Who hasn’t passed the teensiest bit of judgment when hearing a new baby’s name, if only to think about whether it matches the face or whether it goes well with the surname?
So spare a thought for the families and friends of the parents who came up with New South Wales’ most unusual baby names, because some of them must’ve had trouble not only avoiding harsh judgment but also keeping a straight face when informed of the baby’s name.
The Daily Telegraph reported that some of the crackers chosen by NSW parents have included Swastika, Danger and Peter Pan. There are hundreds of Princes and Princesses, as well as many Malibus, Mates and Porsches.
But attempts to name babies Lord Jesus Christ, Doctor Who and Lord have been knocked back, the newspaper reported.
NSW Registrar Amanda Ianna explained that names were rejected if they were offensive or used religious or official titles, but Prince and Princess were fine because they were accepted in some cultures as given names. The children just can’t go on to use them as a title in later life.
Although the swastika emblem is now most closely associated in the Western world with the Nazi Party, it means good fortune or wellbeing in Sanskrit and, until Adolf Hitler appropriated it, was considered a symbol of good luck. It remains an important Hindu symbol, however.
The more out-there names were far from as popular as Olivia and Oliver, which were the most popular baby names in NSW in 2016. Other classic names that made a comeback last year included Leo, Henry and Max, while Scarlett and Matilda for girls and Charlie and Cooper for boys dropped out of the top 20 list (below).