When they came into the world, I knew I was complete.
As if naming your child one name wasn’t hard enough, parents are now giving their offspring two first names!
According to recent research by the Sunday Telegraph, more than 1200 girls born in the UK were given double-barelled names last year, five times more than the amount that was registered in 2000. What’s interesting, however, is that while boys’ names have also seen a similar trend, only 328 baby boys were given two first names in 2014.
The trend, which is thought to be influenced by celebrity mums, is a bid to make them sound unique, reports the Daily Mail, because apparently adding a hyphen to a first name adds an air of originality. While this is certainly up for debate, Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp’s daughter) and Lila-Grace Moss (Kate Moss’ child) are far better ‘unique’ celebrity baby names than North West or Apple Martin.
Among popular girl names found by the Telegraph included Lily-May and Amelia-Rose, with Rose found to be the most popular name to be used in conjunction with a hyphen. American inspired variations included Dakota-Rose and Destiny-Rose.
Now, before you go in search of two names to bestow upon your child, etiquette experts warn that there’s a danger of the kid coming across as less prestigious down the track. “I think it will start to be seen as a bit downmarket,” Siobhan Freegard of parenting network, Channel Mum, told the Daily Mail.
Regardless, a name is still no guarantee of how a child will turn out in the long term. So ladies, don’t sweat it – seriously!
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So you need to choose a baby name and the importance of this decision is weighing heavily on your mind – your child will be stuck with the name you choose for life! To make things more even more difficult, you and your partner may have different ideas about what makes a perfect name. Don’t know where to start? Some of these strategies will help.
Choose the surname first
Is it going to be your surname or your partner’s, or a combination of the two? Many of us will agree for the children to have the male partner’s name, even if we’ve kept our own surname after getting married. It’s how it’s been done traditionally and it’s an easy way to keep things simple. Besides, ladies, if you let your child have his surname, it gives you the upper hand when it comes to choosing the first name. Things have to be fair, right?
Discuss types of names
Do you prefer a popular name or an unusual one? How do you feel about a common name but with a different spelling? If the two of you come from different backgrounds, are there any names that are used or sound nice in both cultures? Will your child have a middle name? Agree on the general direction before getting down to the business of picking the actual name.
Make a list of names you like
Shortlist names you like. Use names of people you know or browse a book of baby names and don’t rush it. Every time you hear a name you like, add it to your list. Then once each of you has a few names in mind, examine each other’s lists and cross out any names that you absolutely hate. Hopefully, you will have a few options left. If not – it’s back to the drawing board, make another list.
Still finding it hard to choose a baby name? Leave the final decision until after you meet the baby. It can be much easier to decide once you have a face to put to the name.
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If you thought Kim Kardashian’s toddler North West or Gwneth Paltrow’s daughter Apple had it bad, a forum recently emerged on Reddit revealing some of the strangest and most cringe-worthy baby names. Drawing over 18000 comments within 24 hours, the results were, ah, interesting, with names like Dick Wonderlicker and Pupinderjit among some of the worst.
“There is a girl in my school named Gennah Tyles. With a G. It’s like her parents wanted to name her genitals,” wrote one user, while another said: “Dikshit is a very common Hindi name.”
It seems some parents allow their obsessions to determine the name of their child, with one poor kid being called Britney Shakira Beyonce, while another was named Like after Facebook. ‘This very young couple, who had just had a baby, were so obsessed with Facebook they decided to name their child Like, I kid you not,” wrote a user.
Fan-girling wasn’t the only reason behind a name, with little Jammy being the result of a spelling error, “kids parents thought this was the correct spelling of Jamie,” while poor Abstinence seemed to be the result of a sexual error. “I predict she will be pregnant by 16,” wrote the submitter.
Boy Boy, Mor’a’mang and Obamaniqua – defined by the Urban Dictionary as: “A ghetto-fabulous African-American that loves president Barrack Obama” – were among some of the shockers, but Orgasm well and truly took the cake. “As the daughter of a labor and delivery nurse, I’ve heard an abundance of terrible baby names, but I’d have to say this is by far the worst! Sadly, I’m not kidding,” said the user.
Unlike Orgasm, some parents wanted to remind their children of how unique and amazing they were as opposed to how they were conceived, with the names I’munique and Mazen submitted. “My former stepsister named her kid “Mazen” because it was ‘mazen when he was born.”
