Scots baby may have the nation’s first triple-barrelled first name


A YOUNG Scot is toddling about with what may be the nation’s first triple-barrelled first name.

The boy was given the unwieldy first name Leelynd-Mason-Lee following his birth last spring, according to the National Records of Scotland.

Nothing else is known about the youngster, except that his monicker could represent the latest bid by parents to give their offspring one-of-a-kind names.

The data from the National Records shows that 9,496 children were registered with unique names in the three years between 2013 and last year.

Of those, 1880 were given double-barrelled first names.

These included boys called Jezreel-Devontea and Argyll-Sutherland, and girls called Beatrix-Gwendolin and Bluebell-Fawn.

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One couple seem to have given their girl a unique Manchester United-themed name – Fergie-Alexis.

Three parents took a completely different approach by giving their children first names consisting of a single letter.

R – a baby boy – was given his name in 2014.

The other two parents may have been James Bond fans. C was given his name in 2013 and M was given his in 2014.

Other unique names resgistered in Scotland over the period include King, Lord and Alpha. Boys also received one-off monickers including Sonnyboy, Boye, Bonus, Awesome and even Bully, given the name in the autumn of last year.

Unique religious-themed names also seemed popular. In the three year period one male child was called Blessed, whilst two girls were named Blessin and Blessing.

Children were also called Godsrest, Godstreasure and Godswill over the same period.

On the flip side, one baby boy was named Lucifer – although this took place in the winter of 2012.

The name Lolita was also given to a girl only once in the past three years – continuing its unpopular spell as a result of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel of the same name.

Others seem to have chosen unusual spellings of traditional names in a bid to make their child look unique on paper.

There were ten girls named over the period with unique spellings of the traditional name Abigail.

They include Abbiegayle, Abigiel, Abbygale and Abi-Gail.

Speaking last year about the explosion in popularity of hyphenated first names south of the border, Dr Jane Pilcher, a sociologist and expert on names based at Leicester University, said: “The issue people seem to be addressing here is that there are so many common first names now and this is a way of making your child uniquely identifiable, rather than having a single first name.

“I also wonder if it is not an influence of the Americanisation of contemporary culture.”

She added: “I think there is pressure to stand out, this enables people to do that without going down the route of really wacky first names.

“Having a combination of two fairly standard names might be a way of people making their child more of an individual, it might also give them the option later on of which one to follow through with.”