article Posted September 06, 2018 07:29:40Some of Australia’s most famous names might not be what you might think.
The Australian Financial Press is highlighting five-steps for getting a good name right in the wake of the birth of their fourth baby.
“We were born without a name,” said Julia Loo.
“It was hard to say it, but I’ve always wanted to have a family name.”
The name she was given when she was nine months old is a mixture of two words: Toni and Loo, which is pronounced like “loo”.
“I didn’t know what it meant at first but when I was older, I started to get more and more curious,” she said.
“When I was about 11 years old, I had a big family and a lot of cousins.”
When Julia and her older brother came out to their family, she knew instantly who they were.
“They knew that I was named Toni,” she laughed.
“My mum said, ‘I think I’m going to call you Toni’.”
“When you grow up you always think of a family, but it was hard when I didn’t have a name.”
Despite being in a relationship for seven years, Julia and Toni were still living with their father and his family, so they had to name their baby boy after a family member.
“I was pretty embarrassed when I got the baby’s name, because it was very unusual for me to be given a name that I didn.”
But we’re all very grateful for the support we’ve had from our family, friends and other people.
“The name is Toni, and we are very proud of it.”
Julia and her siblings name their son Toni after a relative.