We all know that picking a name for a child is deeply personal and while we all would love our friends and family to love the moniker we choose, it doesn’t always happen that way.
A few weeks ago we shared the story of a mum devastated by her grandmother’s reaction to her baby’s name. And now, a woman has shared how she really doesn’t like the name her brother picked out for his newborn and can’t decide whether she should say something or keep silent.
I’m Worried For My Niece
The woman wrote a post on Mumsnet venting her concerns for her baby niece’s name:
“My brother has chosen Gretel for his daughter…Is this an okay name? I am worried that she will be asked ‘Is your brother Hansel?’ all her life.”
Keep Your Mouth Shut!
But she probably regretted sharing her opinion after seeing the flurry of defensive responses, pretty much ripping the poor woman apart for daring to express her opinion.
Most of the commenters said that they actually loved the name and the child is not hers so it’s really none of her business.
“Why on earth are you worried? It’s not your baby. The name is fine,” said one.
“I think it’s a lovely name, very underused and classic.”
Love The Name!
“Your brother’s choice, not yours. Gretel is a perfectly fine name, unusual but nothing wrong with it,” said another.
“The name is not your hill to die on,” read another comment.
“Um yes, she will get a bit of that and it’s twee… but it’s up to them isn’t it. There are worse names.”
Another responded similarly:
“Our son has a unique name from a known duo. Whenever anyone mentions the other half I just laugh. It’s a lovely name. Also, it’s not your child.”
Even a teacher weighed in: “Have taught two Gretels over a long teaching career. Nice name. Hardly any kids know the H&G story these days. Never got mentioned with the two I knew.”
What would you do if you didn’t like the name a family member or friend had picked for their child? Would you say something or just keep silent? Tell us in the comments below.