There are an awful lot of bizarre names around nowadays - as we were saying to our colleague, Ivor Biggun, only the other week.
So it takes something really special to make us stop and do a double-take. But this is something really special. Ready? It appears that a proud new mum has named her baby daughter 'Hashtag'. Well, that's what she announced on Facebook anyway...
Hashtag? Hashtag? You can't call a baby after a punctuation symbol. Where will the madness end? Ampersand? Asterisk? Colon? That said, we do have a very good friend called Dot.
Anyway, fingers crossed, the Facebook name announcement was merely a post-childbirth typo. And if it wasn't? Never mind, kid - at least your mum didn't decide to call you Mitt Romney like that poor baby in Kenya...
This gives a whole new meaning to Family Names. Corleone, the name of six babies last year, joins future troublemakers named Capone, Gotti, Bates, and Juvenal. Potential sister names include Sicily and Sicilia.
We've been predicting the rise of fierce names, and this year's roster includes a pack of them: six boys named <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Cougar" target="_hplink">Cougar</a> along with 86 named Fox, 85 called Bear, 29 Hawks, 14 named Wolf, seven Broncos, and five girls named Tiger. To the six girls named Bunny out there: Watch out.
The other Don, as in "Mad Men's" <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Draper" target="_hplink">Draper</a>, inspired six namesakes this year. Draper is also one of the new occupational names, ala Mason which shot to the national Number 2. Among the other strange occupational names on the list: Strummer, Governor, and Pilot.
Canada's favorite interjection -- or perhaps the international expression of apathy -- was given to 14 girls last year. Were their parents excited? Eh....
<a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/Elvis" target="_hplink">Elvis</a> is back in the building, returning after a one year hiatus to the Top 1000, and now the name of his home, Graceland, is in the baby name lexicon too, given to seven girls. Grace and Gracelyn are popular for girls, along with Grayson and Greyson for boys, and Presley and Memphis for both sexes.
The name of the Biblical royal, spelled as one word, was given to five boys last year. Brother conjoined names include Princewilliam, Princemichael, Sircharles, and Marcjacob.
We have to believe that somewhere, beyond the bounds of Googleable English, Moo is a valid name and that five parents last year did not decide to name their daughters after the sound a cow makes. But, we want to believe in Santa Claus and instant weight loss too....
If it was good enough for Biggie... Along with children named Marvelous, Brilliant, Famous, Beautiful, and Cyncere, there were five bad boys named Notorious. Destined to tangle with the five named Tupac.
Could you pronounce that for us? While Penisimani seems to be an established if rare name in the South Sea Islands, the six boys who received it in the U.S. are sure to encounter problems with pronunciation and, oh, everything. As are the children named Asser, Peniel, Dearria and Virginia.
Big "Dirty Dancing" fan? You can be sure the five boys who received this name last year, along with their parents, will be fielding that question for a lifetime. Swayze is one of the newest of the modern hero names on the rise, which include such popular choices as Jeter and <a href="http://nameberry.com/babyname/palin" target="_hplink">Palin</a>.
These times demand toughness, and the boys named Tank, Trek, and Courage come pre-armed for the battle. Other badass baby names include Breaker and Ryker, especially hot in Utah where they presumably have never heard of the prison.
Brandi is so yesterday. Today's most intoxicating alcohol name is Tequila. Newborn girls were also named Chardonnay, Henessy, and Syrah, while a handful of boys were named Abeer.
Day names, from Friday to Christmas to August, are traditional in many cultures, but today's parents are expanding the lexicon. On the 2011 list were girls named Tomorrow, Evening, and Future.
No, not like the snake, like the baseball field. Fourteen girls and 25 boys were named after the classic Chicago stadium. There were also about 150 children of each sex named Shea along with five boys named Fenway. None, however, named Yankee.
(Via Awkward Messages)