Would You Let Your Child Name Your Baby?

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Trying to come up with a baby name? My friend's parents let her older sister name her. Her sister, then six, chose the name Mary Magdalene. My friend hates it, and goes by the nickname Maggie. She's always blamed her sister.

It turns out that many parents let their children name their new sibling.

According to an article in the Toldedo Blade, Marilyn Stevenson of Michigan was named by her older brother. "My parents had seven children, six girls and one boy. My brother was the second born and became very frustrated when one sister after another joined the family. When my parents announced another pregnancy, they told my brother that he could name the baby. I was born when he was 9 years old. He had a boyhood crush on a girl named Marilyn and decided that would be a good name for me."

When Cheryl Brockman was 8 years old, her parents told her that she could name her new sister. She chose "Queen Elizabeth," for the recently crowned Queen Elizabeth II, and "Liberace," for the entertainer. Her mother later told Cheryl hat it was the most miserable pregnancy of her life because she knew if it was a boy she wouldn’t be able to name him Liberace, and that it would break Cheryl’s heart. Fortunately, the baby was a girl and they dropped the "Queen" and simply named her Elizabeth. Cheryl was so proud of the role she had in naming her sister.

Did you let one of your other children name your new baby? Would you consider the idea?
Did you name or were you named by one of your siblings?

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Charl... Charlies_mommy

Nope. I'd have an Elmo, Puppy, or something off the wall crazy if I did... And Hannah can only babble so da da and ga ga is not a name I plan on going with either. Maybe if they were older, but I already have names in mind if I decided to have another. So I dunno. I really like the names I have choosen. Lilyanna Isabella (Harry Potter, Grandmother and Twilight)  or Edward Jerome(great grandfather, twilight, and grandfather)...

nonmember avatar Lucy

I was 3 early in my mother's 2nd pregnancy, and I loved the 'Heidi and Peter' stories. So when my parents announced the pregnancy to me, I asked them to name the baby Heidi if it was a girl, and Peter if it was a boy. My parents never said they'd do what I asked, and weren't really planning to either. But when thinking of names later on in the pregnancy, they realized they really liked the name Heidi for a girl. Though inspired by my toddler-question, it was their choice to name my sister Heidi. Had she been a boy, my parents would not have named her Peter. My sister has not complained about her name, though when she was younger she sometimes grew tired of other kids who'd start yodeling when they heard her name. I think I was the one who felt worse about it. I thought it was my fault that the other kids were teasing my sister.

nonmember avatar Charlotte

I'm not sure but I think my baby cousin (she was 2.5 at the time) named her baby brother perfectly, Charlie.

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Kelle... Kelleysunshine

Nope! Me and the dh are incrredibly picky on names- I dont wnat to be stuck calling my child something I dont like; or even disappointing my other child when I dont go with the name they pick after telling them they could name the baby.

Colts... ColtsFan1912

no. cause right now if we had another Caleb would either name him/her Truck or Lightening lol :)

cryst... crystalchu

No I don't think so. My son gets frustrated enough when we ask him to name his stuffed animals soooo I don't think he wants to think up a name for a sibling.

Jenna... JennaBsMom

I would make my daughter a part of the decision but ultimately Mommy and Daddy have the final say... If Jenna were to name a baby right now it would probably be named Ongebob or Sandy! 

nonmember avatar Eva Kryzanowski

It's irresponsible of parents to let a little one choose a name. They change their minds constantly, and eally don't grasp the importance of this decision. Also, when you grow up, don't you want to know that your name was chosen by the people who created you, and it had special meaning to them? I don't think I would have appreciated knowing that my parents didn't care enough, and left the decision up to my brother!

melca... melcasvan

My husband and I came up with names first then we would ask sibling(s) and my nieces and nephews which ones they liked. When we asked my 14 month old (at the time) if she liked the name Ethan and then she pointed to my stomach and said baby Ethan we were sold on the name.

nonmember avatar Phillip55

Hi! I could have sworn I've been to this blog before but after checking through some of the post I realized it's new to me. Nonetheless, I'm definitely glad I found it and I'll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

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