Huge congrats to the ever-grinning Ms Klass for the safe arrival of her second daughter, Hero. Not only on a healthy baby, but on an excellent choice of name inspired by a character in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
I expect people will queue up to have a go at a starry name, shoving her in the same bracket as Honey Kinney Ross, Fifi Trixibelle Geldof, Buddy Bear Oliver and the, apocryphal, Pocahontas McKenzie. But I think it’s fantastic.
Let’s face it, little Hero isn’t going to have a normal life with a mother hell-bent on media world domination. There isn’t any chance of her being picked on in a faceless comprehensive by a pack of Amys, Chantelles, Hannahs and Emilys. No, however much ordinariness Mama Klass is striving for, her girls will find themselves in an expensive classroom swapping head lice with Penelope, Arabella, Araminata and Cordelia.
Surely if we all believe ourselves and, therefore, our offspring to be special and unique then why would we want a dull name? There’s nothing interesting in having a name so common it needs qualified by an initial to avoid cloakroom confusion – Sophie T, Katie J and Chloe McD.
When Charles and Margaret decided I should be Ellen back in 1967 no one had heard of the Internet. I imagine they just managed to find a name that was both interesting, slightly unusual and, yet, easy to spell. I’m very glad they did.
But is that all we need to consider now? Should we think about Google when we’re considering baby names? You see, I’ve never found anyone else with my name and it’s saved me a fortune in business cards. In order to find me, all anyone needs to do is type my name in and press search. And if they weren’t already discussed at length in the media, Hero Quinn, Brooklyn Beckham and Apple Martin would be easily found by their LinkedIn profiles or Bebo pages.
So, for now, Myleene is a hero for Hero, and we should take a leaf out of the celebs’ book, but I reserve the right to change my mind when we find out what the Beckhams are calling number four.
Pic: Bob and Mary or Brando and Macbeth?