Recently it was announced that Oliver and Olivia are the most popular baby names in the UK, but some parents prefer to opt for something a little more unique.
However, in the quest to make sure their offspring don’t go to school with 10 other children with the same name, some overeager parents go a little too far.
People have taken to Mumsnet to share the most hair-raising names they’ve ever heard, prompted by a mother who heard a woman shouting to her daughter Beige in the supermarket.
Others were quick to share their worst examples, including Venezuela, a mispelled Pocahontus and a boy called Raspberry.
A woman thought a fellow parents was using a nickname when she called her child Bubbles on the school run, but it was apparently the youngster’s actual name.
People have taken to Mumsnet to share the most hair-raising name examples of baby names they’ve ever heard (stock image)
Beige rage: A woman prompted a furious discussion when she revealed she’d heard a mother calling her child the unusual name in the supermarket
If your favourite name summons up memories of a dodgy suburban nightclub it’s probably best avoided
Bambi, Rowdy and Huxley could potentially form some kind of girl band
You would probably opt for an abbreviation too if your parents called you dolphin
If you think having one unusual name is bad enough, you certainly don’t want 15 of them
One mother begged others not to be unkind about other people’s choice of name
Note to parents: Pokemon is not an ideal source of inspiration when naming a child
If your choice of name is evocative of a shampoo brand, it might be best to avoid
If you’re opting for a name from another country, make sure your surname isn’t Smith
Bubbles may be cute when you’re two-years-old but is unlikely to sit well when you’re an adult
Various people were alarmed by the use of the name Aryan, although one poster pointed out that it’s a common Indian name
If it’s good enough for Gwyneth: Ms Paltrow called her daughter Apple, so why not name your son Raspberry?
A fashionable start in life: One woman knew of twins named after designers D&G
Lisa is a classic name that’s possibly best not tampered with
If your favoured name is also that of an infection, it may be time to go back to the drawing board