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Duggars Take a Family Vote on Baby's Name

Would You Let Your Kids Name Your New Baby?

Last night on 17 Kids and Counting the Duggars took a family vote on what to name baby number 18. While Jim Bob joked that his vote was worth 20 and Michelle's should be worth 40, they ended up naming their new bundle of joy Jordyn-Grace Makiya by popular demand. Do you (or did you) give your children a choice in naming their siblings?

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buddynpumpkin buddynpumpkin 8 years
If my son had his way his little sister would have been Diesel. So, no, we chose a name for our daughter ourselves.
Mel475 Mel475 8 years
We just had a baby in November and although we didn't let our 3 year old pick out her name, we let him in on the process. We had a couple of names we were deciding on so we asked his opinion and took into consideration his thoughts. In the end, we all ended up liking the same name so it was easy. But we did let him give her a "name" while I was still pregnant - he choose to call her "Peanut" which he still uses quite frequently today!
Mishell Mishell 8 years
My nephew picked his sister's name. It wasn't up to him, but my sister really liked the name he suggested.
qteepie qteepie 8 years
My mother let me name my younger sister,, she was the last baby to be born and I was 16 at the time.. her name is Brianna
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
I like the idea of picking out your 2 or 3 favorites and putting it to a vote. In our situation though, I don't think it'd be very helpful because there's only 3 of us. I would definitely like my daughter's input on a new baby name! As for the Duggars, all I can say is ditto lickety!!
Aphrosette Aphrosette 8 years
I have to be honest, there are a handful of people out there saying its primarily mom's decision on the baby name, as if Dad doesn't count, or counts very little. That's really no way to approach baby decisions or a relationship in general. Just think about how that would make him feel....
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
no, they name the pets only at our house. my 7 year old made up the name "ithaney", like "with" (without the "w") ah-knee. and i'm sure that would be the choosen name. i think the duggars are weird-o's. 18 kids and they are already talking about more? it's as if they have an addiction to having babies.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
I don't have kids yet but I can say honestly that I wouldn't let them choose their brother/sister's name. It's cute to have them make suggestions but in the end it would be mine & Dad's decision. Especially mine because I carry him/her in my belly for 9 months :p But then again maybe when you get to child #18 it's easier to hand over name choosing to your kids;)
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I want my kids to be close in age, so if a 2 or 3 year-old were to pick out a name it would prob be spongebob or poopoo head. No thanks.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
LOL, macgirl. Too true about the Duggars! I recently found out that my awesome great-aunt (now 95) was asked to choose both her brother's (my grandpa) and sister's names. She was quite a bit older when they were born, and I guess her parents said she could pick them. She choose Douglas for my grandpa after a good family friend she admired. I can't remember why she chose her sister's name. If I ever have a girl, I am strongly considering naming her after my aunt. She's the best.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Aphrosette, I'm both obsessive and need things to do while my daughter naps in my arms, so I googled away. :)
Kazagirl Kazagirl 8 years
I don't have kids but I most likely would not let my kids pick their siblings name. Naming my children is the most exciting part about having kids for me right now and I feel like the choice should be mine (with a tiny bit of input from the husband). I already have names picked out anyway.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I think the people who raise the baby should be able to pick out the name. So in the Duggars case it makes sense that the kids would get to choose, oops did I type that outloud? My oldest is 10 and probably would have had decent input but since it was my husbands first baby we worked it out between the two of us. I do have a friend whos older brothers were allowed to pick out his name. He is named Beau, but it was based on "Bo" as in Bo and Luke Duke :-)
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
My nephew picked out the name for his little brother and my sister actually liked it and stuck to it, Elias.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 8 years
Greggie, I'm not sure how, or why you found that, but I think it actually might be that movie, I'm checking with my Mom though!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
The Duggars actually didn't either. They put the names up for a vote, they didn't let the kids come up with their own. That's a situation I can see much more than letting the younger ones freely pick out their own.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
Probably not, like alot of people we choose our names years and years before, but most kids dont choose names that ARE names.. its like when you let them name animals, you get alot of spot, brownie, etcs, lol. My younger sister wanted to name our youngest sister Cricket.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Was it One Magic Christmas?
Aphrosette Aphrosette 8 years
I haven't had the opportunity, but my parent, let my sister and I name our youngest sister. She's named after a character in a Christmas movie, that none of us can remember. (She was a January baby.) Her name is Abbey. The character's name was Abigal/Abby, but my parents didn't like Abigal so she's just Abbey. Too bad none of us can remember the movie. I guess that's what happens when you let a 5 year old and 3 year old name a sibling!
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
haha yet again I was going to post pretty much what Greggie said. I might if they were old enough, but if we have kids like we plan: one in 5 years and the other about 3 years later then done... No I'm not letting my 3 year old pick out his/her younger siblings name lol And like Greggie, we already have names picked out.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
No, but there are situations where I might. With older kids with good input, sure. Letting my then 5-year-old pick it out, not so much. Mickey and Minnie were not my idea of good names. Then again, we pick out names WAY in advance.
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