Recent nutty names I have heard

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CockneySparra Fri 21-Jan-11 14:23:08


I thought the woman was mispronouncing Sian, then saw the name written down. Sigh-Anne. I mean, what on earth...?

the other was a little boy called Ragen. As in Ronald Regan, but Ragen. Ragen? I am not a name snob, but I do draw the line at deliberately misspelling surnames and then using them as a first name! grin

my son is called ragen

Sigh-Anne. Words fail me.

Although I did recently meet two sisters called Lee-Arna and Ell-Arna.

Asteria Fri 21-Jan-11 14:28:49

I just don't understand hyphenated first names - WHY WHY WHY? I went to school with lots of Mary-Annes, Emma-Janes and Mary-Roses - silly if you ask me!

twirlymum Fri 21-Jan-11 14:29:20


Poor kid was called brontosaurus by all the others.

onimolap Fri 21-Jan-11 15:05:43

I thought Regan was a Shakesperian girls' name.

I met a Karmani (boy) on the bus.

twirlymum Fri 21-Jan-11 15:45:06

Regan was one of King Lear's daughters onimolap

Imarriedafrog Fri 21-Jan-11 15:49:44

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twirlymum Fri 21-Jan-11 15:56:53

You sure it wasn't The Sweeney? grin

onimolap Fri 21-Jan-11 17:07:57

Ah yes! I've never met a Cordelia in RL, though it's a nice name. Pity anyone who's saddled with Goneril.

SoupDragon Fri 21-Jan-11 17:10:05

Sigh-Anne is a shocker.

Was it a misspelling of Cyan??

Helzapoppin Fri 21-Jan-11 18:18:01

I met a Yorick at a party last week. He wasn't a baby though, he was twenty and American, perhaps it's more normal there (??).

Spidermama Fri 21-Jan-11 18:25:38

I know a Mopsa.

She says her name is from a Shakespearean play but I can't remember which one.

When I first met her I was a bit hmm but it really grew on me. In fact she was one of the people I consulted about having an unusual name when deciding whether to name my children.

Spidermama Fri 21-Jan-11 18:26:17

I wonder how many people will say, 'Alas poor Yorick, I knew him well,'

onimolap Fri 21-Jan-11 19:20:34

Spidermama: I thought I knew my Shakespeare pretty well, but I had to look that one up.

Mopsa is a character in Winter'sTale

Spidermama Fri 21-Jan-11 19:35:56

Yes that's it. Well done!

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 21-Jan-11 19:50:01

Bronte is a Scandinavian name. Not so daft there!

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 21-Jan-11 19:53:00

Actually I'm talking bollocks. It's an Irish name, just happen to know a couple of Danish ones!

MrsvWoolf Fri 21-Jan-11 20:01:46

I knew Mopsa, but only because it ususally makes the Christmas/Winter baby name lists on blogs etc

Not met, but I came across Ballerina as a first name recently.

ShowOfHands Fri 21-Jan-11 20:04:26

Regan in KL was a bloody nasty piece of work.

spidookly Fri 21-Jan-11 20:08:14

Bronte is not an Irish name.

"when deciding whether to name my children."

What did you decide?

I hope you decided not to name them. Now that would be unsual.

crystalglasses Fri 21-Jan-11 20:09:51

I find Hebe strange. Am I wrong?

Someone told me the other day that there was a birthday card on cbeebies for a child called...#


Regan was awful. What about her Dsis Goneril? wink

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 21-Jan-11 20:34:08

Baby name website said Bronte was derived from the Irish surname Prunty then came to be a first name. Sounds a bit odd but it's there.

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 21-Jan-11 20:36:02

There is an Ozzy here who has every movement he makes congratulated in a newspaper family announcement. Always makes me think of Ozzy Osbourne shouting "Sharon"

UniS Fri 21-Jan-11 20:38:14


and I do know a child named after a fine single malt.

spidookly Fri 21-Jan-11 20:38:16

Baby name websites (and books) are full of shit.

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 21-Jan-11 20:40:03

Yeah I should know better grin

GRW Fri 21-Jan-11 20:40:25

London for a girl. I wonder if the 2012 Olympics will make it popular.

KittyBump Fri 21-Jan-11 20:43:48

In the course of my work I have met a Cerise-Pink, Jack Daniels (as his first name) and a Titti Anna - the mind boggles hmm

WimpleOfTheBallet Fri 21-Jan-11 20:44:30

I met a Dimity, which I actually really sounds dainty...but would be shortened to Dim...which isn't great.

It's a type of printed fabrc I think.

Mopsa was a bit daft in that play..a sort of yokel type. Her mate was Dorcas..which is lovely in a Dorky sort of way.

spidookly Fri 21-Jan-11 20:47:30

Dimity - as in a corruption of Dimitri?

PMSL @ Titti-Anna

Tatiana and Titania's mongrel offspring.

thomasbodley Fri 21-Jan-11 20:52:28

Wasn't Titty one of the children in 'Swallows and Amazons'?

I recently heard of a child called Finn Moore. If he goes to boarding school he's going to be "Morphine" (Moor, Finn), I guarantee it.

HettyAmaretti Fri 21-Jan-11 20:54:01

Vanity. Yes really.

chickbean Fri 21-Jan-11 20:56:54


Mother a Wham fan?

ValiumSilverTongue Fri 21-Jan-11 21:00:33

I know of a Ryanne. Not crazy about it but I think this is a certain trend, and won't be exactly rare.

pinkmagic1 Fri 21-Jan-11 21:04:23

Heard a mother shouting 'Ceaser' at her DS the other day, as in Julius!

spidookly Fri 21-Jan-11 21:06:32

Ryanne is a relatively normal name in the US

WimpleOfTheBallet Fri 21-Jan-11 21:07:48

No Spidookly...Dimity is a type of's a English word I'm sure...very old one.

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 21-Jan-11 21:10:39

My living room is painted in Farrow & Ball Dimity!

eatyourveg Fri 21-Jan-11 21:14:07

I know a woman who has named her youngest Tuppence.

BTW I don't think Hebe is strange at all. I know one and have never thought of it as particularly unusual

Tortoise Fri 21-Jan-11 21:14:25

Odyssey is one that has appeared locally!

onimolap Fri 21-Jan-11 22:24:06

My DS was at nursery with an Osiris. Also recently in the park, I heard someone calling for a boy named Adonis.

Exogenesis Fri 21-Jan-11 22:29:25

I know a Rainbow and A tree.

timetomove Fri 21-Jan-11 22:30:38

How is Hebe pronounced? Does it rhyme with Phoebe?

onimolap Fri 21-Jan-11 22:41:43

Timetomove: yes. She was a daughter of Zeus, and cup-bearer to the gods.

merrymonsters Fri 21-Jan-11 23:06:59

I knew a Hebe at school. It was pronounced Heb-ah. She was Egyptian.

MollysChambers Fri 21-Jan-11 23:15:07

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crystalglasses Sat 22-Jan-11 00:02:23

I know at least 3 hebes and their all pronounced heebee

MollysChambers Sat 22-Jan-11 00:09:20

Is a hebe not a shrub? confused

MollysChambers Sat 22-Jan-11 00:11:13

Mind you so are Rose and Ivy. Or similar plant type things.

Ignore me. Am pished. grin

lovemybabyboy Sat 22-Jan-11 00:14:32

I saw a name tag on a shelf at nursery....Tiger-Lee!?! shock dont know if that was a boy or girl! hmm

I did come across a Baccardi (sic) once. Obviously the extra "c" gave it a bit of class wink

cornishshelley Sat 22-Jan-11 10:35:24

I generally say each to their own but a few i've heard include Fox, Dark and twins called samuel & samantha but my favourite was the teenage mum who wanted to call her daughter clamidyia until someone told her what it was (told to me by my health visitor not sure if it's an urban tale but it made me laugh!)

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 22-Jan-11 12:42:04

I know 2 K-C one a girl and one a boy.

Talking of Cbeebies there was a card for a Cookie the other week hmm

spidookly Sat 22-Jan-11 15:29:49

Ah, you learn something new every day. Thanks

I think Osiris is a great name.

meadowlarks Sat 22-Jan-11 15:40:28

Orion Ajax was a particularly good one, I thought.

silkenladder Sat 22-Jan-11 15:46:45

A friend told me of a (non-English speaking) woman who had named her daughter Iloveny.

She had seen it on a T-shirt and thought it was really pretty grin

ChickensFlyingUnderTheRadar Sat 22-Jan-11 15:53:16

If I'd had a DD, she'd have been Regan.

deemented Sat 22-Jan-11 15:57:17

I was once in a softplay and there was twins girls there - Dolce and Gabbana....

prepschoolinsanity Sat 22-Jan-11 16:26:18

When signing on in Brixton a few years back there was a Poison, and a Nikee.

Two black lads I went to school with were called Storm and Blaze - they were godlike and carried it well.

allbie Sat 22-Jan-11 17:17:56

Oh you guys, stop being sooo narrow-minded!

tummytickler Sat 22-Jan-11 18:31:43

crystalglasses I know 3 Hebes too - wonder if we live in the same town? grin

CockneySparra Sat 22-Jan-11 18:37:38

DS's old nursery had some shockers:

...and my personal favourite, Princess-Diamond shock grin

This was way before Jordan and her Princess Tia-cockamamie or whatever the poor kid is called.

Gotta love Hackney!

4andnotout Sat 22-Jan-11 18:43:13

My friends nieces were called Porche and Mercedes shock
I also know a Bentley.

nannynobnobs Sat 22-Jan-11 18:43:44

There is a Korben at Dd2's nursery... I love it
Hebe was on my longlist for DD2. DH saw it and said "HEEB? What sort of name is Heeb?"

DinkyRowan Sat 22-Jan-11 21:27:19

My Mum went on holiday to Uganda as a child, and the children living in the house next door were called 'Electricity' and 'Margarine' - seriously!

A classic case of using a name that you like the sound of but have no idea of the meaning!

Lucyintheskywithdiazepam Sat 22-Jan-11 21:36:33

I knew of a Charisma in my previous job. And a Beyonce.

So far this year I have encountered a Lyric (boy) and a Larch (girl)

TaperJeanGirl Sat 22-Jan-11 23:24:33

I know a velvet, a cosima, 2 echos, a neo, a couple of vivis, and a fox, I was only surprised when a new boy started in nursery and was called.................John!

lololizzy Sun 23-Jan-11 00:30:40

Yellow (boy)

lololizzy Sun 23-Jan-11 00:30:53

Yellow (boy)

lololizzy Sun 23-Jan-11 00:33:18

Precious shock

lololizzy Sun 23-Jan-11 00:33:40

Mosaic (female)

SingingSands Sun 23-Jan-11 00:37:17

My favourite cbeebies birthday card was for a child called "Splendid". Made me smile all day, after seeing that!

lololizzy Sun 23-Jan-11 00:38:26

Nell Gwynn hmm

twirlymum Sun 23-Jan-11 08:37:02

I knew a little girl called Sugar.

thisismyboomstick Sun 23-Jan-11 08:51:03

Osiris is the egyptian god of the afterlife and was also Old Dirty Bastard's (from t' Wu Tang Clan) alter ego.

