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Once thought to be almost definitely extinct, the Anglo-French given name of Graham was resurrected in a Townsville hospital overnight.
The name – which is historically believed to be a combination of possibly meaning “gravel”, and ham, meaning “hamlet” – has not been registered a new name by Australian Births Deaths And Marriages since 1962.
The parents of the child, Grace and Grant, say that its a name they believe is making a comeback.
“Our neighbours just had a baby girl called Czar-Czar” says the father.
“What the hell is that! What ever happened to good, normal names like Graham and Bronwyn?”
However the midwife isn’t so sure about the likelihood of the child’s name coming roaring back into primary schools around the country.
“I couldn’t believe it. I’m standing there looking at this mother with her brand new baby boy… and she decides to call him Graham?” said Rhonda, a 52-year-old career womb raider.
“He’s like 10 minutes old. He doesn’t own a printing company”
The controversy surrounding the name being given to an infant comes from the fact that many people fear a name like Graham can’t be shortened to anything more youthful.
Local kindergarten teacher, Wendy Applewood, says Graham is going to have a tough time.
“He’s going to be called Graham for his entire life”
“You can’t call him anything but that. ‘Gray-ey’ doesn’t work. He’s got a 52-year-old man’s name from day one”
MORE TO COME.