'Pregnant in Heels' Couple Don't Want to Name Their Baby

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Rosie Pope Pregnant in Heels
Rosie Pope
Naming your baby is a preeeetty big deal. So do you think you're taking it seriously enough? Really? Because you could pawn it off on think tanks and focus groups instead of doing the job yourself.

Oh, if only I were joking. The first episode of Bravo's newest reality show, Pregnant in Heels, served up a first look at what happens when the uber rich get pregnant ... and turn to pregnancy concierge Rosie Pope to help them prep. Enter branding expert Samantha Ettus and husband Mitch Jacobs, founder and CEO of a business capital firm. They want to brand their baby.

They have a point. As Samantha says, "The first impression people give is their name." Fair enough, but then she goes on to point to her first two kids, Ella and Ruby, and admit they've had two attempts at branding a kid and "I don't know that we've done it as successfully as we could." Ouch, Mom, that's my name!

Nevertheless, they're not going to screw up with baby number three, a boy. So they've called on Rosie Pope to help them test out their names on a focus group like it's a new form of toothpaste.

But first, they need to come up with names, and they want a think tank to help them do it. Pope does her duties well; she brings in a linguistics expert, a poet, a baby name blogger, and more to sit around a table and bring up baby names that fit the requirements Ettus and Jacobs have: No J names, no E or R names, and nothing that ends in S. They want easy to spell, and nothing decorative. Did they mention they've already been through thousands of names? Oh, and they already have a name they're playing around with: Bowen. 

Their requirements make a lot of sense (hello easy to spell!), which begs the question ... why do they need a think tank to do this? They've already done the heavy lifting?

Pope nails it with her simple summation: "Holy moly, these people are crazy." Not surprisingly, that little gem is already raising Ettus' ire on Twitter. But her point is made as Ettus and Jacobs move onto the focus group, and quickly dismiss the people inside the little room any time they disagree with them. 

The whole point of the focus group was supposed to be to find out what other people thought of their child's name -- hence that first impression. But as the couple dismisses the whole thing and calls for a dinner with their friends to get THEIR opinion, their real MO comes out. "It's groundbreaking ... who's ever done a focus group for a baby name before?" they say.

Ah. So it's not about the name per se. It's about breaking ground. Gotcha.

In the end, the couple stick to their guns. They name their little boy Bowen Asher Jacobs. They probably wasted a lot of time with all those groups and meetings, but GOOD for them! Naming your baby is such a personal thing, it's nice to know they came back to their own preferences instead of letting someone else have the final say.

Do you think of baby naming as branding? Would you be able to put it out to a committee of experts and go with their suggestions?

 

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nonmember avatar Donovan

I just registered as I wanted to comment on the reality TV show Pregnant in Heels above. While I do believe that there is quite a lot of man made and contrived scenarios that contribute to the reality TV craze. As far as Pregnant in Heels; I do believe that this one could actually be funny as the participants are all quite a bit loony. I could not imagine having a greater love of my shoe collection over loving my unborn infant.

The one thing however of great interest to me as I have discovered is the one couple who is featured on the TV commercial as well as the long clip. The fellow in the back of the cab with his wife who is telling jokes has quite the website and it appears has been on Fox and Friends in New York. His site is http://www.theouterspacemen.com. His F&F’s clip and the show clip is on his site. It seems that he has written this amazing science fiction book and the book is critically acclaimed. I have contacted him and asked that he sign a book to me. The book is called “The Outer Space Men” and this guy seems to be right up my alley as I love Sci Fi. I will let you all know how this future reality show guy holds up to the written word.

Donov... Donovan124

I just registered as I wanted to comment on the reality TV show Pregnant in Heels above. While I do believe that there is quite a lot of man made and contrived scenarios that contribute to the reality TV craze. As far as Pregnant in Heels; I do believe that this one could actually be funny as the participants are all quite a bit loony. I could not imagine having a greater love of my shoe collection over loving my unborn infant.

The one thing however of great interest to me as I have discovered is the one couple who is featured on the TV commercial as well as the long clip. The fellow in the back of the cab with his wife who is telling jokes has quite the website and it appears has been on Fox and Friends in New York. His site is http://www.theouterspacemen.com. His F&F’s clip and the show clip is on his site. It seems that he has written this amazing science fiction book and the book is critically acclaimed. I have contacted him and asked that he sign a book to me. The book is called “The Outer Space Men” and this guy seems to be right up my alley as I love Sci Fi. I will let you all know how this future reality show guy holds up to the written word.

Ava Wilson

For all that fuss, they certainly picked an ugly name. Bowen reminds me of backwoods hicks in the boonies. I think they did better the first two times.

Layla19 Layla19

My rules: easy to pronounce, easy to spell, "pretty" if a girl's name, "strong" if it's a boy's, either easily shortened or already short, not too common, not too crazy, nothing that's easily mocked (sounds like/rhymes with a swear or something), and a middle name that has a completely different feel from the first, in case they hate it anyway after all that effort I put into it.

M2TandM M2TandM

I don't see how this is any different to the thousands of name polls we see on cafemom! Everyone wants to have the perfect name for their child. This couple obviously have the money to spare to do this.I do not, so I come on here and ask people's opinions!

nonmember avatar commentatress

"Bowen"? Simply Awful. As I recall, this was the husband's favorite name...maybe to him it sounds top drawer, but what can be expected from someone named "Mitch" much less "Mitch Jacobs"? And "Asher"??? Why not Naphtali or Zebulon? Please. Their first two naming attempts were little better. "Ella" is rather matronly and "Ruby" is an over-eager tap dancer, a hoofer.

ThatD... ThatDanielle

As the mom of an Asher I'm supportive of their choice of middle name! I'd never come across a Bowen which means he probably won't be the 6th Bowen in his grade.



My interpretation of their statement about Ella and Ruby was that they may have seemed like distinctive choices at the time but now these names are pretty popular at least in NYC. I think they're lovely names though. "Matronly" names are quite popular now as evidenced by the popularity of what I previously thought of as grandparent or great grandparent names like Sophie, Max, Isaac, Charlotte. I have a friend with a daughter named Mabel and it is absolutely charming but I would have put that on the no way Jose list 6 years ago!

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