My godfather's wife taught an Inertia

God, I love Inertia. I want that as my name. grin

Petalouda Sun 23-Jan-11 14:04:08

just found this thread and love it! Shame I live in the arse end of pretty much nowhere and haven't come across many weird names.

Although I went to school with an Adonis (I think he's of polynesian descent, although I could be wrong) he carried it off well!

My sister nearly called her new son Korben.

I teach a Chardonnay, who is lovely, but I heave a little sigh every time I take the register!

We've had a Marley in school, but I didn't have the pleasure of his company. He wasn't with us long.

I quite like Larch. And I've heard of a Cedar too, which I think is lovely.

Which makes my first choice for ours (due march) quite tame, really!

Larch is quite nice, but surely you are always going to be known as Number 5 (The Larch) (or I'm showing my age blush


MommyMayhem Sun 23-Jan-11 14:11:06

There's a trend in the US at the moment to name children after places in England but mis-spell them. I know of several Londyn's and Camdin's.

Petalouda Sun 23-Jan-11 14:18:09

We've got a Devin. Which was weird when he started, as we are in Devon.

Mumcentreplus Sun 23-Jan-11 14:25:26

Larch = way to close to Lurch

Nothing beats Lampard as a first name..grin

DH was at Cambridge with a uni (she was the third child in her family). Dead posh they were.

Petalouda Sun 23-Jan-11 14:30:56

True re Lurch. And Lampard?!

Oh, and I forgot a beauty: never met the child, but I know of a "Beckham"

BalloonSlayer Sun 23-Jan-11 14:34:51

By thunder, I wish I'd called DS1 Inertius. It would suit him down to the ground.

In response to some other comments:

- There is a Dimity in Gone With the Wind. (Dimity Monroe?)

- And for the Love of God - It's "Alas poor Yorick, I knew him, Horatio" < and breathe >

Mumcentreplus Sun 23-Jan-11 14:35:36

My DH's work colleague's new baby son is named Lampard..I kid you not!

asdx2 Sun 23-Jan-11 14:37:11

I know brothers called Saracen and Wolf so I tend to think their parents must have liked Gladiators when it was on grin

Petalouda Sun 23-Jan-11 14:37:28

just to clarify, I'm not the only person who judges parents (probably entirely wrongly, granted) by these names, right?

BalloonSlayer Sun 23-Jan-11 14:39:50

I knew a Marley too.

It was funny when he was paired with Jacob to do something.

nannynobnobs Sun 23-Jan-11 17:08:32

The lovely Gary Dourdan (Warwick Brown in CSI) has a son called Lyric
Laughing at rather a lot of these, I used to have a mouse called Inertia and a cat called Beckham
The Larch...
The. Larch.
Theeee... LARCH.

I have come across a Diesal at my local playgroup.

theresapotatoundermysink Sun 23-Jan-11 17:21:32

I know you've all moved on by now, but I know a Bronte and she's lovely and it's lovely. So there.

onimolap Sun 23-Jan-11 17:30:40

I know a Bronte too - I assumed it was transferred surname and a homage to the literary sisters.

I also met three boys called Dante and, by fluke I suppose, all were little thugs quite lively.

lololizzy Sun 23-Jan-11 17:48:01

ha the Larch! Monty Py!!
there is a Bronte in my sis in law's family.
I know a couple of Cedars..lovely name.

MelinaM Mon 24-Jan-11 00:05:25

I can't stand the deliberate misspelling of names in the effort to be 'individual', madness! ..hyphenating is also a real bugbear for me!
A few nasty examples that I've come across lately: Emelia-Mae, Hollee, Rueby-May, Cyenna-Rose, Cortnee, Dazey, Elleey-Ray, Jayde, Mistie-Blue, Izzabel, Iylah (Isla), Jorja for the boys well ...Kanyee, Caeden, Alfee-William, Jay, Harvee, Junyor!!!
Absolutely shocking!!!! Why, oh why?!!!!!

manicbmc Mon 24-Jan-11 00:14:49

I teach a Marley. grin

Also know of a Tiger, a Lord Grace (boy), a Blu, and an Ian.

happyhappyjoyjoy Mon 24-Jan-11 00:48:51

I know of a 3 yo Tinkerbelle.

theresapotatoundermysink Mon 24-Jan-11 09:15:55

You win.

lololizzy Mon 24-Jan-11 14:54:42

a Keanu who unfortunately has a cleft palate

UrsulaBuffay Mon 24-Jan-11 16:03:09

Gypsy. Her surname was that of the celebrated English nurse.

merryberry Mon 24-Jan-11 16:28:03

In our local park last year:

'Gully! Gully! Gully! Stop that!'

Me thinking 'WhyTF would you name your child after a storm drain or small ravine?'

Is diminutive for Gulliver.

merryberry Mon 24-Jan-11 16:30:46

Laughing at misspelled UK place names in the USA...



lololizzy Mon 24-Jan-11 16:55:33

Gully!! have met lots of place names eg Kendall, Staveley, Sydney though none of those are too horrific
thankfully no Peckhams or Hounslows

lololizzy Mon 24-Jan-11 16:56:52

John-Joseph but as in 'get here John-Joseph you little **er' by very scary chavmum

Nightstar Mon 24-Jan-11 17:34:09

I've heard Larch as well, and I always think of Monty Python too:

And now for something completely different - The Larch!

I have to say I loathe the name Regan. Always makes me think of the exorcist and that poor girl f-ing herself with a cross, her head turning round and green vomit spraying everywhere - I mean, really how could anyone want that association with their child? But maybe it means something completely different to others.....

My favourite was a guy at Uni called Badger. Its not that odd compared to many on here, but genuinely his real name.

lololizzy Mon 24-Jan-11 18:35:34

Araminta. i know it's an old fashioned name but it still makes me go hmm

lololizzy Mon 24-Jan-11 18:54:03

Clare. Not because it's nutty in any's lovely. Just that it's such a normal name (and from my childhood) to be on a little girl these days!

Fimbo Mon 24-Jan-11 18:59:22

I saw one in the local rag - Lucinder surely it should have been Lucinda?

Also heard a wee tot getting called Rooney.

crystalglasses Mon 24-Jan-11 20:05:50

Ive taught a jhonnee (Johnny) and an Elf - at first I though I'd misheard and his name was Alf, but no.

blackchloe Mon 24-Jan-11 20:07:29

As a teacher the worst named child I have ever taught was Deejay!Why?

JemimaMop Mon 24-Jan-11 20:18:51

I know of a girl called Senna, apparently named after Ayrton, but I have a horrible feeling that as she gets older there will be lots of jokes about laxatives!

Ahardmanisgoodtofind Mon 24-Jan-11 21:22:32

i know a little boy called Echo and his brother is Ocean. my dp's sister's daughter is Nymph-aana

lololizzy Tue 25-Jan-11 14:13:24

Tiffy, Miffy, China Blue and Tabi (all sound like pusscats)
Far too many baby girls called McKenzie

cowboylover Tue 25-Jan-11 17:59:44

Starting to rething my future DD's name:
Is Harmony going to be on here in the future?!

HattiFattner Tue 25-Jan-11 18:14:49

Around here, we get some great names....

I know a Velvet, Missy, 2x Harley, Carmen, Angel, Princess and my personal favourite...
Nevaeh. Apparently its "Heaven" backwards....confused

smithylovesme Tue 25-Jan-11 18:42:45


Or on Maury a few years back shdiamond!

takethatlady Tue 25-Jan-11 19:18:58

Lynx. After the aftershave. His brother is called Chicane. No kidding.

asdx2 Tue 25-Jan-11 19:26:19

As a teacher the worst named child I have ever taught was Deejay!
There was a Deejay at my dd's last school. Mum was very upset when school insisted he had to write Deejay on his work because she wanted him to just use the abbreviation DJ (apparently the registrar insisted that she couldn't have DJ on his birth certificate)

KaraStarbuckThrace Tue 25-Jan-11 20:29:45

Dh works with a Newby. Apparently itis short for New Baby!!!

lololizzy Tue 25-Jan-11 20:33:47

my mum used to own a playgroup and had several Neo s

GeorgeEliot Tue 25-Jan-11 20:35:29

Lots of american cousins have silly names.

We have a Thurry, Jet, Micayah, Van.

What is going to happen when they grow up and have real jobs? Possible in the media, or politics?

Actually I guess Barack is an unusual name so maybe a silly name does not rule you out from holding high office.

rolandweary Tue 25-Jan-11 20:38:09


ladymarian Tue 25-Jan-11 20:39:23

LOL at Miffy!! My DD loves Miffy but I don't think I would call a child that!

I have heard of a Skye-Blue and Misty - both girls I think but you never know....

babysickstinks Tue 25-Jan-11 20:40:48

DH has taught a Fox, Red and Cub (all brothers)

Also been through the school are k-see (girl) Draco, Senna, Loki, Keyara-bo, Angel-onassis (sp) and a Priscilla who has always been called Prissy for short.

DH doesn't teach in a very classy area.

loopyloo82 Tue 25-Jan-11 20:44:06

My mum has taught a Vodafone and a Toffee Wolf.

GnomeDePlume Tue 25-Jan-11 20:47:03

I think the new names are great, so much better than when I was at school and the choice of names could be written on the back of a postage stamp.

I think that Hebe is the plant group Veronica so perhaps not silly at all.

lololizzy Tue 25-Jan-11 20:47:59

i think Miffy 'may' be short for Myfanwy. I know a Fox..but Vodafone??!!!!!!!
have , however, met a Vienetta. (or however the dessert is spelt)

Takver Tue 25-Jan-11 20:50:41

I know a chap called Larch (also know - adults - called Willow, Aspen, & Oaks).

I have begun to wonder how many of these mad baby names are simply misunderstandings since my mother misheard my SiL's new baby's name over the phone & then went and told all her friends he was called Pond.

He actually has a perfectly normal name grin. But as my mum says, if you can be called River (Phoenix), why not Pond . . .

BlessedAssurance Tue 25-Jan-11 20:58:33

i work with superporn,i still can't call her that,i just call her super,,

stickylittlefingers Tue 25-Jan-11 21:00:48

I came across a little boy called Meadow a couple of months ago. Fun when he goes for a hair cut I'd imagine - went to mow a Meadow... tho he had quite a long bob, so perhaps he doesn't like that particular "joke" too much.

MoldyWarp Tue 25-Jan-11 21:00:58

ds5 has a shakespearean name
people usually say 'isn't it a girls name' followed by 'hmm' when i say it is shakespearean

scrumblemum Tue 25-Jan-11 21:12:59

when I was pregnant with twins my DH met someone called Rhapsody and thought that would be a great name for one of our girls! I initially thought he was joking but sadly no.... My brother suggested calling the other one Melody.

Sidge Tue 25-Jan-11 21:28:29

I went to 6th form college with Kestrel, who I believe had brothers Peregrine and Falcon. They were so cool, especially given the rest of us were called Louise, Emma, Steve, Jonathan, Kerry, Jane, Sarah, Mark and suchlike.

I know of Armarni (sic), J-D, Trinity, Reon, Flux and Thankful.

lololizzy Tue 25-Jan-11 21:30:02

Thankful!!! maybe the parents waited a long time to conceive?!

