Until you are pregnant you don't realise how many people contain a little bit of Hopkins inside them (metaphorically - not because she has rammed her wagging finger up them). I have named 3 children and have smiled and nodded through various opinions about our choices for their names - too old, too new, too different, too common, too-lisa, too-lulah...
I'm now 15 weeks pregnant with baby number two and although many things are different second-time round (mainly that I was more sick and tired during the first 12 weeks) certain feelings, conversations and comments are cropping up all over again...How many of the below have you experienced?
I have no problem with people making light-hearted jokes about my name - I can laugh at myself and I hope others to do the same. What I do have a problem with are thoughtless lists that poke fun of people. Thankfully I can publicly defend myself (and Brogans), but there will be countless Zabryn, McKyla and Evers who can't.
What a celebrity calls their baby makes no impact whatsoever to anyone's lives - you don't even have to say the name out loud because you don't know the baby, you're never going to have to call him, you're not friends with the celeb couple - so who the hell cares?
The problem with 'Saint' is that it's not actually a name. Much like Liv Tyler's recent child 'Sailor' is not a name, in the way that Lil Kim's 'Royal' is not actually a name, and sorry Beyonce we do love you but 'Blue' - no, I'm not sure that's actually a name either.
Baby Finch is one of many whose name choice was influenced by a character who has now been shown to have had deeply unpalatable sides. Sides that are grossly offensive in our modern context (sides that would have been rightly offensive to many people when they were concieved of too, of course). And these sides were previously unknown outside of the mind of his creator.
What you decide now will likely still be affecting their lives in fifty, sixty, seventy years time... So no pressure then. We found some rules helped - at least to narrow down the contenders for us...
With my first name being thrust into the limelight, - the like of which us Charlottes have not experienced since E.B White decided to name a pig-friendly spider after us - now feels like a good time to let the new addition to our crew know what it's like to be called Charlotte
As anyone with an unusual first name knows (shout out to Blue Ivy, North and Apple) there are many things that happen when you're called something other than Claire, Sarah or Louise. Here are just a few...
There are few things in life that gives the average person more power than naming a baby. You get to choose what a human being is called forever (or until they turn 16 and can change it by deed poll).
Welcome to the political minefield of naming your unborn child and then sharing your decision with the rest of the world before the baby arrives. So you think sharing your well thought out and carefully chosen baby name with your nearest and dearest is a good idea? Really?!
Celebrities seem to be mad for this. Recently we've had Apple, North West, Blue Ivy and Brooklyn. That last one apparently came about because that's where Posh and Becks conceived the kid. Even if that's true, well that's information you shouldn't share with anyone ever.
Towards the end of 2013, and as is the case with the close of every Movember, my husband proudly wore a bold moustache. It's always a point of conversation: I find it so amazing that a strip of facial hair can greatly influence the way people respond to the wearer, particularly at first encounters...
So here's some already-great names (I use the term loosely) that they could choose from if they're struggling, all following the signature Kardashian K start, obviously:
Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited along to the UK launch of Mothercare's long-awaited app and what a pleasure it was - hosted by the too-yummy-for-mummy Myleene Klass at the swanky Charlotte Street Hotel.
They define us, our Sky Plus reminders, or the scribbled boxes we draw around our to-watch list in the weekly TV guide. It seems that what we watch even defines the names we choose for the next generation of viewers.