This week saw a British man, formerly called Sam Stephens, win a battle to legally change his name to Buzz Lightyear which joins the myriad of stories highlighting the lax name laws across the water in the UK and indeed throughout the developed world.
When it comes to bestowing their tots with the most bizarre monikers, some parents have really taken the biscuit and below are some of the most cringeworthy cases.
Meanwhile, Jack and Emily continue to top the list when it comes to Ireland’s most popular baby names, but new figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have revealed the once popular names that are rapidly becoming extinct.
Fergus, Bartholomew, Carmel and Imelda are names which featured in the top 100 list in 1964, but in 2014, three or less children were registered with the monikers.
The new figures found that many names which featured in the most popular list in 1964 are no longer favoured by Irish parents who have become more adventurous with the names they bestow upon their children.
Bernadette, a name which once the fifteenth most popular name in Ireland, has dropped more than 700 places as just four children were bestowed the name in 2014. Three of less Irish children were named Carmel in 2014, despite the name being one of the top thirty most popular in 1964.
Ursula, Ronald, Nuala and Dolores have also rapidly declined in popularity since their heyday and there were less than three Irish children registered with the names in 2014, despite once featuring in the top 100. Just three children were named Trevor, Noreen, Cornelius and Kenneth in 2014, even though these were some of the most beloved baby names in 1964.
What's in a middle name? Rather a lot, if you're Storm Keating, who this week found herself explaining to her Instagram followers that 'Storm' is in fact her middle name, and 'Sharyn' is her birth name, after being outed by Jennifer Zamperelli and the Breakfast Republic crew on 2fm.
A miracle baby who astonished Irish doctors after being delivered at 24 weeks has celebrated his homecoming with a special Super Hero themed party hosted by his proud parents.