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Parents of babies with unusual names...

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Lunathemoon Sun 29-Oct-17 19:09:04

Have you ever had someone laugh/snigger at your baby's name to your face/whilst you've been in close proximity? How did you deal with it? How did it make you feel? Happened to me for the first time today x

BroomstickOfLove Sun 29-Oct-17 19:12:20

Hasn't happened yet and DD is 11. Sorry it happens to you.

Chaffinch4 Sun 29-Oct-17 19:20:12

I've had a few odd looks and people double checking her name. Lots of people saying and spelling it wrong. But no direct laughing or insults - that's really rude!

MikeUniformMike Sun 29-Oct-17 19:20:58

It might be something else she was sniggering about.
Maybe Childsname reminded her of something funny.

Lunathemoon Sun 29-Oct-17 19:32:28

Mike no she repeated my baby's name to her granddaughter and then they laughed. I didn't take too much notice at the time as I was a bit shocked but I can't get it out of my head now I'm home.

MikeUniformMike Sun 29-Oct-17 19:48:41

Is the name very unusual?
Maybe the woman was a silly cow.

MikeUniformMike Sun 29-Oct-17 19:49:23

She was downright rude and probably ignorant.

Santawontbelong Sun 29-Oct-17 19:51:24

My dc have unusual names ... Never cared what people think tbh. Assume they are agog that they didn't have the guts to think outside the box at the registry office!!

blanklook Sun 29-Oct-17 20:47:05

Please stop worrying about it.
You have met one idiot.
That idiot was the only person to do that out of however many hundreds of people you have said his name to. flowers

In general, the sort of reply you'd wish you'd given if you were me would have been 'Oh, what's your name?' Exaggerated laughter and ' I don't suppose anyone's told you, but that's slang for twat in this area'.

HamSandWitches Mon 30-Oct-17 10:14:02

My dds name was in the late 900s when I had her, she's a teenager now and it's still in the 900's. I either get oh I love it or that's a weird name, never heard of that before. Dd doesn't like it either. I don't think it's out there at all just not that many about.

Ionarocks Mon 30-Oct-17 10:17:14

That's so nasty. I'm sure it's a lovely name.

My ds's name is in the top 200 and is not even that unusual but around here I get people double checking, misprounoucing and asking why I chose it. I still love it but it's made me decide to probably chose one in the top 100 this time around.

HamSandWitches Mon 30-Oct-17 10:23:08

Dd1 has got an Irish name which is now popular but when I had her it wasn't so she went through school getting called all sorts of mispronounced versions of it as we are in England. Then dd2 ha's the 900 name. Number 3 it's said as it's written, not really popular but known. She the only one who likes her name

BernardBlacksHangover Mon 30-Oct-17 10:26:36

How rude!

I always wheel this story out, but when I was a teenager I used to say how much I loved the name Henry and I vividly remember my super conformist friend laughing her ass off, as if it was the most ridiculous name she'd ever heard. She's now all right on or pretends to be to fit in and is friends with people with a child named Ember, which she says she loves. People can be really stupid about names they aren't used to, is my point. She is probably just a bit of a dick.

KalaLaka Mon 30-Oct-17 10:32:02

Either they were very rude or it's an in-joke or someone they know. Try not to worry. Mine have unusual names. I know some people will think they're daft, but that's fine: I have chosen them with care, so I'm happy with my choice.

Anotherdayanotherdollar Mon 30-Oct-17 10:40:23

A school acquaintance of mine had a gorgeous little boy. I happened to meet her a few days after he was born. I asked her his name but totally misheard and thought she was making a joke. I laughed. I then heard his actual name a few weeks later.
8 years later and I still cringe thinking about it blush

BernardBlacksHangover Mon 30-Oct-17 10:45:55


I can beat that (cos everything's a competition wink). My brother's friend who was a bit of a joker, extremely silly and irresponsible ended up having a ONS, which resulted in a gorgeous little boy. My friend came over to my house, to show us her new baby and the brother's friend was there. He said that he also had a new baby. My fiend knew him, assumed he was joking and burst out laughing... until she saw our serious faces. I nearly cringed myself inside out.

pipilangstrumpf Mon 30-Oct-17 10:53:52

People who find unusual names (or unusual cultures, unusual foods etc) laughworthy are probably not very confident or secure.

Lunathemoon Mon 30-Oct-17 11:03:20

Thanks ladies, woken up feeling a bit better about it. They actually aren't a very nice family and I don't like any of their names either🙈 So I'm going to try and forget about it. Her name is a bit marmite but I knew that-it suits her and that's all that matters x

confusedlittleone Mon 30-Oct-17 11:06:14

It happened to my mum when I was a baby (and happens to me when people hear my full name) but I HATE my name as well so don't really blame anyone! Sorry tho that's not really much help! (For context my name is a drug reference)

Twooter Mon 30-Oct-17 11:11:06

I went to a comedy show where the comedian asked a boy his name. It was a bit odd - can't remember what. He then asked the brother, who also had an unusual name. He then asked the dad, who was called something like John. He then spent 5 minutes taking the piss about these two boys names. Very unpleasant to watch.

Needadvicetoleave Mon 30-Oct-17 11:16:45

Yes. I just ignore it.

Lunathemoon Mon 30-Oct-17 11:21:56

If it helps her BC name is a far more traditional name, her every day name is just a shortening. So I guess if she feels the same as this (horrible) woman she can just go by that.

DiegoMadonna Mon 30-Oct-17 11:38:39

Everybody likes different names and nobody likes EVERY name, so we have all/all will meet people/children with names we don't like much at times in our lives. That's totally normal. Laughing or making rude comments about it is obviously not acceptable. She's the one with the problem, not you.

littlechous Mon 30-Oct-17 11:42:12

I can’t imagine anyone laughing like that, how bloody rude!

I now have an irrational need to know what her name is

But if BC name is ‘normal’ then there’s really no issue, as you said when she’s older she can always go by her full name if she wants. But I’m sure you’re raising a confident lil girl who won’t care about twats others opinions on her name!

HamSandWitches Mon 30-Oct-17 11:45:54

Dd3 has the nickname of a traditional name even on her birth certificate. I toyed with the idea and sort of wish I had used the long version now but dd doesnt like it, she likes her shortened version though so I guess I made the right choice as she would be called the longer version now and again through school. I wouldn't worry about it you can't please everyone, some people have names I would never use as I don't like them but they probably hate my kids names. It's just rude though to laugh

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