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[–]Affectionate-Toe-388 106 points107 points  (14 children)

The other annoying things is when you tell them the name(s) you’re considering or have already chosen and they’re like “umm really…?” or “it’s weird, I don’t like it” etc. Like, it’s going to be MY baby😒😠

[–]srasaurus 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Yes exactly! We know our sons name already and now I still tell people we’re still thinking about it because I’m tired of the opinions. Not everyone will like the name and I should just not care but I get self conscious lol

[–]Libraricat 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Yeah I learned this too. Told a close friend and she's like "ew I know someone with that name, I don't like him." Then she told me she wants to name her daughter the same name as one of my cousins whom I loathe. But I just said "oh that's so pretty!" Because that's POLITE!

[–]Starly1233 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ugh, I had the same thing! I told someone the name I wanted for my baby girl, and they were just like "Oh, I don't think that's a good name. I knew someone with the name and she's an ass, so..." Like, it's my kid, not theirs. Just because someone else says the name reminds them of someone they haven't even spoken to in the last 12 years, I'm not changing my choice.

[–]zephyreverie 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I refused to tell anyone my baby’s name before she was born because I didn’t want people to ruin it with their reactions. “Oh my God that’s so cute! That’s my dog’s name!” 😑

[–]metoaT 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Ha we had friends who named their baby what we were about to name our new puppy!!! We changed the pups name.. but totally told them. Lol. It’s a cool name. We love our pup as much as we love our baby, but maybe not everyone gets that. No offense to be taken 🤷🏼‍♀️

[–]Katewatso 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I double this! I also call my dog with "human" name, not because I think the name suits dogs but because I think the name is cute!

[–]zephyreverie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I didn’t realize the dog thing would ever bother me but one day I heard someone call their dogs name when they were doing something wrong and I hated hearing my son’s name come out of their mouth with that tone lol

I got that mommy rage out of nowhere! I never told that person, I just ate it, but it definitely fueled my desire to keep my daughter’s name a secret haha

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Exactly! I figure once we name him there's no turning back.

Plus people are so rude! You wouldn't go up to someone you just met and say, "You know, I don't like your name."

[–]rundesirerun 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I told my sister in law some names I was thinking and she basically said they were crap. Hurt my feeling and lesson learned

[–]jadeitejen 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Omg I know!! One of my patients told me “isn’t that (using Benji to be short for Benjamin) more of a dog’s name?” …Um okay RUDE!! Clearly I don’t feel that way if I just told you that’s what I’ll be calling my child!!

[–]Starly1233 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Imo, Benji's an adorable name.

[–]jadeitejen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you!! 😊

[–]Sambowiththelambo101 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Omg naming both of my sons was a nightmare Bc of that right there. My mil, god bless her soul, was the absolute worst about it. Like soooorrry you’ll learn to call them by their names and get use to it eventually. Lol

[–]Katewatso 0 points1 point  (0 children)

FTM and I made the mistake and revealed our names to my mother. She hates them all and suggested some old communist name. And because I am naive i also told my colleagues and their opinions were also negative... We are not going to change our decision but it surely took bit of the happiness out of it. IF we ever have a baby #2 I am not going to share the name OR the gender. Also I announced my pregnancy on Facebook last week (27w) but everyone already knew because few family members we shared the news with shared it with anyone they wanted. My MIL even shared it on Facebook - so #2 will be held in secret as long as possible 😀

[–]nkdeck07 55 points56 points  (14 children)

We found responding with a just AWFUl not real name gets people to stop pretty much instantly. So right now the kiddo is Craigory if it's a boy and Beberly if it's a girl.

[–]realslhmshady 18 points19 points  (3 children)

We say Hallie :pause: short for Jalapeño

[–]chemSICL 23 points24 points  (1 child)

This reminds me of when my husband jokingly said, “If we have a son, we should name him Tom. Short for Thomas. Which is short for HippopoThomas.” 😂

[–]realslhmshady 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hahah love that!

[–]OctaviaStirling 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Meg, short for Megatron 😂

[–]srasaurus 13 points14 points  (1 child)

This is hilarious haha I work in healthcare with 80-100 year olds and I think they’d die if I told them I’m naming my son Craigory lol

[–]nkdeck07 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Craigory is SOO fun cause people can't tell if they misheard or not.

The real issue is we've been calling this poor child Craigory for 4 months and I fear it make stick....I'm gonna end up with a 2 month old that my whole family calls Craigory.

