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Naming a Baby After an Ex-Boyfriend

When Is a Name Off Limits?

I'm going to be bold and assume that Bronx Mowgli was not on Jessica Simpson's short list of names for her future children. I'll also go out on a limb and speculate that Angelina and Brad won't call a hypothetical seventh child Jennifer. But would it be inappropriate for Courteney Cox and David Arquette to have a son and name the baby Brad? It's one thing to rule out your own ex when it comes to naming a baby, but what about a best friend's old beau? Parents trying to choose a name for their newest family member often cross names off a list due to past relationships, tainted associations, or fear of namenapping. While there seem to be a few general rules that parents-to-be should stick to when brainstorming baby names, many pay no attention and use the moniker they like best regardless of their peers' feelings or input.

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lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
my husband and i liked the name "jack" for a boy. but there was a family member that was on the outs with my parents so that would have been a "no go". as fate would have it, we had 3 girls and there weren't any names off limits for them :) my sil tried to tell me the names she had "dibs" on. she wasn't pregnant and we were my baby shower. when she got to a name we were considering i reminded her of it and she got mad. hello, if you can pick names before you're pregnant i can pick them when i'm about to deliver. later she named her daughter something close to what we were planning to name our 3rd daughter (which she knew since i had nursery items with the name on it). then when our 3rd daughter was born she and her husband kept saying "you can't name her that! it's too close to our daughter's name". yeah, you don't get to pick my kids name, or eliminate names from consideration.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 6 years
When I was pregnant Lily was one of my name options. One of my really good friends snapped at me, in a threatening tone, and stated the she is naming her daughter Lily no matter what. (keep in mind she was not pregnant) She had never told me that she liked that name before, which is weird because she is clearly the type to pre plan everything. She became obsessed with asking me my names and always reminding me that her daughter's name would be Lily and that we may not even be friends ten years from now so it shouldn't matter. For the next 5 months I acted like I was still planning on using Lily just to mess with her. :)
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 6 years
good call anonymous.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 6 years
There is one name that we both like, but that we couldn't dream of using. It's the name of my sister-in-law's ex fiance.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
for me, if i knew someone with the name already, especially if that person had negative connotations (be it an ex or a friend's ex or someone elses baby) i wouldn't even consider it, it wouldn't even make the long list...so this is a non-issue really there are so many names out there...why would i need to name my kid my best friends' ex boyfriends name??
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 6 years
i wouldn't do it. in a situation like the whole brad/jennifer thing, i just wouldn't because it would be ackward for me too. but like caterpillargirl, i already have names that i LOVE and i don't want anyone's opinion before or after. except for my boyfriend's, of course. i saw how my parent's opinion affected my sister's baby-naming decision and i don't want to go through that.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
I have names I have chosen and do not want ANYONES input on them. Its nobodies business what I name my child!! they can have thier opinions after the kid is born, good or bad but it wont effect me at all.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
I think naming your kid Brad in this hypothetical situation wouldn't be very nice UNLESS you had already loved the name before your friend had dated the guy and your friend was already aware of this. You could also just ask your friend how they would feel about it.
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