Ever thought the names Conor, Noah and Jack were a little too common?
If you're of the persuasion that 2021's most popular boys' names should be consigned to the history books, we might have a little inspiration for you thanks to this article which resurfaced on Twitter today.
The three-year-old article from everymum resurfaced thanks to a tweet by District Magazine writer Eva O’Beirne.
Everymum's article takes inspiration from Ireland's historic towns and counties to suggest, how shall we put it, some rather quirky boys' names to consider when making that all-important decision.
While some of the names listed, such as Ross and Pearse, are perfectly fine, the list also contains some real clangers. Ever considered naming your kid after the fifth-largest town in Ireland, Navan? Or maybe a country-inspired name like Cavan takes your fancy?
But what really caught our attention was that Carlow topped the list of the best Irish-inspired boys' names... yup, Carlow.
Explaining their decision, everymum said: "Carlow is the county town of County Carlow in the south-east of Ireland about 84km from Dublin. The settlement of Carlow is thousands of years old and pre-dates written Irish history. It served as the country’s capital in the 14th century. You could also use the abbreviations Carl or Carlo, which mean 'free man'."
While we love Carlow town, we're not the only ones to think this is far from the best boys' name out there. A CSO search reveals that not one child born since the article was published in 2019 has been named Carlow.
Needless to say, Twitter did what Twitter does best, with Richard Chambers even getting in on the act...
“Are you talking to me?”
“No my son is also called Gort” https://t.co/DQ2GRA0uT4
— Michael Fry (@BigDirtyFry) January 11, 2022
I can’t get over this list of “irish inspired boys names” that had NAVAN as number 5 pic.twitter.com/Ny7hbTNIaA
— eva ✨ (@evaobeirnee) January 11, 2022
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) January 11, 2022