Ged Spartacus and Angel J among unusual baby names registered by Hertfordshire County Council

Hunni Princess, Angel-J, Ged Spartacus and Blossom Bluebell were just some of the more adventurous baby names chosen by Hertfordshire parents in 2010.

Figures released by Hertfordshire County Council show that - while traditional names like Jack, Daniel and Charlotte remain refreshingly popular - new mums and dads are not afraid to buck social norms.

More unusual choices also included India, Neve, Paisley, Keira, Whitney, Storm, Scarlet, Tegan, Honey Beau and Saffron-Rose for girls, and Barak, Mozies, Kais, Jaxen, De Andre, Kenji, Chase, and Roman Omari for boys.

Councillor Keith Emsall, responsible for registration services, said: “A lot of thought goes into naming a baby - and 2010 has seen people be as creative as ever.”

But Roger Gagan, chief executive of the West Herts Chamber of Commerce, believes that such elaborate names are no laughing matter, arguing that they could even affect a child’s employment prospects in later life.

He said: “I really think that in 20 years’ time, when these children are applying for jobs and going for interviews, that some of these names could really count against them.

“Unfortunately some of these ludicrous names make people look like a bit of a joke. It could even make a difference to them getting a place at university.”

The UK has some of the most liberal rules in the world when it comes to naming babies. Unlike in Spain, Germany and Denmark – where parents must choose from an officially approved list – children can be called anything that is not deemed offensive.

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