It’s not unusual for prospective parents to spend countless hours agonising over the best name for baby. Unless you decide to stick a pin in the short-list, or let tradition dictate a ‘family’ name, you’re final decision may be influenced by any number of factors. Maybe it’s got be trendy, and when I say ‘trendy’, I probably mean traditional. Tom, Jack and Harry seem to have gained considerable ground on some of the more outlandish choices, Finbar, Tarquin, etc.
Some of us have ended up labelled after a relative stranger. In my case, I believe it was the vicar who baptised me. Others may be named on a whim, what might be termed, a sudden rush of brood to the head.
There’s no doubt about the celebrity effect, either. Kids called after football teams, pop stars and the like. Or even those poor little mites whose names carry the heavy weight of expectation. We named you well and, with that you will surely live up to it.
But for me, I’d like to give three cheers for Blaer. Never heard of her? Well, Blaer, which means ‘light breeze’, is an Icelandic girl that has just had her name recognised and approved by the authorities in her home country. Apparently, Blaer is considered a boy’s name and is not acceptable for a female. Hmm, I can imagine being called ‘hot air’, but ‘light breeze’, no. Too girly.