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I don't like car names and Bentley sounds childish. I feel sorry for any girls whose parents gave them such a masculine name. There's so many beautiful female names to pick from.
Luvbug86  4/6/2019
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My daughter’s name is Bentley Alexandra, a lot of people think it sounds like a Princess’s name and think it’s so beautiful.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2019
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Along with names such as Cooper and Ford, I think Bentley should remain a surname and a name of a car brand.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2019
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Bentley is a playable character from the third Spyro game. He is a yeti who wields a club and often uses big words.
Buneary  11/15/2018
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In 2018, 2 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Bentley who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 4, 209th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/16/2018
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The name Bentley was given to 149 unfortunate baby girls in the US in 2017.
Lady_Skywalker  8/23/2018
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Great name.
Red Sox 50  8/23/2018
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There are a lot of things I don't like about this name: it's hopelessly old fashioned, it's the name of a car brand, and it has "bent" in it. Naming a girl Bentley is just pure madness.
kayisforkeen  8/11/2018
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Bentley is a turtle in the Sly Cooper game franchise.
Jumaine3x5  4/27/2018
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I wouldn't name my child after a car and Bentley sounds Hilly Billyish.
FortuneSoldier93  3/11/2018
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Ugly name.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2017
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My fiance and I just had a little boy. His name is Bentley Michael John.. she fell in love with the name not because of a car that we can't afford but because it has meaning to her. I love the name. Beautiful name for my son.
― Anonymous User  12/26/2016
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An absolutely TERRIBLE name. Though at least the spelling is practical and isn't the obnoxious "Bentlee" spelling.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2016
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If blessed with another son I hope to use this name! I really like it!
lizarraga  9/20/2016
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The name Bentley was unfortunately given to 183 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
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Bentley is absolutely a boys name. Sure you can give your baby girl a name with Bentley, but if you live around my area you will be sorry! I have a baby boy rabbit named Bentley couldn't imagine the name for a girl. Please don't name your baby girls Bentley- this could lead to bullying in high school or even primary! Maybe try Brantley? Similar name but for a girl! Bentley is one of my favourite names and I would recommend using it for the right gender.
― Anonymous User  5/2/2016
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Bentley is always a masculine name, never feminine. It is very upmarket, and only the most intelligent and sophisticated of men should be named Bentley.
― Anonymous User  3/29/2016
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I think Bentley is a great name. I have a friend who just chose that name for her son, and I think it fits well. Just because it's the same as a car name, or it contains the work "bent" in it doesn't make it a bad name. Just because a name CAN be made fun of doesn't mean it will. And just because a name doesn't contain another word (bent) doesn't mean it won't be made fun of. I spent all of elementary and junior high being called "icky Niki" or "sticky Niki" or "hickey Niki" just because those words happened to rhyme with my name.

If you choose to base your feelings of a name on what "could" happen, then you're making the name cheap when it's really not. I think it's a very regal sounding name.
― Anonymous User  2/5/2016
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While this is not one of my favorite names, I find a lot of these comments to be snobby and elitist. People do not have to like the name but to call any name, simply because you do not like it, "trashy" really makes the person look like an elitist snob. I find it interesting that people will on the one hand say it is too popular, but on the other hand say it will not age well. That is a contradiction. If it is getting to be so popular that it is "too popular" to use, then obviously it will age just fine come the 2040's and there will be tens of thousands of men and women in their 20's, 30's, and 40's with that name. There is nothing wrong with a name telling the age of the person. No one is going to think a 40 year old woman is 15 regardless of her name. The fact that her name is Jordyn, Bentley, or Emily is not going to change that. No one is going to think a 20 year old woman is 40 regardless of her name being Jennifer, Sara, or Heather.
heatherfeather  1/17/2016
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The main issue I have with the name Bentley is the fact it contains the word 'bent'. I don't know about elsewhere in the world but here in the UK 'bent' is a playground word for 'gay'. Someone with the name Bentley wouldn't last five minutes at school in the UK without being severely bullied.
― Anonymous User  9/15/2015
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Any name with "Bent" in it, is not a good idea.

