Last weekend, I attended one of my oldest friends’ baby shower. One of the games we played was “name the baby celebrity”. I realised very quickly that I live in a bubble and don’t know many celebrities, so identifying them as babies was impossible! Needless to say… I lost!
Talk quickly changed to baby names, and my friend is keen to have a traditional name for her impending arrival. Conversation flowed, and I learnt a thing or three about celebrity baby name choices…
Fearne Cotton followed my friend’s lead and called her new arrival Honey – a lovely name choice in my opinion. Word on the street is that Kanye West’s 2nd baby could be called Easton – (Is anyone else cringing)? Apple was the name chosen by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin back in 2004. Am I the only person thinking it sounds like a walking advert now?! We can’t do a post on odd baby names without mentioning Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy. I hear her name and am transported back to Y2K and that irritating “I’m blue, (da-ba-dee)” song by Eiffel 65. (You’re welcome by the way – I’m sure it’ll be stuck in your head all day now)!
Of course, these are just my opinions of some celebrity name choices. Some people still see our daughter’s name, Sydney as a bit “out there” and unusual, so I understand it’s a very personal decision.
A leading UK bingo company has released an ebook of the UK’s top baby names. I wasn’t surprised to see Oliver and Amelia topping the charts. (Friends of mine who had a baby girl this year have named their daughter Amelia, and another friend named her son Oliver). I suspect that Charlotte will be up there next year, thanks to the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge’s name choice for the newest Princess.
Our son has the more traditional name of our children – Sam. While I love his name, it does get a little frustrating when 5 kids turn round in the park when I shout his name. With that in mind, I can understand why lots of people do opt for more unusual names – us included.
What are your thoughts? Does one particular celebrity name make you cringe more than others? Are you team traditional or team unusual when it comes to baby names?