fridland explained.

#27 A Double Tragedeigh From My Twin Group

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#28 I Adore This Sweet, Precious Mama… But Her 8 Babies’ Names Are Random, Rare, And Radically Right?! Fun Too: There’s 4 Boys And 4 Girls

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#29 I’ve Heard Some Wild Names But I’ll Admit I Never Would’ve Thought Of Mapylynne

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Even though unique names can sound like music to one’s ears (or nails on a whiteboard), they are understandably less common. According to the Social Security Administration, the most popular names in the US over the last century have been James, Robert, John for boys and Mary, Patricia, Jennifer for girls respectively. None of the names shared on the ‘That name isn’t a tragedeigh, it’s a murghdyrr’ Facebook group seemed to have made the cut among the top ones.

#30 Wut …. Even Is This?

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#32 Smh Poor Child

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#34 I’m Fairly New Here, So Forgive Me If This Has Been Shared Before. But Omg This List Broke Me

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#35 Having A Stroke Trying To Pronounce This

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#36 Heaven Backwards And Who?!

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#37 “Just Make Something Up, Idk”

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#39 I’ve Been Sitting On This List Of Names I’ve Come Across For Awhile

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#40 Really Wanted To React

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#41 Seen In A Tattoo Group Yeeeeks

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#42 Just Leaving This Out There

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#43 Baby Ragin

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#44 Horrible

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#45 F**k Me, I Finally Found One!!

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#46 Leeuhm….leeuhm??? This Poor Little Kid Is Walking Around My Hometown Somewhere

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#47 Anon Cause It’s A Friend Of A Friend

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#48 Posting Anonymously Because I Don’t Wanna Be Kicked From The Group, Was A Thread Of Disney Related Tattoos Comment Was “I Got This For My Daughter”

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#49 A True Tragedeigh

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#50 Pronounced Zachary In The Video

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#51 I Finally Found Something To Post! I Saw This Twice In A Post And The First Time I Couldn’t Even Make Out What It Said

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#52 …

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#53 I Can’t Believe I’ve Never Thought To Post This Here. I’ve Known This Girl My Whole Life. It’s Pronounced ‘Shady’

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#54 No. Just No

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#55 Well I’ve Never Seen It Spelled Like That Before

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#56 Birthday Decoration Found In The Wild Lol

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#57 I Had 2 Patients Earlier… Edit: They Both Have 2 First Names. Middle And Last Name Covered

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#58 Found On Facebook Cake Page… I Think It’s “Vipah” As In Viper?

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#59 Knayte

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#60 An Email My Husband Received To His Business

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#61 Pov – “Peaked In High School” Has Two Sons: (Another Girl Has A Son Called Banksia)

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#62 On This Week’s Episode Of “Names My Mom Just Made Up,” We Have…

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#63 Posting Anon Because I Probably Have Customers And Coworkers On Here… But Huuuuuhhhh?

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#64 Knayvee????

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#65 Posting Anonymously So I Don’t Get Kicked Out Of The Mom Group I Saw This In. Stereo Really?

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#66 Really!? Is Nothing Sacred??

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#67 I Saw This On Tiktok Just Now And I’m Not Sure How To Feel

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#68 As Seen On Twitter. Not Sure If It’s Made It Here Yet

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#69 Funny Unique Names

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#70 Anonymous Bc Idk If She Is In This Group Or Not But….stonee?!? I Feel Bad For Her

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#71 I Work At FedEx Loading Trucks So I Come Across A Few Tragedeighs. This One’s Super Weird Tbh

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#72 Like Hell?

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#73 Funny Unique Names

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#74 Jakeup?

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#75 I Feel Queasy

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#76 Something Unique, No One Else In Her Class Will Have It. Adorbs. Can Call Her Blaik. Can Call Her Lee. Can Call Her Laik. Can Call Her Iklee

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#77 Is She Related To Punxsutawney Phil?

