What's in a name, anyway?
December 11, 2013 2:55 PM Subscribe
My husband and I are expecting our first child, a girl, due in 2 months and are having a serious naming dilemma. We are both worried about the possibility of our chosen name leading to teasing.
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We have been really set on a name, which, while it sounds lovely with his last name, has the very easy potential to be mispronounced into a pretty bad nickname (something along the lines of "dirty underwear") in the country we live in.
I should clarify, he has a perfectly normal last name, which only when combined with this first name could lead to this issue.
It wouldn't be a problem in the USA, but here where we live it's got a different meaning. We plan to stay in this country for the foreseeable future.
One solution is to keep the first name and use my last name, but husband is not happy about this. He feels like we should be able to teach her to stand up for herself, but I think that if we can avoid teasing we should. I should also add that I have kept my last name, so having a daughter with the same last name as mine would not be out of left field.
Another suggestion has been to do a double barrelled last name, or combining our two last names but unfortunately they don't lend themselves to this, and we just aren't too keen.
Others have said to use the name as a middle name, but we don't see it as a solution because we were so set on this as THE name for our daughter (It has taken nearly 5 years to agree on this name!).
So, what would you do if a name you were both completely in love with came with this sort of complication?
Any solutions we aren't thinking of?