As parents, naming your baby is one of the most important choices you will ever make. Some couples have had names already picked out years ago, so the decision is a relatively easy one. Others are motivated by the desire to honour someone important to them or to carry on a family tradition.

Whilst I completely understand that parents feel the need to give their child a name which is special, I do have a problem with the extraordinary lengths some go to in an effort to make their little girl or boy stand out from the crowd.

Are we giving sufficient thought to the fact that the names we give to our children will stick with them for the rest of their lives?

Whether you like it or not, people DO judge by names. It’s a fact of life and not something you or anyone else can change. When deciding on a name, we have a responsibility towards our children to opt for one that they will feel comfortable with, won’t be embarrassed by when called out in public or feel stupid going into a job interview when they’re all grown up. Trends change and what sounds cool to you today won’t necessarily be the case when they become adults living in a different generation.

Gone are the days when the parish priest would only baptise a child if his or her name related to a saint or came straight from the Holy Bible. Nowadays, parents find and use names from every corner of the earth. And in case it’s too plain, they take the liberty of mashing up the spelling and pronunciation just to make sure it’s ‘unique’. Some are all about invention and use parts of names to come up with one ‘original’ one – the results are often disastrous.

Some celebrities are on a whole different level of ridiculousness when it comes to naming their kids as the following list will show you:

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their daughter North West.

John Mellencamp named his son Speck Wildhorse.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin named their daughter Apple.

Alicia Silverstone named her son Bear Blu.

Geri Halliwell named her daughter Bluebell Madonna.

Jamie Oliver named his kids Buddy Bear, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, and Poppy Honey Rosie.

Sylvester Stallone named his son Sage Moonblood.

Frank Zappa named his kids Moon Unit, Dweezil and Diva Thin Muffin.

Jermaine Jackson named his son Jermajesty.

Jason Lee named his son Pilot Inspektor.

Although most parents wouldn’t actually go this far when thinking of a name, do remember that this is not a time to think of yourself or to be tempted to use it as an opportunity to impress your friends and family with your creativity.

A bad choice brings long-term consequences – not for you but for your child.