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Love Child Tops The List Of Wacky Baby Names...100 Years Ago!

25/02/2012 23:03 | Updated 22 May 2015
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A baby called Love Child tops the list of wacky names for newborns – but this time, it's not a celebrity that's responsible.

Because if you thought Beyonce, Posh and Myleene were leading the way in daft baby names, think again - our great-grandparents beat them to it.

According to records from 100 years ago, parents were calling their kids everything from Danger to Lucky to, er, Nice. Though, thankfully, there's no mention of a Nasty!

Family history site Genesreunited.co.uk analysed 36 million records in the 1911 Census.

It revealed the Numbero Uno baby moniker belonged to Love Child Charles Wales Bull.

Rhoda Breakell, head of Genesreunited.co.uk said: "The true meaning of little Love Child Charles Wales Bull's name will remain a mystery, there is either a secret behind it or perhaps his parents did simply just love their child.

"It's interesting to find some of the more unusual forenames chosen over 100 years ago, and particularly the artistic licence used with middle names - it's actually not so different to what we see today with quirky celebrity baby names such as Blue Ivy and Harper Seven and of course Myleene Klass' daughter Hero Harper."

The researchers believe the names may have been dreamt up by superstitious parents who believed giving their child a "fate" name would bring them luck.

The full list is:

1. Love Child

2. Danger

3. Lucky

4. Hero

5. Love

6. Lovely

7. Nice

8. Pretty

9. Secret

The site has some theories for the unusual forenames and middle names:

Danger

"Danger is my middle name" was most famously said by James Bond and Austin Powers, but the 1911 Census suggests men and women 100 years ago probably said it too. Alfred Stephen Danger Wood was a chauffeur from Pimlico – would people have dared ride in a vehicle with him?

Hero

Trawling the records found Hero which is another unusual choice of name, particularly when paired with a second wacky forename such as one chap in the 1911 Census called Hero Bear Rose, a dentist from Westminster.

TV star Myleene Klass named her daughter Hero, apparently choosing the name after a character from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

"How parents choose a middle name for their child is a fascinating journey through history and here we have some wonderful examples of real imagination being used," said Rhoda.

"It will be interesting to see if the nation continues to adopt a creative flair for middle names and how these will evolve over the next 100 years."

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