It seems that parents are out to ensure that either their child has a unique name or that the name they end up christening them with will not cause them a lifetime of embarrassment.
And this is a growing trend says the Telegraph. Just a quick use of the search engine with ‘unique boy’s name’ throws up a plethora of sites that claim they have the answer.
But I wonder if some ‘creative’ people will not have spotted the answers right across the top left of the screen:
As well as ‘Sign In’.
I’ve never heard of anyone being given one of those as a first name (unless you know otherwise of course).
Then there’s the ‘ Prince’, ‘the artist formerly known as squiggle approach. Why not use the image of the Google options cog as a name. That could be quite unique, don’t know what you’d call them though – ‘Gears’?.
Or maybe use the Google reponse to your search i.e. ‘About 2,730,000 results (0.21 seconds)’.
Seriously though, whatever happened to the good old naming after friends and relatives?
And surely using Google to find that perfect unusual and unique name throws up the risk of unwanted repercussions later.
Most children want to be seen as normal and fitting in with their peers. Giving them an unusual name surely only has the potential of bringing them unwanted attention. For every child that rises to the challenge there will be many that grow to hate their strange names and feel out of place.
Why not give them a more traditional name but, more importantly, give children the time and nurturing that it really takes to help them grow and become someone that stands out in their own right?