‘character-building’ baby names

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As babies continue insist on being born, and the law insists those babies are given names, we receive plenty questions about baby names. Here’s one from Andy from Wimbledon:

My best friend and his lovely wife are expecting a baby boy in the new year.

However, on the issue of names, my friend has decided that the boy child is to be named “Tyrion”, after Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf from Game of Thrones.

Now I’m only halfway through the first season of GoT, but already I’m concerned that naming a child after a dwarf who has a penchant for booze and whores might not be the best option.

Furthermore, this being Game of Thrones, it’s no spoiler to presume that at some point the character in question will be involved in something hideously despicable/incestuous/immoral which could well tarnish the name (i.e. you don’t see many birth announcements in The Times for boys named ‘Adolf’ anymore).

So answer me this – how do you go about telling someone that their choice of baby name isn’t perhaps appropriate? Or should I, like everyone else, just keep quiet and coo over the baby and its ‘lovely’ name once the thing is born?

Yes. That. Regardless of whether you voice your (reasonable) objections, if your friends love that name, they’re going to bestow it upon their boy. So don’t add a black mark to your permanent record when it won’t help the baby anyway. About the furthest you can go is leaving a newspaper in their loo, casually folded open upon an article about how naming a child after a current big TV series is a bit tacky.

Anyway, the impending baby Tyrion might have got off lightly, if this tale from Sam in Langbank is to be believed:

My friend, Hannah, told me her friend Craig’s mum was working in a maternity ward at a hospital somewhere in Glasgow. She was asking a new mother to write down on a form the name of her new baby girl. The mum then wrote this: ‘La-a’. Craig’s mum then said “Oh, that’s an unusual name”. To which the woman replied, “Yeah. Ladasha.”

This is possibly the best name I’ve ever heard.

Answer me this what is the oddest name you have ever heard of?

PS my biology teacher also taught someone called Princess-Jamie-Babes Brown.

People at my school claimed to know a girl called Autumn Dawn Forecast. And a friend at university swore she had known a boy called Norman Conquest. Let’s face it: if your surname was Conquest, you’d be a fool to resist that opportunity.

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4 Responses to “‘character-building’ baby names”

  1. 10330 Says:

    hey i dont see my name so yeah its kassidy

  2. Jessica Says:

    When I was born my parents had decided to name me Jemima but after much bullying and taunts from the midwife about Jemima Puddleduck assuring them it was a ridiculous idea, they were persuaded to change their minds. If you are very concerned for this child perhaps you can put a strong minded and opinionated person in the vercinity at a moment of weakness.

    (The name may have changed but I still get Beatrix Potter memorabilia every Christmas)

  3. Phi Says:

    Some mates of a friend of mine called their son “Furious” in the mid 90s. Mmind you, they were all in uni studying music & the arts so I suppose the poor sod got of lightly.

  4. laurie Says:

    sadly, I think it is not to be believed. http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/le-a.asp

    A cousin recently named their baby Nyx. It leads to much confusion when discussing anything his father, Nick, possesses.

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