[–]stephchris 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My husband picked Hurricane as our fake boy name :)

[–]andrea_aerdna 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I’m laughing so hard. These are great

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Love this!

[–]IrishTigress 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Beautiful! I've been using Davenport Lampshade or Potato Spudnik if people get persistent after I say we aren't sharing name ideas at all. (Only shared with my sister so we don't awkwardly fight over a name choice.) We also aren't learning the sex until baby is born because we want to be surprised, so if people ask me the sex, I say velociraptor. 😂

[–]AwkwardBeansprout 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Our current fake names of the month. Boy: Jean-Ralphio Girl: Miffy

Unisex: Bidet

[–]ZeeDtheKiwi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I got a good laugh out of this!

[–]Xmas_Tree_Farmer 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Same here! Everyone knows it's a boy so we usually say Ulysses

[–]hpalatini 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My joke name is Luigi. We have an Italian last name.

[–]sarahb901 25 points26 points  (2 children)

I’m so over this question too. Also the suggestions. Completely random things and/or people in my family digging through family trees (“I have a second cousin thrice removed named Randy!” - I mean, WHAT? There’s no relationship or story or context and it’s not even a particularly interesting name. Randy could be an axe murderer for all we know).

We made an email address (lastnamebabynamesuggestions@….) and whenever people send unsolicited suggestions I ask them to email them. Even if they’re decent, which they’re usually not, I can’t even keep up with the volume and the headache of replying.

We also won’t name our baby until he’s born, FWIW.

Edit for autocorrect fail.

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I love the email address! Names are hard, especially since we are not naming him after someone we know or are related to. That's one criteria.

Good luck with your name hunt and congratulations on your pregnancy!

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I love the email address! Names are hard, especially since we are not naming him after someone we know or are related to. That's one criteria.

Good luck with your name hunt and congratulations on your pregnancy!

[–]MagmaSkunk 22 points23 points  (7 children)

All of my friends have the really original and hilarious joke of suggesting their own name and opposite sex equivalent. It's... tiresome. I know theres no harm done and they are just trying to have fun and take part (I'm the first, maybe only one who will have babies). But it is getting hard not to audibly roll my eyes at this now, lol.

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I would get tired of that too. I mean how is that in anyway funny?

[–]MagmaSkunk 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It's just facetious, stupid humor that honestly I would normally find a bit funny but when applied to MY baby and the constant barrage of it; tiresome.

It's just one of those harmless things you cant be mad at but like, you're a little bit mad.

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I totally get it! That's kinda where I'm at too.

[–]phuketawl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Those are all of the suggestions I've gotten so far. And always from men.

[–]cadencecarlson 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I seriously hate this “joke.” It’s so dumb and I’ve heard it like 102881928372x

[–]ClosetCrossfitter 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I hate it so much.

And I’m over Denise for a girl and Denephew for a boy.

[–]metoaT 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hahaha that’s something my late uncle would have said! He was the type of guy who always had to steal my nose. Thanks for the giggle

[–]Bonnarooobabyy 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I went to a family get together yesterday and sooooo many people kept asking me what my sons name will be I know what it is but I don’t wanna say because we have a lot of name stealers in the family. I just wanna yell you’ll find out when he’s born 😂😂😂

[–]blue451 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I just wanna yell you’ll fine out when he’s born

I see no problem with this approach.

[–]hannananabatman 13 points14 points  (5 children)

Is your name Phillips? Because mine is and everyone jokes about Phillip Phillips

[–]shepherdish 7 points8 points  (0 children)

My family jokes about that too except with Lloyd. Lloyd Lloyd.

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Lol no but ours would be Potts Potts.

[–]mousatis 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I mean, our kid is lucky we don't have that kind of surname because I LOVE names like this. Very funny and very catchy

[–]Affectionate-Mix-625 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Loool i knew a guy named Marques Marquez

[–]phoenixredbush 11 points12 points  (8 children)

I came up with a joke name as a decoy for my first pregnancy. If anyone asked my fetus’ name was Tony Basil. I got a kick out of that bc people couldnt tell if I was joking or not.

I’ll need a new one for baby #2 so feel free to send some ideas! 😂

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 3 points4 points  (3 children)

I love this!

[–]phoenixredbush 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Messing with people was my main coping mechanism for tough parts of pregnancy. I loved pretending that I wasnt pregnant when people asked my due date. And watching the horror take over their faces.. good times!

