Choosing a name that’s a little different
Working in a school I hear all kinds of weird and wonderful names in the classroom. The variety of names means that some of the previously lesser-known names are appearing on the top 100 lists more and more.
Of course, there are some names that border on bizarre. Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii? Yes, that’s been made illegal in New Zealand, along with twins Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit and Sex Fruit! Bizarrely Number 16 Bus Shelter (everyone knows where she was conceived then) and Violence were allowed to remain. A Swedish couple named their child Albin back in 1996. Fair enough, but this is how they spelt it, ‘Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116’.
In my opinion, these examples are a step too far, but there is no harm in choosing a name that is a little different. Instead of ‘fitting in’ with a popular name, many parents are looking for a name that will help their child stand out. Here are some more reasons for the rise in more unusual baby names.
1. Different life styles and cultures are changing the face of the UK and as such wonderful new names are emerging. If you fancy something a little different, why not be inspired by traditions or cultures very different to our own.
2. With the right name, it offers the child a bit of instant kudos. For example, as they get older and go to interviews, a potential future employer is going to remember an ‘Arlo’ or ‘Anais’ vividly purely based on their name.
3. It’s nice to be different. An unusual name may allow a child to rise above the need to follow the crowd and push for something a little different for him or herself.
4. Everyone has different life experiences whether it is travelling or a passion for a hobby. Many parents choose to give their child a name that is meaningful to them. Perhaps a song, place or experience that is personal to them. As long as it isn’t Number 16 Bus Shelter, and all the ‘special times’ you had in there, then this is a perfectly legitimate way to treasure a memory.
Just remember that if you wouldn’t want the name for yourself then you probably shouldn’t inflict it on your child, but other than that, there are plenty of fantastic reasons to choose a name that is a little different.
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