Travel can be fulfilling and inspiring. So much so that many people name their children after some fond travel memory or experience. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not so much. Here are the worst travel-inspired baby names of 2022.
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Travel can be fulfilling and inspiring. So much so that many people name their children after some fond travel memory or experience. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not so much. Here are the worst travel-inspired baby names of 2022.


Italy – who really thought it was a great idea to name your kid Italy? No, really. We want to know. Because apparently 1,489 of you thought it was a good idea.

Spirit – After the debacle surrounding Spirit Airlines, Jetblue Airways and Frontier Airlines, the name Spirit is dead for a few years. Not a great name for your kid. Not a great airline.

Barstow – have you ever been to Barstow? Oof. Not pretty. Yet, it was the name that hipster influencers Allecis and Cayden Doosherstein named their little baby girl this summer, inspired by their drive down Route 66. Experts suggest that if you are going to name your kid after a San Bernadino County town, Amboy or Yermo would be a far safer choice.

Karen – after the travel freakout phenomenon that swept the world during the pandemic era, is there really anything else that needs to be said?

Card – famous travel blogger Dick McShill reportedly named his newest member of the family “Card” as an homage to the affiliate revenue that allowed he and his wife to afford that business class upgrade on his flight to Rome. Well, actually it was just him. She still had to ride coach. With the baby.

Affiliate – speaking of affiliate programs it has been reported that one finance blogger gave their kid the middle name “affiliate” as a nod to their recent vacation to the Maldives which was paid for by credit card affiliate revenue and where the little bundle of joy was conceived. Jaxson Affiliate <LAST NAME REMOVED> was born 9 months later, effectively turning the previous begpacker blog into a family travel blog for at least the next 18 years or so.

Pilot Lee – The full name of actor Jason Lee’s kiddo is Pilot Inpsektor Lee, because that definitely is what you go with when you are a movie star and name your kid Pilot. Here in 2022, we’d briefly seen a resurgence of this name however this was later confirmed to be a failed attempt by stoned hippies to help out with the ongoing pilot shortage.

Airwrecka – the phonetic spelling of the name Erica really just inspires that feeling of terror you get when the plane experiences severe turbulence. It lands about as well as this joke. Poorly.

Bonvoy – Although this report is unconfirmed we have heard rumors that the executive responsible for the Marriott Bonvoy program has named both his Yacht and this newborn child “Bonvoy” both of which came after the wildly beloved loyalty program was rolled out. The exec briefly considered “Starwood-Sucks” but the hyphenated name was too hard for him to spell out.

Pete Buttigieg – apparently the name Pete Buttigieg has made the rounds as a popular baby name in 2022 (it’s presented as a single first name: Pete-Buttigieg middle name last name). The likely future president and current transportation secretary actually seems like a good dude with an unusual last name.

How about y’all? What is the worst travel-inspired baby name you’ve ever heard? Real or made – we’re listening.


Editor’s note: yes, yes, we know. This is snark. Most of it isn’t even true. Come on, who names their kid Barstow!? Italy, though, is actually a real name and a terrible one.

Lee Ballou

Lee is the brains (but definitely not the looks) of The Takeoff Nap. When he's not complaining about upgrades he runs a few travel blogs, but this one is his favorite.

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    1. Joking aside, we actually like this name quite a bit. It’s both clever and connected to the industry, and not weird.

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