Sidge Tue 25-Jan-11 21:35:55

Thankful's parents were from the Caribbean I think it was, they seem to use very different 'categories' of names there.

She was a cute baby, I'm in no doubt they were thankful to have her!

SqueezyDiva Tue 25-Jan-11 21:50:34

My daughter's friend is called Silhouette. I quite like it blush

QueenLaQueefer Tue 25-Jan-11 21:52:40

<<Waits for DS's name to be mentioned.>>

BellaMagnificat Tue 25-Jan-11 21:53:19

Last word on Bronte. From the Irish Prunty or O'Prunty. Patrick Prunty emigrated from Ireland to study at Cambridge ( not Oxford, from memory) before taking holy orders and moving to HAworth. Rest is history.

Bronte is a made up name. He added the umlaut for special effect. Social climbing/aspiration is nothing new!

Linton or Heathcliff, anyone? Only waiting on the Hollywood blockbuster I suspect.

BellaMagnificat Tue 25-Jan-11 21:54:27

Flux? As in the bloody shock

lololizzy Tue 25-Jan-11 21:55:48


My BF lives in Connecticut and in her DD's yearbook there was, among others (all girls here): Carter, Ciel, Seal, Ann Abbott, Chase, Talbot, Ryan, Payton.

I also know of an Aqua and a Storm (brother and sister.

NorbertDentressangle Tue 25-Jan-11 21:58:31

I'm not 100% sure on this but I think I heard a little boy being called Morrissey today confused shock

Psammead Tue 25-Jan-11 22:01:29

My (non-English) friend confided in me that were she to have a boy next time around, she would call him Zhin (I presumed). Sort of like 'seen' but a bit more Zedy.

I figured it was a foreign name and said how nice, I haven't heard it before and she seemed suprised. I asked how it was spelt and she said 'S-E-A-N like Zhin Connery, you know?'

I told her that it was normally pronounced like 'Shaun' but she was having none of it.

lololizzy Tue 25-Jan-11 22:04:27

Norbert!! i love your name!! i used to be NorbertDentressangle on another forum. gotta love those big red lorries wink

NorbertDentressangle Tue 25-Jan-11 22:09:23

lololizzy -I've never met another NorbertDentressangle before -such a great name isn't it?


lololizzy Tue 25-Jan-11 22:15:38

i lived on a main road frequented by long distance lorries..there was a layby by my house which was often filled with ND lorries at night (ie drivers slept there) . but it was next to a 24 hr garage which also catered for normal magazines, only hardcore porn hmm so i could never get Heat or Company (as i read back then!) but i could get Bondage Granny (if i so desired..i didn't). They were very unusual porn titles, i have to say...ND drivers must have very unique tastes.

PommePoire Tue 25-Jan-11 22:34:29

lololizzy re:the 'unique tastes' hence, the 'hairy handed truckers' who occasionally invade these boards looking for thrills on a Friday night!

I once taught a girl named Harley Davidson. I love the Afro-Carribean adjectival names such as Precious. I also taught a beautiful girl named 'Giveness' Oh, and her not quite so beautiful cousin, Tyson-King Surname. He was very exacting that you didn't miss off the 'King' when calling the register. My all time favourite, from 10 years of secondary teaching, is Misty Tufts.

MegBusset Tue 25-Jan-11 22:36:59

One of the models (10yo boy) in the new Mini Boden catalogue is called, um, Boden

I went to school with a Domino. I actually kind of love it. I hope she grew up to be a bond girl/villain.

lololizzy Tue 25-Jan-11 22:38:43

really the drivers come on MN?!

And this is why people need childhood pets.. Time to get all the crappy names out of your system before you lumber poor humans with them!

bulby Tue 25-Jan-11 22:55:11

Bronte is quite a common name for girls in Yorkshire. Common as in popular those ones I've come across have been very nice.

anonymosity Tue 25-Jan-11 23:31:34

Clamidia does it for me. Awful.

Saggyoldclothcatpuss Tue 25-Jan-11 23:36:35

A girl I was in the mat home with wanted to call her son Kregan! Unfortunately, her surname started with a K so she couldn't!
DS went to school with a Joop and a Pele, ( both boys)
I once met identical twins called Melissa and Clarissa.
I have also heard of a Bobina (girl)! confused

Kitty81 Wed 26-Jan-11 00:06:56

I used to work in a Pizza Express as a student, and there was a family of regulars who used to bring their three kids in. The eldest boy was Skye, the middle girl was Ocean. They used to call the baby girl Mer and I never caught what it was short for until she was naughty one day and the father sharply reprimanded her with the Full Name Treatment: Mermaid shock

Bonkers rich hippies, so probably not that weird at their schools, but pretty odd in my rural Norfolk town at the time

There is a Miffy in DS's class - it's actually, officially Millefeuille, meaning 'A thousand layers' but no-one bothers with the correct spelling (nor the meaning, I should imagine grin)...!

When DD was at playgroup there was a Sparkly and also a Sizzle, but we'll let her off - her name was actually Cecilia but her sibling(s) couldn't say it correctly and so the name Sizzle stuck!

I went to school with a girl called February...


muminthecity Wed 26-Jan-11 00:30:17

I used to look after a little boy called Martin Luther; his surname was King grin I think his parents must have had high expectations of him

anonymosity Wed 26-Jan-11 00:38:02

Actually, in my son's preschool there is a "Golden" which isn't too bad when you say it.

namechangedofcourse Wed 26-Jan-11 01:01:13

Amaryllis? A beautiful name, actually. Especially if you know your Theocritus, Virgil and Milton. Oh, and a lovely Cacini madrigal (fab version sung by Anreas Scholl -look it up on youtube)

Amaryllis, my lovely one,
do you not believe, o my heart's sweet desire,
That you are my love?
Believe it thus: and if fear assails you,
Doubt not its truth.
Open my breast and see written on my heart:
Amaryllis, Amaryllis, Amaryllis,
Is my beloved.

Yes, I'm a ponce, but I'd rather be a ponce than a philistine smile

Piggles Wed 26-Jan-11 02:55:28

I went to school/college with kids called Salem, Freshwater and Badger.

I know of a little boy called Mannii - which I thought was a bit of a weird one.

anonymosity Wed 26-Jan-11 05:13:08

I rather liked that - thank you for posting it namechangedofcourse

Melty Wed 26-Jan-11 07:29:26

I know someone who called her cat Mylo, and then called her PFB Mylo too. Poor toddler doesnt know if he's being yelled at or if its the cat. Baby number 2 is due shortly. I await with interest.
I also know someone who called his little boy Sean Thomas. (Is Irish, but Sean is Irish for John)

kodokan Wed 26-Jan-11 07:46:09

Perpetua and Helvetica - yes, after the typefaces.

skyberry Wed 26-Jan-11 08:31:36

I know somebody who called there child Gypsy-Lee and there's a Giles at my sons playgroup. All I can think of is farmer Giles when I hear his name (hmm)

Quenelle Wed 26-Jan-11 10:20:37

I used to know a boy called Yorick when I was a teenager. He was from a bit of a hippy background, ever such a gentle bloke.

I heard some years later that he was killed in a car accident sad

BuzzLightBeer Wed 26-Jan-11 10:29:55

Some of these names are just daft, but those of you laughing at names that are perfectly normal in other countries just look like nobbers.

I know a little girl called Bubbles. Yes, really.

I also dealt with a customer at work who was called Youthland....

One name I heard not that long ago was Herb (may have been short for Herbert?) and I actually really liked that, wouldn't have said no to that one myself.

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Wed 26-Jan-11 10:52:49

I agree, Buzz.

I like slightly unusual names - nothing wrong with twoapenny names either if that's your bag.

jellyrolly Wed 26-Jan-11 11:00:21

I was going to be called Dante if I had been a boy. I would probably have owned up to Dan.

DS2 told me about a boy in his class clalled Crayon. I insisted that he must be called something that sounds like that and he was mishearing it until a few days later a lady was stood in the playground shouting "Crayon, Crayon come here!"

complexnumber Wed 26-Jan-11 11:06:57

I used to teach in various parts of Africa, the names that passed as being quite normal over there struck me as being rather unusual:
Ringostar (The lad had never even heard of the Beatles)

But then I had a colleague called Dorina, this caused much hilarity amongst the students as it translated as Hippopotamus (sp?) in the local lingo.

A millefeuille is a rather delicious cake.

My Dad has some friends who named their daughter Raggle-Taggle (admittedly back in the 70s).

An American friend has a niece called firstname Blew surname, she's going to have a fun time with it at high school...

MamaChocolat Wed 26-Jan-11 12:20:24

Vomity Bean

Maybe it was a nick name that stuck

eastegg Wed 26-Jan-11 12:33:16

To those who have or would have chosen Regan (similar to what kicked off the thread) can I ask why? She was, as has already been pointed out, one of the 2 evil sisters in King Lear and the only other one I can think of was the possessed girl in the Exorcist. I can understand if you don't know about those references, but I think somebody said they'd been 'inspired' by King Lear. Hmm

namechangedofcourse Wed 26-Jan-11 12:35:56

CherylAnnTweedy I would imagine that it was not 'crayon' but 'Creon' (pronounced 'crayon') - as in the ruler of Thebes in Greek mythology.

Mirage Wed 26-Jan-11 12:50:24

I recently read a book about a gypsy family,in which the little girl was named Defiance,nicknamed Vi.I love defiance,it would have suited dd2 down to the ground.And I'm not a lover of kooky names.

leidi diana

i love the 'precious' type names

rococopops Wed 26-Jan-11 13:05:06


Vintagepommery Wed 26-Jan-11 13:21:27

DD2 has a little Aura in her class.

Chinese children who come over here for boarding school often come without English names and choose them when they get here. My favourite one I ever heard was 'Snow' grin. She just thought it was a pretty word - and in China names do usually have literal meanings so it made sense to her. Somehow it really suited her personality, and we had a lot of fun when it snowed!

Merlion Wed 26-Jan-11 13:41:59

I have a colleague in Hong Kong called Cactus and another called Twinkie.

LadyWellian Wed 26-Jan-11 13:52:16

PMSL at staffnurse - drawing funny looks from colleagues...

Bexamundo Wed 26-Jan-11 14:18:00

Hi ladies!
I have over the years come across a Blue (boy), Tamar (very religious parents) and my favourite "Jack Daniel", because his parents loved the drink.
I actually know a Myfwnwy who is called Myffy for short and somehow she pulls it off.
Apparently the year Footballers Wives' was first aired there were about 10 DD called "Chardonnay"!

Hatterbox Wed 26-Jan-11 14:35:13

A friend of mine has named her son Riley, but alas not spelt like that, no she has spelt it Rhyleigh.

MarioandLuigi Wed 26-Jan-11 14:45:52


woodenpeg Wed 26-Jan-11 14:49:33

love these threads!

Email is the greatest name I've ever heard, she had a sister called Lemon and a brother called Fish.

Titus is the other one that always makes me go hmm but it suits the young man with it.

VivianDarkbloom Wed 26-Jan-11 15:09:54

Email! That's fab!

I always want to bring a pen and clipboard to these threads - always full of fabulous ideas. (As well as barmy ones.) Like Kestrel was my all-time favoourite name for a boy for years, and I'd totally forgotten about it until someone just said it.