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#78 It Took Me A Few Reads To Figure Out What This Is

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#79 Have To Share This Gem… Or Should I Say Jewel. My Daughter Has Kids Messenger And I Got This Request To Add Her Friend Who I Know But Didn’t Know The Spelling

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#80 Oh Wow Just Found This One In The Wild

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#81 What A Mess. And No, None Of Those Are Her Last Name…

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#82 Found In The Wild

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#83 Oof

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#84 Funny Unique Names

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#85 Anon Because It’s A Friend. Traxon Cruze

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#86 Anyone Run Across Tragedeighs Around Graduation Time This Year? Found This One Locally Several Weeks Back And Forgot To Post

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#87 Funny Unique Names

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#88 Considering My Mom’s Name Is Debbie, This Is Quite The Interesting Twist!

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#89 Well I’m Back At It With The Bitlife Trhageteighs. Pls Guess What U Think These Names Are And What I Should Name My Other Bitizens

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#90 Yeahhhh What

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#91 Just Seen In My Feed

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#92 We Tried To Say Against This Name, What Do Yall Think? Its Pronounced Neh-Reyah. Its Cute Ig But No One Is A Fan Really

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#93 Baby Girl Named Kirwin

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#94 Found In The Wild

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#95 Found In The Wild…

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#96 I Believe This Belongs Here

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#97 On My Fb Feed This Morning

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#98 Posting Anonymously Because We Have Plenty Of Mutuals In This Group. I Present Yall The Twins Prairie And Chapel Amen!

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#99 Oh For Pete’s Sake. Aliceson?? Thought This Had To Be This Group, Nope, A Mom Group

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#100 I Have No Words

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#101 I’m Upset That This Was Deleted Before I Could Comment On It. This Is One Of The Worst Names I’ve Ever Seen In My Life Oh My Gawd

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#102 Dear God-Lyn When Will The Cycle End

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#103 “Lyndelee”

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#104 Never Thought I’d Have An Actual Submission For This Page! Joy Of Joys This Girl Is Always On My Suggested Friends List

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#105 There’s A Reason They Were Only Used 5 Times… *some Of These Are Cultural And Are Obviously Excluded From The Name Shaming*

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#106 Saw Someone Post A Pic From Tinder, This Is Like From 2 Years Ago Though

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#107 Everything About This Hurts

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#108 Funny Unique Names

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#110 In A Baby Name Group 3rd Comment Wins!

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#111 Found In The Wild Today

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#112 Funny Unique Names

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#113 Found In One Of My Mom Groups

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#114 Anon Because She Might Be In This Group And I Like My Baby Group This One Hurt Me

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#115 Someone Ordered A Name Band For Their Kid’s Water Bottle… Chazleigh?!?

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#116 Funny Unique Names

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#117 Funny Unique Names

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#118 Found In The Wild – Reiylee

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#119 Funny Unique Names

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#120 Baby Girl Named Burleson?

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#121 My Friend Just Had A Baby, Interesting Name

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#122 Someone I Went To Middle School Chose This For Her 3rd (Blurred Her Name Out)

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#123 Found On My Timeline. How Would You Pronounce That? Reed? Raid?

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#124 Wren Is Cute By Itself Why Add A Lyn

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#125 Can You Imagine Mom Shaming Someone Over Sunscreen With A Name Like Saralynd?

Context: Woman posted a video that childhood trauma is more likely to affect your children than the brand of sunscreen you buy so focus on breaking the cycle instead. This was Saralynd’s response.

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#126 In A “5-Minute Crafts” Video

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#127 …

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#128 Found One In The Wild

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#129 Whew

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#130 Sigh

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#131 La’gwendolyn?? Bffr

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#132 Found On My Local Market Place

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#133 Funny Unique Names

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#134 Posted By My Friend, A Professional Baker: Isleigh

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#135 Dianarra??

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#136 Not Anon, Because.. Well…. Its A Celeb. Lol

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#137 Funny Unique Names

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#138 I’m Sorry Who?

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#139 Nacole…

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#140 Touring Apartments Today And… Kendle

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