MUM’S THE WORD: What’s in a name?

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So Mariah Carey has revealed the names of her new twins – Moroccan Scott, her son named after the style of decoration in her apartment, and her daughter Monroe, after the screen siren Marilyn.

Now they don’t sound nearly so silly given that Victoria Beckham has reportedly been considering calling her unborn daughter Luna or Santa. But knowing their sons are Brooklyn, Cruz and Romeo I never did expect Posh and Becks to pick a mundane name, like Anne or Mary, for their fourth offspring.

It’s not just celebrities who are opting for unusual monikers, although the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow (mum to Apple), Katie Price (whose daughter is Princess Tiami) and Bob Geldof (dad to Fifi Trixabelle, Peaches Honeyblossom and Little Pixie) have got a lot to answer for.

So I got to thinking, does our name define us and how we are going to turn out?

Give someone a name like Peaches and you can’t expect them to turn out the same as if you’d called them Rebecca, can you? As parents we have a huge responsibilty choosing a name for someone, which will shape them for life when we haven’t even met them yet!

Last year the top names in the UK were pretty traditional – Sophia, Isabella, Olivia, Emma and Chloe and Aiden, Jacob, Jackson, Ethan and Jayden. Although there were a few unusual ones in the top 100 – including Addison, Nora, Kendall, Wyatt and Xavier.

The rest of the list was littered with traditional and celebrity references like Kylie and Keira.

When it came to choosing ‘Nancy’ we certainly had some interesting discussions and several evenings spent poring over a book of names and their origins. Initially I was quite keen on Sophia; but all I could imagine was yelling it at the school gates and about 15 little girls all turning round – and looking at the most popular names now I’d have been right. But I knew I wanted something traditional, although not commonly used.

So where did Nancy (Hewbrew meaning Grace) come from? No, it wasn’t a homage to Nancy Regan, Nancy Drew or a distant relative. It was Mr Chapman who suggested it, however we didn’t make our final decision until Nancy was born.

Since choosing it I’ve come to love it even more and I hope that as she grows up Nancy will too.

So while I embrace the traditional, I understand some parents needs to have a more individual name for their offspring – but just flash forward 80 years and names like Sarah and Lucy will be obsolete and our care homes will be full of Aaliyas, Chantelles and Morrocans and Monroes, as I’m sure these will be on next year’s most popular list thanks to Mariah.