There’s No Such Thing As An Original Baby Name. Sorry Harper, Apple, Brooklyn And Hero
Itâ€™s not every day you find yourself in between two mothers with a son called Hero, but on a bus one recent afternoon I experienced exactly that. And, I have to say, none of us was surprised. After four years on the mommy circuit, frankly, nothing surprises me. Iâ€™ve met babies Demosthenes and Dionysus, Achilles and Adonys, Power, Xanthe, Zeno and Seven (yes, Victoria Beckham, I know a Seven, and a Five â€“ and, for that matter, a Beckham).
Sure, theyâ€™re all pretty cute, these children blessed with parents so charmed by their one-of-a-kind offspring as to bestow on them a permanent reminder of their uniqueness. But wait: if I know a Demosthenes youâ€™d better believe there are others around, somewhere, perhaps trying to wrestle a Transformer away from their best buddy Hero.
â€œOriginalâ€ baby names make me laugh just a little, because they donâ€™t stay original for long. The trends always manage to catch up with us, even if we feel weâ€™re above them. Before I had my first daughter, I hadn’t seen the inside of a playground since the 70s. We named her Lola after my husbandâ€™s late grandmother â€“ and, besides, we thought, it seemed a properly original name. Turned out we werenâ€™t the only ones in Lola Land. During our first trip to the local playground I practically got whiplash from swinging my head around every time a parent called after their own Lola. Then, that fall, another appeared in her room at daycare. Our Lola was thereafter known as Number 2 â€“ not exactly what we were after when we named her.
After a few months getting to know the local children, I started warning my friends when they discussed naming their unborn children Finlay, Joshua, Scarlett and Isabella. â€œNote taken,â€ they replied (nobody really wants your opinion on their babyâ€™s name, do they?). Now their children are Number 2s and 3s â€“ just like my Lola.
If only theyâ€™d done their field work. They could have a little Hero. Or Heroine. Now thatâ€™s a name you donâ€™t hear in the playground. Yet.