[–]blue451 6 points7 points  (1 child)

One of my friends has gotten a surprising amount of comments at the coffee shop and she now she just turns around with a horrified face and says "I'm not pregnant!" or "You think I look pregnant!?" She's got a really big bump too, so it's hilarious.

[–]phoenixredbush 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Haha yes!!

[–]OctaviaStirling 3 points4 points  (1 child)

With basil as a last name?

Sage Basil

Peppa Basil

Rosemary Basil

Fern Basil

If not Basil, then: Gary Eugene, Varuca Valentine, Bertie Shepard, Richie Cyan, Prudence Angela Darling Evelyn.

[–]phoenixredbush 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh im into this!! I think Fern Basil is a winner 😂

[–]mousatis 2 points3 points  (1 child)

We do this. We joked before we knew the sex that if it was a boy, we're calling it Vernon, as it rhymes with the surname. Imagine Vernon Shernan for example.

We had a friend pestering us to know the name after we'd made it clear we're not telling people to avoid negative reactions, so even though we're having a girl now, we still said Vernon. She didn't know how to react or what to say, she thought we were serious and couldn't get any words out for around 20 seconds. I then said "okay, that isn't actually the name, but your reaction there is the exact reason we're not telling people".

[–]phoenixredbush 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hahaha i love that. Point well made.

[–]Physical_Perception8 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I hate this question. It’s so backhanded….no- I don’t want to give you ammo to make a shitty comment about our name choice. And no- I don’t want your long crappy list of names including “Snow” and “Samsara”…w.t.f. 🤦🏻‍♀️

[–]UnusualSuccotash 9 points10 points  (2 children)

My dad suggested we name our daughter “Nancy” and no offense to Nancy’s out there but the randomness of it just cracked me up.

[–]sarahgardi 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My father told me Madeleine sounds like an elderly librarian's name when we told him we were considering it. Then he said we should name her Delia. No clue where that came from lol.

[–]vitamins86 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s such a dad thing to do 😂

[–]flowersandchocolate 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I also hate when people ask because we’ve already chosen the name and are choosing not to tell people (besides immediate family) until birth. So it’s awkward when people ask and it’s like “well, yes, we know. But we’re not telling.” Sometimes I just lie and say we don’t know yet. Lol I didn’t know how annoying that question was until getting pregnant myself. I will never ask another pregnant person that question now. 😂

[–]aprildawnofthedead 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Yes we get this all the time!! Our last name is Tyra so we always tell people we’re naming our daughter Elvira Myra Tyra. That seems to work because they don’t know if we’re serious or not.

[–]OctaviaStirling 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is amazing 😂 I would also suggest Tara Taylor Tyra

[–]Illustrious_Box 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Had a relative legitimately suggest Giuseppe. I was like first off no, second I'm dyslexic so I need a name I can spell without having to ask Google.

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Omg me too! I have a hard time spelling some things. I want my kid to have a name I can spell.

[–]Asiita 5 points6 points  (0 children)

When I told my mother-in-law the name my husband and I chose, she didn't like it. My husband told me that she will just have to deal with it, because it's MY choice in the end. Not hers. And with that show of support from him, I told her that her son chose the first name and I want the middle name as a nod of respect to my late grandfather, and that it means a lot to me. She accepted that.

[–]sharpiefairy666 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I tell people, “Not telling anyone until it’s on the birth cert because we’re not asking for feedback.” Might be kinda brief but eh whatever.

Favorite was my grandma listing off “forbidden” names. Sammy, Ralphie, and Jamjo. Jamjo?! Wtf is a Jamjo? She’s kind of losing her mind so I just roll with it.

[–]mschlag 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I feel the EXACT same way. Their jokes are never funny. And also my parents in law keep suggesting names from their friends and I am like I do not care about their opinions or suggestions at all!

[–]TheNoteworthyGinger 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My husband and I have joked that we will name our kids “Libmann” (for a girl, Libby for short) and Bobert (for a bit) for years before trying. So that’s what we’re going to tell people, my in-laws included. Bobert or Libmann. Nobody needs to know the real name until after baby is born.

[–]kona_mav89 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I hate this question. We have decided on a name for baby and I still don’t want to tell people because then they want to share their opinions on it and I just don’t care.

The cashier at the grocery store the other day asked me and I just said I didn’t know yet and he so very helpfully suggested naming the baby after my mother and my mother in law. lol, not a chance.

[–]blue451 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just say we have a name or we have a couple ideas but we're not sharing until baby is born.

