In the last 10 years or so, it seems that baby names have been growing increasingly weirder. It used to just be the provision of bored celebrities to name offspring after various places or foodstuffs.
Times have changed, and every day folk are doing all they can to make sure their little angel will stand out as much as possible. Possibly not foreseeing that their child will undoubtedly stand out most on a school bus, surrounded by teens looking for someone to bully. Of course, with the rising number of oddly-named babies rising all the time, it’ll be little William or John who’ll draw the negative attention from legions of Brooklyns and Beyonces.
The Influence of Technology
With the world of technology part of pretty much every area of our lives, it’s not surprising that it has an incredible influence on choosing a baby name. Saying that, the names that are chosen are surprising, and not a little bit ridiculous.
Rather famously, a couple of years ago, a couple from Israel named their baby ‘Like’ after the button on Facebook. Subsequently, an Egyptian child was named ‘Facebook’. You think it can’t get any more ridiculous? At the end of last year, baby Hashtag was born in the UK. Hashtag.
TV and Film
The things we watch will always be a massive influence on how we name our off spring. There’s no doubt that when Star Wars fans started to have kids, there was bound to be a few Lukes and Leias. Darth, not so much.
Popular entertainment still continues to inspire unusual names, but as parents grow a little more ‘confident’ with naming their babies. Perhaps you too are changing the Bumgenius nappies on your baby Sooki (from TrueBlood), Bree (Desperate Housewives) or even Buffy. Do bear in mind that this can go too far, as Nicholas Cage has demonstrated through his lifelong love of Superman. His son is called Kal-El, the Kryptonian name for Cage’s comic book hero.
Weirdly Spelled Names
Perhaps with sheer desperation, if none of the above ways of finding a baby name works, just go completely out there with your spelling. It doesn’t matter if you’ve worked the name out by dropping a cat on your keyboard, it will look exotic.
Take for example Princess Tiaamii, the offspring of professional celebrity Katie Price. Or perhaps, don’t. The poor child is destined to have problems with autocorrect all her life. Still, the upside is that if you use your child’s name as a password, it’ll make it hard to get right.
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Mike blogs about being a new dad while in a constant state of confusion.