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In the United States, "jerk" refers to a person who is rude or mean. Culturally, it would never be accepted as a legitimate first name.
-- breakofday  12/22/2005
I was told this story about a Swedish man who went on business to America. His name is Jerk Feling. They kept calling out for him at the airport, and it sounded terrible as you can imagine. The name unfortunately does not translate well.
-- Anonymous User  1/2/2006
Have fun naming your kid this.
-- trayc53  7/18/2006
I try really hard not to be prejudiced about names, but Jerk? Please, don't name your child this! Even ignoring the "mean" meaning, he'll be the laughing stock of his high school classes.
-- Anonymous User  10/9/2006
I have no idea how it's supposed to be pronounced in other places other than the U.S., but don't name your kid this if you live in the U.S. It would just be a nightmare for him.
-- flipflop1215  12/6/2006
A most unfortunate name.
-- Anonymous User  4/22/2007
I think anyone who lived in an English-speaking country should think twice about using this name. But I don't see anything wrong with using it in Sweden. It would be like naming your kid "Eric".
-- scarletquillraven  5/8/2007
You'd have to be a Jerk to use this name in the US (pun unintended).
-- Brianna Angela  7/8/2007
I'm guessing it's pronounced "YERK". Either way I would never name my kid this if I lived in an English speaking country.
-- melrose452  9/23/2007
Yuk! People do not name your kid this. This a horrible name!
-- Anonymous User  10/21/2007
If you name your child Jerk that would be such an insult. All your poor child's life they will be called a Jerk in a bad way and when they turn 18 they will probably want to go to court and change their name to something else. So, I highly do NOT recommend naming your poor child Jerk.
-- 80226_hottie  10/26/2007
Names like these show that many people around the world have avid imaginations. Just kidding, don't name your kid this in the US, but if you lived in Sweden I guess it would be ok.
-- Anonymous User  12/1/2007
This name is ugly even with the actual Swedish pronunciation, and Swedes would hardly choose this name anymore for the obvious reason that in English, this word has a very negative meaning.
-- slight night shiver  4/24/2008
I hate this name. I can't believe my name used to be spelled like this. It brings to mind people that annoy me.
-- bananarama  8/29/2008
Wow. The parents that name their kids this are some real jerks! Your kid will forever thank you (how about hate you?)
-- Anonymous User  5/15/2009
I personally think it's a bit ignorant to presume that a child would be teased just for having this name. The name Jerk is only used in Sweden, and (sorry to break it to you, but) most of the world doesn't speak English, Sweden included. Plus, the word "Jerk" is only very mild American slang for "idiot". Where I live, Ireland, we would never say someone is a "jerk", just as an American would never describe someone as an "eejit".
-- Ailis  8/20/2009
In Swedish this name is beautiful, and it's pronounced YERRK, not like the English word.
-- enchy  9/15/2009
First of all: Normal Swedish parents would not use this name. Since more or less everyone speak English in Sweden people KNOW what it means.
And if there is anyone that has this name in Sweden, that person is probably 70+, since names like Jerk, Jerker, Sverker and other names that sounds like Jerk was only popular in the 1930-40s.
And actually, Jerker and Sverker is uncommon, but a lot more common than Jerk.

So, all you non-Swedish people, don't get your hopes up. It is not likely that you'll ever meet a Jerk (or jerk) in Sweden. :)
-- Anonymous User  11/24/2009
This name rocks!
-- Anonymous User  3/2/2012
I think it's a rather nice name, if one actually bothers to look at which language it's used in and figure out how to pronounce it, instead of just going with the immediate kneejerk (so to speak) reaction this name seems to cause in us Anglophones. I could see myself using this for a Swedish character in some story or other; it's short, strong-sounding and memorable, and has a very distinctively Scandinavian sound.
-- FriarTuck  10/6/2013

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