AN ORIGINAL APPROACH: First-time mum Orysia (Missy) Kilner has bucked the traditional naming trend, giving birth to baby M-Jay Price on December 30 at the Warwick Hospital.
AN ORIGINAL APPROACH: First-time mum Orysia (Missy) Kilner has bucked the traditional naming trend, giving birth to baby M-Jay Price on December 30 at the Warwick Hospital. Jayden Brown

Trends and tradition mix with baby names in Warwick

DESPITE a continuing shift towards more traditional names, some Warwick mothers are breaking away from the statistics and giving their babies unique names.

When Warwick first-time mum Orysia (Missy) Kilner and her partner Peter Price knew they were expecting, they decided to give their baby an "M" name.

After floating ideas around they finally came up with the name M-Jay, given to their son, who was born six weeks premature on December 30 at the Warwick Hospital.

"We liked M-Jay as a nickname and my partner suggested we go with it as his name - I thought it was a fantastic idea," Ms Kilner said.

"You can sort of tell the difference between people based on their reaction to his name.

"Some people who are a bit more traditional say 'oh, that's nice'. You know they're just being polite."

While M-Jay bucks the traditional trend, several names on the Top 10 list were familiar to midwife Michelle Murphy - who has been watching parents name their children at the Warwick Hospital for the past four years.

"There's a lot of Masons, Logans and Jacksons," she said.

"There was more of a push towards traditional names such as Edward and George - but really it's a mixed bag."

When it comes to naming bubs, Mrs Murphy said parents were all different - with some choosing a name before the baby came along and others waiting until their child was born.

"A lot of the time there isn't a story behind the name," she said.

"Sometimes it's nice if you can ask them (the parents) about the baby's name - sometimes it's helpful during the labour."


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