I don't think even "Email" is as mad as my cousin calling his DS Dwight hmm

Chandon Wed 26-Jan-11 15:20:26

I love Mylo and Hebe
(they are Mary Wesley characters, fab books by the way).

Bronte is fine too.

Precious isn't so bad either.

I like the Americans calling their children Londyn etc., must be a reaction to Posh and becks calling their boy Brooklyn!

lazarusb Wed 26-Jan-11 15:58:15

I know a girl named Heaven- Leigh (surname ... Fox). She's either going to be a munter or a porn star methinks wink

asdx2 Wed 26-Jan-11 16:05:50

I know of a Heavenly Hiraani and her sisters Tatiana and Porsche who were at school with ds. I could never stop the grin when he mentioned Heavenly Backhouse grin the two names just seem so far removed from each other.

Heaven-Leigh was the name of a heroine in a Virginia Andrews book, the writer who wrote such classics as Flowers in the Attic

lostfromoz Wed 26-Jan-11 16:46:45

I knew a Porsche too! And Bronte is really popular in Australia, there are loads of them. My friend teaches a child called Phlame, and another friend claims to know a Te-A (pronounced Tedasha).

lazarusb Wed 26-Jan-11 17:10:29

Bella- but would you team that name with Fox? Setting her up for a fall no?

I wanted to call dd Tanith. Dh wouldn't let me.

By 'classics' I was being very sarcastic grin

A friend of mine in the States went to with a girl whose name is pronounced A Shoal eh. Unfortunately it was spelled Asshole.

annatomix Wed 26-Jan-11 17:48:52

An old friend of mine had a daughter called Jedzeea and a son called Dax. They were big Star Trek fans.

My son is called Rufus. Old-fashioned but relavtivly normal I think/ hope!

GeorgeEliot Wed 26-Jan-11 17:52:06

A boy called Bede

AspieDad Wed 26-Jan-11 18:58:48

There was a news article on babies names rejected by registras and both "Fatso" and "Darth Vader" made an appearance.

Strange names aren't so bad its the joke combinations that really get kids bullied.

Henrietta Ramsbottom
Ray Pugh
Chris Carrol
Rob Sitcher

cashmere Wed 26-Jan-11 19:10:31

I have come across
Storm Temptation
Sussudio Kerrian
Malachi Saxon
Dakota Blaize........they were siblings

I teach twins in year 10 called Romeo (he pronounces it Ro-MEY-Oh) and Juliet.

Their surname is Shakespeare

rexrabbit Wed 26-Jan-11 19:32:55

know a fab threesome called tarquinn (sic) mischa and ruudy!!!!!!!

(all boys in case you're wondering)

LauraSmurf Wed 26-Jan-11 19:33:56

Little girl whose name was pronouced - fi - mal -ay. Spelt female!

lololizzy Wed 26-Jan-11 19:35:50


Bexamundo Wed 26-Jan-11 19:39:44

I knew a girl called Henrietta, not too bad until you realise her surname is Mann....

working9while5 Wed 26-Jan-11 19:40:25

My godmother was called Gobnait (gub-net).

Beat that. She changed it to Sarah when she grew up.

HattiFattner Wed 26-Jan-11 19:40:27

oh I forgot - "Pinkie".

lololizzy Wed 26-Jan-11 19:41:07

Loveday..although, it's quite pretty i think...(for girl that is!)

Thelastnameleft Wed 26-Jan-11 19:47:11

I worked with an elderly lady called Loveday lololizzy, I thought it was a one off.

Went to school with a girl called Star who had a brother called Orion.

My dads cousin is called Everard.

AnnaBubbles Wed 26-Jan-11 20:14:26

I always fancied having one of those US pioneering names, like Deliverance or Temperance. I suggested Temperance if we had a DD and DH collapsed with laughter as we are both enthusiastic drinkers. blush

Loveday is a traditional cornish name

AnnaBubbles Wed 26-Jan-11 20:34:34

Loveday sounds very beautiful to me.

magicmelons Wed 26-Jan-11 20:56:41

I was informed of a 2 year old called Keelo the other day, the child sports a diamond earring and has been named after his dads love of his job apparently.

My in laws neighbours have an Indiana storm. I know an Eben which i'm not so sure about.

When i worked in Australia a lot of the aboriginal babies had amazing names some just random words, lots of Irish names such as Patrick and an Elvis.

Saggyoldclothcatpuss Wed 26-Jan-11 21:57:55

Ooh! I LOVE Loveday!

stroppyshopper Wed 26-Jan-11 22:00:32

Met a little boy named Pushkin a few years ago. In a bookstore, no less! Stuck with me as a really poncey name. Poor kid.

stroppyshopper Wed 26-Jan-11 22:01:13

Oh, yes, and out Vet's assistant is named Storm.

lololizzy Wed 26-Jan-11 22:01:29

Pushkin was my brother's very fluffy rescue cat!!

lololizzy Wed 26-Jan-11 22:02:53

magicmelons you've reminded me of my fave..when i stayed at a hotel in Hong Kong and one of the staff members was Elvis Wong

cowboylover Wed 26-Jan-11 22:06:44

I was at school with twin girls whose dad ran the local car showroom called Porche and Mercadies (sorry bad spelling!)

But apparently both from Shakespear?

Galena Wed 26-Jan-11 22:09:48

I know a Cinderella, a Jamiroquai and a Keegan.

leakyR Wed 26-Jan-11 22:12:50

There is an Elvis at ds' preschool.

Our baby massage class 3.5 years ago had boys called Blixa, Dallas and Sirius.

i live in a very diverse area so not many of these strike me as nutty...

vodafone though?

i only look through these threads to try and spot dd's name but it never shows up, its obviously sooo unique that no ones ever heard of it grin

AspieDad Wed 26-Jan-11 22:49:39

My grandmother was called Mona.

Don't forget Shirley Crabtree was a bloke.

sharbie Wed 26-Jan-11 22:58:04

i know a few marleys - girls and boys

also a bronte and an ayrton and an ocean-jade

FredKarnosCircus Wed 26-Jan-11 22:59:38


HystericalMe Wed 26-Jan-11 23:40:42


Clary Thu 27-Jan-11 00:49:53

Am amazed at Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare!

What can their parents have been thinking???

Lots of ahem unusual names/spellings at the school I work so nothing much amazes me.

asdx2 Thu 27-Jan-11 05:36:51

Not unusual names but I do know twins with December birthdays called Mary and Joseph. Ready made nativity stars grin

takethatlady Thu 27-Jan-11 09:16:10

There's a Portia in the Merchant of Venice. I don't think there's a Mercedes anywhere! There's a Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet ...

takethatlady Thu 27-Jan-11 09:17:46

Forgot to say that my DH is a teacher and he used to teach a boy called Ryan Air. Born a few years before Ryan Air existed

SingleUse Thu 27-Jan-11 09:20:39

shock horror my child is called Harison.

How totally crap I am, as a parent and speller 3)

suburbophobe Thu 27-Jan-11 09:28:26

Yorick? Poor kid!! He'll get nicknamed Yourdick!! grin

My MIL taught a boy called Earthworm a few years ago. I'm not sure if that was his actual registered name though but all his school paperwork was in that name.

suburbophobe Thu 27-Jan-11 09:32:52

"Not unusual names but I do know twins with December birthdays called Mary and Joseph. Ready made nativity stars"

I kid you not, there were twins here from USA, black/mohawk and gay, (famous) called Gregg and Gary Christmas and their mother was called Mary!! grin

They were lovely too!

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar Thu 27-Jan-11 10:21:10

Mercedes the brand was named afer a girl named Mercédès Jellinek.

It was (and is) a "real" name, basically. I rather like it.

Porsche is a surname I assume. But then so are many names regularly used as firstnames. If I was hellbent on naming a daughter Porsche I'd stick to Portia I think. But it's not so bad.

I'm looking forward to having twins myself. Boo and Gatty grin

Merlion Thu 27-Jan-11 10:30:16

My Mum taught a boy called Randy Love - he would have been my age.

Quenelle Thu 27-Jan-11 10:42:38

I had a neighbour called Mercedes. She was known as Mercy.

fifi25 Thu 27-Jan-11 10:44:30

nevaeh - heaven spelt backwards?

Bexamundo Thu 27-Jan-11 10:57:46

See Mercy for me makes me think of Hollyoaks....and not in a good way!

MUMMYKirsten Thu 27-Jan-11 11:18:19

Waits for sons name to be mentioned. LOL

Galena Thu 27-Jan-11 11:20:32

DD's name has been mentioned but used for a boy. Ho hum.

HattiFattner Thu 27-Jan-11 11:32:34

fifi25 we may know the same family.... I mentioned Nevaeh earlier in the thread!!!

fifi25 Thu 27-Jan-11 11:46:39

i didnt read it sorry, I dont know any but i was flicking on another site and seen it

SouthernB Thu 27-Jan-11 12:34:42

Try Danilo??

SouthernB Thu 27-Jan-11 12:35:29

For a boy.

vesuvia Thu 27-Jan-11 13:36:36

Not recent, I know, but about 50 years ago, a man in New York named one of his sons "Loser" and another son "Winner".

Ironically, "Loser" has led a successful life and has been a pillar of the community. His name has had little effect on his life chances because so many people he encountered thought the name was so ridiculous that they did not call him Loser. He goes by the name of Lou.

On the other hand, "Winner" has ended up a career criminal, spending much of his life behind bars.

(It's all in the book "Freakonomics")

mrsmacleod Thu 27-Jan-11 14:21:38

I went to school with a Persephone Watkins and a Phaedra Chubb.

Living in Hackney I've come across:
Pepper (a girl, think she might be the daughter of Graham Coxon of Blur fame)
Raekwon (named after a member of the Wu-Tang Clan)

There's been loads more but I've stopped noticing now - unusual names are pretty standard around here. Both my DSs have odd names so I'm not in a position to judge. In fact I wanted to call them Wolfgang and Magnus but DH wasn't having any of it.

DS1 goes to school with a Destina and a Fatos but think these are possibly quite common Turkish names

nickstmoritz Thu 27-Jan-11 15:35:49

My DH taught a Tia Maria. My friend has taught a Dwane Pipe (oh and also a Broderick Broadberry with a lisp)and I went to primary school with an Ivor Payne. Oh yes and also there is a Lil'Lee yes spelt like that at Preschool.

fizzyem Thu 27-Jan-11 16:12:24

When I was a teenager I promised to call my firstborn son "Wolfgang Volodomir". Thank god I didn't get pregnant until I was nearly 30 and sense prevailed! (I now have two boys and yes they do have sensible names!)

salome2001 Thu 27-Jan-11 16:14:40

maybe it's a cultural thing but I once had a client with forst name Princess. Maybe she coped well because her son was Prince Nazeem.

Bewildermum Thu 27-Jan-11 17:21:52

In the Ceramic Experience the other day was a lovely wee boy called Woody.

I friend of mine in Aberdeen taught a Pocahontas.

lololizzy Thu 27-Jan-11 17:25:45

Friend's nephew is Thor.
Knew a Penilla (female). always made me think of antibiotics

PetraDish Thu 27-Jan-11 17:41:25

My sister always talks of the day she heard someone calling her child across an East Dulwich cafe: Cardamom. As in pod.