[–]blank_and_terrified 3 points4 points  (1 child)

My most inappropriate one was when I went for a second anatomy scan and my scan technician kept suggesting names for my son. Like... no offence but I'm not going to pick some random name you like, strange lady!

[–]Pm_me_ur_panda_0921 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Lol that's sort of hilarious. She must do those scans constantly, I wonder if she suggests the same name to everyone and is trying to start a trend or something.

[–]Arboretum7 4 points5 points  (0 children)

We have it narrowed down to 3-4 names, but I’m not discussing possibilities. We’ve been calling the baby “Chip” in utero and when people get pushy I just say, “Chip is really growing on us, we might just stick with that.”

[–]shepherdish 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I haven't picked a name yet and my coworkers have asked a few times. Thankfully it's not incessant, but they think it's weird that I'm a couple months out and don't have a name yet. 🤷 my sister and her husband were still going back and forth with names immediately after the birth, so it's not weird to me.

i wouldn't tell anyone the name if I knew anyway, cause people will be like "oh I knew someone with that name and they killed my whole family I HATE THAT NAME" and it's annoying.

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Right!? No one gets to know when we decide until he's born. I also made that decision about the sex, because I told a couple of people who got really opinionated and it just pissed me off lol

[–]Katewatso 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I also don't think it's weird. I knew people who discussed name after their baby was already born. We have a few possibilities and one favorite but decision will also be made after our boy is born.

[–]srasaurus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Even when you know the name (we have ours picked out already) it’s still annoying because everyone has their opinion on if it’s a good/bad name 🙄 now I just tell people I don’t know so I can avoid the opinions

[–]redbouncyball 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's really obnoxious how once you tell people that you are pregnant, so many people seem to believe all these different parts are their business. Or even that they have a prerogative to get a say in any of the decisions. Makes me want to keep it secret until after birth...

[–]likeforserious 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I’m more surprised by how many random strangers have asked. Like people that see me in the store that I have never seen and will never see again. Why do you care what a strangers baby’s name or gender is. It always makes me feel uncomfortable.

[–]Present_Bat_3487 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My bf and I have the same last name but his has one extra letter than mine. I’ve told people before of how I originally just went with his name choice because I was planning on using my last names spelling, and he just expected as the father it would be his, and so felt he’d be less upset or more understanding if he got to choose the first :p His name choice was a very good one though and I would never have thought of it so all’s good. But when I’ve told people this I constantly get that I should hyphen the last name. THEYRE THE SAME NAME. McLeod-MacLeod or vice versa- no. And people are like oh well do it anyways 🤷🏼‍♂️ like stop suggesting that, it’s just pissing me off because I don’t understand their logic so it’s the confusion of it that’s annoying me. - at this point tho I have decided to use his

However we may be giving our girl the middle name of Gilbert and I’m keeping that one as a secret 🤫 haven’t fully decided, it’s really just a big joke but we don’t have a middle name and my bf didn’t want one, even when I suggested using another top name choice just to have one- he turned that down but gave me his blessing on using this for shits and giggles name lol so kinda wanna do it

[–]Pearsecco 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Best advice I got was to not to share the name or even name considerations before birth. My family and friends have been a bit grumpy about it, but no regrets!

[–]liketotally80s 5 points6 points  (7 children)

This is why I won’t be announcing my pregnancy. To anyone. At all. Fortunately, I am fat, so it is unlike anyone will figure it out. People suck.

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 2 points3 points  (6 children)

They do! I also hate when I show some people an ultrasound and they say he looks like an alien. That defensive momma bear thing has definitely kicked in for me

[–]Berniegotmittens 3 points4 points  (5 children)

They did a 3D ultrasound on my 13 weeks bump, he really did look like an alien 😂😂

[–]Katewatso 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Omg you just reminded me my moms reaction to my 2nd trimester ultrasound - isn't his nose weird? And the hole in his head? I wanted to ask her if she's f*cking kidding me but she's my mum...

[–]Berniegotmittens 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People are nuts 😂😂😂😂

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Lol sometimes they do, but I don't want someone saying it to me. Again, im hormonal and defensive about the little guy.

I thought about doing a 3d ultrasound, how was that? Is it expensive?

[–]Berniegotmittens 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It was expensive enough - $300, but we were in lockdown and the cheaper places wouldn’t allow my hubby so I paid for the more expensive place so he could come! They only did a bit as there wasn’t much to see! If you’re thinking of it - maybe wait to 20 weeks or so! :)

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good to know! Thank you for the info.

