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Name Calling

Hajar Hamalaw, a 28 year old German journalist living in Iraq, had his wishes overridden when he tried to register his son under the name of ‘Wikileaks.’ Imagine the child having to give his name as ‘Wikileaks Hamalaw!’ What if his name were shortened to just, ‘Leaks?’

According to the father, the renowned site, ‘changed the world,’ and he was no doubt, envisioning his son would be instrumental in changing the world. I can think of several leaders who changed the world in a drastic manner, but we won’t go there.

All parents, including those who adopt, have a moral, sensible, and responsible and I repeat, responsible duty to think, not once or twice, but umpteen times about the names they select for their child. After all, that moniker they’ve dubbed upon the vulnerable baby will most likely, be there for the entire life of the child.

Sure, the name can be changed by deed-poll but that can only take place when the unfortunate kid reaches ‘adult’ status and can make responsible decisions for him or herself. Up until then however, the child is stuck with a name that he/she has been given.

Your average Joe can almost be forgiven for picking an outlandish name for his child, as he has a lot more to contend with in being … well … average, non-descript, normal, ordinary, usual or regular. In announcing his child’s name as ‘Zeus,’ for example, he has his moment of glory as the newly-crowned father of a Greek mythological god.

Public figures, famous or infamous people and Hollywood stars, however, have a moral and parental duty, to fight the urge to call their off springs, bizarre and peculiar names. Some latest examples: Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green naming their son, Bodhi Ransom; not to be outdone, racing king, Mark Webber and Teresa Palmer named their son, Bodhi Rain; and Gwen Stafani and Gavin Rossdale have sons Kingston and Zuma, and have called their latest addition, Apollo Bowie.

Jools, wife of culinary chef Jamie Oliver, may have eaten too much of his cooking given the names she chose for their brood. Their fourth child and only son is Buddy Bear, while his sisters are called Poppy Honey, Daisy Boo and Blossom Rainbow.

Television comedian Jason Lee of ‘My name is Earl,’ series, tops the list after calling his son, ‘Pilot Inspektor.’ That is his spelling folks! It seems, Jason was inspired by band Grandaddy’s song entitled, ‘He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot.’

Perhaps the above can take a leaf out of Australian megastar, Chris Hemsworth and wife, Elsa Pataky’s book, after they named their twins, Tristan and Sasha. Even Simon Cowell and partner Lauren Silverman chose regular names, Eric Philip for their son.

Is it perhaps too tame and boring to name your progeny George like Prince William and Kate have? While the royal family have yet to buck the system, it would cause a right royal stir if names like, Blanket (no prize for this one), Apple, Sunday, Coco or Tiger Lily were introduced into the family tree.

Although it can be noted that the aforementioned names are all spelled in correct English, imagine the mayhem and downright angst for those with deliberately and quirkily spelled names.

Take for example, Jaxon in place of Jackson; Shantel (Chantelle); Locklan (Lachlan); Sofie (Sophie); Laelah (Layla), Jayne (Jane), Allen (Alan), Oskar (Oscar), to name a few. Did I mention ‘angst?’ Yes, the children with their, ‘original,’ names, have the misfortune of always, and I mean ALWAYS, having to spell or correct the spelling of their names. And they have the added misery of never finding their ‘creative,’ spelling on chains, nametags, door plaques, keychains; pens/pencils, erasers, bracelets, placemats, mugs, plates et al. Parents, please take note!

There are certain guidelines that parents can follow and in some instances, should follow, in choosing their children’s’ names. Once the list of baby names have been reduced to two or three options, try putting the name together with the surname before announcing and legalising it on paper. Remember also, a diminutive of the first name can alter the intent when put together with the surname.

The following names, belonging to real people were found through the internet: Al Bino, Ben Dover, Alf A. Romeo, Dick Felt, Daisy Picking, Warren Peace, Helen Back, Christian Guy, Mona Lott, Luke Warm and Nortei Nortey. Pay attention as well to initials just before the surname, as these unfortunate owners have discovered, P. Ennis, S. Hitchin and Chris P. Bacon.

There are some who are both amused and proud of their names and they do bring a chuckle when you hear them: Paige Turner, Jo King, Rose Bush, Candy Barr, Hazel Nutt and finally Sue Mee, a lawyer who is married to a banker named Rob Mee. I can honestly add my former boss’ name to the list (hope she doesn’t read this) as she was named, ‘Penny Lane,’ but very happily changed it when she got married.

In a BBC news report, Stanley Still, 76 and retired from the British air force, spoke about his name being, ‘a blooming millstone around my neck my entire life’. His commanding officer, much to his own enjoyment would shout out, ‘Stan Still, get a move on!’ Stan found it, ‘hugely boring after a while.’

While the aforementioned examples can bring mirth, some names can be difficult and at times, even psychologically unsound to be saddled with. Do think carefully when you have the power to make or break your child’s future, in selecting their names.

© Wendy Robinson 2014

There is tremendous life and personality in a name. It should be at least as agonized over as any character trait. ~ Travis Beachem


To see or not to see

Staring out over the Harbour and surrounding areas, we tried to find the enlarged objects scattered on buildings, parks and the harbour foreshores, to tick them off on the provided iPads. Oh yes, there are the three ‘Giant Rubic cubes,’ nestled on a flat rooftop of a building on the eastern side of the approach to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Oh, and there is the large, blown-up red kangaroo waving as it rocks on the waves near the Opera House. We laughed as we spotted the cockatoo, the lipstick and vibrant-pink hairdryer, the zebra, the toy tin soldiers, the flying pig and of course, a pair of glasses.

Where am I and what on earth am I talking about? My daughter and I were on the top floor of the Shangri-La Hotel last Tuesday, at the invitation of OPSM and Saatchi and Saatchi, to participate in the ‘World’s Most Spectacular game of Eye Spy.’

We had around 20 designated, oversized items to ‘spy’ around the harbour foreshores within as short a timeframe as possible. We later learnt that the top three winners of the game all set records of between two to three minutes, as opposed to our respective times of 6 minutes and 45 seconds and 7 minutes and 46 seconds.

Although it was a game for adults and it evoked spontaneous laughter and smiles, the reason behind the exercise was for Australians and New Zealanders to consider and check on their vision or eye health. A sample group of Australians who had not had an eye test for the past two years submitted to a check which revealed that 74 out of the 100 adults found they couldn’t see clearly.

To check your eye sight, OPSM has provided a free app that you can download on your phone or tablet (Apple or Android). The range of checks include near-sightedness, colour vision, distance and astigmatism. The OPSM Eye Check App can be downloaded from:



Please note however, the app eye test is not a replacement for a thorough eye examination with an optometrist. If there are any anomalies, book an appointment at a local OPSM or your family optometrist. They are bulk-billed.

I am so glad we accepted the invitation to the OPSM Question Your Vision event as my daughter found she couldn’t see the Eye Spy objects in sharp focus and that they were instead, slightly blurry. Yes, she hadn’t had her eyes checked in over two years.

While adults may ignore signs of vision problems, they should ensure their children’s eyes are checked every few years.

Speaking for myself, I only found out, when I was finishing high school that I needed glasses for distance. At that time, I experienced no problem with reading all my novels but did not realise that I was straining my eyes to read words on the blackboard or on posters.

I assure you I am receiving no remuneration for writing this piece. I do however, think the Eye Check app is worth trying out.

For an inkling of the Eye-Spy game we played, see:

© Wendy Robinson

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?

~ Henry David Thoreau

We live in a wonderful world full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have, if only we seek them with our eyes open. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Disclaimer: The writer has disclosed no financial relationship with OPSM or Saatchi and Saatchi.

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