Don’t Call Me Baby! Or Oreal, or Yeti, or Banjo......
It’s at this time of year that a list of names of babies born in the year appear, as well as predictions for what next year’s crop of new-borns will be saddled with – and getting the name right is so important.
How will the name stand the test of time? Why not ask the multitude of Kylies, Jasons and Britneys that appeared within a year of their namesakes’ popularity peaking? And maybe this year we will see a fine collection of Jessicas, Bradleys, Ellies, Mos and Usains being produced post-Olympic euphoria? – after all, that may have been when they were conceived!
It’s not actually unusual in this country to mark Olympic success after home victories: In 1907 there was an increase of Williams by nearly tenfold after a gold medal for archer William Dodd and in Hungary in 1948 holocaust survivor Susan Halter inspired 62,000 people to name their children after her swimming success.
“The legacy of our London Olympics 2012 and Paralympic heroes can be traced through time and the memories of their achievements live on in those who were named after them," said Debra Chatfield, a historian at findmypast.co.uk.
And we will also see a new range of car names throughout 2013 as manufacturers search for that elusive customer favourite that will last forever. It’s not easy deciding what to call either your car or your company because it can be so easy to make a mistake, and then that in itself is a nightmare, and you then have all the extra cost and humiliation of having to rename it.
But for us on the outside it’s fun looking at names that have been chosen, because they will give seconds of enjoyment at parties when the inevitable question arises: “And what are you driving at the moment?”
And then the answer comes: “A Yeti”, “A Savvy”, “A Renault Wind”, “A Carisma”, “A Rover Streetwise”, “A Peugeot Teepee”, “A Sharan” (not to be confused with Sharon from Eastenders), “A Rodius”, or quite possibly the worst – but an import-only car so you can be excused slightly – “A Mazda Bongo Friendlee”.
So that is how important it is, getting that name right – for both cars and children’s names. For cars there is the potential of financial disaster, and for children social suicide.
Probably best to give it a harsh playground test; Make sure it doesn’t rhyme with anything silly, fits with the surname AND doesn’t rhyme with it (Jason Mason, beware), isn’t silly in itself, isn’t rude, and won’t lead to a life of sniggers, taunts and jibes for ever.
I’ll confess to an interest in children’s names as my son’s first child will be born in May, and all that researching and soul-searching for a girl’s name has to be now re-thought with the scan revealing that my unborn grandchild is male – and they have no male name yet!
So, David and Paula, if you are reading this, here are some ideas, according to those in the know in the media (and don’t blame me if you choose one of these; it’s just ideas)
Apparently in 2012, Disney names were the big choice in the ‘unusual names’ stakes; Not just Belle, Jasmine, Peter and Donald but Tinkerbell and Nemo. And others on the list included Star, Bliss, Pyper, Buttercup and Kizzie for girls and River, Blade, Buzz-Bee, Storm and Zico for boys. (Buzz-be? Who chose that?)
And, for 2013 the predictions are that The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones will inspire names Augustus, Atticus, Juno, Julius and Thor. (Just be glad the Persephone is a girl’s name!)
A spokesperson said Bounty.com that produced the 2013 predictions said: “Parents are being creative and wanting their children to stand out from the crowd with unusual names. Some parents choose unusual names because they don’t want their child to share the same name as others at school. The desire for classroom ‘standout’ is certainly a growing trend.”
Seemingly the ‘last wave of grandma and grandpa names’ such as Ben, Max, Hank and Monty is dying out, although there is always the thought that popular culture will give you ideas so perhaps a member of One Direction could help you there? (It’s Harry, Liam, Niall, Zain and Louis in case you don’t know.)
Then there are the celebrity names that stars have saddled their children with like Blue Ivy, Flynn and Levi, as well as Valentino and Roman.
And finally an alleged rise in names from the 19th Century – either it’s real or the newspaper I read had space to fill. So try Sparrow, Jermajesty, Greenway, Roxley and Rollan.
Finally, you could try the name Oreal. Perhaps he’ll be worth it?
Either these or keep looking at the idea texts that your mum keeps sending you. Personally I would keep them all and then send them all to car companies as ideas for their new cars of the future.
I can actually see a Renault Roxley being quite popular.