What’s in a name?

coverBeing in an advanced stage of pregnancy, the issue of an appropriate name for the unborn child is becoming pressing.

The selection of a name for offspring is fraught with pitfalls and necessitates vigorous negotiating between the parents-to-be over individual favourites. The shooting down of each other’s top picks without a qualm can leave the list of suitable names somewhat depleted. Then there is the issue of whether the name can be shortened, lengthened, nicknamed … not to mention what unintended recognition the initials might provide. During discussions before our first child was born, I was keen on Ingrid Ruby as an option as a girl’s name – however the full initials resulted in I.R.A … hmmm, perhaps not.

As you know, the rich and famous often label their children with weird and wonderful handles – Daisy Boo, Bronx Mowgli and Princess Tiaamii to name but a few – and of course Harper Seven is the latest progeny named by famous parents to create worldwide comment and speculation.

The weight of this task can not be underestimated – as the appellation will be laden on the small person for years to come. I’m sure you can all think of a most unusual or downright weird name you’ve mocked in the past. I can still remember the full four names of an unfortunate at my high school – she featured in the yearly magazine in categories such as ‘person with the longest name’ or ‘oddest name’ for the full five years.

Fortunately, to help with this momentous task the library has baby name books aplenty to pore through and hopefully be inspired by. Though maybe I should begin by reading What not to name your baby first…

Do you have a favourite name of all time or one you particularly despise?

2 thoughts on “What’s in a name?

  1. El Zorro 1 August 2011 / 9:57 am

    All the names I can think of would work better as pet names 😉
    I think that Jamie Oliver & his wife take the prize for cooking the kookiest names for their offspring: Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow and Buddy Bear Maurice Oliver!
    Wow.

  2. rachaelccl 3 August 2011 / 4:31 pm

    I’m still a bit grumpy that my mother (a primary school teacher, no less!) landed me with the initials R.C. “Arsie arsie arsie!” Sigh. There’s also the drama surrounding which spelling of a name to choose. I’m not willing to give up and join the ranks of Rachels just yet. I was even invited to join a Facebook group “It’s Rachael with an A” within hours of joining FB. The comments were hilarious – Rachaels around the world facing the exact same problems.

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