Weirdest baby names ever?
As our hunt for a name for a name for our daughter continues and our shortlist grows and grows, I’m still very amused by the utterly bizarre names some people call their kids.
‘Guwayne’ has brought on the most giggles from me so far, leafing through our baby names book. It might just be the way it rolls of my tongue, or the fact that I can only imagine it being shortened to ‘Goo’.
Although some names on their own are hilarious, perfectly acceptable names often sound completely ridiculous when paired with certain surnames. Ours begins with ‘L’, so girls’ names we’ve warmed to that have lots of ‘Ls’ have to be rejected right off.
For example, I was a real fan of Lily. But in combination with our surname it began to sound like a tongue twister – particularly if you want to include a middle name too.
The most amusing first name/surname combination I’ve heard given to a baby, which I discovered through a friend, is Shay Long. While both perfectly acceptable names on their own, used in combination you cannot escape the resemblance to the French-style sofa, Chaise Longue.
Jack has also come up with some fantastic names. ‘Swing Head’ was his first choice for a while – seemingly in an effort to be funny. ‘Banana’ is the current frontrunner, out alongside Amina, which is the name of his best friend at nursery. Although we’ll not pick it, at least it’s an improvement on the other two.
Of course, celebrities end up calling their babies the strangest things. Frank Zappa famously had Dweezil and Moon Unit, while Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s decision to call their baby Apple is probably the most bizarre modern-day example.
What’s the weirdest name you’ve ever come across for a baby? Have you ever had to stifle a laugh in the park or playground when you heard a parent calling their child something really peculiar?