There’s been a lot of discussion over the last week after a very honest but possibly stupid (on her part) interview from Z-list celebrity Katie Hopkins on ITV’s This Morning. Katie told presenters Holly and Phil that she wouldn’t allow her children to play with other children who had names she didn’t like. She also revealed that children with certain names such as Tyler and Chantelle indicated which class they came from. The woman is a total snob and whilst everyone is rightly entitled to their own opinion about what they call their children, it’s her ‘I’m better than you’ persona that irritates me.
This got me thinking about what we have called our Little Mr and the reasons why we chose his name. As soon as we found out our little BabyShilts was a boy we ditched all our name choices for girls and got our thinking caps on to seriously think about boy names. I won’t lie. We found it quite tough. As hubby is a teacher he has taught thousands of children over the last ten years. Lots of different children from different backgrounds all with the most wonderful and in my opinion, crazy names i.e Robert Robertson, why would you? He’s taught so many children yet there are children with certain names that he has associated with different characters. I won’t offend anyone by naming names but we did discount some names on the basis of hubby knowing a naughty child with that name and I didn’t add some names to the list as I had associations with certain names from being at school or at work. Aren’t we all guilty of that though? We all have our own favourite names and surely it’s the parents decision alone in what they call their children. I’m sure we’ve all passed judgment on another childs name in the past but politely kept our thoughts to ourselves and I certainly wouldn’t stop my son playing with another child purely because I didn’t like his or her name.
I’m feeling a bit sorry for poor Kate and Wills, not only is Kate heavily pregnant during this particularly warm heat wave but she’s bound to be feeling the pressure from the media about the name of their unborn child. There’s going to be a lot of discussion about the name when Baby Royal arrives.
Back to BabyShilts, we had 3 names on our boys list in the end; Daniel, Ben and Olly. We had already chosen his middle name as ‘Thomas’ in dedication to my Great-Grandad who’s name was Thomas. My Dad was particularly proud to have the name back in the family and we might have even considered it for his first name but there’s already a Thomas in the family so we decided against it. We wanted to see what our little boy looked like before we made the life long decision to make sure it suited him. We weren’t particularly fussed about the meaning of his name. My name, Emma, apparently means whole or universal and hubby’s name, Greg means watchful. Hmmm I’m not convinced those meanings actually mean anything to us in reality.
Upon delivery in theatre, our little BabyShilts was hoisted above the curtain and we got our first glimpse of our baby boy with a squished up face peering back at us. There wasn’t much argument from me when hubby said ‘we’ll call him Olly Thomas’ after seeing him, I loved the name and probably told hubby on a number of occasions that Olly was my preferred choice of name. I also might have even suggested we call our son Olly after listening to a certain singer on the radio singing his song ‘Trouble maker’ on the way to hospital to be monitored then later induced.
I love our sons name, to me it’s a name for a cheeky little chap full of character and that’s exactly what my son is.