Thursday, 11 November 2010

Baby name thieves

It has always amused me the way so many females guard their future baby names. Most woman will not share this name information with anyone but their partner for fear of "baby name thieves"(even years and years before they actually have a baby).

Note: "Baby name thieves" (as I like to call them) are people who intentionally, or  even unintentionally, name their baby the exact name you wanted to call your future baby. They are usually friends or relatives (and always like the same names you like) *chuckles*

Though I do find this paranoid practice funny, I wholeheartedly agree with it (too many copycats around). So, I wont be sharing my preferred future baby names until they have been used (preferably by me) just in case it inspires someone to name their kid the same thing ( silly, but sensible)  *winks*

While on the subject of baby naming, heres an interesting story - The other day I was chatting to a woman at work that is currently trying for a baby. I asked her if she had already thought of any cool names for her future baby. She told me she had thought of a few names she liked, but that it didn't matter too much because in her African culture the mother in-law gets to name the baby (yup, seriously).

Obviously I was very surprised to hear this. For me, the thought of someone else naming my baby one day is just too odd for me to comprehend. I asked her if she was ok with that tradition and she said it was rather normal (true story). Anyway,  I guess it does take all the stress and responsibility out of choosing your kids name.

Would you share your future baby names? or let someone else name your kid?

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22 comments

  1. I must say I have never had any cares about telling people the names I liked. In fact we anyway ended up naming our baby something different to what we originally thought, and as soon as we decided, we told people. Its nice for them to be able to call baby by name as opposed to "the baby". But I would never be able to handle someone else naming my child... goodness, the mother endure labour etc, and then someone basically uninvolved gets to name the child... I think not.

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  2. Aaah!! I research baby names all the time! Unfortunately having a name like Che myself my future children have no hope of 'normal' names... So far I like Brette, Kenton, Mikail for a girl and for boys ..um... Well... Let's just hope I have a girl first.

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  3. I suspect I have a baby name thieve amongst my friends so I'm keeping very tight lipped about it.

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  4. It happened to me! My godfather who passed away when I was for was named Daniel and I have always wanted to name my first son, Daniel. My brother's partner stole the name from me and their son was named Jordan-Daniel.
    Still upset about it.

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  5. It totally happened to me. I have a friend who always copied whatever I did. I went dark, so did she. I cut my hair short, so did she. I am an individual and am proud of it and I know they say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery but flip, get your own brain dude! So she stole my fav name for a girl after I told her. Needless to say we had a huge blow out and now I keep my shit to myself. Thanks bob I have a better name now and I am happy to report it's locked away till the day mini arrives :)

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  6. I shared my future baby name with my sister when I was in my teens. She then gave her pet rat that name! LOL! At the time I didn't think it was that funny.

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  7. We have baby names lined up and we're sticking to the family name routes. I don't think there are name thieves in my group!
    I think the parents should name the baby! With granny's naming babies it does explain some of the weird names out there.

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  8. I always thought of naming my kid "iman" or "sha jahaan". Those are muslim names.

    alternatively i could just name them 1, 2 & 3. in the order in which they were born. saves me from getting confused.

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  9. My father-in-law married a lady with my future kids name - bummer!

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  10. I've never really thought of not telling people the names I want to use, but now that I think about it, maybe I'll keep my mouth shut.

    & I could never have anybody else name my child. That just goes against everything to me.

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  11. i've never heard of such a thing! i don't know if i could keep that tradition alive.

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  12. I am hiding my baby name from my zillion cousins because I want to name my future little boy Koval (my grandpas last name) since he had all daughters. silly but true.

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  14. My future baby names are hidden in the pits of my mind, for no-one to ever find out until I give birth!

    They're not outrageous names or anything, but I couldn't think of anything worse than someone naming their that before me!

    x

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  15. Or worse: when you tell people your fav name and they wrinkly their faces in disgust! When the baby is born and all is done, then they can't relly do much about it...

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  16. I've shared the names because, at a certain point, I knew I wouldn't be birthin' no babies.

    When I was 10, I was invited to help name my best friend's (soon-to-be) sibling. This was before they could determine the sex. Out of the 6 of us, only I chose a female name...and it was a girl.

    So there's a Stacy out there...and all because of me. Well, mostly, because of her parents but, you know. ; ) But I wouldn't let someone else name my kid. Especially not my mom-in-law!

    My niece is having a baby girl in February and she told me the name they're favoring. I casually told her my favorite name. She doesn't have to use it but I wanted her to know there were more names out there. lol!

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  17. Baby names thieves - haha! I have a four year old and two other new babes on my tiny island are named after her. I completely agree - keep the name secret so at least your kiddo will the the original! My daughter's name is Piper Elise (after my family's airplane and my favorite cure song). If she would've been born boy - she would have been Nolan Drake (after my hometown hero Nolan Ryan, and my favorite Caribbean Pirate Sir Francis Drake).

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  18. I have never cared if people knew our names. I named my babies in utero (Rachel, Faith, Levi) and was more surprised when woman said:

    'How can you name your baby before you have seen him/her? What if they dont look like their name?'

    WTH?? Have you seen newborns? They dont look like anything! Except cute, squishy and sometimes just plain ugly and scary!!

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  19. I'm on the fence on this one. I want to avoid giving my children names that become too popular later on (I had 4 Sarahs in my class in elementary school, 3 Jennifers and 3 Michaels - I imagine the modern day equivalents are Emma, Ella and Liam) but at the same time, I want people to be able to pronounce their names as well. I live in Dublin, married to an Irish fella and completely love Irish names - but would you know how to pronounch Niamh, Eithne, Aine, Tadhg or Cathal? No I didn't think so. And I just noticed that I didn't include my favourite Irish name on that list so I guess that confirms that I am scared of baby name thieves. :)

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  20. i didnt keep my baby names a secret and luckily no baby name thieves stole mine!

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  21. My 2 top names were Tyler and Ethan for a boy
    When my friend confided that her friend's baby names were stolen by her cousins we discussed how wrong it was then said what we would each like to name our babies.
    When her son was born she named him Tyler Ethan - not Frankie as she had originally planned.
    So now I am 2 names down should I ever need them!

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  22. we kept our babies name a secret then we sent out the sms when our precious child was born and my in laws planned a relentless camapign where they called me every day leaving messages saying they hated it, my sil called and said the name makes her want to vomit. but we made it through! i still get a flutter when i hear my girls' names called

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