I heard the news on the radio, and I instantly hated myself for being interested in the topic. I’m talking about Kim Kardashian – or more to the point, the name she and hubby Kanye have chosen for their new baby daughter.
As soon as the announcer mentioned “Kimye baby name revealed”, I was instantly shushing my kids and turning up the volume to find out what they could have possibly come up with to top their choices for their older children, ‘North’ and ‘Saint’.
Their announcement was predictably unusual: Chicago West is the little girl’s moniker, to be shortened to Chi (pronounced Shy) for fun.
Sure, it sounds like the name of a place or a corporate entity, rather than a person. But I’ve got to admit, it could have been a lot worse.
Chicago is an important city to Kanye, as it’s his hometown, so their announcement got me thinking: I wonder if any Gold Coasters would follow Kim and Kanye’s lead, and name their kid after the suburb they were raised in?
Some of our neighbourhoods readily lend themselves to names. There’s Ash, Robin, Ben and Hope (Ashmore, Robina, Benowa and Hope Island respectively), which are all perfectly normal names.
Some Gold Coast suburbs could be a little more unusual when used as a name…
“Molendinar, get here and clean your room now!”
“Merrimac have you brushed your teeth?”
“Carrara, if I have to ask you to finish your breakfast one more time…”
In saying all of that, this week, thousands of kids across the Gold Coast are returning to school, and you can bet your last dollar that unusual names outrank your stock standard Sarah, Sally and Sam’s 2 to 1.
Dropping my little one off today, I encountered the names Kohen, Harper, Denzel, Halo, Arlo, Jax, Arden and Brace.
Maybe the most outrageous thing you could do these days is actually name your kid something simple, like Julie?
We’ll find out what the latest baby-naming trend is soon enough, when the other Kardashian sister, Khloe, welcomes and names her first bub later this year.
Baby Calabasas, perhaps?