Naming my daughter Daffodil

Reading BBC news during my lunch break today I discovered that Nicole Kidman has given birth to a baby girl. They’ve named her Sunday Rose. Not really surprising… it’s just another silly name in a long line of ridiulous celebrity baby names. What I wonder though is how come they’re allowed to get away with it? In Germany, when you go to register your child you have to prove that the name you’ve chosen is a) actually a name and b) fits the gender of your baby, so no calling baby boys Rebecca of girls David. If the name you’ve chosen can be used for either gender (think Robin and Jamie) you have to add a middle name that shows the actual gender of the child. So Ashley Jamie wouldn’t be allowed as neither name is gender specific. No random words (windy) or names of objects (table) are to be used as names. Obviously you can still end up with silly sounding names, either because parents pick something from another country that they have no idea how to pronounce (so Janine becomes something like Schaninuh) or because they combine two completely different names into a double name – a classic example from a German website is “Chastity-Claire”. But at least German children, even celebrity ones, are given names that are, in fact, names. Why do we not have this rule in England? How can people get away with naming their kids Asia (a country, not a name!) or Apple (fruit last time I checked)? Yes, I know all about freedom of opinion and not limiting people with too many rules, but honestly… would you want to be named Sunday Rose??

If I have a duaghter I think I’ll name her Daffodil. Maybe that way she’ll become famous one day! (Please note, this is a JOKE! I would never give a child a stupid name like Daffodil).


5 thoughts on “Naming my daughter Daffodil

  1. I like the name Lily but that’s probably it for flowers. MY rabbits names are Lily and Violet but I like Lily for a person. And months are terrible. I can’t stand April or August or June even though the name Junie (for a toddler) is cute. Or May unless its spelled Mae and used as a middle name. I hate the names Autumn and Wynter, but I think Summer is ok.

    Also the name Bryce drives me crazy. I know so many girls and boys named that. It sounds like rice.

    I know a little girl named TINSLEY. like, tin and what?? sounds like christmas decoration. 🙂 poor kid

    If I ever have kids they will have real names. Mine is Jamie Ann Rose (rose is the last name) and Ann is a family name.

  2. edoutsider – yes, Mae is nice as a middle name. My kids will obviosuly have real names too. They’ll have to be names that can be easily pronounced by both German and English speakers as well. Difficult…

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