Mum is ‘furious’ with her sister-in-law’s ‘tacky’ choice of baby name as it rhymes with her own daughter’s and is identical apart from one letterJanuary 11, 2019
THIS mum was “furious” at her sister-in-law’s “tacky” choice of baby name – because it rhymes with her own daughter’s.
Posting on Mumsnet, the woman claims the name has “cheapened” her own girl’s moniker, and “made it into a joke”.
And this isn’t a case of calling their kids Holly and Molly.
The woman’s daughter, one, is called Lorelei, while her five-month-old niece is called Porelei – and she reckons “the two names together sound truly ridiculous”.
Now, to add insult to injury, her sister-in-law’s own stepsister is expecting a baby girl and planning to also give her a rhyming name, “which she has TOTALLY made up”.
The whole ordeal has left the mum considering changing her daughter’s name, even though she is the eldest.
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She explained: “My SIL is very close to us. She adores my daughter and recently had a daughter of her own. My daughter has a fairly classic name, not unheard of but pretty rare. Not a short name either.
“SIL recently had her baby, a girl, and we were thrilled for her. She’s named her baby daughter a name which rhymes with our daughter’s name.
“The name is from another country (their family has heritage from this country) but unheard of in the UK.
“Because of the very, very unusual nature of her daughter’s name it looks like it was done deliberately (it was, by her).
“Anyway, this pissed me off secretly because we spend a lot of time with SIL and are a close family and our daughter’s will be together a lot.
“I feel like by giving her daughter the name she has, she’s sort of taken away from the niceness/individualness of our daughter’s name and cheapened it made it into a bit of a joke.
“The two names together sound truly ridiculous and we have already started getting some awkward comments from people.
“This isn’t even the worst of it. SIL has a stepsister who isn’t related to DH (dear husband) but who we are also pretty close. We spend a fair amount of time with her.
“SIL’s stepsister is also expecting a little girl and we have just found out she’s planning to name her baby a ridiculous name which she has TOTALLY made up, which rhymes with our daughter’s name too!
“I know it’s not my place to say anything and I won’t but I just feel SO upset and angry, I burst into tears when DH told me.
“It took us ages to think of a classic, uncommon but pretty sounding name for our DD and now I feel like SIL and her SS are just making us all look like absolute fools.
“I feel like they’ve made my DD’s name go from being sweet and classic to tacky and nasty.
“I feel absolutely gutted and am thinking of changing DD’s name.”
The mum asked for advice but has split opinion among her fellow parents, who disagreed over big of a deal it is.
One woman said: “I’m horrified by this and would feel pretty much as you do. Take your time to decide what to do.
“I would hate for you to change a name so loved and chosen with such care, and it’s certainly not fair.”
While another added: “I’d be gutted too. Some people are so odd!
“I probably would change it TBH but I’m probably overly invested in naming issues because we had something similar happen to us.
“It might feel too odd to you when you’ve known her as (another name) for a year though.”
And a third commented: “If your DD’s name is Lorelei then I can’t imagine what the other 2 names are other than being utterly ridiculous.
“Annoying they’re so close in age too as they could easily look like triplets when they’re older (and therefore won’t be obvious that you’re the original). Argh!”
Others suggested giving her daughter a middle name or nickname, to give her options – but some felt the whole thing was being blown out of proportion.
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One woman warned: “I’d be a bit annoyed but honestly it’s entirely up to them what they call their child.”
While another mum said: “Don’t change your DD’s (dear daughter’s) name. I get why you’d feel annoyed, but it sounds like it’s being blown out of proportion.
“A similar thing happened with me and my cousin. It’s occasionally been inconvenient because people have misheard but the world hasn’t ended.”
And one parent reasoned: “I’m wondering if it’s a bit of a family ‘wind up’ that the step sister is going to call her dd a similar name, just to get you all going?”
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