Hands up, I watched the Britain's Got Talent final, along with a squillion million other folk. If truth be known, I watched it several times, firstly on Sky Plus rewinds and then on Youtube. I'm now hooked on street dance in a way I, nor any one who knows me, could never imagine. If anyone knows whether body-popping is a safe hobby to take up in the second trimester please do mail me.
In homage to this year's winners, the most excellent dance troupe Diversity, I'm dedicating this instalment of the Totally Honest Guide To Baby Names to them. And by the way, I'm entirely serious.
So, if you want a Britain's Got Talent baby name, inspired by Diversity, here's what you can choose from. Here's the roll call from the group, with meanings, courtesy of the Collins Gem Babies' Names book that has been sitting by my loo for the last 10 weeks.
Here are the baby names inspired by Britain's Got Talent winners, Diversity...Ashley
A place and surname meaning "ash field". A very talented choreographer.
Popular in the Middle Ages when it was given to children baptised in water from the River Jordan. The name of the river means to descend and flow. Useful attributes for a street dancer. Not so relevant for a glamour model.
A Gaelic derivative of Johannes, descended from the Hebrew John, meaning the Lord is gracious. The name of my older sister's motorbike-loving scruffy boyfriend with a 'tash in the Seventies. Mum worried about him.
A Scottish pet form of James. By pet form I think it means nickname, not name given to Scottie dogs. Could be cool though.
From the Hebrew meaning "gift of God". If Matthew was one of those Diversity chaps in a red skull cap simulating a judge's buzzer, he certainly was a gift of God. That was inspired!
From the Middle English meaning "who is like God". He must have been one of the other buzzer boys.
Shortened form of Samuel, from the Hebrew meaning "heard by God". He must have been the one praying every night for a win over Susan Boyle.
From the surname, which can either be from an old German tribe or from a Norman place name meaning game reserve. But this is Britain's Got Talent, not France and Germany Had Talent.
This is from the Latin Terentius, the name of a famous Roman comic playwright. And there was me thinking it came from the Latin Terentius Dancius Really Wellius, the famous Roman body-popper.
Closest I can get in the not terribly diverse Collins Gem Babies' Names guide is Perry, which is a shortened version of Perigrine or the surname of a 19th Century American general who inflicted a defeat on the British. Have you seen the trailers for America's Got Talent? I reckon we'd beat them hands down.
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