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Twitter trolls target Fearne's baby boy over parent's decision to name him Rex

Twitter bullies have targeted Fearne Cotton over her choice of name for her new son.

The Radio 1 DJ and her partner Jesse, son of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, used the social networking site to announce the arrival of their baby, Rex Rayne, last week.

But within hours users began posting nasty comments about their name choice, likening it to a dog’s name.
Looking tired: Fearne Cotton opens the door to a huge bouquet of flowers on Monday just days after giving birth to baby RexLooking tired: Fearne Cotton opens the door to a huge bouquet of flowers on Monday just days after giving birth to baby Rex

Surprise arrival: Fearne looks like she's had a few sleepless night but perks up when she sees the huge bunch of flowers that is waiting for herSurprise arrival: Fearne looks like she's had a few sleepless night but perks up when she sees the huge bunch of flowers that is waiting for her

Getting to grips with motherhood: The Radio One DJ seems like she's on top of the world, despite looking worn outGetting to grips with motherhood: The Radio One DJ seems like she's on top of the world, despite looking worn out

One wrote: ‘Fearne Cotton has given birth to a baby boy, “Rex Rayne”. Who the **** suggested that name, Scooby Doo?’


A second asked: ‘Did I just hear that Fearne Cotton has called her baby Rex? What’s she had, a baby or a labrador?’


Others posted pictures of Rex the dinosaur, a character from the Toy Story movies, alongside comments including: ‘Fancy naming it after a dinosaur.’ Miss Cotton’s son was born last Thursday and his delighted mother, 31, told her Twitter followers she was ‘over the moon’ and ‘beyond in love’.

She has not responded to the insults, instead thanking those who had posted congratulatory messages. The couple’s choice of Rex for their son’s name is a traditional one.

Proud new parents: Fearne and Jesse announced Rex's arrival via Twitter last Thursday, clearly over the moonProud new parents: Fearne and Jesse announced Rex's arrival via Twitter last Thursday, clearly over the moon

Forget your shoes? New dad Jesse Wood dashes out to his car without any shoes on as he tears himself away from Fearne and RexForget your shoes? New dad Jesse Wood dashes out to his car without any shoes on as he tears himself away from Fearne and Rex

The name, which is Latin for king, became popular in the 19th century.

Miss Cotton is not alone in suffering abuse on Twitter.


Within hours of Adele announcing she had had a baby boy last year, death threats to the child were posted on Twitter.


Campaigners called for more to be done to make online bullying, or trolling as it has become known, illegal.


Margaret Morrissey of charity Parents Outloud said: ‘I do think that we need a mechanism for the police to be able to step in.’
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