THE MAGIC OF MEMPHIS: Terri Barber and her six-month-old son Memphis. When Terrie and Chris Barber began the search for their third son’s name something rather unusual came to the fore.
Instead of the more popular Oliver, William and Jack, the Rutherford couple turned to the home of Elvis to name their boy Memphis.
“We were trying to find something different that wasn’t silly or over the top and Memphis was what we came up with,” Mrs Barber, 31, said.
The couple kept mum while pregnant with their new baby (now six months old) only revealing his name hours after this birth.
“We officially named him when he was about five hours old and people were shocked when we told them his name, but everyone’s used to it now,” Mrs Barber said.
“But we have no idea what his nickname will be.”
Memphis James is also a baby brother of Zackery, 7, and Lucas, 5.
“Memphis really suits him because he is very different from the other boys … he’s a different one altogether,” Mrs Barber said.
But the Barbers aren’t the only Maitland parents turning to originality for the names of their offspring.
Included in this year’s list of popular Australian boys’ names are Dorian, Bentley, Evander, Xyrah and Zandyr.
But when it comes to truly out there baby names, it’s hard to beat the celebrities who this year have added Genesis Ali (Alicia Keys), Reign Aston (Kourtney Kardashian), Briar Rose (Rachel Bilson), Titan Jewell (Kelly Rowland) and Wyatt Isobel (Ashton Kucther) to the 2014 list.
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