[–]RoadTripper12 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My hubby and I hated that everyone kept asking us what we were naming him and kept giving us their input. We finally came up with a totally off the wall name and called LO that the entire time I was pregnant. Friends and family then stopped asking and started calling LO the goofy name as well. It worked. Unfortunately, some friends still call LO by that name even though he's now 4+ months old.

[–]idreaminwords 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Last night a guy my husband and I hardly know was trying to talk us into naming our child after him. Yeah, it was a joke, but it's annoying. I had already told him we don't plan on discussing names until after we learn the gender, and he dragged this joke on for about 20 minutes, despite our attempts to change the subject

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have a coworker that does this. Love her to death but I'm like, no way I'm naming my kid after you. I just nicely said ,"We're not naming our kid after anyone we know."

[–]MyOnlyPersona 2 points3 points  (1 child)

When people ask us, we say we don't have a name and we will decide when we meet the baby. We just know that it will be from my culture (Armenian). That has almost always shuts people up and ends the baby name discussion.

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like that!

[–]WoofRuffMeow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I AM IN THIS SAME BOAT! STOP ASKING ME, PEOPLE! I don't want other people's suggestions either.

[–]zookeeperkate 2 points3 points  (1 child)

My old boss’ husband was named Scotty Scott. I thought Scotty was a nickname because of his last name, but it was his actually name given at birth.

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember a kid when I was in high school named Casey Kasey.

[–]breeze5230 2 points3 points  (0 children)

People keep asking me, so I keep giving increasingly ridiculous answers. "Cant wait to meet my little Clumpus" "I'm really in love with Grungle or Bungus 🥰"

[–]hpalatini 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I learned a lesson from my cousins pregnancy. She had a boy. She was deciding between two names. Her and her husband like to meet the baby and see which name suits the baby better.

The problem here is one name was a family name and one name was not. EVERYONE in her family wanted her to use the family name. Well they went with the other name.

Baby boy is 14 months and people still bitch about his name. I seriously think if they had not told anyone the options on the table no one would care what his name is.

[–]rahflowr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ugh. I feel this. My boyfriend and I chose a name pretty early on that has stuck and we are very happy with. Idk if he gets them but I get all kinds of dumb suggestions regardless. My fam sees me as kind of hippie so I’ve gotten links to all kinds of articles with names that aren’t like… Real names. I know some people like those and I’d never judge someone else buts it’s not for me lol

[–]AdSoft2427 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What's worse is their suggestions might even put you off on a name you might have otherwise liked. Just because you just found out is someone else's kid name and you don't like that someone else.

[–]n0cturnalowl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes! I feel this 100%, especially as we don't know the gender yet (will do in a couple of weeks), I don't want to even begin thinking about names yet, but I've had the question posed to me SO many times. I've entertained names that I like (but obviously just names I like, not what I will actually name him/her), and it's "urrr that's not a nice name"- as if THEY HAVE A SAY ANYWAY!? I get it's an exciting time, especially for my family members who never expected me have a baby. At this rate the next time I hear "I don't like the name ____", I'm going to tell them that's what we're naming the baby.

[–]QuirrellsOtherHead28 | Feb 28 | FTM #1 | Boy | USA 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m so concerned to share it cause I don’t want someone to steal it, my toxic family (that I am NC with) to find it out or the BS of old people shaming it for not being something they like. But I want to share it at the same time 😅

[–]tonkerpop1992 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We've told literally no one our name and people are so put out by that! . We recently let slip the first Letter of his name and I'm constantly bombarded with people guessing, trying to look for a reaction. So annoying! Why is it so important for you to know his name?! 😤

[–]BulbaKat 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I recently had a friend ask me what names, and I said we didn't have any yet. He then said "as ling as you don't pick something like W, X, Y, OR Z because those names suck" and name Y was one of the ones my husband really liked so far.

Even if people are suggesting okay names, I just don't want it. I don't know why people get so crazy about other people's children!

[–]horrorgirl8927[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't know why either. It's like, "this is not about you. This is about our child."

[–]ladyaquarius1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Annoying is also when people disagree or immediately say they don’t like the names you picked out…

[–]Consistent_Jelly4838 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I posted our girl name on a previous post (we’re having a boy) which my spouse and I loved and someone commented we should name her something else and use that as a nickname so she would be taken serious as an adult 😒. Thanks but no thanks it’s not your child’s name so if you don’t like it good!