I went to school with a Barbie. My sister had a girl in her year called Bimbo.

I had a boy in my year called Maiurin. Pronounced My Urine. I also once temped in university admissions and came across names such as Jesus Ponce Bravo, and Berndt Berger. I don't think any of them had parents who spoke English as a first language though, so I guess they're forgiven.

I also once heard radio phone in on embarrassing first names. One Irish guy rang in. I can't remember how you spell the name, but basically it was pronounced Anus.

carls35 Thu 27-Jan-11 18:29:47

I once had a summer job in the local council office and witnessed the staff trying to persuade a new father that whilst "Fanny" did indeed fulfil his criteria of a name beginning with 'F' it would be an astonishingly bad idea in a north Glasgow suburb.

louisianablue2000 Thu 27-Jan-11 19:24:10

My sister use to work for the police in the child protection agency. She came across some classics including a Chardonnai (yes, spelt like that) and a woman who gave all her daughters the same first name shock. There was also a great mispelling: 'Abbey-Gale'.

My personal favourite ever is Jeepster (a boy).

I am now shamed though since the name we would have given to a son is on this page (in my defence it is completely normal where I come from).

lololizzy Thu 27-Jan-11 19:27:51

Cardamom has reminded me of another..Coriander

kazzles Thu 27-Jan-11 19:43:09

I had a Hong Kong student called Happy Yip. Reminded me of something Snoopy would do on a good day.

pollymere Thu 27-Jan-11 19:57:22

My Gran once had to put a lady straight who was going to name her child gelatine after she misheard my Gran saying Geraldine was a nice name....

I think there are so many mistakes made by people who can't spell sadly - when I registered my DD, the registrar made sure she had it right and I am sure she would steered me right if I had unknowingly misspelt it!

Is a shame they don't intervene more but on the Sigh-Anne thing - If you name a child Shawn instead of Sean, what's a Registrar to do - I imagine it is just a phonetic spelling of Sian?!

trinitybleu Thu 27-Jan-11 20:10:16

I know a 3yo girl called Felix.......

grumpykat25 Thu 27-Jan-11 20:26:58

I am particularly pleased with my cousin's friend who is called.........
Darth Clegg.
Fucking genius grin

BarnMummy Thu 27-Jan-11 20:31:16

Last year went to a party and was a 4 year old called Willow, which I have known for 30 odd years as a girls name, but this was a boy.

At DS1's nursery in SW London a few years ago a boy called Chaise (pronounced Chase - I really struggled with that - surely someone they knew must have done some French at school?)

While living in Africa, I found that Precious was a pretty common name, as were things like Gift. Even there though, the couple I met on a bus were felt to have unusual names: he was called Office and she was Chemist.

laukaya Thu 27-Jan-11 20:40:07

I can vouch for the normalness of Fatos in Turkey - it's a diminutive of Fatma and is pronounced Fatosh. Not much can be said to help any poor boy named Ufuk who ends up in an English-speaking country though...

southofthethames Thu 27-Jan-11 21:06:30

Haven't read all 11 pages of this thread but as for Pepsi and being a Wham fan - her name was actually Helen. Hello!!! People should not give their children first names which were famous peoples' nicknames. I do think people should research names more carefully instead of just copying what they see on a wall or t-shirt. I think old, rare names are nice like Dorcas, Hebe and Jedidiah - but you do have to be careful about ones that have now got strong literary/theatre associations - like Lucretia and Regan. I mean, yes, they sound pretty but in secondary school people will know that one is a rape victim (and not known for much else) or much married woman from a Machiavellian family (again, not a great reputation), and in King Lear, Regan was evil. Misspelling the name doesn't change the associations. If the child is from a foreign culture and the name is foreign, that's fine and we can't really judge. Then again this isn't new, like Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence and Moon Unit Zappa (now uses just Moon) can attest. Famous and successful parents don't necessarily choose kind names!

southofthethames Thu 27-Jan-11 21:08:33

Sorry, Jedediah (Hebrew for "friend of God"). Tricky typing so many letters at once.

sparebear Thu 27-Jan-11 21:10:18

I went to a school with a Merlin - which I now love

Have also come across a Saint, Demi and a Destiny in a local school, and have friends who have named a child Zebedee and also Hepzibar (far from the madding crowd)

I love all those Chinese names (but only on Chinese children I think) snow, china and swan - wonderful.

Also love Titus but resisted due to potential Tight Arse and have also adore Dido but thought helpful school friends would add an L.

We know an Elektra which I like very much....

this thread is v amusing!!

lololizzy Thu 27-Jan-11 21:10:46

Pepsi and Shirlie!! yes she was Helen..and Shirlie is one of my customers! still looks the same..well not the puffball skirts though!

SugarSkyHigh Thu 27-Jan-11 21:13:39

Flame-Carmen, anyone? was a child in DD's ballet class I kid u not !!

Underconstruction Thu 27-Jan-11 21:15:18

Just stumbled across these names on a blog I didn't mean to find: "Koala 17; Carpenter 15; Einstein 13; Michelangelo 11; Princess 9; Jelly Bean 6; Jack Jack 4; Jem 2; 'Baby' due March" Can they be real??? Jem will probably live up to expectation, but as to the rest...

southofthethames Thu 27-Jan-11 21:18:16

@takethatlady - Mercedes is a very popular Spanish name, very common in south and central America, and is older than the eponymous German car firm. The British ballerina Darcey Bussell's middle name is also Mercedes.

southofthethames Thu 27-Jan-11 21:19:43

Danilo is eastern European, (I presume for Daniel), just like Jiri is Czech for George.

kazmus Thu 27-Jan-11 21:27:58

Even the most innocent of names can carry trouble for the child due to unthinking or cruel but think they're funny parents! Having taught for over 30 years the prize winners were definately Mr and Mrs Cotton calling their daughter Polly Esther, and Michael Hunt which is fine until abbreviated to Mike...I kid you not!!!

lololizzy Thu 27-Jan-11 21:32:45

i know a Mike Hunt (my father's friend) and always used to snigger as a teenager, when my mum would ask who was on the phone 'oh it's Mike Hunt' my dad would say...

fiandems Thu 27-Jan-11 21:40:35

I was once in a high st chain store and heard someone shout for a Kenzo, the little chap was running wild...

At college there was a Chinese girl in my biology class who was called Vagina. The story went that she wanted to be called Virginia, but got it wrong on her paperwork and it was only when someone at the college pointed it out she realised her mistake.

Another girl at college was called Charmaine Rainbird which I always thought was quite pretty.

About 10 years ago looking the announcements in the paper I came across a new baby girl called Panda(I always hoped it could have been a typo for Pandora)

fiandems Thu 27-Jan-11 21:41:57

Ohh and there was a Gail Forse in my English class at school, still makes me chuckle smile

Alwaysworthchecking Thu 27-Jan-11 21:42:00

My dad once had a work colleague named Fakoffo. (Try saying it out loud.) Perfectly normal where we lived then (Pacific island), but my dad always had trouble saying it. When at work he always carried a 2-way radio. Sometimes a voice would come over, calling, 'Fakoffo! Fakoffo! Fakoffo!' It was as if my dad's waistband had developed sudden-onset Tourettes.

In Kenya my parents knew a man called Bonaventureofgod. Lovely name, if a little unusual.

I once met a woman called 'Merrily'.

Friend of mine once worked with a guy called Mustafa Shittu. Worked perfectly well for him in his home country. Slightly more problematic when he travelled to the UK.

lololizzy Thu 27-Jan-11 21:42:54

These are hysterical. I know a Kerry Perry and my mum went to school with Douglas Douglas.

I know someone who's called her son Buzz.

Was looking up the Phoenix family on wikipedia after reading of the hippy family who called their girl Mermaid, and apparently the family surname was originaaly 'Bottom'. Joaquim Phoenix was born, Joaquim Bottom! (funnier if Joaquim's pronounced properly)

RustyBear Thu 27-Jan-11 21:51:51

There's a girl named Velocity at DD's university.

And a friend of mine had a pair of twins in her first class (nearly 40 years ago now) called Ribena and Delrosa.

soccerwidow Thu 27-Jan-11 21:52:59

On that vein lololizzy, I knew a Robert Robertson

I have recently come across Elliegance and Lorra (Laura).

These days you can never tell if the parent is just illiterate or has intended to give their child that spelling to be "different".

I am sure in some countries that they refuse to register children that do not have names spelt the standard way.

thefirstMrsDeVere Thu 27-Jan-11 21:53:47

There is a little boy in DS's nursery called Wilder which I think is a wonderful name. If I was going to have DC6 it would deffo be on my list.

I know of birth parents who have named their children really horrid names because they knew they were going to be removed. Which is sad on so many different levels.

I met a lady called Ieline. Her dad was pissed when he went to register the birth. She was supposed to be called Eileen. Poor woman had lived with that for 60 years.

Meandacat Thu 27-Jan-11 22:26:12

Sorry, can I just jump back to page 5 where manicbmc said "Also know of a Tiger, a Lord Grace (boy), a Blu, and an Ian." Um... what's so unusual about Ian?! hmm

I knew a Beowulf and a Quasimo (both men) and went to school with a Xanthe (girl). DH worked with someone called Shittin.

I very much wanted to call DD Hero, but knew that most folk would think it odd/should be a boys name (it's not - Hero is a female heroine, ironically enough in greek mythology).

Takver I believed that the name Ottilie was Otterley for years blush and thought it very silly indeed. Now I know what it actually is, I love it.

I also love the name NorbertDentressangle blush (though not for a DC, clearly). Love Loveday but DH not keen. DH is a Jethro btw wink

A friend of mine taught a Bunny Wong. When friend got a rabbit, she named it Bunny Wong in honour of her student. Sadly Bunny Wong got eaten by a fox

One of my favourite names ever (another Chinese one) is Holly Moon Pie, who was at school with my cousins.

Meandacat - Hero is also Shakespearean, from 'Much Ado About Nothing'. Lovely name, though she's a bit wet. If I named a DD after any Shakespearean character it would be Beatrice from the same play - I love her grin.

Saddlebags Fri 28-Jan-11 09:49:44

I heard of a Nancy-Ann Seancy (say it out loud).

TrudyVotion Fri 28-Jan-11 09:51:47

I absolutely LOVE Hebe and wanted it for DD but DH said no child of his was being named after a shrub - my name's Heather >massive huff<

Margarine and Electricity are hilarious and the rest woeful. Loving this thread grin

MonkeyandParrot Fri 28-Jan-11 09:54:52

I went to school with a Ben Dover - the poor lad was teased all the way through.

And my Aunt named my nephew Hugo which is fine until its said in a broad Margate accent.

HappyAsASandboy Fri 28-Jan-11 10:05:35

I don't know the girl, but I was told about a Le-a.

