Monday 18 July 2011

More silly names!

What a day! I've just come across the astonishing news that someone called Kate Hudson (who is she?) has just had a son, and has called him - wait for it - Bingham Hawm Bellamy. That's right. No misprints (although I am given to those).

I shall have to go and lie down.


  1. Now, much as I am sometimes ranting on about German buerocracy and the general obsession with rules and regulations, maybe it isn't such a bad thing after all that, over here, people have sometimes been stopped by the registry office from giving their children really silly names. "Hawm" would have been one of them...

  2. Sounds as if it ought to mean something.

  3. Librarian, I think you may be right! Except that when I named my first 3 kids Daisy, Toby and Barnaby I got terrible stick from everyone. Luckly no-one objected to Joseph (except the man himself, who insists on being called Joe at all times). Maybe all these odd names will come in one day. You never know!

    Jenny, I think a hawm must be either an ancient wind instrument, or a rare bird perhaps?

    Or maybe the parents look at verification words for inspiration. The present one is Dranlob - someone form Harry Potter?

  4. Frances, no names can begin to compare with the frankly abusive oddity of those bestowed by Frank Zappa on his children, namely:
    Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin
    Makes Harper Seven adn Bingham whatever look positively sane and everyday!

    By the way, I think your children have lovely names - for obvious reasons I'm particularly attached to the name Toby!

  5. Alis, those names are absolutely dire! Is it a "celebrity" thing? Do they feel they can't give their kids normal names? As though their lives weren't going to be quite odd enough wihout?

    (I got the name Toby from The Winged Horse, by Pamela Frankau. I think she's right out of fashion now, but I used to love her books.)

  6. Hi Frances! Just saw your post and had to jump in quickly to say that unfortunately, our new baby granddaughter (who has the perfectly sweet and respectable name of Caitlin Emily)shares her birthdate for all eternity with the notorious Harper Seven! If only her parents were half as wealthy ...