The mum-to-be and her partner absolutely love the unusual name, but other people aren’t as sure so she doesn’t know what to do
Picking a name is an important part of any pregnancy, and it’s a very special moment for parents-to-be.
For many it’s the moment everything feels real and they start making plans for the little one.
So what do you do when you share that name with your loved ones and they don’t approve?
One mum-to-be was heartbroken when everyone she told said they thought her chosen name sounded like a dog name.
Asking for advice on the parenting website Netmums , she writes: “Nobody likes the baby name we’ve chosen – I know it doesn’t matter what others think, but…
We’ve fallen in love with the name Huxley but whenever I tell anyone they pull a face and say it’s a dog’s name.
“I’m trying to stick to what my partner and I like but it’s so disheartening.
Can you just ignore negative opinions or should I be listening to them?”
But other mums on the site were quick to tell her to stick to her choice and go with whatever she wants.
One wrote: “Call your child what you like. Huxley is the name of the villain from Elmo in grouchland, when I hear the name, all I can think is crazy eyebrows lol. Hopefully your child will like it.”
Another added: “I wouldn’t worry about what others think! Our son is named Zeus, every body hated it at first, people was saying things like your naming him after a god, my dog/horse is called Zeus etc etc. I ignored them, as we loved the name and as soon as everybody met him, they all said his name suited him.”
A woman replied: “As long as you and OH are happy that is all that matters. I like different, uncommon names, and he wont be one of 5 in the year with the same name!.”
Another joked: “When I was pregnant I said that we liked old fashioned names and were going to call our son Percy as you didn’t hear of many these days. When I could keep a straight face it was hilarious watching people trying to compose their faces. Tell people that you’ve changed your mind and you’re planning on calling the baby Adolf or you’re not going to be constrained by gender and call the baby Hyphen or Avocado and wind them up.”
One woman made a more general point about baby names.
She wrote: “My advice is never ever reveal baby names before the baby is born and don’t get into a baby name discussion, if they do mention names that aren’t on your list. I know it’s a bit late this time, but you know for next. People are generally less rude when baby is born.”