Not too bad you might think, but when pronouced as 'Leah', my friend was corrected - "Not 'Leah', its Ledasha. You pronouce the dash" shock

Then again, I named my daughter Sarah. One of the reasons being that I wanted to avoid endless 'how do you spell that' questions. Virtually everyone has asked whether Sarah is spelt with or without an 'h'sad

Not totally sure if this is true, but I read about a couple living somewhere fairly remote (think it was a very rural bit of Italy if I remember right?) who had named their daughter after something they had read and thought it sounded pretty:

Salmonella Bacteria!

villanova Fri 28-Jan-11 12:20:40

I know a Marley (m) and a Moss (f) in the same family. Not too many wacky ones at DSs school, but I did once meet a Robin Hood at the dole office, and I met a Chinese couple who named their boy Hoho - hope he's cheerful in later life.

zzzzoey Fri 28-Jan-11 12:30:16

my dd's school friends are Qmunity, Holiday, Thobile, Ayanna and Bell. We know no children called Jane, Sarah, Cathy, Helen etc whatsoever. We are also friends with Hebe, Arlo, Cole, Nolly, Eren, Edan and Bonny-Bess. Lovely names all! I like a bit of variety...
but would draw the line at Salmonella!shock

lololizzy Fri 28-Jan-11 13:09:31

pronounce the dash??!!! who makes up their own rules about the english language??!

lololizzy Fri 28-Jan-11 13:10:35

I know a Hecate which is obviously a rather heavy name for a small girl being the Dark Mother and all..but it's lovely and she carries it well (very quirky child)

ttalloo Fri 28-Jan-11 13:37:00

A friend knows of a small, middle-class boy in South London called Sodapop. She also had a colleague who named his daughter Vivi Zahara.

And my DSis has a friend in the US whose daughter's called Sage.

lololizzy Fri 28-Jan-11 13:55:56

i love Sodapop as it's from one of my alltime favourite films and books! (The Outsiders). In fact my cousin always wanted that name for a boy, but i think her rabbit got it instead

moodymama Fri 28-Jan-11 13:57:33

I had to make a call to an Aurora-Orr, quite hard to say.
Also knew of a Hardick.

I know a Hebe and quite like it.

Vodafone is f'ing ridiculous.

Meandacat Fri 28-Jan-11 13:59:46

Ah, Bunny Wong is reminding me of a friend of a friend, called Way (Wai?) Wong. Everyone called him Wong Way.

mumgran54 Fri 28-Jan-11 16:04:19

Overkeroye how bout that one!!!

mumgran54 Fri 28-Jan-11 16:05:26

pronounced ov-ok-er-oy

Rieslinger Fri 28-Jan-11 16:25:20

Sorry bit off topic ....I've got to share these..... four generations of Julius Ceasar the most recent being in the army and my NCT teachers partner was called Chris Peacock......oh I laughed....sniggering even now.....

AllieW Fri 28-Jan-11 17:10:43

Overkeroye looks like it might be from an African language - are you sure it isn't a legit name from a different culture?

I just wrote a whole message about how I couldn't see what was funny about Chris Peacock. Then I got it!

boyanddogs Fri 28-Jan-11 18:19:02

Hebe is a shrub, but the origin of the name is the Greek goddess of youth, daughter of Zeus and Hera. She was also cup-bearer to the gods on Mount Olympos. In any case, the hebe shrub (origins in New Zealand) has rather pretty pink/lavender or pale purple flowers.

boyanddogs Fri 28-Jan-11 18:22:55

I used to live near three Canadian sisters whose parents obviously liked music. The one my age was Melody, the next younger was Harmony and the youngest was Lyric. I always thought it was a very nice combination (nice family too).

Bluestocking Fri 28-Jan-11 18:40:32

I know a Sirrocco - which would be awful even if it was spelt correctly - Scirocco - but spelt wrong is just TRAGIC.

sharbie Fri 28-Jan-11 18:45:46

yh but southofthethames - darcy bussell is not her real name

also know a buzz (short for buster)
and a mercedes shortened to sadie
also met a woody

sharbie Fri 28-Jan-11 18:48:09

darcey is marnie crittle acc to wiki but strangely mercedes was an original middle name

Saggyoldclothcatpuss Fri 28-Jan-11 20:11:23

I met a lady who knows a boy called 'Baby boy surname'!! His first and middle names are Baby and Boy! FGS!!

dugsinthestow Fri 28-Jan-11 20:27:46

I work with children and have looked after:

Emerald Green
Michael Myers
Jack Daniels

And a friend recently told me about a girl named Tequilla....oh dear!

thefirstMrsDeVere Fri 28-Jan-11 21:06:59

The little Hebe I knew was morrocan.

Underconstruction Fri 28-Jan-11 21:17:49

I used to work regularly with a Vanky Mak. One day his secretary phoned up and introduced herself. It was unfortunate that when he'd interviewed for a secretary he hadn't found a way to check her pronunciation. In Hong Kong it is common for people to pronounce V as W. I had to take the call while my colleague who'd picked up the phone first sat bent double with tears streaming down her cheeks next to me.

PitchandPotch Fri 28-Jan-11 21:58:08

I've name-changed for this!

I went to school with

Emma Lynn Hughes (she hated it!)

I worked on a deal which had the following clients

William Rash (English)
Randy Bishop (Canadian)

And a dear friend Hiedi whose dad registered her name and when asked how to spell it went by the rule "i before e except after c"

DaisyChainGang Fri 28-Jan-11 22:03:14

Nikhil, pron. "nickel" but in fairness I think it's a foreign name.

PitchandPotch Fri 28-Jan-11 22:25:04

I forgot one!

I work with Chris Moss

(and have to resist the urge to say "we wish you a merry" every time I hear his name)

Why he doesn't insist on Christopher I don't know!

QueenofThebes Fri 28-Jan-11 22:28:10

My sister taught a Jenna, which is pretty ordinary and nothing to laugh at but her surname was Taylor. Say it out loud, running the two words together.

Poor lass sad

I know someone who worked with a Dutch guy called Jaas (not sure on spelling) Hans

stillenacht Sun 30-Jan-11 10:23:18

Coleene Botton

Say it fast.

Seriously was an expupil of a colleague of mine.


I used to know a Candida, thrush always sprang to my mi nd!

stuffedmk Fri 04-Feb-11 11:15:26

I don't dislike precious....for a girl. I know a precious (male) he obviously wasn't a fan as as soon as he was old enough he changed his name to Stephen.

delphinedownunder Sat 05-Feb-11 09:02:35

I have taught a Freedom and a Breeze and a Chandelier.

ipredicttrouble Sat 05-Feb-11 17:27:43


Can't figure that one out.

Grabaspoon Sat 05-Feb-11 17:43:42

Heard about a little girl called Shakira.

And I met a bonde haired gorgeous 2 year old called Midnight.

thinkoutofthetoybox Fri 11-Feb-11 09:09:17

I once had a job interview with a Hyacinth...who was a man..

BuntyPenfold Fri 11-Feb-11 09:41:57

At a job interview I was addressed as Jelton!

Yes, I am Jane Elton. The interviewer called me Jelton. I was confused

How can someone that dim be in charge of a nursing home?

ragged Fri 11-Feb-11 09:50:36

I like Tiger & Trinity confused.
Agree that most the others mentioned are horrors, though.

shouldnotbehere Fri 11-Feb-11 10:18:16


greenzebra Fri 11-Feb-11 13:02:37

someone just told me one in the office
a relative of hers is called 'Mondeo'

greenzebra Fri 11-Feb-11 13:04:08

oh and my mum once looked after a 'Grizinnia' named zinny for short, they were very strange parents who used to insist their child of three memorise spices names by smell!

porcupine11 Fri 11-Feb-11 13:22:22

My DS is at nursery with a Meadow (girl)

mejon Fri 11-Feb-11 13:51:51

Just seen the name Oceanne-Lea on a friend's Facebook. I bet her mum's not a MNer wink.

ladygray Sun 13-Feb-11 17:09:36

My mum used to know a little boy called Tame - short for The Apple of My Eye.


superv1xen Sun 13-Feb-11 17:18:41

there is a girl in DS's class at school called "Corvette"

and a boy called "Mavericc" (spelt like that)


Scorps Sun 13-Feb-11 17:27:39

There is a Jaguar at school

superv1xen Sun 13-Feb-11 17:54:18

oh and now i have read the whole thread, i have seen DS's name mentioned blush

RachelSerena Sun 13-Feb-11 19:10:38

Met a very sweet boy called Geronimo

womma Mon 14-Feb-11 22:11:49

My friend has boys called Zoom and Ace and my nephew is called Torpeedo.


mummypontipine Mon 14-Feb-11 22:19:23

pixie daisy

emmanumber3 Tue 22-Feb-11 01:20:47

So glad I found this thread - is really making me chuckle

I used to work with a nurse called Lovely (from Sri Lanka).

We don't get too many unusual names round here unfortunately!

ooma Tue 22-Feb-11 09:14:43

I used to work with a American named whos given name was Randy - what was his Mother thinking!!!

ooma Tue 22-Feb-11 09:15:51

sorry too many words

spottyock Thu 03-Mar-11 20:32:34

I know of a little boy called Tractor.

BrigitBigKnickers Thu 03-Mar-11 20:45:29

My Dsis knows someone who named their child Seven but written as a number.

The child actually has his name written as a number on his passport. hmm.

SparkleArkle Fri 04-Mar-11 09:10:45

wasn't Regan the possessed girl in the Exorcist...?

theonlyhb2 Fri 04-Mar-11 16:28:51

Diesel for a gonna name yr girl Petrol? LPG?

Trinaluce Fri 04-Mar-11 19:16:20

I love Hebe, it's on our list grin

My sister had a Storm, Blaze and a Harvest in her class.

Dad (an anaesthetist) told me about a patient whose child was born slightly jaundiced - tinged a little yellow.

Parents called the poor kid Laa-Laa....

ooma Randy in the US is just a name, it doesn't have the connotations it does in the UK. There are quite a few Randalls and Randolphs here.

Unfortunately I was asked in a meeting to phone an engineer called Randy Beaver (well it sounded like that). I had to pretend to cough......for 30 minutes.

When I did finally make the call I got as far as 'Can I speak to Randy Beaver please' and then had to slam the phone down while I had hysterics. My office mates all looked hmm.

Real mature me.

There is (or was) an astronaut named Brent Jett. What an absolutely perfect name for an astronaut.

TallulahDoesTheHula Fri 04-Mar-11 19:31:48

Pitchandpotch I think I went to school with your friend hiedi!

chasingrainbows Fri 04-Mar-11 20:34:49

Ocean - for a girl - pronounces as i understand it 'oh see ann'.
also 'che'.

I went to school with a Tiger. I bet he's Marketing Director for a glue company or one that sells pipe fittings.

monkeysmum79 Fri 04-Mar-11 21:24:46

I've heard of 'Candida' before, heard it was quite popular in America... the name, not the infection but could be the other way around grin
Did hear a woman calling out for 'IKEA', her daughter once.
My friends dad is called 'John Thomas' always makes me smile. 'Richard Cranium' too, but I've never met anyone of that name.
But the best on this thread has to be 'MUSTAFFA SHITTI' PMSL, that's the funniest thing I've ever heard.
My daughter is called 'Vesper' it's latin for evening, I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE it but it often gets misspelled 'Vespa' and people ask if she was named after the scooter. hmm

gapbear Sun 06-Mar-11 21:40:05

Twins - Bonnie and Sherlock. Always seemed an unlikely combination to me...

CheerfulYank Sun 06-Mar-11 22:15:31

No, Candida is not popular in America, I can assure you! At least not my little corner of it.

