When couples find out that they are having a baby, one of the first things they do is think about names.
Choosing a name for your little one can be difficult, especially when you know that someone close to you always disagrees with your choice.
One father recently experienced this with his parents, saying that his wife cried after his mother’s remarks about their baby’s name.
Writing on Reddit, the husband explained: “I want to preface this by saying that I have always had an interest in philosophy and mythology. I am literally a name nerd. Since my wife and I are currently in the process of adopting, we have been talking about this a lot.
“When we broke the news to my parents, they were so happy for us. But last weekend, they asked if we have a name in mind… This is where the trouble began.
“When I first read the name Nikiforos 1 1/2 years ago, I knew it would be that of my future child.
My mother freaked out and said she might name a horse that, but not a child.We were very upset by this comparison. Mother doesn’t even own a horse, so we felt she just said that to hurt our feelings. Then she said hold up… Are you adopting a girl… Or a boy… And we said a boy.
“But she said that other kids would think our son is a girl. She asked if we ever thought about being out in public and having to call for him. ‘Nikiforos! You forgot your lunchbox!’. Then she tried to imitate horse sounds and stomped up and down the stairs. My father was suspiciously quiet while my mother was ridiculing our personal choices.”
He added: “My mother seemed annoyed and asked to see the rest of our name list. She said none of them fit our last name.
“AITA for wanting my child to have a historical name?”
Thousands of people replied to his post, with many saying that the father was an a**hole for the unique.
One person said: “As an elementary school teacher, your wife should especially know how brutal kids are to each other. With a name like Nikiforos, you’re pretty much signing your kid up for constant teasing throughout school.”
Another wrote: “My parents gave me a “unique” name and it’s still less “unique” than either of those. But people can’t spell or pronounce my name and there’s no way they’ll be able to spell or pronounce those options. The poor kid will get made fun of.”
A third added: “If the adult who willingly is choosing this name is in tears over some heavy handed criticism, why do they expect a child to embrace it?”
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