I gave my kids unique names – one is inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame as I walked like Quasimodo whilst pregnant | The Sun

EVERY parent has different reasons for deciding on particular baby names.

While some opt for traditional monikers, others, like Hannah, look for a much deeper meaning.

The mum-of-three, who posts under the acronym @hannahhomeeducates, took to TikTok and posted a video where she explains: "So you might have noticed my kids names are slightly different – particularly one of them.

Their names are Esmae, Eira and then Elfie…"

She then goes on to say how her daughter Esmae asked her the other day how she got her name.

"It was actually inspired by the name 'Esmerelda,' Hannah explains.


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"She was like that's beautiful it's like a jewel, like emerald.

"The actual reason she's named Esmae is because my ex-husband when I was pregnant watched The Hunchback of Notre Dame and thought I walked like Quasimodo when I was pregnant.

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He'd go 'the bells, the bells!'

That made me think about Esmeralda and that's how we found the name Esmae."

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Hannah then reveals that Esmae's middle name is 'Cariad' which is 'beloved' in Welsh, while Esmae means 'blessing', so she's 'beloved blessing.'

Moving on, Hannah explains how the name 'Eira' came about.

"It means 'snow' in Welsh and 'fire' in Irish and my ex had Irish heritage," she says.

Then with the moniker 'Elfie,' Hannah admits she "went rogue."

She explains: "By this time I was fully into home ed and thought s** it, I can call her whatever I want.

"She's not going to get bullied, everyone in home ed is called everything like River and Sage and stuff, so I'm good.


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"I really wanted to call her Elfie. I was on the 'E' theme, I can't even remember why I carried that on now, but I did.

"I just thought it was really cute – Elfie, like an elf.

"My ex was like, 'look you've got to have a longer name for her because when she's an adult she might not want to be called Elfie.'

"I was always very much an English geek at school, loved words and I started doing my research.

"I came across the name Phaedra which I loved.

"I think it had Greek heritage and meant 'sunbeam.' But I thought 'argh, but I want Elfie, so how's Phaedra going to work?'

"Then I realised that the feminine pre-fix in many Latin-based languages is 'el' so I shoved 'el' on Phaedra and could shorten it to Elfie.

"Her middle name is blossom – she suits it!"

The post has since racked up a whopping 377,000 views, with many taking to the comments section.

"Elphaedra is such a beautiful name!!" enthused one.

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A second praised: "I love these names and how they came about."

However, much to Hannah's disappointment, a few people pointed out: "Eira is not fire in Irish…Tine is fire in Irish."

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