One of my friends is dating a man named Thalamus.

Theriesia. I asked how it was pronouned. Yes, it's Teresa. I think her parents were trying too hard personally.

theanimalswentintwobytwo Fri 18-Mar-11 18:50:59



KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 18-Mar-11 20:33:17

I heard someone shouting Keegan whilst in Newcastle one day. To a little girl!

pinguwings Fri 18-Mar-11 20:46:23

Met a delightful man called Tomtom today. Not a nick name apparently

Jezabelle Fri 18-Mar-11 20:59:22

Ollie Wood. Moon Buzzard (girl). Mike Hunt. . . have really met one. Oh and Tia Maria Diamond. Ewan Kerr . . . work it out!

serin Fri 18-Mar-11 21:38:26

I met a Chelsea Bunn the other day at a conference smile in her defence it is her married name.

blushingm Sat 19-Mar-11 21:05:23

in ds class at school is a girl called bridget........she's called biddie for short. for at least 2 years i thought he'd misheard it til i saw a christmas card from her

blushingm Sat 19-Mar-11 21:06:16

at work we had a customer called randy cuntapay

MrsRigby Sat 19-Mar-11 21:32:03

One of my colleagues called her DD Aimee-Li.

strawberrycake Sat 19-Mar-11 21:47:24

I have a host from teaching over the years!

I see a lot of Precious/ Blessings etc. but it's to be expected here and they don't stand out. A few Princess or Queens too. Others have translated badly (Poor Chit-paul called Shit-ball or 'Manmeet'(F))

My top I've taught are:

5) One that is so strange I don't want to identify, but it's 9 letters and no vowels and we STILL don't know what to call him so use the first initial only, it's a collection of letters from relatives names.
4) Heavenli-Angel
3) Peachez
2) (Twins) Nutmeg and Cinnamin (sic)
1) 'See-Anne' (spelt Sean-they saw it in film credits)

MegBusset Sat 19-Mar-11 23:05:58

There's a Sidnee (girl) and a Neo (boy) at DS1's nursery. Also a Lennon which sounds like Lenin in the local accent.

EllenJane1 Sat 19-Mar-11 23:18:19

I went to school with Richard Stiff. I knew a family who's children were Gaive (boy), Heathcliff and Nada (girl). There's a Chinese family at school who's boys are Jimihendrix and Bobdylan. I know a family called Storm (girl), Kelly (boy) and Jazz (girl).

CorrieQueen Sun 20-Mar-11 09:47:12

I met a little boy called Saxon the other day.

anabelish Thu 31-Mar-11 12:19:52

we've named our baby 'Otter'. He's adorable. We love nature names and wanted something without obvious precedent.

Hedwig3 Thu 31-Mar-11 12:29:19

I have taught a few children with interesting names

The worst are the ones that look like something else written in the register, like...

Orifice pn Orifeechee
Jesus pn Hayzeus

MamaLazarou Thu 31-Mar-11 12:37:19

Worst ones I have known personally are Bethenay, Sian (pronounced 'see-ann'), Aryan and Posy Parker.

I just read about a young woman called Collagen. It was on the DM website and she is having cosmetic surgery so I don't know if it is real.

Pachelbel Thu 31-Mar-11 14:44:28

Jesus is a perfectly common Spanish name, and doesn't have the connotations that it has in the UK.

I've met sisters called Precious and Diamond, and also a Bayleee. Yes, three 'E's on the end..

MamaLazarou Thu 31-Mar-11 19:30:06

Love Diamond. seriously! Precious, though - reminds me of Gollum, or the serial killer's dog in Silence of the Lambs.

puddeycat Thu 07-Apr-11 18:51:27

I went to school with a girl called Ginnie, not very unusual untill you know her full name! VAGINA -JANE and her brother was called Syke!!!!

jbob01 Thu 07-Apr-11 20:55:33

I know a Poppet...POPPET! Seriously.

inanna12 Wed 13-Apr-11 22:58:22

bobdylan and jimihendrix!??
i know/knew/have heard of round our neck o' the woods:
helix (problems arise with anything belonging to him - "helix's shoes" etc
epiphany bliss
truly scrumptious.

AppleHEAD Wed 13-Apr-11 23:42:13

Deville and Amorus
I kid you not

allieballiebee Thu 14-Apr-11 10:47:58

Did you see it spelt? Are you sure it's not just Cheyenne? It's a Native Indian name, I know a few.

We had a teacher at school called Mr Wrack, his first name was Mike and he had 2 DDs who came to our school called Anna and Ruth.

QueenofDreams Thu 14-Apr-11 11:30:06

I met a guy in the states called Kermit. He even showed us his bank cards and drivers license because we didn't believe him

Ahzrei Mon 16-May-11 20:41:07

I've heard Reagan for a girl, but have never heard of it being given to boys before.

There was a little girl called 'Missy-Bo' on tv the other day. Parents - little girls grow up eventually! She won't be that cute forever!

Kevlar Mon 16-May-11 20:53:13

Isn't Sigh-Anne Cayenne? hmm

manicinsomniac Tue 17-May-11 00:56:31

I actually laughed out loud at Vomity Bean. Vodafone, Superporn and Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare are also pretty special.

I knew a Blue (girl), Rainbow (girl), Tree (girl), Summer-Daisy (girl), Ocean (girl), Ptolemy (boy), Spartacus (boy), Antigone (girl) and Summertime (girl)

CharleneysWishWellingtons Tue 17-May-11 23:48:36

Ozzy-Cool, Pebbles ( not a nickname), Deezel, Shakira ( obviously after the singer, but couldn't be less like her!)

Oh yeah and Lulu Tinkerbelle lol

going Wed 18-May-11 07:59:22

I met a baby called Maison pn Mason. WHy his parents sruck the i in his name I have no idea!

MrsTwinks Wed 18-May-11 15:52:49

my favourite is Siobhán spelt.. Chvyvonne. As an irish lassie it makes my brain hurt.

jennypenney Thu 19-May-11 11:45:41

Someone mentioned they'd met Chelsea Bunn at a conference - she sends me sales emails!

My MIL taught an Ikea. I knew someone who named their daughter Ocean-Daniella.

My favourite was when I worked as a database monkey for a university and I came across a man whose surname was Steele-Bodger. He was a professor.

Oh, and Everard Cock.

There was a kid at my DSs school called Gulliver. I mentioned this to DH and he said 'Actually, in 'Gulliver's Travels' his first name is Lemuel. Gulliver is his surname'.

My jaw literally fell open as DH has only ever read 'Viz' and 'Macbook Pro User' to my knowledge.

Nothing nutty about Ptolemy and Antigone ... if you're Greek. Ancient names still in everyday use there.

colditz Thu 19-May-11 14:22:22

i know so many, and they are all british and of british ancestory for at least 2 generations.

I know a Harley, a Marley, a Korben, a Coben, a Kaden, a Jayden, a Bell (like in Disney, innit?), a Mason, a Layton, an AyKay, a Kee-an, a Kyran, a Koden, three Cody's (2 female, one male), 4 Tyler's (two male, two female), Tia and Maria (sisters), and (and this, IMHO trumps all) a Destinee-Starr

jobrien1980 Fri 20-May-11 16:04:37

Rocky and Magic

lemonbeaver Fri 20-May-11 16:45:32

I know of a Wonga

LynetteScavo Sat 21-May-11 08:16:11

I know a Wanga.

(Oh, how I giggled blush)

poppydaisy Sat 21-May-11 12:53:34

What about Condoleezza

Barrack smile?

allhailtheaubergine Sat 21-May-11 13:32:33

I am always amazed that my daughter's name has never been mentioned on these threads.

LynetteScavo Sun 22-May-11 22:10:14

What is it?

MeantToStopAtTwo Mon 23-May-11 21:24:01

Has Ocean been mentioned yet?

KellyCZ Mon 23-May-11 22:50:42

According to, New Zealand registrars DID NOT reject the name Number 16 Bus Shelter


rubygems84 Mon 23-May-11 23:51:48

Glad to have not seen DS2's name here yet.
I have a friend on Facebook with 3 DS's called Jett, Ripley and Stellan. Stellan's middle name is River.
I also have another with DD Israelle, DS1 Eden and DS2 Jyrah.
With regards to Regan, one of the leader people at a playgroup I go to has a son named that.
My sister named her baby Kai ducks

MamaLazarou Tue 24-May-11 10:43:11

I met a little girl called Thierry recently. I was v taken aback at first, but I thought it quite suited her. Father a football fan obviously (showing ignorance as I have no idea who Mr Henry plays for!).

Foxranawaywithhisshoes Fri 17-Jun-11 18:55:20

I once stood in a playground shouting "Yoda" - got some pretty strange looks. DS refused to answer to anything else.

lilaloves Fri 17-Jun-11 20:17:41

Not a weird name but a weird spelling.Iona,but spelt Eyeowna !!??

I'm suprised not to see my dcs names on here although I don't think there particularly nutty.

I did laugh when I read the first few posts on this thread because I read Ragen as rageing!

Sheepasaurus Sun 19-Jun-11 09:25:59

I work at a hospital and we had a patient called William Gwilliam, also a dr called Donald Macdonald.

Thingiebob Sun 19-Jun-11 10:37:18

I'll be honest, I don't believe 50 percent of these responses.

zukiecat Sun 19-Jun-11 16:39:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SoFluffyImGonnaDie Sat 25-Jun-11 23:07:47

At dcs school there are brothers called Kaylan, Corben, Kyron, Kelton & Cohen they have a sister called Laciana (pronounced Laysheeana) There is also a Tequila, Kaidan, Maisan, Ceejay that I can remember
Don't people realise how hard it's going to be to try and be taken seriously at the age of 25 going for a job interview called D'shawnjiya or some other made up variation!

DioneTheDiabolist Sat 25-Jun-11 23:13:25

I know of a Lasagne. If she's still alive, she'd be nearly 70 now.

DioneTheDiabolist Sat 25-Jun-11 23:14:18

I also know of an Attracta Feeley. Sounds like the sort of outfits I used to wear on a Friday night out.

fivegomadindorset Sat 25-Jun-11 23:14:42


I have just realised through reading this thread that I know some people with very unusual names :

Waikiki - girl - suits her very well
Ludo - man
Maderson Lucifer -man
Paradise - very anti social little person
Praise - girl
Faymey - made up name by very silly parents
Kesley - mother was drunk when she had her name registered ...was supposed to be Kelsey
B'shaley - lets not even go there
Ty'reese - hmmm thats B'shaley's brother
Arrabiata - girl
Corben Bleu - boy
Muse - boy

In my line of work I come into contact with children everyday and I am quite often shocked by name choices but smile sweetly and say 'Oh thats lovely/unusual' - while cringing inwardly and hoping said child decides to change their name by deed poll in adulthood

BitchyHen Sat 25-Jun-11 23:32:46

I know a Ceejay, Paige Turner, Shilee (shyly) - girls and boys called Dre (as in Doctor Dre I should imagine) and River Greenfield.

I know quite a few "different" names


DD who has a very boring very common name was going to be called Kaminari which is a Japanese name meaning thunder as I was very into Japan and martial arts for years, somehow thunder seems an appropriate name for dd1 really in hindsight.....

