Having trouble deciding what to call your baby? Take a lead from these fantastic rituals from around the world
Choosing a baby name is a big deal. How do you pick one? Inspired by a family member, a flower, a virtue? Instead, take the lead from other cultures around the world
Before birth, a Chinese baby is given a nickname or 'milk name', usually something horrible like 'Ugly Dog' or 'Mud Face'. The idea is to disgust evil spirits into staying away-but often the nickname sticks.
The Chinese believe every child should have a unique name. As the most populated country in the world this is getting more and more difficult, but beautiful names such as 'Golden Sea' or 'Building the Universe' are the happy result. Even if most of the time they're plain old Mud Face.