What did you say your name was?

PUBLISHED: 11:21 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

Asher

Asher

If you have difficulty remembering people s names, you may be particularly tested if you meet some of these Comet country children. Last week we reported that the most popular baby names in Stevenage and North Herts for 2005 were Lily and Thomas. This wee

Baby Keown

If you have difficulty remembering people's names, you may be particularly tested if you meet some of these Comet country children. Last week we reported that the most popular baby names in Stevenage and North Herts for 2005 were Lily and Thomas. This week we've heard from parents of children with less familiar names.

RIKKY Joy, 21, and Sarah Audley, 18, were torn between calling their newborn baby girl Carly or Leah.

To solve their name dilemma, Rikky and Sarah decided to create a unique name that combined the two and came up with Kaaliyah.

Baby Kaaliyah with her mum and dad an Aunt Lauren

Kaaliyah is now 18 months old and Rikky, who lives in Ely Close, Stevenage, said: "We wanted a different name and now she's unique.

"No one knows how to spell it yet, so we had lots of Christmas cards with different spellings, but everyone really likes it and our next will definitely have a unique name too."

Arsenal fans Richard and Justine Seldon, from Abbey Grove, Sandy, had a lot of encouragement from their two sons Jackson and Aaron when naming their new baby boy.

Justine said: "My sons are Arsenal mad and wanted to call him Thierry Henry but I didn't want him to go to school with that name so we settled on Keown Daniel.

Six of the O'Sullivan children

"Keown after Martin Keown the famous Arsenal centre-back and Daniel, which is Thierry's middle name.

"The boys are hoping for a baby girl next so that she can be called Lauren after the Arsenal defender and her middle name could be Ashley, after Ashley Cole."

Keown is just five months and already sports a full Arsenal kit.

Mother Diane O'Sullivan, of Webb Rise, Stevenage, has so far come up with eight interesting names for her six girls and two boys!

Lela, Micah, Carissa, Shanice, Bryher Rose, Bryn, Keelan and Dayla are aged between 19 and four years old.

Diane said that for some people it can be like trying to remember all of Santa's reindeers or Snow White's dwarfs.

She said: "A lot of people tell me that they try and guess the names of my children, it's like some sort of competition and more often than not they tell me that they've forgotten one."

Diane also said: "They all have more regular middle names that they can use one day if they want, but they all like their first names."

Ruth Arloff, of Valley Way, Stevenage, has a son called Asher.

She said: "He is now 14 and nobody I knew at the time had heard of it.

"I still get odd looks and questions as to its origin, it's almost unique in Stevenage.

"It's a biblical name from the Old Testament and although we're not religious the meaning of names is important to me and Asher means 'happy' and it suits him well because he has a great sense of humour and he is happy!

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