Bad Baby Names
As with anything of value, there are good and bad ways to approach the naming of your baby. Michael Sherrod and Matthew Rayback pored over federal censuses dating back to 1790 to compile a list of real names given to people over the years that are decidedly not ideal.

The results are in their new book, Bad Baby Names: The Worst True Names Parents Saddled Their Kids With – and You Can Too! (Ancestry Publishing, 2008).

How bad can these names be? Sherrod and Rayback swear that the following names (and these are just a few of the hundreds included in their book) are absolutely real:

• Hair Braids
• Gamble Moore
• Mary A. Jerk
• Ima Pain
• Warren Peace
• Candy Cane

--Deirdre Wilson