Happy wife; happy life. You know how the saying goes. And yes, it’s almost always true. Except maybe in this case. A husband is torn after his pregnant wife picks 2020’s most unpopular name for their new baby.
The man shared his struggles on Reddit, where he revealed that his wife’s top baby name choice was none other than ‘Karen’.
This name may have been super popular last century, but now it’s a well-used pseudonym for any woman who gives off a disapproving, entitled or demanding vibe.
It’s A Meme NOT A Name
The poor husband was understandably worried that their daughter would be the butt of millions of memes, should she be ‘cursed’ with this unpopular name.
The man wrote: “My wife and I recently found out we’re having a daughter. We hadn’t really talked about names before but we both agreed that each of us will retain veto power.”
“When we did start discussing names, both of us wanted to name her after our late mothers.
“Her mum’s name was Karen and my mum’s name wasn’t a meme.
I Call Veto!!!
“I told her the baby can take my mum’s name as her first name and her mum’s name as a middle name, or have an entirely different name, but I can’t okay ‘Karen’ as a first name in any case.
The man continued to explain that his wife “got offended because she just wants to honour her mother and thinks I have a problem with that.”
“I just don’t want to set our daughter up to be bullied throughout her life. I told her I’d be fine with whatever first name she picks as long as it doesn’t lead to the baby being picked on later in life, but she’s pretty insistent on Karen.”
Don’t Do It!
Most of the responses were sympathetic to the husband and urged him to hold his ground.
“Stick to your guns and don’t name her Karen,” said one.
“People are going to make jokes all her life,” added another.
“People intentionally shouldn’t be naming their kids something they know will cause bullying and antagonism …. why would you ever want to disadvantage your child?”
But others dismissed his concerns saying that by the time the child grows up, the name Karen “likely won’t be a meme.”
How It All Ended…
The husband updated his post after yet another conversation with his wife, who’s mum had passed away when she was only 14 and had never considered that a meme might be a “potential obstacle” when naming their child.
The couple brainstormed new names and eventually reached a compromise.
“While exchanging ideas, we realised that both our mothers very coincidentally had the exact same middle name, Elizabeth (well mine had two middle names, and Elizabeth was one of them, but still). It seemed completely perfect to both of us so we’re going with it,” he wrote.
Would you name your new baby / grandbaby Karen? Do you think this deserves to be the most unpopular name? Tell us in the comments below.