But what’s in a name, right? Well according to one user, he went to school with a “little blonde boy with bright blue eyes” named Lucifer, who was apparently “a very creepy kid.”
While naming your child a silly name is downright cruel – school bullies go to town with that stuff, unfortunately – it can also be deemed child abuse. One New Zealand couple reportedly lost custody of their child in 2008 after naming her ‘Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii.’ Seriously.
Some of the other outrageous baby names submitted, included: Airwrecker – an alternative way to spell Erica – Rage, Pud, Vejonica and Hellzel. A future note to parents: No child gets a thrill from having a creative name. Bob, George and Sarah will absolutely suffice!
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On a scale of one to sexy, how would you rate the name Scarlett? The sexiest of course, well according to a recent report, that is. Popular blog, Baby Name Wizard conducted a five-year study that asked users to choose and rate among 40,000 names the ones they found most alluring – and it seems, ladies, that Scarlett tops the list.
Scarlett came in at number one, with Nicolette, Natalia and Anais following, while Gertrude, Bertha and Agnes topped the least sexy list. For the lads, (queue tongue roll) Allessandro was voted the sexiest name in the world, while Lorenzo, Rhett and Romeo trailed. For all the Bobs, Ernests and Normans out there, the study revealed you were the less likely to ignite a fire in someone’s heart by coming in last on the sexy scale. Chin up, fellas!
So what’s in a name and why does it make you so much more darn sexier? “More than half the names on the sexy lists end in the classic gender markers o and a,” founder Lauren Wattenberg wrote on her blog. She also noted that doubled letters seemed to amp up a names sex appeal, such as Giuliana and Dimitri which both made the sexy cut.
A prominent trend amongst the popular names was their French and Italian origin, which Wattenberg said is because they are associated with romance: “That romantic image goes back not just to film heartthrobs like Fernando Lamas and Rudolph Valentino, but all the way back to Shakespeare.”
And as for why a name didn’t have a sexy ring came down to it being old and boring, put quite simply. Most of the names on the unsexy list had their peak in the late 1800s and today lacked excitement, wrote Lauren. “The names are all plain-spoken with heavy sounds,” she said.
Now before you go to extremes and change your name, keep in mind the results are based on ratings from from Namipedia visitors, the majority of who were female. “It’s certainly possible that an all-male panel would choose differently,” wrote Wattenberg.
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Celebs are infamous for giving their kids some, er, creative names. Just as the world was recovering from Apple (of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin) and Suri (Cruise… duh), along came Blue Ivy Carter and North West.
Earlier this year, Drew Barrymore gave birth to a girl named Frankie. (It should be noted that Frankie’s mom is also the owner of a gender-neutral name!) I don’t know about you, but when I think Frankie, I immediately think Valli.
Harper has also been a popular name in recent years, used by the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, David and Victoria Beckham, and Bill Hader. The name is popular as a girl’s name, like To Kill A Mockingbird author, Harper Lee, but can also be worn by a boy, for example, Paul Simon’s son.
This year, Kelly Clarkson gave birth to a daughter she called River – a name more famously given to men (i.e. River Phoenix). Speaking of Kelly, we know a surfer (hint: surname Slater) who also goes by this common girl’s name.
Bowie is an oddly popular choice in 2014, as the middle name of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s son, Apollo Bowie, and designer Rebecca Minkoff’s daughter, Bowie Lou. We can only assume it is derived from the surname of everyone’s favorite androgynous pop god, David Bowie.
What are you favorite unisex names?
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When a celebrity is pregnant I’m always excited to see what weird and wonderful name their child will be graced with. And there have been some corkers. Sometimes it’s almost as if words have been randomly drawn from a lucky dip. So here are some of my favourite strangest celebrity baby names:
This unusual name is care of Jason Lee, the star of My Name Is Earl. He chose this name for this son because of a song he heard by the band Grandaddy (named He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot).
Buddy Bear, Daisy Boo, Petal Blossom Rainbow and Poppy Honey
These are the children of Jamie and Jools Oliver. I suppose it’s no surprise that someone who is so creative in the kitchen could also be so creative with baby names.
This name belongs to the daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. She revealed that she named her daughter Apple because they are wholesome and sweet.
Geri Halliwell named her daughter after the precious, rare flower which seemed to fit her daughter perfectly, as well as the famous singer who she loves.
