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Children's names

On 27 Jul 2008 at 7:01pm Granny Murray wrote:
Aren't there some funny names about at the moment. I know I am going to upset people-some of you might have children with old age pensioner names or worse. Recent children's names I have seen or heard - Reggie, Gloria, Archie, Esther, Obi and Hebe!!!!
On 27 Jul 2008 at 7:14pm me wrote:
Can't beat some of the names registered in new zealand. "No16 bus shelter" was one and another that was in the news last week was "talula does the hoola from hawai". Worryingly the authorities allowed a kid to be called no16 bus shelter??????
On 27 Jul 2008 at 7:16pm Granny Murray wrote:
Apparently they wouldn't allow Cinderella but allowed Violence!!! I didn't realise they had chavs in NZ! Oops, have I just made a racist comment? Sorry Sashka.
On 28 Jul 2008 at 12:08am Lord Pike wrote:
Yes, I know of a Hebe - I wonder if it's the same one?

My problem with names is that too many children are saddled with ones that either say 'I'm a total chav' or 'I'm a poncey, middle-class rich kid'.

Look at the register of the New School and I bet it has names like Hector and Orlando. However, the worst names are the chav ones, which try to sound classy but effectively stigmatize someone for the rest of their life.

In the recent 'Beautiful Baby' competition in the Sussex Express, I noticed the following chav names:


I wish people would stick to neutral names because it's unfair to saddle a child with a silly name for the rest of their life. A friend of mine (who's a bit of a chav) wanted to name his daughter Lianne, written as Leigh-Anne, because that would be a bit classier, in his opinion . In one fell swoop he would not only have given his daughter a chavy name, but also condemned her to spend her entire life having to correct people when they started to write her name.

What's wrong with John, Mary, Peter and Jane?

On 28 Jul 2008 at 12:38am expat wrote:
Naming a child 'Tallulah does the Hula in Hawaii' made a family court judge attack the parents in question for 'making a fool of their daughter and setting her up for a lifetime of social ridicule.' Twas in Taranaki in NZ.
She had never told her school mates what her real name was. There were some other horrors too, like 'Sex Fruit' Apparently these names haven't been registered legally. Granny, I didn't know what a Chav was till I came back to the UK, the phrase isn't used here and we don't have the same type of person with the dress code etc., but certainly do have the social equivalents, which I won't name for fear of reprisals! Kia Ora!!(no it's not a fruit jiuce!)
On 28 Jul 2008 at 10:41pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
I was listening to Southern Counties Radio last week when they were debating this very issue. There is also a record of twin boys being called Benson & Hedges!
They may not have Chav's in NZ yet (wait for more British migrants), but they do have a fleet of Ug boot wearers!
On 29 Jul 2008 at 3:58pm kitty cat wrote:
How about Orson, Elmo, Kenzie. Paris? We have two cats called Lambert and Bultler does this count?
On 29 Jul 2008 at 3:59pm kitty cat wrote:
Should read Lambert and Butler!
On 29 Jul 2008 at 6:05pm Lewesianne wrote:
Can you imagine, in this day and age, calling your new born baby girl Mildred or Barbera? It just doesn't fit.
On 29 Jul 2008 at 8:15pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
You wait! In 20-30 years time we'll see a revival of those names like Kenneth, Derek, Norman, Jean, Dorothy and Barbara. Somehow, I can't see Cecil, Cyril and Percy coming back, but who knows?
On 29 Jul 2008 at 8:21pm Cliffebimbo wrote:
I saw a toddler called Reggie in the Sussex Express recently.
On 29 Jul 2008 at 9:17pm Lewesianne wrote:
Earl of Lewes. Yes, I bet we will! But I couldn't get my head round a baby called Irene!
On 31 Jul 2008 at 7:53am juju wrote:
Try Jago, Levi, Shakira, Iris, Dandy, Daffodil,Herbie, jasper, Martha to name a few that i have come across over the last few years.
On 31 Jul 2008 at 1:56pm Geisha wrote:
I hate the name Florence.
On 31 Jul 2008 at 5:12pm kitty cat wrote:
Whats the matter with Jago. He's my mate so is dandy. Have to agree about Levi though. Thought they made jeans? How about Geronimo? Or even Zeus?
On 31 Jul 2008 at 6:15pm Lewesianne wrote:
I know a boy called Geronimo but he is know by another, shorter name but I think it's great. I would live to have a 'proper' name so I could surprise mates who only know me as C...... Ooops, nearly let the cat out the bag then!
On 31 Jul 2008 at 6:22pm kitty cat wrote:
Does he have a brother starting with the letter T by any chance x
On 31 Jul 2008 at 7:47pm juju wrote:
Never said i didnt like the names, just that they are more unusal, my little girl goes to school with Dandy and Jago. Also know a Dakota and a Solamon And a Uisce. All great Kids but names i had never come across before.
On 31 Jul 2008 at 8:12pm Lewesianne wrote:
Yes kitty cat.
On 31 Jul 2008 at 9:28pm Cliffebimbo wrote:
I hate the name Sharon.
On 31 Jul 2008 at 10:09pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
A name I always disliked was Tracey - there were loads of them when I was at school, but I have met very few Tracey's in adult life. What happened to all the Tracey's in the world?
It would seem that pretentious names are now the preferred names for working class folk, whereas sturdy traditional names are chosen by more privileged people - interesting.
It's rather like double-barrel surnames - in the 70's this was a sign of middle class, whereas nowadays it is a sign of illegitimacy!
On 31 Jul 2008 at 10:17pm Cliffebimbo wrote:
They have probably changed their names. I can only think of one Tracey at my school and there were two Sharons. I remember one of them was incredibly attractive. I wonder what happened to her.
On 1 Aug 2008 at 1:00pm kitty cat wrote:
How about Cei or Kia? Not many sharons when I was at school but we had simple names like andy, tony, karen, carol, anne, jane, simon, richard, susan and sheenas. At least we could all spell our names without too much trouble x

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