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Parents hate our first choice name

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polkadotsrock Sun 30-Jun-13 17:39:51

My parents have made it clear that they do not even slightly like our first choice name for our DD- will I care less when she's here, will it grow on them or will it forever be a 'thing' between us?? I honestly don't know why it's bothering me so much, perhaps because we had universal agreement on DS' name?

FobblyWoof Tue 02-Jul-13 19:04:16

I'm the opposite, if close relatives don't like it it makes me all the more keen grin

I think it's because DP's family like really unusual names and I really don't so I know they'll never be on board with the names we like but they never say so. And if my family don't like my names I think they're rude for saying so and so I'd ignore them anyway!

As an aside, I love Merideth, it's beautiful!

BeCool Tue 02-Jul-13 16:39:11

You can't please everyone - so please yourself!

MadeOfStarDust Tue 02-Jul-13 16:37:48

Meredith Baxter - actress, producer and breast cancer campaigner. (in real life..)

DrSeuss Tue 02-Jul-13 14:46:09

Meredith is a beautiful name. The only famous one I know of is Meredith Grey but I love her too!

Simple equation- no egg/sperm = no vote!

wonderingifiam2013 Tue 02-Jul-13 14:44:55

FWIW - I think Meredith is a lovely name smile

We too have picked a name we know EVERYONE hates! And, due to me being a stubborn cow it just makes me giggle grin

I know everyone hates it as DC1 has a teddy bear with the same name and the faces that are pulled for it being just a bear's name are priceless so I can't wait to see their faces when it's a baby name! Although if we have the opposite sex ... that won't be as much fun wink

ChunkyPickle Tue 02-Jul-13 14:28:57

This is why we don't tell anyone our choices (not that we have anything we really like yet for this one). Meredith is lovely, refuse to discuss it, and let her win them over with it.

Gerty1002 Tue 02-Jul-13 14:18:57

I'm having this same dilemma with the name Isaac. My parents hate it and were mocking it (after a few vinos) and it really put me off the name - I actually took it off our shortlist. We've now vowed not to tell anyone the names on the list, and after much deliberation have put Isaac back on it. If we choose it, they will just have to get over it.

elfycat Tue 02-Jul-13 14:09:01

I'd tell them how much you hated your own name and would have rather been called XXX so if they could keep their useless skills at naming babies to themselves, that would be great.

But no-one ever said I was nice grin I've given DD1 a really rare spelling of a more common name so I'm going to be in trouble with her later on. I've already had to correct it at her school before she starts. DH and I love it though.

Meredith is lovely, go with Meredith.

HeirToTheIronThrone Tue 02-Jul-13 13:57:19

I know a 6 month old Meredith. She goes by Merry which suits a smiley, chubby baby down to the ground!

MadeOfStarDust Tue 02-Jul-13 13:53:17

It is a lovely name ....I have a slightly cautionary tale though...

Dh's brother and wife had a little girl called her XXXXX (say) MIL on arriving at the hospital say "XXXXX WTF kind of name is that " ..... roll on 5 years and it is written in their divorce petition as a contributing factor...

sheeplikessleep Tue 02-Jul-13 13:48:48

Meredith is a gorgeous name.

We told SIL our name for DS2, her response was she screwed up her nose and said "oh I don't like that". I am 32 weeks and we have definitely decided on said name. Can't wait to see SILs reaction wink.

5madthings Tue 02-Jul-13 13:46:40

Meredith is a lovely name, it was on our list for dd, we went with Merryn and the nickname merry smile

My mil didn't really like any of the names we chose for our five, but they have grown on her.

Go with the name you love!

buttercrumble Tue 02-Jul-13 13:46:20

What a beautiful name , hard luck if they dont like it. Its your choice im sure they will come round. smile

TheRealFellatio Tue 02-Jul-13 13:45:57

I can understand why they don't like it - it is a generational thing, and to them Meredith is not old enough to sound quaintly retro and hip, and not new enough to sound edgy and modern and hip. They feel the same way about Meredith as I'd feel about Tracey or Alison or Kim!

But it's your baby and they need to learn to get over it.

Claryrocks Tue 02-Jul-13 13:41:26

Meredith is a gorgeous name! Ignore.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 02-Jul-13 12:11:44

Meredith herself will win them over to it smile

SixPackWellies Tue 02-Jul-13 09:45:48

Another one who likes Meredith.

Tell them to STFU. It makes me so angry when people do this.

(We had people pull faces at our DS1's name when they first heard it and comment 'how boring'.). it is a common name...... but rarely used now and now we have people only comment how lovely and underused it is.

This is YOUR baby.

And congratulations. smile

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birdofthenorth Mon 01-Jul-13 22:40:34

DS is 11 weeks and not one of our four parents like his name. Doesn't stop them showering him in cuddles and love... and we like his name, so it's tough luck on their part!

Maud2011 Mon 01-Jul-13 22:13:13

It's beautiful - and not your parents business!

Xmasbaby11 Mon 01-Jul-13 21:57:29

It does sound old fashioned, but that seems to be trendy these days so it's probably not unusual.

It's your choice though - you should stick to your guns!

Lurkymclurker Mon 01-Jul-13 21:53:14

Mil told us she didn't like our choice (Emilia) and said she would call her Emma - I said that's fine I will just correct you, every time!

Move on to dd 21 months and since day 1 she has never been called Emma, mil realised its our choice and that the name suits now she is growing up - stick to your preference or your parents will be thinking they have a say in everything!

Turniptwirl Mon 01-Jul-13 21:51:40

Meredith is lovely esp Merry for short!

polkadotsrock Mon 01-Jul-13 21:28:58

Thanks everyone, you've really buoyed us and I'm feeling more convinced than ever that it's the right name for her. So glad I posted smile

PeriodMath Mon 01-Jul-13 21:27:12

Never reveal baby names to anyone before the baby is born.

Never, never, never.

People are far less likely to offer their opinion on it once baby is born and named and there's no going back.

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