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Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley (1865–1931), born in Jericho, Vermont, was the first known photographer of snowflakes. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they melted.
-- rubberduckiiz2  1/9/2006
I absolutely adore Bentley for a girl. Never for a boy. I think it is unique and could fit the personality of many different girls (e.g- Girly, Sporty, Academic, Sweet, etc.). I think the combo "Bentley Charlotte" is beautiful.
-- Pheadirean  4/14/2006
I love this name, I think it is very underused though. I don't know how anyone can name a girl Bentley though, that's horrible.
-- corrielover  8/10/2006
I like the name but wouldn't use it because of the car.
-- Anonymous User  8/23/2006
My name is Bentley and while I like it, it doesn't fit my personality which is that of a naturalist, manual laborer, who finds religion to be a key to life. I like my name but it doesn't fit me too well. I think my name is a little upperclass, plus everyone always asks if I'm named after the car and after the 300th time I tell them no, it begins to get annoying. A famous bearer of this name is Bentley Warren, a Super Modified racecar driver and a successful trucking company entrepreneur from MA.
-- Anonymous User  12/7/2006
I think it's an adorable name for a girl. I would never use it on a boy.
-- ClementineFox7  8/28/2007
Tacky and trashy. Used by people who couldn't afford a Bentley, but hope their child will make it big in hip hop, rap, or r'n'b so they might one day. Far too boyish and infantile for girls, people! At least a guy could go by Bent, but what would a girl go by that wouldn't sound like a guyish name? Sorry, the full name may be short, but cute it isn't.
-- Anonymous User  5/16/2008
It's not bad for a boy. It just makes me think of the car.
-- xKatiex  8/28/2008
I love this name. It is absolutely adorable. Perfect for a girl, okay for a boy. I want to name my daughter Bentley. I think that for a girl, Bentleigh would be a cool way to spell it, no?
-- Anonymous User  1/12/2009
Bentley Drummel was Estella's suitor in Great Expectations. I also live near a place called Bentley.
-- alicehartley4884  7/17/2010
Just screams white trash. Nakedly aspirational name. No one who could afford a Bentley would ever name a child Bentley. And how soulless is it to name a child after a material item or a brand name, anyway?
-- AMR71  1/13/2011
I don't get why this is so trendy. It sounds ugly and trashy. Plus, it's a car. And why do people have to copy a girl from that annoying show 16 and Pregnant who used it on her son? That's even weirder than naming your kids after the kids of REAL celebrities, not to mention that 16 and Pregnant is unrealistic and not a good influence on society. If Bentley wasn't that trendy, maybe it would sound fine. But no, it has risen from obscurity to almost the top 100 in just a few short years. Please, pick something else!
-- bananarama  7/7/2011
I honestly really like the name Bentley for a boy (hate it for a girl, though). Yes, it's the most hated name in America, yes it's linked to the car and yes people instantly think of that Teen Mom show, but I still can't help but love it.

My friend's great grandfather was named this, long before it was a brand. I do understand why people dislike this name, but I still love it (guiltily)!
-- LittleSamGirl  8/3/2011
This sounds extremely low-class and uneducated. No one who could afford a Bentley would name their kid Bentley.
-- kazoopilot  8/8/2011
I do not feel this name is tacky or "white trash." Also, I don't think people choose this name because "they can't afford a Bentley." I think such comments are snobbish of people who think that their wealthy lifestyle is being invaded. This is an old English surname, and a respectable name with a true meaning and origin. In past years surnames have been becoming common as first or middle names. Names that come to mind are Cooper, Cohen, Jackson, and McKenzie. I do believe it is true that this name may be made more popular due to recent figures on television, such as Bentley from Teen Mom and Bentley from the Bachelorette. Despite that, I think it is a good name, even if it happens to be the name of a car. You don't hear people saying, "Oh, they named her Portia because they couldn't afford the car." That's silly. These names existed before cars were invented.
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2011
I take back what I said about guiltily loving Bentley. I don't guiltily love it, I fully admit I love it and it is one of my favorite boy's names. I don't associate the name with the car, I more see it as a surname being used as a first name. I fully respect those who dislike the name, everyone has different taste!
-- LittleSamGirl  8/29/2011
Gahh, I do not like this name! That's cool if you like it, but I personally think that it may not age well and that it is becoming uber-popular so if you name a kid Bentley, expect at least 6 kids or more to turn their heads every time you call for your child when you are someplace.
-- Anonymous User  9/6/2011
I agree with the above poster who said that people who can afford Bentley's do not name their kids after them. This name is so, so trashy.
-- Anonymous User  9/29/2011
My nephew, who is 6, is named Bentley. I think it is very cute and adorable for a boy. My friend has a 1 year old little girl named Bentley. I think it is befitting of a rough and tumble boy, but never a girl. It is far too masculine for a girl.
-- Anonymous User  12/30/2011
Trashy, tacky, awful name. When one of the white trash "stars" of Teen Mom picks this winner for her son, you know it's garbage.
-- sunshinechild67  1/7/2012
My ten year old dog is named Bentley. I don't know anything about this Teen Mom kid that others have commented on, but I must say I can never take this name seriously for a human. Of course, I am biased, and I also have a sudden fear of taking Bentley to the park and calling his name, and then some crazy mom being offended.
-- Kutschenreuter  4/19/2012
Bentley has become a common girls name. Well not common to most people, but I have a friend and a family member who have named their baby girl Bentley.
-- Langer77  4/30/2012
Ridiculous. It's the name of a car, and it SOUNDS like the name of a car. If I ever meet a Bentley in real life, male or female, I will have to stifle my laughter. It's THAT bad.
-- Anonymous User  5/26/2012
I am appalled at all of the comments about this name being "trashy."

