I named my five boys after TV shows & people hate it – one said my son ‘sounds like a criminal’ but I don’t care | The Sun

A MUM has revealed she's been bullied by other parents for naming her five children after TV shows.

Rachael Cresswell, 42, took inspiration from the TV shows and films she watched throughout her pregnancies to come up with her boys' names.


Rachael and her husband, Daniel, 39, a fisheries enforcement officer have been trolled as some say one of her son's names makes him sound 'like a criminal.'

The stay-at-home mum, from Torbay, South Devon, said: "They are all named after TV shows we were watching together while I was pregnant.

"It was really great to give us inspiration.

"We were struggling with a name for Leif. We were watching the film 'Signs' and were commenting on how good Joaquin Phoenix is in it and then found out his birth name is Leaf.

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"Dan really liked him in the Joker too. The Scandinavians spell it Leif which is more common.

"Ocean is Leif's middle name because we live by the sea and I spent a lot of time at the beach.

"All of our sons have really grown into their names. Most babies suit their names I think."

But the mum revealed to SWNS that some people can be opinionated about her choices for her children's names.

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"Someone told me that they thought Jaxon sounded like a criminal," she said. "Some people were not so sure about the name Leif online but family and friends love it.

"People like to have an opinion about names. People comment things like 'she did not name her child Leif'."

The mum said the couple found it hard to think of names – which led them to take inspiration from shows and films the couple watched during her pregnancy.

"It was hard having to think of things," Rachael said. "They are all films or shows we've watched together and liked when I was pregnant.

"It's nice to have that connection to the pregnancy too."

Rachael is often asked if she wants a girl – but the mum was relieved to find out one-year-old Leif was a boy.

She said: "People always ask if I want a girl, but with Leif I was actually worried he might be a girl – because it would be different and I didn't know how a girl would feel about being around four boys."

The mum-of-five said the family are constantly watched when they go out strangers often comment on how "well-behaved" the children are.

Rachael was unsure if she wanted children at first, but when she reached her 30s she decided she wanted to start a family.

She gave birth to Jaxon, now eight, via emergency c-section in February 2014,and she found herself loving motherhood and fell pregnant with Noah six months later.

"I didn't know I would enjoy motherhood so much," Rachael said. "We ended up with three under three."

The couple's third son, Cole, was born in December 2016, followed by Bodhi in May 2019 and their youngest, Leif, in January 2022.

People are often stunned by how well-behaved the boys are, Rachael added.

"We go out to eat and people watch us," she said.

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"People will come up and say: 'We've been watching you and I'm surprised at how good they are.' I think it's because we don't have screens when we're out either.

"I always have Playdoh and colouring pens on me which keeps them occupied and happy."

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