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Elvis, Tyrone Power and Mercedes... NI people with names inspired by the famous

A new poll found that some parents later regretted giving their children unusual monikers, but Leona O’Neill talks to three locals who love the fame associated with their name.

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Elvis Kirk

Elvis Kirk

Mercedes Carr

Mercedes Carr

Tyrone Power with his wife Wilma at their Ballykeel home

Tyrone Power with his wife Wilma at their Ballykeel home

The actor Tyrone Power and his wife, actress Annabella

The actor Tyrone Power and his wife, actress Annabella

David Beckham with (from left) Romeo, Cruz and his daughter Harper

David Beckham with (from left) Romeo, Cruz and his daughter Harper

Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, with their daughter Fifi Trixiebelle and baby girl Peaches

Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, with their daughter Fifi Trixiebelle and baby girl Peaches

Elvis Kirk

Elvis Kirk

Mercedes Carr with her partner Christopher and children Kian and Kora

Mercedes Carr with her partner Christopher and children Kian and Kora

Elvis Kirk

As the rich and famous know, growing up with an unusual name certainly sets one apart from their peers. Just think of pop royalty like the Beckhams who gifted their children the monikers Brooklyn, Cruz, Romeo and Harper.

Sir Bob Geldof and his late wife Paula were among the early trendsetters when it came to naming their daughters, settling upon Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches and Pixie. When Paula went on to have a baby with Michael Hutchence, she kept to the family tradition, calling the little girl Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.

Not all celebrity offspring, however, enjoy being called something a little bit different. The late David Bowie named his son Zowie Bowie — full name Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. At the age of 12, the youngster said he preferred to be called by his nickname Joey, later shortening it to Joe. Now a film director and screenwriter, he is known as Duncan Jones.