Lucifer among unique names given to babies born in Scotland

BIRDIE, Royalty, Nun, Lucifer and Destiny-Dior were among the unusual names given to babies born in Scotland last year.

Tuesday, 19th March 2019, 6:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th March 2019, 7:03 pm
A baby in a devil halloween costume with horns and trident on a dark wooden background

A full list of the names given to the 47,785 babies born across the country in 2018 has been revealed by the National Records of Scotland(NRS).

While Jack and Olivia were the most popular names for babies, some parents opted for more bizarre and unique names for their children.

Unique boy names included Arrow, Awesome, Buzz, Echo, Lucifer, Harlem-Ace, Valentine, Merlin, Winter and Wit. One baby boy on the list was simply called A.

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Girl names on the list included Alba-Crystal, Birdie, Bluebell, Favour, Luna-Marvella, Missy, Pepper, Nun and Ocean.

Other baby girls were called Persephone, Princess, Prudence, Rainbow, Rarity, Royalty and Snow.

Many parents opted to name their children after famous figures and celebrities with boys called Bowie, Cobain, Dre, Elton and Elvis.

A baby girl was called Paloma, perhaps in tribute to singer Paloma Faith, and another girl was named Macie-Gray, the name of the American soul singer.

Other parents went with a sporting theme with three boys called Ricksen, perhaps in tribute to former Rangers star Fernando, and one called Zidane as a nod to legendary French footballer Zinedine Zidane.

Places names also proved popular with boys called Boston and Leith and girls named Jura, Perth and Paisley.

There was a political theme with boys called Corbyn and Corbyn-Bleu, perhaps after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

However, there was a record low of babies called Donald – the name of US president Donald Trump – with just six being given the moniker.

Parenting groups hailed mums and dads for their creativity – but warned some of the names could lead to problems in later life.

Justine Roberts, the founder of Mumsnet, said: “Lots of Mumsnet users look for baby names that are in the sweet spot between ‘unusual’ and ‘plain weird’ – few children really enjoy being one of four Amelias or Olivers in their class and it’s understandable that parents want something a bit different.

“If you’re thinking about going the full Moonbat, though, Mumsnet users advise thinking it through carefully before you head to the registrar.

“Unfair as it is, really odd names could have an impact on future employment prospects (can you really envisage a future Chief Inspector Ultron or Professor Cutiepie?) and at the very least you’ll need to prepare your child for a lifetime of explaining their name every time they meet someone new.”

A recent poll carried out by the parenting site found that more than a quarter, 26 per cent, of parents had a name they weren’t brave enough to use.