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To ask if you've ever had a bad reaction on announcing your new baby's name?

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YouDoTheMath Sun 21-Aug-11 20:31:03

Also posted in Baby Names, but I guess a lot if the ladies there don't have DCs yet.

So - did anyone ever have the gumption to tell you outright that they think the name you chose for your child is awful?

slightlyoversharing Sun 21-Aug-11 20:32:24




She is the ex-MIL for a reason grin

YouDoTheMath Sun 21-Aug-11 20:35:34

What did she say?!

lilmissminx Sun 21-Aug-11 20:36:15

My mother did. She announced to DS1 that she didn't like DS2's 1 st name and was in a strop as DS2's middle name is my Dad's name. As he is her xh, she didn't like that either. Her problem, and she can lump it. angry Dad wouldn't have passed comment if we had a DD and gave her Mother's name for her middle name. Bloody annoying, and bloody rude!

OrganicFreeRangeBoys Sun 21-Aug-11 20:36:20

People seem to give a bad reaction when they hear my youngest son's name.

My partner say's I'm just imagining things and he's probably right because I HATE my son's name.

BreastmilkDoesAFabLatte Sun 21-Aug-11 20:37:24

No, but my mum said a friend sniggered when she told him DSs name.

OveranxiousUnderated Sun 21-Aug-11 20:37:33

Yes...When telling them my DD's name...

"Oh I thought that was a boys name"

"I've only ever known a boy called that"

"I went to school with a boy called..." etc etc.

Well DD is definitely a girl & that is her name so :O

Oh and when I told people before I had her that I liked it I got a few funny faces and "not keen" comments, which is why I am going to keep quiet when I have future DC's untill they actually arrive and I can say "Meet <insert name here" and that will be that!!

EggInABap Sun 21-Aug-11 20:37:44

Yes but not directly to my face. My MIL to my DP whispering in the kitchen when DS was born 'I don't like **, can't you change it to * instead?' Most people disliked it I think, but 4 years on we love it more than ever, it's his name, it's just him. People get over it, try not to let it bother you.

flowersinherhair Sun 21-Aug-11 20:38:05

All my family hated dd1 name (violet), they told me I should pick a nice middle name in case she gets bullied at school! When people say now how nice the name is they act like they loved it all along...she starts school next year so will have to wait and see if she will get picked on grin idiots!

OveranxiousUnderated Sun 21-Aug-11 20:38:39

Ooops should have been a grin face!

diddl Sun 21-Aug-11 20:39:28

My Mum.

She thought that we´d change it because she didn´t like ithmm

EggInABap Sun 21-Aug-11 20:39:32

Organic why do you hate your son's name? Did you jot get a choice in the matter?

EggInABap Sun 21-Aug-11 20:39:54


MissTinaTeaspoon Sun 21-Aug-11 20:40:14

There was a thread on here the other day slating dd's name sad angry. But it hasn't happened to me in rl, in fact I get a lot of positive responses to it, when people actually establish what it is! (it sounds similar to another more common name)

slightlyoversharing Sun 21-Aug-11 20:40:16

Ah well, I am in Northern Ireland and it's a bit <ahem> sectarian and ex-MIL is very very staunch Protestant (which will become relevant I promise)

DS1 she hit the roof because the name we wanted him to have was a nickname and we "couldn't" put that on his birth certificate. She had a complete and utter meltdown threw a massive tantrum ex-H had no balls and we backed down. As a result, he has a name on his birth certificate which he is never called.

DS2 we picked a name we liked. She hit the roof and said she would not be calling him by his first name would use his second because it was "a Fenian name"

Groovee Sun 21-Aug-11 20:40:42

Yes numerous people commented how bland our girl name choice was. So we told them we had chosen Davina (BB was on) and their reactions were hilarious but I fell in love with it. Unfortunately the baby was a boy. But some people think nothing of having to have their say about everything. MIL said "I won't be having a grandson called Ewan!" when Dh suggested it for a boy.

flowersinherhair Sun 21-Aug-11 20:41:02

What is your sons name organic? grin

ImperialBlether Sun 21-Aug-11 20:41:06

OrganicFreeRangeBoys, is your son adopted? I just wondered when you said you hated his name; it sounds as though you didn't choose it.

sjuperwolef Sun 21-Aug-11 20:41:08

my reaction was the worst! i loved DDs name, i thought it was so original then met 3 others in her first week of life sad bitches. its a horrible chavvy name and it makes me so sad for her sad

ImperialBlether Sun 21-Aug-11 20:41:40

I want to know what all these names are!

LabMonkey Sun 21-Aug-11 20:41:48

I had a horrible experience when registering DD at the doctor's surgery. The Receptionist informed me that nobody would be able to say her name (it's a Scottish name and we live in Southern England). I do wonder if I wasn't Scottish but of another nationality/culture if she'd felt entitled to be so rude (and she was very rude!). angry

zukiecat Sun 21-Aug-11 20:42:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Groovee Sun 21-Aug-11 20:42:06

Oh and my Gran took a huff with me for not calling ds Peter!

YouDoTheMath Sun 21-Aug-11 20:42:55

Egg so your MIL expected you to change it so suit her preference?! hmm

flowersinherhair Sun 21-Aug-11 20:43:32

Apparently my dd2's name is a gypsy name grin

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