'My sister-in-law wants me to change my daughter's name - and I'm furious'

The woman was shocked when her SIL asked her to change her daughter's name.
The woman was shocked when her SIL asked her to change her daughter's name.  Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A woman has been caught up in some major family drama, after her pregnant sister-in-law declared that she has to start calling her four-year-old daughter by her middle name, so she can use the name for her baby.

Posting on Reddit, the woman admitted that her sister-in-law has never liked her.

"She's always tried to one up me as she married into the family first and she resents that I had a kid before her," she wrote.

"I got pregnant at 21 when my husband and I were then dating, and our darling girl Lily was born in 2016."

Explaining that her mum suddenly passed away early on in her pregnancy, the woman and her husband decided to name their daughter after the OP (original poster's) mother.

The woman insisted she didn't like any other baby names.

The woman insisted she didn't like any other baby names. Photo: Getty Images

 "Lily was her middle name, so we named our daughter that and used her original name of Sophie as her middle name. Hence, she is now Lily Sophie," she said. However, the OP's sister-in-law has decided the only name she likes is Lily.

"She said absolutely no other name will do," the mother wrote desperately. "She even came up to me and asked if I would start calling my Lily by her middle name of Sophie, so the only Lily in the family is her kid."

"I told her no, that's my daughter's name," she furiously said, saying she keeps harassing her to change it. "I know she is doing this just to spite me."

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"She can pick any other name in the world that didn't belong to MY dead mum who has no meaning to her," she pointed out. "I heard she and my BIL have reluctantly picked another name, but she is calling me an a--hole for 'ruining her perfect name'".

"This woman is so ridiculous and everyone is expecting me to apologise for upsetting a pregnant woman," she concluded the post, clarifying for Reddit users that she would've been fine for her SIL to use the name if she had approached her differently.

Redditers immediately agreed that her SIL was being unreasonable, some dubbing her 'wombzilla'.

"Expecting to own the copyright of a name is just ludicrous!" exclaimed another.

"This is unbelievably entitled," agreed another. "Surely there are other names in the world that aren't a. your daughter's name and be deeply meaningful to you on account of your mum!"