Oh and when I was 11 I tried to get my mum to let me change my name to morphius grin

Clarence15 Sat 25-Jun-11 23:56:42

I know of 3 sisters all called Princess smile

lisad123 Sun 26-Jun-11 00:09:43

In one nursery class we had

And soome I know named child narla (from lion king) and other child Atrayu from never ending story!!

islanzadi Tue 28-Jun-11 11:07:08

I know an Intarsia ..

One of our customers was called Mr Treblecock. The funniest(?) bit was his frist name.... Richard which of course shortens to....! What the heck were his parents thinking!

Expecting DC1 end of Nov which we're fully expecting to be a boy and we love the name Jasper. Would people always think of Jasper Carrot though?

Suncottage Tue 02-Aug-11 11:05:30

I have heard of a little girl called Twinkle.

I've heard of twins called Rebecca-Louise and Louise-Rebecca!! oh and a kid called Success.

blushingm Tue 02-Aug-11 22:14:41

i work with someone whose first name is misty-blue

Piggles Manni is short for Manuel.

PrincessScrumpy Tue 02-Aug-11 22:39:35

I know a girl called Carisma (spelled like that - without the "H") - she also seriously lacks any charisma too!

niccibabe Wed 03-Aug-11 15:23:25

crystalglasses I find Hebe strange. Am I wrong?

No! Do we know the same one? grin

deste Wed 03-Aug-11 23:35:00

I know a Cookie.

Bonsoir Tue 09-Aug-11 08:58:20

We met an (otherwise charming) NY family on holiday this summer who had three young daughters called Anna, Chase and Marley. Why call your first child a totally classic name and then your two subsequent daughters out-there names?

carabos Tue 09-Aug-11 09:37:47

My dad worked with a guy who had three daughters called Faith, Hope and Charity...

Saski Tue 09-Aug-11 12:31:06


IamtheSnorkMaiden Fri 26-Aug-11 17:02:52

Trebilcock is a common surname in Cornwall. The emphasis should be on the 'bil' as in 'Truh-BIL-cock'. Saying Treble-cock is funnier though.

I know a Sian that pronounces it Si-an. Yuck.
I also know a Ciara that pronounces it Ci-a-ra to rhyme with tiara.

Years ago I saw the grottiest mother dragging her daughter around the supermarket. The little girl was named Crystal-Marie. WHY???

IamtheSnorkMaiden Fri 26-Aug-11 17:06:00

A friend has three kids with unusual names:

They have unusual middle names too. They are gorgeous and delightful adn their names suit them.

IamtheSnorkMaiden Fri 26-Aug-11 17:08:14

And just remembered that a colleague of my husband's (a Mr Weir) had a son name Isaac. Isaac Weir.

wahwahwah Fri 26-Aug-11 17:08:40

I heard someone yelling for a Tayzer (not sure of the spelling). My sister taught an Allora and there was a China Blue at a baby club I attended. Worked with a Cara Mia.

IamtheSnorkMaiden Fri 26-Aug-11 17:15:36

Cara Mia is sweet.

wahwahwah Fri 26-Aug-11 17:17:52

It just made me think of The Addams Family

Busybee21 Fri 26-Aug-11 17:21:04

Where do I start with the weird names I've come across! Twin boys called Jake-Lee and Isaac-Lee, a Trafford (after the football ground) and a Christmas (luckily male so could go by the nickname Chris!). I honestly don't know where some of these names come from..

kelly2000 Fri 26-Aug-11 18:06:56

Charlotte Bronte's father was Irish and originally his surname was brunty, but he changed it to Bronte when he went to cambridge. I think Bronte is a lovely name though, but the writers all had such sad lives and died young so it owuld put me off using it.

kelly2000 Fri 26-Aug-11 18:25:46

I knew of sisters called Mona and Lisa, I heard (and I hope this was ajoke) of a girl called Theresa Tickles, with her first name shortened to Tess! I also heard of a girl in New Zealand called Tallula does the hula from hawaii. parently she went to court to get made a ward of the state so she could change her name, they have also had children called number x bus shelter, and a newspaper article said in the UK there were six children called superman, an two called Arsenal last year. Why oh why?

Crabapple99 Fri 26-Aug-11 20:19:55

Me (this is a common chinese name, so I'm told)

These are the names I have come across in childcare which I would consider unusual, although I like some of them quite a lot.

Clarabumps Sat 27-Aug-11 08:49:09

theres a child in my town called Ibroxia.. after Ibrox stadium in glasgow.

Helly78 Thu 01-Sep-11 06:59:24

heard a man yelling at his daughter "Destiny" in the leisure centre the other day. poor kid. also met a couple my husband knew in town the other day with their new baby boy. when asked his name they said " Kaizen" - at least i think that's how you would spell it - we both said "sorry?". not the reaction they had hoped for, i would imagine.

Kayano Thu 01-Sep-11 08:48:55

My mother in law was chatting to her midwife friend about bad names she had heard...

She told her that some chav mother had considered calling her child Clamydia!!!!

We still laugh about it! Luckily the
MW set her straight, chav just said she
Liked the 'ring' of it!!!

Would she have had a brother called Herpes?!

KateBC Thu 01-Sep-11 10:40:29

I heard a little boy being called 'Corbiere' a few days ago, which is the name of a lighthouse where I live (Jersey), and also means something close to 'crow's nest' in French

Jellyboobs Fri 02-Sep-11 16:30:57

A friend who is a teacher has a Tia Maria in her class. Classic.

susiedaisy Fri 02-Sep-11 16:34:13

Havin worked with a nurse called Precious, she was from Zimbabwe and said this name was quite common over there

susiedaisy Fri 02-Sep-11 16:39:41

Velvet- woman in her forties

Precious- girl from zimbabwe

Mercedes- girl in her teens

Buffy- lady in her forties

susiedaisy Fri 02-Sep-11 16:40:55

Oh and candida, the parents didn't realise it's the name of the bacteria that causes thrush !!

DooinMeCleanin Fri 02-Sep-11 16:54:51

When I was in a waiting room for a scan I overheard a woman telling her husband she liked the name Hermoine from the Harry Potter books, which is all fine and well, it's a nice name, excpet she was pronouncing it Her-moany.

In another waiting room a woman had three young girls with her called Alabama, Texas and Indiana hmm

Jellyboobs Fri 02-Sep-11 16:57:51

There's that poor tennis player called Misty Hymen too. Horrors.

MatLeaveForever Fri 02-Sep-11 17:40:14

I heard a mother calling her little boy Ceaser yesterday.

oohlaalaa Sat 03-Sep-11 13:49:41

I've met a Candida. She is very very posh.

Psammead Sat 03-Sep-11 14:19:09

Not terrible at all, but I met a small girl recently named Benny-Soo. Her mother was Chinese, and was most excited to learn that I am British (we live abroad) and told me that she choose Benny-Soo for her DD because it was such a typical British name and she loves Britian.


patindahat Sat 03-Sep-11 14:31:46

A boy in my daughters class is called AA.

Thumbelina79 Sat 03-Sep-11 19:33:41

Loreal - the poor child had really thin baby hair at 8

TastyMuffins Sat 03-Sep-11 22:21:23

My DS went to nursery with a boy called BJ. That's what he was called and that's what it said on his peg. I could never bring myself to ask the parents if it was short for something else like Brian James just in case it wasn't and I would end up sniggering. Lovely parents though, really nice people, it just seemed so peculiar.

DS also knows sisters who are Destiny and Miracle.

I work with new parents and it isn't that uncommon to ask the baby's name and find the mum doesn't know how to spell it, either because the father chose it or it is not an English name and they haven't decided on the spelling they will use in roman letters. Sometimes the names are misspelt by people recording them (hopefully not the registrars) I have seen Sinead written by a colleague as Shenade but assume that it wasn't actually spelt that way.

rosy71 Sat 03-Sep-11 23:53:59

Mercedes is a real name. Mr Benz named the car after his daughter.

Idreamofsunshine Sun 04-Sep-11 10:47:09

I know a Sigh-Ann except its spelt Siann. It never occurred to me it was weird.

StrandedBear Sun 04-Sep-11 10:50:47

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lurkinginthebackground Sun 04-Sep-11 16:22:05

Tastymuffins what type of woman has no say in the deciding of her own child's name. Absurd.

Empusa Sun 04-Sep-11 16:57:52

I don't get why Storm is seen as so unusual, I've known a few people with that name, and was almost called it myself.

There also seem to be a lot of "classic" names (eg. ones from Greek mythology) in this thread.

Some of the others are crazy though!

ILoveMyDragon Sun 04-Sep-11 18:20:59

I absolutely LOVE some of these names!! Especially Storm, Aurora (sleeping beauty) and Xanthe, but unfortunately DP won't have any of them!
I also love Anastatsia which he doesn't like either 'sigh'

My mum used to teach a Steven Stevens and there was a Luke Lucas on X-Factor last night!

FemaleYouNicked Sun 04-Sep-11 18:51:52

Bronte is a lovely girl's name and I went to school with an Araminta and Lucinda (Ralph Fiennes' nieces!).

Love the Loreal child, that's bloody cruel but funny.

Another wacky upper orders family I know gave their four children middle names of London train stations.

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 04-Sep-11 21:33:21

There is a new girl in DD2's class called Kahluah. I wonder if she is related to Tia Maria? Perhaps Cointreau(h) is a cousin?

TastyMuffins Mon 05-Sep-11 23:05:29

lurkinginthebackground Plenty of fathers chose the name or sometimes it is the extended family that have chosen. Doesn't mean the mother has no say but she may have agreed to a name chosen by someone else but never seen it written in roman letters. Lots of different cultural reasons too.

wishiwasholdingaachinegun Tue 06-Sep-11 16:23:59

I met a Justice.

It suited him.


FundusCrispyPancake Wed 07-Sep-11 17:43:03

I once met a man called Cat Pasta who wanted to become a school teacher!

FundusCrispyPancake Wed 07-Sep-11 17:46:43

Girl called Pheonix.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Wed 07-Sep-11 18:03:25

Girl called Sky-Bella (or possibly Skybella).

LottieJenkins Wed 07-Sep-11 19:27:05

I went to a Virgin Vie party once and there was a little girl called "Cinnamon"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!shock

Lexiejack Wed 07-Sep-11 21:37:40

I've got a jack who's mn is Daniel. Because Daniel is his dads name not because we're raging alcoholics though!!

I used to babysit for a neighbour, her dcs were Rainbow Rose, Star Susan, Sunny Cloud and Poppy Fleur.

MotherOfHobbit Sun 11-Sep-11 14:31:41

There's a child at DS's nursery named Steed.

PineCones Fri 06-Jan-12 00:37:54

Don't know about Ragen but Ragenth is a perfectly legit Indian name.

Happenstance Fri 06-Jan-12 12:54:04

Afro-ditie Was a name my mum came across on a form once, and i did her one mum shouting Conan to her toddler at a farm park.

Prunella79 Sat 07-Jan-12 13:32:07

i once met an elderly gent named valentine - which is quite unusual - but his surname was card.

Prunella79 Sat 07-Jan-12 13:32:57

oh and another old chap named Hunk - actual name not a nickname - loved that.

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