I'm absolutely sure that the baby on "Teen Mom" has inspired the upsurge in use of this name. And I am almost as sure that it is probably appealing more to working class and poor parents than to highly educated or wealthy parents at the moment because of that.

But that does NOT make it a "trashy" name. Human beings do not deserve to be called "trash" just because they are poor or because their tastes in names (or anything else) are different than that of people in the upper classes. Calling poor people and their tastes "trashy" is just as discriminatory and prejudicial as using pejorative terms about people because they are of a different race or sexual orientation. I look forward to the day when using the "t" word about poor or uneducated people is seen as being just as bad as using the "n" word about African-Americans or the "f" word about gay men.
-- clevelandkentevans  5/26/2012
It's getting too popular. You know something's wrong when this is more popular than many normal, classic names. And Bentley is the name of a car - it's as stupid as Lexus, Porsche, Honda, or Toyota.
-- Bonquiqui  6/3/2012
Bentley Gregg was the main character on the 1957-1962 American television series "Bachelor Father". Bentley was an extremely wealthy lawyer living in Beverly Hills and raising his teenage niece, Kelly, after her parents died in a car accident.
-- Anonymous User  7/11/2012
This name is absolutely terrible! What is wrong with people? Why not just name your kid "Honda"?! And I feel physically ill hearing that people not only name their poor little sons this, but their DAUGHTERS. Disgraceful. A girl named Bentley? I can't even bring myself to believe someone would do that. It's seriously like naming your daughter Joseph, but at least that would age well, unlike "Bentley".
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2013
I'm willing to bet that a good percentage of boys named Bentley born in the last decade have a sister named Mercedes. Naming both your children after expensive cars. So cute and clever, right?

Alright. This isn't the worst name in the world. At least it's not a made-up name, and the kid could always go by Ben when he's older. But aside from the teen mom association, it's just a little too cutesy for my taste. I prefer Benjamin or Bennett.
-- mrose19  2/19/2013
This is definitely a name I just don't get.

I find the first syllable Bent so unappealing. Say I had a friend with a son named this, and they asked me something like "Would you go get Bentley" I don't know if I could resist saying "Hey that's not nice, and my name isn't Lee"

And then there's the whole car-name thing. Which until I read the origin on this site I never considered it a surname-name I always though of the car when I heard it. And it's not that I think their so class it's that so many other obviously do even off baby name sites.
-- Vesey  3/17/2013
The name Bentley was actually given to 245 GIRLS born in the US in 2012. Sad, I know.
-- Oohvintage  7/16/2013
Ok with the whole car thing, it's a known fact that a lot of cars are named after the PERSON who designed them and even if it wasn't just because it's the name of a car doesn't mean it can never be used as a human name. And who cares if it was on teen mom it's just a tv show and last but not least it doesn't matter what someone says about upper class this lower class that, one it's rude two if YOU like the name that's all that matters.
-- Anonymous User  10/21/2013
I wish people didn't hate this name so much. I really like it. I see it as just a surname used as a first name rather than being named after a car.
-- hattie98  3/21/2014
It is you people that make picking names for children so difficult. Reason being you are so judgemental and ignorant that you feel you are superior to someone with a different name. Guess what you are not. Good people don't judge someone by their name nor make fun of a name that many already have. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
-- Anonymous User  4/29/2014

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