Woman Defends Her Daughter’s Incredibly Unusual First Name

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, Weird
Published 22.03.19
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You may remember a while ago – I think it was Josh – where a woman had named her daughter Abcde (pronounced Ab-City).

She made headlines when an airline worker outright laughed at the name, the mother took offense, and made it an international story.

I mean it is a preposterous name. I don’t want to upset anyone but there are 328 people in the US with that name and it’s bizarre.

Well in case that wasn’t enough for you, I don’t whether or not it was to celebrate the Fox-merger, but one couple have named their daughter something equally bizarre.

Here’s a clue (No it’s not Sulley).

It’s Disney.

As in the production company.

Jade Jeanes and her husband Joshua, both 27, from Weston-super-Mare (and I was so convinced they were going to be American) received just about as much backlash as you’d expect, when they named their daughter after seven years of trying to conceive… people try to have children at 20 on purpose?

Jade said that they’ve been mocked by people on the internet ever since she debuted her daughter’s name over Facebook after the birth…

It was more of a fun post that I assumed people would be okay with. In the end, people just either hate it or love it.

It’s just a name. There are ordinary names that people give that I don’t like, but I don’t tell them that they shouldn’t give those names.”

Nonetheless, this hasn’t dissuaded the couple, who remain interesting in keeping up the trend, dabbling with the idea of calling their next child – and I’m not joking here – Sonic… of the speedy blue hedgehog fame.

After Jades condition, which generally leads to miscarriages, inhibited the couple from having a child for years, they finally fell pregnant with Disney the same year that Jade won £20,000. She said of it:

It came in threes. We were over the moon. Disney is quite a personality. Her name suits her and her personality loads.

Friends and family love the name, and I do too. I just really like the name Disney. It’s no one’s business what we decided to call her, and I think that’s the way our generation is going to be honest.

The hope is that by the time she goes to school with other children her age, her name will just blend in. Other kids will have unconventional names, we hope. We don’t think she’ll have problems at school because of that.

I was just looking through the Disney princesses for ideas. And I saw Belle and thought that would be nice. It’s extravagant, and it’s different.

After I thought Belle was a good name, I thought, ‘why not Disney?’ Then it turned out that my midwife’s surname was Disney so we had a laugh about that, joking we’d name the baby after her.

My husband’s siblings have young children and they like Disney films so she’ll be brought up in a big, happy Disney family.”

Obviously I’m very happy for the couple since they’ve finally managed to have a baby and, of course, live and let live; but the lack of foresight is pretty blinding.

I had the piss taken out of me at school for being called Alfie – a reasonably normal name, all things considered. I just can’t help but think that as soon as she’s old enough to realise, little Disney will try to think up a nickname and get it to catch on as soon as possible.

I hope I’m wrong.

In lots of countries, it’s actually illegal to give your child a weird name. Denmark have some pretty strict rules, by all accounts. Via Mental Floss:

Denmark’s very strict Law on Personal Names is in place to protect children from having odd names that suit their parents’ fancy. To do this, parents can choose from a list of only 7,000 pre-approved names, some for girls, some for boys. If you want to name your child something that isn’t on the list, you have to get special permission from your local church, and the name is then reviewed by governmental officials. Creative spellings of more common names are often rejected.

I’m not saying that’s right but you know…

Images via SWNS, Disney

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