22 Things You NEVER Say to a Mom About Her Baby Name

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nameNaming a baby is not a job any parent should take lightly, and to their credit, most don't. But after days, weeks even of debating the right baby name, you can always count on SOMEBODY to take one look at your little darling and tell you how much they HATE the name you chose.

Come to think of it, you're lucky if that's all they say. Opinions, as they say, are like butts (OK, so usually people use a slightly stronger word) ... and people turn into the latter when they voice their opinion about your baby name!

Thinking about commenting on the moniker someone's chosen for their little one? How about striking these off your list:

1. It's all right, I am sure we'll find a cute nickname for him.

2. Huh. That sounds like a [insert racist term] name.

3. Don't be surprised when she starts working the pole

4. Why didn't you name them X?

5. Well, that's different, isn't it?

6. Aren't you afraid he's going to get picked on?

7. Are you SURE you want to name him X? X are always troublemakers.

8. You can still change it!

9. Nice nickname, but what's the real name?

10. You can't call her that, that's a boy's name (or vice versa).

11. That's a sissy name.

12. Arguing with a mom about the origin of a name (just because she named him Cullen doesn't mean she's a Twi-hard, folks).

13. Well, I expected something strange from you.

14. That's what we named our dog!

15. That's nice, but we just really chose normal names that would beget normal children.

16. Didn't you think about the awful nicknames she'll have (and then list them all)?

17. Finally a normal name! But why did you spell it so funny?

18. Laugh hysterically. 

19. Telling the mom an awful story about a person with that name.

20. That's so BORING.

21. But he doesn't LOOK like an X.

22. Oh, well I liked X better.

Have you ever said anything on this list? What's the most asinine thing anyone has said about your baby's name?


For tips on what to do when nobody likes your baby name, check out what the Name Lady has to say at NameCandy.

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laris... larissalarie

Nobody has ever said anything like that to me about my children's names

nonmember avatar ann

"Oh that must be a family name" I get that all the time and it translates as: the only reason to pick such an old lady name is because it was someones grandma

mande... manderspanders

No one has said any of these to me about my baby boy... maybe that's because we gave him a normal name and spelled it normally.  duh.

dearg76 dearg76

When I told my folks my daughters name, my mom spent 10 minutes sounding it out. Seriously??? Spelled and sounds normal. 

NatAndCo NatAndCo

Do you guys have a quota to meet for "# Things Not to Say to Moms About ___"

SRTmo... SRTmom6127

I told my sister what I planned on naming my daughter before she was born and I am actually quite glad I did because her initials would have been A.S.S. something I failed to see while choosing her name! My ex-husband insisted we use his deceased mothers name as her middle name so we scrapped her original first name and went back to the drawing board. Sometimes you should listen to others....ONLY sometimes!

Cleme... Clemency3

my mom said Number 3 to me about this current baby. not in those exact words but to mean the same thing. i don't care what names used to mean 50 years ago. what they mean today with these newer generations is a ton different. 

nonmember avatar MammaMel

"Why didn't you spell it the RIGHT way?" (which btw...I DID...I spelled it the TRADITIONAL IRISH way...not the Americanized way!) "Ohhhh I never thought you would choose such a popular name" (I picked a name I liked, didn't even know it was popular)

Trishia Pauline

I got a lot of crap from family for naming my daughter .. a family name. I named her after her great-great grandmother and and among the comments were things like 'Oh! I was going to name my baby that' (family member has zero children, wasn't pregnant and 2 years later still not planning on having children), and 'Oh your daughter's name uses a lot of the same letters as our baby's name' - Not pointing it out.. but basically pointing it out as if to say 'you can't name her that because of similar letters' - Uh.. there are only 26 of them! Yeah. #2? We're keeping her name a complete secret. And if anyone has anything negative to say about it after I'll gladly correct them and send them on their way.

Stashlee Stashlee

My initials are A.S.S athough before I was married that last S was an R. My mother in law sent a lovely email to my husband suggesting a different middle name after we were already set on my sons name (her mother's maiden name rather than my maiden name). It pissed me off to no end.

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