Dad-to-Be Prince William Might Have a Baby Name Picked Out But He's Not the One Giving Birth!

Kate Middleton pregnantIt's being reported that Prince William and Kate Middleton have decided on a baby name, should the Duchess give birth to a boy: Philip. The name is obviously a nod to Wills' grandfather, Prince Philip, and it wouldn't be a shock as both William and Prince Charles have "Philip" in their names. Wills' full name is William Arthur Philip, and Charles' full name is Philip Arthur George. So yeah, wouldn't be shocking if it was in there somewhere.

But what is shocking is that, according to reports at least, if the couple is to have a son, Will gets the final say in the name. Bwah?

Again, this is a rumor, so who knows if it's true. I wouldn't doubt it if something like this were royal tradition, but at the same time, the Duke and Duchess seem like a modern couple who scoff in the face of convention. Guess we'll never know. But still -- it's an interesting issue.

Picking a baby name isn't always easy, as there are two people who have to be head-over-heels about the choice. You may love the name Eleanor so, so much, but if your partner hates it, it's a no-go. I remember thinking I had hit the jackpot when I thought of the name "Mick" before we knew the sex of baby. But when I told my husband, the wind was quickly sucked out of my sails, as he hated it. Crossed it off the list. 

However, if there are a few names on the table, and Mom and Dad just can't decide on one, I kind of think the woman should get to have the final say. After all, she did carry the baby for nine months (and is the one who will give birth). Think of it as a small token of appreciation. And odds are, everyone will eventually learn to love it.

Did one person have more say in your baby's name?

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nonmember avatar Christina

I dont think one parent should have more of a say than the other. If two parents can't agree then draw out of a hat or something. I HATE the whole I carried the baby for 9 months what I say goes attitude.

mande... manderspanders

I HATE it when any pregnant woman or mother says "well I carried this baby..." or "I'M the MOMMY"  It is so sanctimonious and selfish.  I'm 27 weeks and haven't taken that attitude at all. My husband and I are partners and we make most decisions together.  I have a friend who is 22 weeks and she won't let her husband have any kind of a say with the baby (just demands that he keep working 80hrs/week so she doesn't have to)...and she brags about it on facebook.

It takes 2 to make a baby; it takes both parents to raise the baby.  Both should be content with the name picked out. Neither should EVER be "excluded" from any decision making - especially if the reason is because the woman wants to dictate everything.

Chelsea Older

I don't see anything wrong with both parties agreeing that she picks the female name and he picks the male name. I've seen this done many times in my own family and it's worked out just fine.

Brandy Foy

I doubt he'd choose a name that she hated or anything, what's the big deal if they're okay with it?


nonmember avatar katysmom

My hubby loved the names I picked out for our daughter. It was a complete coincidance that her first name, which I had known I would name my baby girl since I was 12, was his mother and grandmother's name. With that being said, I would have pulled rank if it had been necessary. I am a firm believer that if I carry this baby for, in my case, almost 43 weeks, I get to pick the name I want, the nursery decor I want and pretty damn near anything else I want. Hubster agreed !

redK8... redK8blueSt8

I find it surprising that the author finds it surprising that William would get more say. Kate married into the royal family, with rules and obligations that she is required to follow. I bet that the Queen also has a higher say than Kate does on the name of her child. With that said, I would sincerely hope that William loves and values his wife enough to not choose a name she detested.

2baby... 2babymomma

Why do they call him Charles if that isn't even in his babe at all

jalaz77 jalaz77

Yea I hate the whole I carried this baby I get the final say, so dang selfish. I never did that. We made this baby together we will make decisions together. His opinion matters just as much as mine. Momzillas, is what comes to mind.

jalaz77 jalaz77 more thought, so if daddy isn't as hands on as you want him to be can he say "hey, you carried the baby and have the final say, so figure it out!" Pretty sure that would never fly.

Jessica Carlson

My mom wanted to name me Tatiana, well while she was in bed recovering from a c-section my dad found the person who fills out the name forms and gave me the name he wanted. By the time she found out the paperwork was already filed.

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