When picking a name for your child, someone is always going to dislike your choice.
It’s not so bad when it’s a friend, or distant relative, but it can be upsetting when it’s someone closer to you, for instance, a parent.
This is the situation one man claims to have found himself in recently.
He says his mum wasn’t impressed by the name they had selected and ended up making a few comments that left his wife in tears.
In a post on the Am I The A**hole forum, the man explained all, writing: “I want to preface this by saying that I have always had an interest in philosophy and mythology. I am literally a name nerd.
“Since my wife and I are currently in the process of adopting, we have been talking about this a lot. When we broke the news to my parents, they were so happy for us. But last weekend, they asked if we have a name in mind… This is where the trouble began.
“When I first read the name Nikiforos one and a half years ago, I knew it would be that of my future child. My mother freaked out and said she might name a horse that, but not a child.”
He claims he and his wife were very upset by the comparison and were even more distraught when the mum began to “imitate horse sounds and stomped up and down the stairs”.
The man went on to say that they suggested a French spelling and pronunciation for the name, hoping that might sway the mother, but it did little to help.
“We brought this up, hoping the reaction would be better,” he added. “Mother then asked if the entire discussion was just a prank. My wife started crying at this point.
“My mother seemed annoyed and asked to see the rest of our name list. She said none of them fit our last name.
“AITA for wanting my child to have a historical name?”
More than 1,000 people responded to the post with many thinking the man was an a**hole for his unique name choice.
One person replied: “YTA. I’ll probably get downvoted for this, but you and your wife are the a**holes.
“As an elementary school teacher, your wife should especially know how brutal kids are to each other. With a name like Nikiforos, you’re pretty much signing your kid up for constant teasing throughout school.
“Sure, it wasn’t nice for your parents to mock you guys if you’re serious about the name, because like you said, you’re entitled to pick the name of your child. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t an asshole if you give them a name that they will definitely get made fun of for.”
Someone else said: “If the adult who willingly is choosing this name is in tears over some heavy handed criticism, why do they expect a child to embrace it?”
A third added: “My parents gave me a “unique” name and it’s still less “unique” than either of those. But people can’t spell or pronounce my name and there’s no way they’ll be able to spell or pronounce those options. The poor kid will get made fun of.”
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