Mum shocks fellow parents after picking this ‘cruel’ name for her baby

by Maeve Campbell |
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A recent post on the popular parenting site Netmums, revealed one mum's decision to name her daughter a name that some have branded 'cruel' and 'ridiculous'. Rather than sticking to the top baby girl names in 2018, she chose to, let's say, branch out...

The post by 'Annalise D', exposed her friend as the mum who chose a name so 'crazy', she turned to the forum to ask if anyone had ever heard it before. But how crazy is crazy?

The child is called Abcde, pronounced Ab-si-dee.


The viral post received countless responses from mums, aghast at the name.

One mum said, "if this isn't a joke...then that's truly awful. Fancy saddling a child with that kind of ridiculous name. Imagine growing up to constant questions accompanied by smirking about his name?!"

Another chimed in, "No way 😂 I can just imagine the teacher calling out the name and not knowing what to say!"

Whilst others simply put, "poor child" and made jokes like, "it's great because if they have another they can call it fghij then the next klmno and so forth."


As it turns out, the name 'Abcde' did actually originate in Hawaii in the 1980s. Surprisingly, the American news site Vocativ found 328 girls were born with the name between 1990 and 2014.

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GALLERY: 9 stunning locations in the UK inspired by children’s literature


UK places which inspired these children's books

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The Tales of Peter Rabbit - Lake District, Cumbria

Beatrix Potter's beautifully illustrated Peter Rabbit books are all influenced by her childhood days spent in the Lake District. Around Brockhole's beautiful lakeshore grounds is a Beatrix Potter trail and in Bowness-on-Windermere is The Wolrd of Beatrix Potter attraction - both great days out for you and the kids.

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Winnie the Pooh - Ashdown Forest, East Sussex

Winnie the Pooh, written by A.A. Milne, always played with his toys in the woods by their home in the Ashdwon Forest. You can visit the real 'Hundred Acre Wood', where several locations in the Pooh stories can be matched to real places.

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Treasure Island - Bristol

Treasure Island, written by Robert Louis Stevenso - which tells the story of pirates, parrots and treasure - features many places in Bristol. You can take part in a treasure island trail, which is a family friendly walk and app that guides you around Bristol's historic scene and has fascinating insights into Bristol's connections with Treasure Island.

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Peter Pan - Kensington Gardens, London

JM Barrie iconically used the opening sentence “All children grow up, except one”, which was a tribute to his brother who tragically died a day before his 14th birthday. His family thought of him as a forever boy and the legend of Peter Pan was born. JM Barrie commissioned a statue of Peter Pan which stands in Kensington Gardens that you can visit!

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The Borrowers - Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Written by English author Mary Norton, The Borrowers tells the trials and tribulations of a family of tiny people based in Leighton Buzzard. The house where The Borrowers was set is now a school. Things you can do in the area in relation to the book include a trip to Whipsnade Zoo, the Stockwood Discovery Centre and a Birds of Prey Centre in nearby Wilstead.

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The Railway Children - Yorkshire

Written by Edith Nesbit, The Railway Children was inspired by Ediths walks to Chelsfield railway station in Yorkshire. The story follows the lives of three children who move to a house near the railway. You can step back in time by standing on the bridge at Haworth and watch the vintage steam trains puff their way up and down the valley, or jump aboard and travel to the Edwardian Oakworth station which was the location for the famous 1970s film.

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Watership Down - North Wessex Downs, Hampshire

Written by Richard Adams and based in Hampshire there are many things you can do in the area in relation to the book. Stay near to the village of Ecchinswell which offers a Watership Down walk, taking in Nuthanger Farm which plays a major role in the novel. Along the way, see rare butterflies as well as obligatory bobbing bunny tails as they bounce around the North Wessex Downs.

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Harry Potter - London

Written by JK Rowling the Harry Potter books were all based in and around London. The books have inspired eight films, a tonne of merchandise and a studio tour close to Watford Junction - which is a great place to visit. Be sure to pop over to Platform 9¾ at London’s King’s Cross station and have your photo snapped as if you were getting ready to board the Hogwarts Express.

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Alice in Wonderland - Oxford

Lewis Carrolls Alice in Wonderland was set in Oxford. The town offers many ways to acquaint the visitor with the history of the novel and its author. Alice’s Day commemorates an important moment for children’s literature and is celebrated annually. Or try a themed walking tour of the city and see the original copy of the books in the Bodleian Library. If you want to expand your ‘Carroll’ tour, take a trip to Guildford, Surrey where he wrote Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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