A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

The Beckhams’ decision to name their newborn daughter Harper Seven may have split public opinion, but many celebrities are known for giving their offspring some very strange names.  Kate Hudson’s new baby boy was called Bingham Hawn Bellamy, but it is certainly not the weirdest! Frank Zappa, named his child Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen!

As children’s names become stranger, our pet’s names are becoming more traditional, with Poppy being the most popular name for cats as well as dogs. 

However according to the Huggies Club, Jack is still favoured for boys, with 914 boys being named Jack in 2010 and Grace is topping the chart for girls. In general, the figures show that girls tend to be given a wider variety of names than boys. Last year 4,710 girls’ names were registered compared to 3,866 boys’ names.

Some baby experts claim (and I think we agree) choosing your baby’s name is a very important task as the name is central to a child’s earliest sense of identity.

But as quoted from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.

So we are keen to hear your opinion – do you think the Beckhams have gone too far with Harper Seven? The fact the baby was 7lbs 10oz, arrived at 7.55 am and David wore the Manchester United Number 7 shirt, brings a sense of sentiment to the name; a lucky number, so to speak! Or perhaps you agree with maternity concierge, Rosie Pope that we should stick to more traditional names and stay away from numbers?


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2 Responses to A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

  1. I can’t imagine what it is like going through life with a name like Harper Seven, but it doesn’t seem to have done Bob Galdoff’s children any harm and they’ve had 20 years + at that now. I am sure people will be quite forgiving with a Mr Beckham as a dad when all said and done. On the pets front I have a deaf cat called Daz in light of him being white, but many who meet him often think his name is shortened from ‘Darren’. He doesn’t look like a Darren though, perhaps more of a Steve. Nice blog post 🙂

  2. Louise Findlay-Wilson says:

    Given that two of my boys despite being conventionally named (Henry and Angus) are known as Ridge and Roadie I tend to think people ‘find their own names’ no matter what their parents have in mind!

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