Mum-to-be's anguish after baby name labelled 'a dog's name'

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It can be devastating to learn that people don't think much of the baby name you've spent hours dreaming of for your new baby.

A mum-to-be has aired her frustration on Netmums, about people's brutally-candid admissions that they think the chosen name is 'a dog's name.

The name they have chosen if she has a baby boy, is Huxley.

Heading up the post with the title "Nobody likes the baby name we've chosen," the anguished mum outlines her problem.

"I know it doesn't matter what others think, but... we've fallen in love with the name Huxley. But whenever I tell anyone they pull a face and say it's a dog's name. I'm trying to stick to what my partner and I like but it's so disheartening.

Can you just ignore negative opinions or should I be listening to them?"

It's a fair concern - will she be lumbering her child with a name most associate with man's best friend?

Or should she cast aside judgy opinions, and remain confident in their decision?

Like many people, this person first thought of the famous author.

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"When I hear the name Huxley, I don't think of a dog, I think of Aldous Huxley, the world-renowned author of Brave New World."

Another wrote, "I wouldn't care less, as long as it's a name that both of us adore and a name that our kid wouldn't have trouble with in school that will affect personal confidence. Huxley doesn't sound like a name that your child will have trouble with in school later on."

The OP chimes in.

"We spoke about it again last night and my partner is adamant it doesn't matter what other people think. We're going to keep Huxley as our name, it'll probably be a girl now anyway."

And this from a mum well-versed on the topic.

"I wouldn't worry about what others think! Our son is named Zeus, every body hated it at first, people was saying things like your naming him after a god, my dog/horse is called Zeus etc. I ignored them, as we loved the name and as soon as everybody met him, they all said his name suited him!"

It's a good point - after all, almost every person 'becomes' their name in the end.

And there's there's the age-old advice every seasoned parent becomes aware of after their first child.

"My advice is never ever reveal baby names before the baby is born and don't get into a baby name discussion, if they do mention names that aren't on your list. I know it's a bit late this time, but you know for next. People are generally less rude when baby is born."

The OP replies, "Thank you. Lesson learned! I won't share name ideas. The name we have for a girl is much more 'common' but I'm not going to risk telling anyone, just in case."

She continues, "I just wish people were more polite! I've heard some really rude comments made about babies' names. Can't understand why some people can't consider the feelings of the parents first."

It's true that some people just can't help themselves. The good news is that they have thrown off the naysayers and will be sticking to their choice.

"Oh well, I'll stick to Hux! I'll bring him up to be strong and confident, and ensure he doesn't give a monkeys what people think"

To that, we say yay.