Guest post – more baby naming with Mellow Mummy

You may remember a few weeks ago I hosted a guest post from a rather mysterious writer, on the subject of baby names, specifically the name Jeremy. (Apologies to Boyfriend’s Dad – I didn’t write it, I promise.)
Well it seems to be a bit of a contentious issue, and today I have another post on the subject, this time from the very lovely Emma Button, better known as Mellow Mummy. I think it’s a fab post, although as a Strictly fan I don’t know why Emma hasn’t considered ‘Bruce Button’. A definite winner I think.

It is that time again when I need to draw up a very important list. The list of potential baby names. In the mellow household naming babies is supposed to be (like pretty much everything else we do) a joint effort, but for some reason it always seems to end up going a bit like this…
Me: “How about Sophie Button?”
Him: “Nope”
Me: “How about Nicola Button”?”
Him: “Nope”
Me: “Billy Button?”
Him: <frown>
Me: “Harry Button?”
Him: <glour>
Me: “Hutton Button?”
Him: <no response>
End of conversation. The whole baby naming drama isn’t helped by the fact that we often seem to end up having this conversation while watching TV. This in itself wouldn’t be a problem but for the fact that Mr. B really does like his sports. The result of this is a list of baby names which are ( a) mostly boys names and ( b) slightly ludicrous. A recent football match resulted in a debate over the suitability of “Nani Button” as a boy’s name. My sport of choice is Formula One but I suspect that the name “Jenson Button” has already been worn out and that “Rubens Button” may be a bit too deep for most.
I can’t fail to be entertained by the whole host of hilarious suggestions thrown up while watching late-night American Football. Now call me unreasonable but (as groovy a name as it is), I don’t think “Be‘Shawn Button” would sit in awfully well in our largely white, middle-class, english, non-American-football-playing family?
As I type this we are watching late night repeats of Masterchef : The Professionals on the food channel. Perhaps “Michel Button” would be more appropriate? or Greg? Actually, “Greg Button” could work!
For now I will have to keep on running some slightly more sane ideas past my other half but please don’t hold me responsible if baby number two ends up being named after one (or more) of the celebrities on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.


  1. 9 January, 2012 / 4:07 pm

    I feel your pain – I found naming both my girls hard work! Good Luck x

    • 12 January, 2012 / 2:43 pm

      Funnily enough, neither of my children actually go by the names they were registered with. Belle’s real name is Abigail!

  2. 10 January, 2012 / 9:37 am

    My husband is also sports mental and his favourite with our first born was ‘Bezonte’ – tit.

    Watch the credits of films, it’s a great way to see new names, there are some crackers. Also make sure that you consider the acronym that you will be creating – Gareth Oliver Button might sound nice but he’ll only get called Gobby at school.

    I wish you luck!

    • 12 January, 2012 / 2:43 pm

      A very good point. My mum slipped in another middle name for me so that my initials wouldn’t be JAM.

  3. 11 January, 2012 / 9:00 am

    Ha ha. We’ve all been there! I found it so hard to name the kids – admittedly through lack of inspiration but also from hearing any of my short listed names being screeched across a supermarket rendering them definite no nos. Satisfied with finally finding names with the kids, i’ve called it a day. Nothing else gets named in our house – so their fave toys are duck, rabbit, teddy and of course teddy 2!

    • 12 January, 2012 / 2:44 pm

      What, you mean you didn’t just loiter round the burger aisle in Asda for inspiration??

  4. 20 October, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    My son’s Jackson which i think will turn to Jack lol.

    Then i’ll have to change the website name from to lol :-)

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