PARENTS

US Couple Call Baby "Brighton" After British Seaside Town

28/07/2009 16:37 | Updated 22 May 2015

The trend to give babies overly controversial and often bewildering names is one that they may not thank us for in later life, writes Amiee Jones.

In recent years, we've seen children named after their place of conception and their parent's favourite fruit. Kate Price even sought to give her daughter a sense of innate royalty by naming her 'Princess Tiamii.'

The latest addition to this clan is baby Isabel 'Brighton', born to Dean and Kelly Hernandez in the US. The couple visited the seaside town during their honeymoon and had such a wonderful time staying at The Grand Hotel that they thought the name would remind them of the time they spent there.

Born in March this year, you have to wonder if she will see the sentimental side to their gesture or forever cringe at being named after the place her parents er...celebrated their union.

David and Victoria Beckham's first child, Brooklyn, was named after the place they loved, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale's children apparently named in the same vein. Their first born, Kingston, named after Kingston, Jamaica, which is said to be a 'special' place or possible place of conception. It's also rumoured that their second son, Zuma, was named after a beach in Malibu of the same name.

Although some may think it romantic, others, inappropriate, at least there is logic in naming one's child after somewhere close to the heart. The name 'Apple' is a slightly more difficult puzzle to crack. Quite why Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow chose to name their daughter after a fruit that is, to be frank, less than exotic, is anyone's guess.

Bob Geldof's daughters are the owners of some of the most elaborate names in showbiz. His eldest daughter is 25-year-old Fifi-Trixibelle, and then we have Peaches Honeyblossom Michelle Charlotte Angel Vanessa, 20; Pixie, 19; and lastly, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, 13. Some of those surely must have had to be squeezed onto the birth certificate in teeny handwriting?

Last year, MTV aired a show where Peaches put together her own 'alternative' fashion magazine, her embarrassment clear as she introduced herself to the staff, eyes rolling skyward as she said: "So I'm...Peaches" in a comical tone.

What's more, most people seem to be reverting to classic, more traditional names. In 2008 the most popular girl names in the U.K were Olivia, Ruby and Grace. For boys Jack, Oliver and Harry were the top picks. You have to wonder if this will make it that much more difficult for the 'Apples' of the world in the playground, surrounded by children with oh-so-normal names, who keep asking why they're named after something their mum packs in their lunch box? [Amiee Jones]


What do you think about weird baby names? Would you give your child an unusual name, or do you prefer to go for something popular?

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