September 4, 2012
The article which can be accessed here speaks about naming trends and the positives and negatives to having a very common name. It also discusses the negatives to having to a rather unique, different and hard to pronounce name. I say negatives as there were no positive.
It follows on from a disturbing article several weeks ago discussing bizarre names that parents in Australia had given their children. All I can say is that I feel deeply sad for the little girl named Bacardi. She is condemned to a life of stripping and bar work.
The biggest and most important point the article makes is that when considering a name you should imagine a scenario 20 odd years into the future where your child enters an office for a job interview, holds out their hand to shake and says, 'Hi, my name is......'
Article courtesy of News.com.au
July 4, 2012
2012 really is England's year. I mean, the Jubilee and now the Olympics. Those cute loved up royals Wills and Kate have been getting around drumming up support and the world seems to be having a love affair with all things Britain - I'm very much included in that!
What better time to reflect on some British inspired baby names including some rather guilty pleasures. Without further ado, jubilant names for the Jubilee!
Brittany - Actually named for a region in France from where the Britons fled however we now tend to associate it with the country. So Brittney in various spelling was popular in the 90's and early 00's thanks to Ms. Spears. Not such a great name sake but I still love the name especially the GP Brittania.
Elizabeth - After fiery red head and rumoured virgin queen, Elizabeth I and our current ruler HRH Elizabeth II. The Queen's second granddaughter born this year to grandson Peter and his wife Autumn was named Isla Elizabeth.
London - After the glorious and historic city. The first time I heard this name on a real child I was in shock for a while. This is certainly a guilty pleasure for me - I love the name but would I ever use it on a real child...I don't know? Common as a surname, it can also be considered a masculine name.
Victoria - After Queen Victoria. Do yourself a favour - if you have not yet seen the film The Young Victoria take some time and watch it. It changed my perspective on her completely - she's not just the overweight old woman wearing black that we all see.
Albert - After Victoria's dedicated husband Prince Albert. I think this name and perhaps its nick name Alby could make a comeback.
Kent - After the British county, or 'state' to us Aussies. Where my family originate from (as free settlers!)
Henry - Given name of current Prince Harry. He shares this with Henry the 8th, otherwise known as father of Elizabeth I and prolific wife killer.
Winston - My husband would give me a sideways look for not mentioning the name of the former PM. Such a key player in the history of modern England
Would you use any of these names? Can you think of any other names to celebrate Britain?
I'll try to not leave so long between drinks next time! Until then...
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FILLING out forms could be challenging in years to come for Diammond Sparckle Zedekeyah Lilly Ann Martin.
But her parents reckon the name will not lose its lustre. Baby Diammond was born on New Year's Eve to Lake Macquarie couple Adam and Brinessa - their 11th child and eighth daughter.
Ms Martin, 35, said the idea for "Diammond" came after downloading baby names on to her iPhone.
"I thought it was a pretty name," she said. "Everyone loves diamonds and they are sparkly so it sort of fitted. We just added a couple of letters to the name so it would be a bit different."
Unusual names are not new to the family, with a Brandi Shyla Molly Robyn, an Indego Raindrop Sapphire and a Cruz Richard among little Diammond's older siblings.
NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages spokeswoman Alana Sheil said most names were acceptable in NSW, provided they were made up of the letters of the alphabet.
Among other unusual names in recent years are H (pronounced haich) and Metallica. But while unique names appeal to some, Ms Sheil urged parents to think carefully about naming a child."It has to be able to be used in society, it can't be a symbol like the @ symbol, it can't be a sentence and we won't register names that would give your child a title," she said.
"What sounds cute when they are three months or 13 months or 13 years might not be so cute when they are applying for a job," she said.
I could not agree more with Ms. Sheil. I do wonder though if she'll end up going by Lilly?