‘My family hates what I want to call my baby – they say it sounds like a gang name’

A mum has shared her upset after her relatives were unkind about the name she and her partner have settled on for their unborn son – and it’s making her want to avoid family events

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She’s upset by her family’s reaction (stock photo)

When it comes to picking a baby name, it’s an upsetting truth that not everyone is going to like or approve of your final choice.

Names it seems are a bit like Marmite – and people either love them or hate them.

And one mum-to-be has been left feeling rather disheartened after her family shared their strong dislike of the name she and her partner have selected for their second son.

The anonymous parent has taken to the internet for some advice after sharing her unborn son’s moniker with her relatives, only to be told it sounds like a “drug gang name”.







Her family dislike the name she’s chosen (stock photo)
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Writing in a post on Mumsnet, the woman explained: “I’m 30 weeks pregnant with my second, its a boy again, which my family made it very obvious they wanted a girl and was disappointed when I revealed its a boy.

“After weeks and weeks of discussing names with my partner, we finally settled on Reggie a couple of weeks ago, kept it to ourselves until we knew it would stick and now it’s stuck we have been telling family.

“Very few family actually like the name and my family have been very strongly against it. Saying it’s a drug gang name, I can’t name my child that. Then going on to suggest other names. I firmly tell them no Reggie is what we have settled on and that will be his name. To which I get the response you will change your mind when you see him so what about this name.”

She added: “It’s really upsetting me and I’m due to go to a sibling’s birthday party tomorrow and I really don’t want to go as I know the topic of names will be brought up.”

More than 100 people have since responded to the woman’s post, with many agreeing they don’t plan on revealing their baby names until after the birth.

One person said: “And this is why you must never tell people the name of your child before it’s born! Seriously, you were just asking for trouble. People tend to not give you such negative reactions if you hold off announcing until after the child is actually born – few people would be so rude to an actual baby. The damage is unfortunately done now, so it just depends on how much you love the name – if you do, tell them that their opinion is not relevant and you will not be changing it. For what it’s worth, I love Reggie and think you should stick to your guns!!”

Someone else replied: “Unless your first born is Ronnie then they can stick their opinion where the sun don’t shine.”

A third wrote: “Love the name reggie – ignore them all. Congrats.”

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