There’s a name for these people

GWYNETH, Angelina and Gwen have much to answer for when it comes to our baby names.

They are all responsible for encouraging us to name our babies after fruit (that is you, Ms Paltrow) or baby birds (Mr Madden).

My husband and I favour unusual baby names as we have a girl named Avalon and a little boy named Nixon.

Unusual? Yes. Strange? Well, we don't think so.

We think they are beautiful names with lots of meaning to them both.

We were married in a house in Tasmania that was named "Avalon", and Nixon was my mother's maiden name.

But some celebrity baby names are way out there.

Apple? Sparrow? Zumba? Come on!

A new list of unusual baby names from 2012 is an eye-opener.

Some of my favourite female names from the list are: Ace, Admire, Oasis, Rogue, Sanity and Yoga. Truly!

And the boys: Aero, Alpha, Bond, Exodus, Goodluck, Mango, Popeye, Thunder, Tron and Turbo.

The two most whacky names on the list in my opinion are Google and Excel.

A search engine and a spreadsheet!

People! No! These are tiny babies here, not computer-enhanced programs.

You simply cannot name a baby Google. You would be searching for them forever!

And Excel? It is a spreadsheet that just does not add up! Our teachers are going to have a very tough time in a few years when it comes to calling the class role.

So prolific is this crazy baby name trend that last month, New Zealand acted to prohibit certain names.

The country's Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages released an updated list of 77 unacceptable baby names in order to protect the children from being taunted. One baby was almost named 89, and Lucifer had been rejected numerous times.

Now other countries are following suit with the crackdown on strange names.

Germany and Iceland are also formulating legislation for rules when it comes to registering a newly born child.

I would love to hear from you if you know of a rather strange baby name.

You can follow Sam on instagram @samillem or on her blog samichic.com (it has a link to Facebook) or listen to her and Todd on Hot 91.1

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