One of the most serious things to consider when naming a baby is what other people will think of the name, and will the baby like it as they grow. It’s a huge decision to make! So imagine how it would feel if the name you finally decide on got questioned by one of the very first people to hear it?!

A Reddit thread this week has gone viral after a poster asked the question: “Nurses and midwives of Reddit, have you ever tried to talk new parents out of a baby name? What was it?”

“Midwife here. Absolutely not.” claimed one commenter. “Not my baby, not my business to judge. Names are so subjective and had anyone questioned my baby name choices when I’d just popped out a kid, I would have cried. There are plenty of perfectly ordinary names that I don’t like, but that’s not my patients fault!”

However not all midwives think the same. We’ve shared some of the name-changing horror stories from the thousands shared in the thread below …

“You named me WHAT?”

“My mum was talked out of naming me Violet,” said one Redditor. “’Sounds like an old lady‘ they said.”

Likewise for this commenter, who claimed: “A nurse talked my cousin out of naming her daughter Gertrude.”

Another midwife vote against old-fashioned names arose for this commenter who said: “My mum and dad were talked out of calling my sister Florence after my mum’s grandmother. The midwife said “you can’t call such a beautiful baby that” so they didn’t!”


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“My boyfriend’s grandmother wanted to name her daughter Sunshine,” shared another commenter. “The midwife said that wasn’t allowed because ‘it wasn’t a real name’ and his grandmother had no other back up baby names. So, a few minutes later when she heard someone down the hall screaming ‘Tina’, she named her daughter Tina because she couldn’t think of anything else on the spot.”

Another claims that a midwife tried and failed to talk their mother out of naming them “Marley” as it was “too much of a dog’s name”.

“Midwife talked my dad out of naming my sibling ‘Cookie’,” claimed another person in the thread. “Same midwife had to do it again when I was born ( dad really likes that name apparently).”

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Some kids should be grateful that a midwife intervened …

A healthcare worker jumped in to share the time they saved a child being named “Tarmac”.

“They learned the word from NASCAR,” they shared.

And that’s not the only time that midwives may have saved the day by voicing their opinion.

“My classmates mother was a maternity nurse and she has a couple who wanted to name their son ‘Colin’ but wanted to give him a ‘unique’ spelling for it,’ shared a commenter.

“They spelled it out for her to put on the birth certificate C-O-L-O-N. They tried to name their son colon. As in, the organ attached to your anus. When my classmates mother explained this to them they were painfully embarrassed and asked her to write it down with the normal spelling instead. I don’t think they’ll ever live it down.”

Another person chimed in with the story of the parents who wanted to name their child “Mudpiles”. “The nurses silently protested and waited a few days. Mum changed her mind.