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How to pick a unique baby name as Peter Andre asks for help naming newborn

Peter Andre and Emily Andre, pictured. They have welcomed a daughter, but are struggling with baby names. (Getty Images)
Peter Andre and Emily Andre have welcomed a daughter, but are struggling with baby names. (Getty Images)

Peter Andre has revealed he and his wife, Emily MacDonagh, have welcomed their third child together, but have asked fans for help with a baby name.

The couple revealed the happy news of their daughter's arrival on Instagram, sharing sweet images of the new parents with their baby girl.

"We feel so overwhelmed right now. So happy to welcome our beautiful girl to the family," Andre wrote in the accompanying caption.

"Mum and daughter are doing amazing. Born Tuesday 2nd April 2024, 7lb 3oz and thankfully very healthy."

The new dad continued: "Baby has been spoilt with cuddles from Junior, Princess, Amelia and Theo who are all in love with their new little sister. As parents, we couldn’t be happier."

Despite the family being smitten with the new arrival, they have not yet agreed what to call her. "Only thing is…. She has no name yet. Help!" he added.

Peter Andre and Emily Macdonagh aren't the only ones who have found it tricky to settle on a name for their offspring.

A recent survey, by BabyCentre UK found picking a moniker isn't always an easy task with nearly a quarter of respondents admitting to falling out with their other half over the decision-making process.

Of course, some parents have also found they suffer from baby name regret after deciding on a moniker for their offspring.

A poll, by Mumsnet, found one in five mothers feels "namer’s remorse" and would pick another name for their child if they had the choice.

Neil Jones and Chyna Mills have revealed their daughter's unusual baby name. (Getty Images)
Neil Jones and Chyna Mills have revealed their daughter's unusual baby name. (Getty Images)

The fear of changing your mind about a name doesn't seem to have put off many celebrities who like to think outside the box when it comes to picking their child's monikers.

Most recently Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Neil Jones and his partner Love Island's Chyna Mills opted for an unusual name for the daughter they welcomed together last October.

The couple shared they had opted to name their little one Havana, which is a nod to her dad's passion for dance.

And they aren't the only celebrity mums and dads to reveal an unusual name pick recently, with Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright and her husband also sharing their son's quirky moniker.

"Say hello to Elio Ocean Wright Lococo, born at home on Tuesday 19th September,” Wright wrote in an Instagram post introducing her newborn.

Bonnie Wright and her husband welcomed a son who has an unusual baby name. (Getty Images)
Bonnie Wright and her husband welcomed a son who has an unusual baby name. (Getty Images)

Last year, Kate and Rio Ferdinand shared that they had opted to call their baby daughter, Shae, which is a variant of the name Shea and means "full of majesty".

Meanwhile Rihanna and A$AP Rocky chose an unusual pick for their son, naming him after Wu-Tang Clan leader with the moniker RZA Athelston Mayers.

And Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury shared the unique name they had picked for their newborn – Bambi.

How to choose a unique baby name

Sure you can take inspiration from the most popular lists. But, lead by celebrities, parents are increasingly looking to avoid being one of five Olivias on the pre-school register by opting for a moniker that stands out from the baby-naming crowd.

While research has revealed this is becoming more and more difficult, there are still some methods to uncover a moniker that's a little more unusual.

Check out the competition

Baby name expert SJ Strum, creator of the podcast Baby Name Envy, recommends visiting Names.darkergreen.com which shows a name’s popularity over the last 10 years.

"Some names are shown as zero ranked which means fewer than three babies were given that name in any year, which means you’re highly unlikely to meet another child with the same name in the playground," she says.

There are some methods to seek out a more unusual baby name. (Getty Images)
There are some methods to seek out a more unusual baby name. (Getty Images)

Go transatlantic

Many naming trends start in the US, says Strum. "Check out Babynamewizard.com/voyager which captures the up-and-coming name trends – so you know which names to avoid before they cross to the UK."

Make up your own name

Strum says popular ways to create your own name include blending syllables from the parents’ names or family members. "The trend took off in the UK when Katie Price and Peter Andre’s daughter Princess Tiaamii was named after Peter’s mum Thea and Katy’s mum Amy. However, it’s not a style which suits everyone," she says.

Steer clear of popular culture

And avoid choosing a name from a favourite TV show, film or book. "No matter how obscure the character, others will have the same idea and instead of having a unique name, you may find your choice in the top 100 names for that year," Strum warns. "Plus, these name choices also tend to date very fast."

Go unpopular

Strum suggests choosing a name nearing the bottom of the popularity cycle. "Know many Beryls, Sues, Pauls or Brendas? Probably not," she says. "If you want a name which stands out but is still well-known, this is a smart option – and it will come back into fashion eventually."

Pick something personal

"The city where you first met your partner like Oxford or holidayed like Hudson for New York or a name associated with your favourite colour like Sage or Indigo is another option," Strum says.

Some parents actively search out more unusual baby names. (Getty Images)
Some parents actively search out more unusual baby names. (Getty Images)

Moniker makeover

Try using letters from your favourite popular name to inspire other more unique choices. "One of my most popular baby name list on YouTube is 'daring alternatives to popular baby names'," Strum says. "So use sounds and letters to inspire you – for example James could become Amos. If you love Olivia; why not choose Verity?"

Opt for a theme

"Most people use A-Z baby name books or lists; but during a baby name search it's important to spend most time finding the theme you love – it could be bohemian girl names, vintage boy names, or one syllable names to suit your last name," Strum advises.

"Then you can discover more unique and daring names you may not have come across like Fable, Gilbert or short and sweet Seth."

Research your family history

To unleash some old-fashioned gems. "One of Megan Markle's ancestors was named Wisdom and doing some digging into your own family tree can see you branch out with a truly unique name which will also carry meaning for your family," says Strum.

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