Benley\Benlee I wouldn't have much of a problem with.
― Anonymous User  9/15/2015
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Bentley is a beautiful name for a girl... It is unique compared to all those Ashley's with different spellings! I also would definitely use it for a boy. I really don't understand people who like to trash names and describe any girl's names as low class. I don't see this labeling in the boy's realm. Get real ladies... and grow up!
UMDBLEE67  7/2/2015
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The meaning of Bentley is pleasant. It's a cool name that is very refreshing to hear! Plus it offers the great nickname Ben! :D.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2015
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Dear teen moms.

There are far better names out there for your kid besides some cutesy-tootsie, made up, immature and juvenile type of name such as "Bentley". Your baby won't stay a baby forever. (Not physically) For a Bentley to be taken far more serious in life, he'd probably have to go with Ben or Lee. And in case you didn't realize it, Bentley is the most notoriously laughed at name especially among adolescent boys due to the "Bent" part. Do I really need to explain why? In my school, thank God, there wasn't any "Bentley's" because the name was joked around SO much.
Yeah, so choose something more respected and will actually age well. Picture a grandpa Bentley or a great-grandpa Bentley. Great-Great Grandpa Bentley and so on. Bentley is nothing more than a trend name that will die out. I don't see it lasting for generations to come. I know this is 2015, but my God. Please stop with the stereotypical teen mom type of names. Names that may not be picked by all teens but certainly scream that way.
― Anonymous User  5/22/2015
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I think it is so rude that people are saying such bad things about the name Bentley. I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who dislike your name.
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
teresafry  5/16/2015
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I'm shocked at how popular this name is. It doesn't sound one bit masculine and makes me think of getting bent.
twlightblack11  2/28/2015
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I named one of my boys Bentley, and I love the name. I just registered on this site to add my thoughts since there are so many rude, hateful, hurtful, and ridiculous comments about the name Bentley. It is a surname that has been around since far before the automobile. Out of my 3 boys, Bentley gets the most compliments on his name. I think that all of the people on this site who have the time and energy to express such distaste for particular names should maybe find a more productive way to spend their time.
Marie85  1/3/2015
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Thank you Marie85! My son is also named Bentley, after his grandfather, who was named for a beloved doctor in the town he's from. All these folks saying it's pretentious or snooty... it's a very traditional surname, and because two brothers Bentley happened to design a car it's now off limits forever? How silly. Better not name your child William, you're obviously trying to tie yourself to an overpriced cooking supply store... maybe a name is just a name, and folks should judge others by their behavior, like jumping to so many conclusions...
DenverGal31  3/27/2015
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"Get Bent" is slang, refering to sex or to leave someone alone.

This name is horrible. Not to mention the fact that it's WAY too modern and also the name of a car which makes the name all the more unintelligent.

Please just go with Ben/Benjamin. Let this name die out.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2014
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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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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
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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
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The name Bentley was actually given to 245 GIRLS born in the US in 2012. Sad, I know.
Oohvintage  7/16/2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Brilliant comment by clevelandkentevans! What a rational, thoughtful response. I wish more people would think before judging.

When it comes to Bentley, I like the word. If it weren't for me automatically thinking of the brand name, I'd like it as a boys' name.
silly_rabbit  9/8/2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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This sounds extremely low-class and uneducated. No one who could afford a Bentley would name their kid Bentley.
kazoopilot  8/8/2011
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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
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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
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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
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Bentley Drummel was Estella's suitor in Great Expectations. I also live near a place called Bentley.
alicehartley4884  7/17/2010
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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
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It's not bad for a boy. It just makes me think of the car.
xKatiex  8/28/2008
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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
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I think it's an adorable name for a girl. I would never use it on a boy.
ClementineFox7  8/28/2007
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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
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I like the name but wouldn't use it because of the car.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2006
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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
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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
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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

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