Moon Unit, Dweezil and Diva Muffin
These bizarre names are courtesy of the late musician Frank Zappa and although they sound strange to us, his wife assured everyone that they do have some significance to their family. Funnily enough, when Moon Unit was a musician she released an aptly titled song ‘My Mother Is A Space Cadet.’
Shannyn Sossamon, the actress well known for her role in ‘A Knight’s Tale’ said her and her partner wanted to name their child a word that was special to them, not a name, so they spent hours reading the dictionary trying to find something they liked.
Fifi-Trixibelle, Little Pixie, Peaches Honeyblossom and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily
These names sound like they have come from a fantasy movie but actually belong to the daughters of the late Paula Yates.
Unfortunately Alicia Silverstone’s son received honours for being one of the worst celebrity baby names in 2011, along with Mariah Carey who named her son Moroccan.
This unusual name is thanks to Penn Jillette (more famously known as Penn in Penn and Teller). Moxie was chosen because it’s unique and “it stands for old fashioned spunk and energy”. Sadly, this child was given the middle name of Crimefighter as a joke.
Harlow Winter Kate and Sparrow James Midnight
These cute names are courtesy of their famous parents Nicole Richie and Joel Madden. Even though the name Sparrow has been used for girls in the past, it’s now becoming popular for boys because of Pirates of the Caribbean’s’ Captain Jack Sparrow.
Zuma Nesta Rock
Although his parents Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have never explained the meaning of his name it is thought that Zuma is named after a beach in Malibu that has significance for her husband and Nesta comes from Bob Marley’s original name – Nesta Robert Marley.
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By Karyn Miller
When some friends recently announced they were expecting another child, the age old debate reared its head once again – are you going to find out the sex of your baby? They were quick to say no, deciding to wait until the baby is born before finding out if they have been blessed with a boy or a girl. My husband and I on the other hand, looked at each other and wondered how some couples can wait so long to find out. How do they know what colour to paint the nursery? How will they know what clothes to buy?
So I decided to compile a list of pros and cons to help new parents make the decision about whether or not to find out the sex of their unborn baby:
- Most parents choose to find out the sex of their child because they want to be organised. It means that you can choose the colour for the nursery accordingly and you can buy baby clothes and accessories in the ‘right’ colour. Although that’s not to say that a boy can’t wear yellow and a girl can’t wear blue, some people just want to have specific colours – they don’t like to be restricted to buying neutral whites and greys.
- The baby name list can be slashed in half. As if choosing a name for your baby isn’t hard enough, but having two lists – one for the girls and one for the boys just seems so difficult! Having only one set of names to ponder over can be far easier.
- At twenty weeks pregnant some women feel extremely despondent that there is still another twenty weeks or so until their bundle of treasure arrives. Finding out the sex of the baby gives them a boost – it’s a welcome surprise amongst what can be some extremely hard months for women. Some find that it helps them to form a stronger bond with their unborn child, making the rest of their pregnancy easier.
- There is no surprise when your baby is finally born. You already know if it’s going to be a boy or a girl, so the only surprise you get is seeing if your little one has daddy’s nose or mummy’s eyes.
- There is a chance that the ultrasound was interpreted incorrectly. Occasionally, certain body parts can be mistaken for the baby’s genitals which unfortunately means that the sex of the baby is the opposite of what you’ve been told. All those months of planning for a baby boy or girl could have been a complete waste of time when you discover the true sex of your baby.
- You miss out on all of the fun while everyone around you tries to guess the sex of your baby. There are endless lists of old wives tales which claim to predict the sex of your baby. Part of the fun of not knowing is testing these theories out. Am I having a boy because I’m carrying so low? Or is the ring swinging back and forth rather than in a circle because I’m having a girl?
Whether you choose to find out the sex of your baby or not should be you and your partner’s decision alone. Don’t try to be swayed by family and friends who are eager to find out the sex so they can buy appropriate gifts. Finding out so early is a luxury these days – years ago women didn’t have that option, so if they had to wait, why can’t we?
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By Karyn Miller
Each year the list of the popular baby names is released and reveals the trends in naming across the country. We’ve taken a step away from the weird and wonderful and have continued on our flashback to traditional names that were popular at the turn of the century. Below are the most popular names for boys and girls in Australia in 2013.
Top 20 girls’ names:
Top 20 boys’ names: