Star-crossed lover Juliet questioned “what’s in a name?” in the Shakespearean masterpiece, and I found myself asking the very same question this week.
My query wasn’t surrounding a matter of a tragic romantic nature but the equally troubling decision of Katie Price to call her baby daughter Bunny.
After a six week wait the glamour girl turned businesswoman finally revealed the strange name.
I’m all for something a bit different, but seriously Bunny.
I was feeling sorry for the poor child before discovering the here’s what you could have been called list.
Apparently Precious and Duchess were in the running along with Disney, Bambi and Lady - sounds like she got off quite lightly considering.
I love a good Disney movie as much as the next person but mythical deers and dogs that talk should remain in never, never land not in the bumper book of baby names.
I know we generally expect celebrities to be a little over the top when it comes to baby names but it’s starting to filter through into society.
According to the latest statistics for birth certificates issued in 2013, names included London, Tory, and Reem – the catchphrase of The Only Way is Essex Star Joey Essex. Someone even named their child Geordie after the hit MTV reality show Geordie Shore.
Given Geordie Shore focuses on a group of 20 somethings who spend all their time drinking heavily, sleeping around and swearing I couldn’t help but question the judgement of this particular parent.
There’s no denying crazy baby names provide a great bit of entertainment but I have to question what kind of affect these weird names will have on the poor youngsters.
Researchers have spent the last 70 years trying to gauge the effect on an individual of having an unusual name.
It is widely accepted that our identity is shaped by the way we are treated by others - a concept psychologists call the “looking-glass self”.
According to research men with uncommon first names are more likely to drop out of school and end up lonely in later life.
Some professionals say they have evidence that people with unusual names are more disturbed psychologically.
I’m not saying a name completely dictates a person’s future path in life, but it certainly sounds like it plays a big part.
The Only Way is Essex and Geordie Shore may be wracking up the ratings at the minute but when you’re trying to explain to your confused great, great grandchildren what a reem vajazzle is in years to come, I somehow feel the novelty of these names may wear off.