It all started with a wee post on the Times Educational supplement forums.
"Jordan, Liam, Ryan, Conner, Callum, Declan, Kyle, Arren, Shane and Ashley .... Do you think this would be a nice little group to teach ?"
The thread is now 24 pages long and has hit the papers.
Haven't scanned every page, but I note that there are parents who call their kids Holly Wood and Tia Maria, Pocohontas, Paige Three, Denim, Calico, Gucci and Versace, although "Duane Pipe" may be an urban myth.
"An 8 letter christian name and a double barrelled surname of any kid in an unsalubrious place is a dead cert for special needs ... " on the other hand "Kwesi, Kwadjo, Kwabena, Kwaku, Yaw, Kofi and Kwame (all Ghanaian names- the most polite and respectful society I know)"
Recently, at the school where my mother teaches, a mother took her child to be registered. When asked the child's name she said SHLORE (apparently she had found the name in a baby book). When asked to spell the name as it was unusual, she replied 'C H L O E'.
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