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Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family wants to use?

My husband’s family names all the children of each generation beginning with the same letter. None of my favorite names begin with that letter. What do I do?

Re: My husband’s family names all the children of each generation beginning with the same letter. None of my favorite names begin with that letter. What do I do?

The Bump Expert

First things first: Talk to your husband and decide if this is really a tradition he wants to continue. If not, then let him lead the battle. But if it’s important to him, you’ll have to come to some sort of understanding.

If it turns out he’s indifferent to the whole idea, then you might want to discuss it with your in-laws. Explain to them that you don’t want to name baby something you might not totally love, just for the sake of tradition. Remember, this is your decision, so don’t let yourself cave under the pressure just to appease other people.

Before you make any decisions, though, consider these options:

Pick a first name that begins with the letter his family wants and pair it with a middle name of your choosing. (Many people go by their middle name rather than their first name anyway.)

Ask your in-laws if they’re open to having baby’s middle name start with the preferred letter, instead of the first name.

Start warming up to the idea and look for inspiration in unusual places. You might actually come across a name beginning with the letter your in-laws love in an unlikely place. Flip open an old yearbook, your favorite novel, or consider the name of a place you’ve traveled to recently.

Amy Stanford

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

Not to be insensitive to family traditions but... that what was his parents decided for their family. This is your family and your special moment to name YOUR chlld whatever you feel is perfect.

jconnor20 |

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

It's your baby. Name him/her what you want to use!!!!!

angeladm5 |

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

Amen to that Sister! it's your choice too

elane71 |

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

question - who is having the baby? if its your in laws they can name it how they please, if its YOU and YOUR Husband and YOUR baby then it is YOUR decision.

CindyBrimmer |

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

your the one creating a human being therefore you have the right to create the babies name. it is unfair of them to expect you to bend to there whim.

michellepreisner |

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

it's your baby, your choice. This decision should come from you and your husband only, dont allow your husband's family to take that away from you.

FranceBelle82 |

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

It's definitely your choice on this one, but I would consider the way traditions can make people feel a sense of connection and belonging in a family. My DH's family has named all their first born boys with a middle name I'm not crazy about. But my BIL being the second born did not get this middle name and he felt left out of the tradition and was hoping he and his wife would have the first boy so he could carry on the middle name. My family has never really had a tradition in naming so I took my cues on the issue from DHs family We're pregnant with the first boy and he will have the middle name bestowed upon him. It may not be important to follow the tradition to you, but consider what it could, just maybe, mean to your child when he or she is grown.

Amesbury |

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

I agree with all the ladies! your in-laws are not the ones going through the 9 months of a growing human in your body...and not to mention the very painful labor! You gave birth...you get the right, period!

corrinmiranda |

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

Hybrids. Make a twist on a name you like (I liked the newish name Jazzlyn, but hate the Lynn part- mixed Jazzlyn with the more classic Annallise = Jazzilys. Can be as easy as changing one letter (Lane to Zane, for example). Otherwise, do what you want. It is YOUR baby, and you give the little one a name that has meaning to YOU (and your hubby).

eponak |

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

My in-laws named their male children with a "J" (our last name is also "J") and their female child with a "B" like the mother. My name and my sister-in-law's names just happen to start with a "J" also. This obviously wasn't planned, but everyone keeps asking me if we're going with a "J" name for our son. His middle name will be Joseph, it's my husband's middle name (yes, 3 "J"s for him!) and he was named after his grandfather. Our son's first name will start with a C. So far, everyone has really liked his name.

jennifermjohnson |

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

If this was me, I'd name my baby whatever I want, regardless of what a spouse's family may want. I don't feel your in-laws or any other family members, yours or his, have any say in what you name your baby. Now if your husband really wants to continue this tradition then you may have to compromise between you and him but it still shouldn't involve his family members. I'm glad I didn't have this problem, my ex - husband(we were married at the time) just kinda went with what I wanted to name our daughter. I have a son due in August and will be naming him myself as well, of course this situation is different as his father really isn't in the picture.

jenelle620 |

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

Um, no, your husband's family doesn't get to decide this. Your baby's name is a decision that you and your husband make together. The two of you should pick a name that you want, and forget your husband's family's rule.

Elizbeth13 |

Q&A: How to choose baby's name when favorite names do not begin with the letter my husband's family

Your life, your baby, you pick the name!

sray83 |

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