News: Defiant mum shrugs off social media scorn for naming children Tiamarie and Jackdaniel

News: Defiant mum shrugs off social media scorn for naming children Tiamarie and Jackdaniel

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A mother accidentally named two of her children after famous alcoholic drinks – but didn’t realise because she was teetotal.

Thirty-five-old Sarah Mennell, hit back after being trolled for calling daughter and son Tiamarie and Jackdaniel.

But she shrugged off the jibes saying neither her or the children are bothered by the name mocking.

The mum-of-five, from Hull, said she chose them because people “can’t all have boring names”.

There are poignant reasons behind each of her five children’s names, including the names of her other kids, Sydneyrae, Princess and Albert, reports Hull Live.

But despite two of the names sounding like alcoholic spirits, Sarah said the children are NOT in fact named after drinks.

She said Jackdaniel, 12, is named after a Canadian runner and Tiamarie, 11, is named after a Spanish waitress.

The mum’s unusual choice of names for her children came to light after she made headlines for revealing she spends £250 on each of their uniforms.

Sarah, who runs Hull Party Services alongside husband Steve, said: “We didn’t just pluck them out of thin air one night after a drink. No alcohol or drinks are behind the kids’ names.

“We didn’t drink until around five months ago, when we decided to start having one night out as a married couple a month, so we are definitely not alcoholics.

“We are just a hard working family who literally like a twist in names, nothing special about it and not alcohol related. But it’s surprising how quick people are to judge. But now we just laugh it off and run with it.

“It’s quite the conversation starter when were out and about usually, but it’s actually surprising how many boys are called Jackdaniel in some way or another and we know quite a few Tiamaries now.”

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Sarah said Tiamarie was named after the couple, who have been married for 11 years, had their first family holiday together.

She said: “Tiamarie was actually decided on our first family holiday as a waitress was called Tiamarie in Spain.

“It was Spanish and my husband’s parents Caroline and Albert used to go quite a lot so we decided on Tiamarie.

“We didn’t know at first, as Tia Maria is the drink, not Tiamarie, we just thought it’s different, not the normal names flying around everywhere, but the names stuck and we weren’t going to change it to please others”.

Discussing the reasoning behind calling her son Jackdaniel, she said: “Jackdaniel is named after an athlete.

“When we were having Jack I don’t know I was pregnant.

Critics claim children would never be taken seriously

“I went into hospital bleeding and it didn’t look good, he was a fighter and even though I was bleeding his legs was kicking like mad on the scan, so he got his name from the great running coach Jackdaniel because he survived this and is here today.

“We thought it was funny because the team would put ‘powered by Jackdaniel’ on their backs.

“Jackdaniel knows this and always has. And funnily enough he is a runner and recently did the Humber Half Marathon for his rugby team.”

Some critics said their children would never be taken seriously when they were older, in job interviews for example, due to their names.

Sarah hit back and said: “I’m not worried how his name would appear to others, he gets Jak, Jack, JD, but when meeting new people he addresses them with his full name, Jackdaniel.

“No one forgets their names easily and the kids have middle names double barrelled so it’s up to them what name they would like to be called.

“On paperwork or applications when he is older, he would simply use Mr JD Thomas Mennell.

“Tiamarie Louise can be used as Tia or Marie or Louise, it’s her choice, her close friends call her Tia. The amount of unusual names used now it’s nothing new, it’s just times are changing and so are names.

“Tiamarie is actually doing really well at school, 100 per cent attendance and comes home with awards every week.

“She is attending the prestigious awards ceremony at Hull City Hall next week as she has been nominated for an award and her grades have improved, she has been moved up in classes, all with help from Kingswood.”

The couple also have two younger daughters, Sydneyrae, 10, who was also named after a young footballer – Sydney Rae Dwyer, and Princess, six.

Sarah added: “Princess was named Princess because we liked the name. It just stuck during pregnancy because we used to watch Little Princess on Channel 5 with the younger children at the time.

“My husband would sing it all the time and my baby would kick at the theme tune when it was on so Princess was born.

“Also Princess was born in a full amniotic sac so was very special and rare which we joked about, saying ‘typical Princess’.

“Originally she was going to be called Bella, but we joked about her being a little princess so that name stuck, Princess Bella-vie vie which means ‘achieve something.'”

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The couple’s youngest child Albert, four, is named after his late grandfather.

Sarah continued: “Albert Henry is named after his grandfather who passed away before he was born and didn’t get to see him. He died of cancer after an 11 year battle.

“Albert actually told me I was pregnant and we joked and said if it’s a boy we would call him after him so, in memory of him, he was called Albert Henry like his grandfather and his great grandfather so that family name was always kept.

“Albert is a jack the lad, his name suits him and he is so pleasant, he gets told he looks like an Albert all the time.”

Despite the recent ridicule, Sarah said she would never want to change their names. She also said her and her family have not let the cruel comments online bother them.

“Our family motto is be kind to others, don’t judge and entertain and make people smile and we know while people are laughing and commenting on the names, but if people met and actually know them, the names really suit them,” she said.

“If I could turn back time and change the names I wouldn’t.”

Some people online couldn’t help but comment on the unusual names after Sarah made headlines for revealing she spends £250 on each of their uniforms.

Soma said: “Tiamarie and Jackdaniel? Are you serious?!! We rescued a dog called JD and changed it as we thought it was naff. Poor kids.”

Another wrote: “Mummy should have invested in better names. WkdBlue, RedStripe and AppleSourz have future CEO written all over them *eyeroll*”

Luke Dunn said: “Their dad Johnny Walker works long hours.

“He also Fosters two kids called Stella and Glen Fiddich. Lovely family”.



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