If John and Mary are too vanilla for your baby name tastes, there are infinite ways to come up with a unique alternative.
(Ooh – Younique! Jot that one down.)
There’s the scrabble name (try putting Tezzina on a triple word score), the deliberately misspelled name (like Xal, pronounced Crystal in case you were wondering), the regular name with a few extra vowels thrown in for good measure (Hi Eirriinn), the mash-up (Kendrew) and the cutesy-nickname as first name (yes – it’s Benji. Not Benjamin, Benji. Like the dog.)
There’s a reason a baby takes nine months to grow. Parents-to-be need a few months to come up with a baby name.
Sebastian sounds all cute and adorable until your dad welcomes ‘little Bazza‘ into the world. A rogue nickname option could send you back to the drawing board.
There are some rules that will always hold true, like don’t name your baby after your car or favourite booze.
Have you ever heard a more bogan name than Tequila-Sunrise? And any name that’s been made famous by a footballer’s baby? Scratch it off your list. Australia doesn’t need another Ayce (which also falls into the deliberately misspelled name AND cutesy-nickname categories. Coincidence? I think not.)
If your head is hurting just thinking about how wrong you can go, you’re not alone. And that’s why we called in the expert.
According to the author of The Little Book of Bogan Baby Names, (yep, it’s a real book that you can actually buy!) bogan names can set your child up for failure later in life.
She says that calling your child Chardonnay practically guarantees they won’t be taken seriously.
Yes, it can be a minefield trying to find a name for your precious offspring that you won’t regret the first time you have to tell someone.