What is in a name?
What is in a name?

Would you be the same with another name

A ROSE by any other name would smell as sweet is a frequently referenced part of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, but would it really?

With thousands of names to choose from how do you decide?

Some say picking a child's name can be a daunting task, with a name being something which sticks for a lifetime - so the pressure is on to get it right.

The NewsMail invited Facebook followers to share what name they were almost named or a name they almost gave their child and with an overwhelming response, and a few laughs along the way, we can share the answers with you now.

Discussing the future child's name with your partner may set some guidelines and nut out any issues such as the first name not flowing with surname.

Facebook friends shared their relief after one of their parents didn't allow the other to call them what they had planned.

Amanda Cross said "… my youngest my husband wanted to call Scarlett - I said no way on the basis that it would be a version of Red Cross," she said.

Another Facebook friend Trina Bacon said her husband Shaun said if they were to have kids he wanted Trey, but she could hear the taunting which would follow.

"But with Bacon as my last name probably not a good idea (be)cause I could hear it now here comes a tray of bacon," she said.

Adelaide Baumann said she was almost a Victoria, but her father hated Victorians so Adelaide it was.

And Chloe Lee O'Halloran said her father was going to call her Nike if she was a boy and said she was glad he didn't as she is "quite a slow runner".

CQUniversity associate professor in psychology Tania Signal said while some names may suit the child while they are young, people should remember the child would grow up to be an adult.

"It's really important to think of the future," Dr Signal said.

"You don't want to single them out or have them picked on in the playground."