What’s In A Name?

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“Do I look like a Harold Harold?”

 

In my opinion, naming your children is one of the most important things you do for them in the first few years of their life. I think their name sets a precedent for their formative years and I imagine that giving them one they don’t feel comfortable with would be awful

I’ve always been happy as an Alice, bar a time at middle school when I tried to re-invent myself as ‘Ally’ (it didn’t catch on), but imagine if your child went so far as to change their name? That would be heartbreaking.

When we were naming our kids we wanted to pick ones that would suit an artist, a solicitor, an investment banker, a doctor or a rock star- covering all eventualities, you see. I also wanted a name that would be special to us and would carry some sort of a family legacy.

And so we first arrived at ‘Elfreda Daphne’.

Elfreda was my Nana’s name and can be shortened to so many things: Elfie, Freda, Freddy, Elly… if she doesn’t feel like an Elfie when she grows up (and she might not at 40!) there’ll be plenty more to choose from. Daphne was Will’s Granny’s name and I just love it.

Hux was a little different. We wanted an ‘H’ name to match our surname of ‘Harold’, but ‘Harold Harold’ seemed like an overkill. Seriously, we considered it, but thought the playground taunting would probably be a bit much for even the strongest of characters Henry was a strong contender for me but not for Will, and so we settled on Huxley. I wish I could tell you he was named because we’re big fans of the works of Aldous Huxley, but that would be a fib… we actually found the name by sounding out each H name from an American list of names with our surname. It’s a tradition in Will’s family that the firstborn son inherits their father’s first name as their middle name so that made it easy; Huxley William it was.

I find names so fascinating and love to see the stats for baby names following a particular celebrity being in the news, but more importantly the weird and wonderful things people name their kids. Tinkerbell, anyone? Similarly there are not many things as interesting as chatting to a primary school teacher and hearing some of the children’s names that come wondering into their classroom. Is it judgemental of me to say that I think plenty of parents might be drunk when naming their kids?

Bounty recently sent me this infographic tracking Baby Name trends in 2012. If you’ve ever considered calling your kid Harold Harold you should probably take a look…

Baby Names Infographic from Bounty

This infographic was created by Bounty. 

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