What’s in a name?

September 23, 2010, 12:30 AM GMT+0

Jamie Oliver’s newborn son, whose name is Buddy Bear Maurice, looks unlikely to be making ‘buddies’ at school easily, according to opinion from over 1,000 of our UK panellists on the subject of unusual children’s names.

  • Many felt that such names were ‘stupid’, ‘ridiculous’ and ‘daft’ and one said ‘I wouldn’t use names like these for pets!’
  • Others expressed concern that these names would cause harmful repercussions for the children, as they would ‘inevitably get teased at school’.
  • A few other people also pointed out that while the names are ‘cute’ now, they would cause these individuals to not be ‘taken seriously as professional adults’.

The celebrity parents also came in for a lot of criticism.

  • Various people called them ‘selfish’ and one believed that these names showed a ‘lack of maturity on the part of the parent’
  • Several panellists cynically saw these name choices as ‘attention seeking’.

However, others were more welcoming of the chosen name for the Olivers’ new bundle of joy.

  • One felt the name was modern, saying ‘it’s the 21st century…fewer people are calling their babies old school names now’
  • Another felt that unusual names ‘make the world more interesting’
  • And many wrote that ‘people should be allowed to name their child whatever they want without anyone commenting’.

Buddy Bear Maurice was born on September 15th, and is the little brother of Poppy Honey, Daisy Boo and Petal Blossom Rainbow.

Princess and the Peaches

But the Olivers are by no means the only celebrity parents to have bestowed unusual names upon their children. Former glamour model Katie Price, aka Jordan, named her youngest daughter Princess Tiaamii, actress Gwyneth Paltrow called her daughter Apple and singer Geri Halliwell is the proud mother of Bluebell Madonna, while musician and charity campaigner Bob Geldof’s children are famously called Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches, (Little) Pixie and Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.

It seems the ‘silly name’ fad is nothing new, and with this latest arrival it doesn’t look like it will die down any time soon.

Word cloud courtesy of Wordle.net