When it comes to baby names, we all have our own preferences – a name one person loves, another may find too old fashioned.
Some parents love to go for classic, popular names while others want to pick a moniker that makes their child stand out from the crowd.
But there are cases where mums and dads can be guilty of taking their unusual name choices a bit too far and in these instances loved ones might step in to voice a concern.
And it seems it’s not just your nearest and dearest who might want to talk you out of it – nurses and midwives have recently admitted to trying to stop couples from giving their baby some brutal names.
In a post on Reddit’s r/AskReddit forum, a user asked: “Nurses and midwives of Reddit, have you ever tried to talk new parents out of a baby name? What was it?”
More than 3,000 people responded to the post, with many nurses, midwives and medical students recalling the most bizarre names they’d ever encountered.
One person explained how she’d stopped a couple from naming their baby after a toilet.
She said: “She and her husband had decided to name the baby Latrine.
“I had to explain to her that she was naming her poor baby after the hole in the ground that soldiers s**t into. She was horrified and changed it to Katrina.
“Two days after the kid was born, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.”
Another shared the extreme lengths that some nurses will go to in order to talk a parent out of a name.
They wrote: “Boss’ friend named their kid Monster Galileo. Nurse tried to talk them out of it. Called in child services to talk them out of it. They insisted.
“Kid goes by Galileo. Honestly, I kind of like the sound of it for an adult or a performer’s name but uh, being a kid named ‘monster’ has to be rough in school.”
A third commented: “I have a false leg. My parents had to be talked out of calling me ‘Peggy’ by the midwife.”
Someone else replied: “My boyfriend’s grandmother wanted to name her daughter Sunshine. 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.”
A different user, who wasn’t a nurse but worked as a registrar shared some of the most unusual names they’d ever heard, posting: “I worked at a registrar for a while and among the birth certificates I got, some of the standouts I saw were Killer, Syphilis and Sweet Prayer Sunrise.”
A sixth added: “My classmate’s mother was a maternity nurse and she has a couple who wanted to name their son Collin but wanted to give him a unique spelling for it. (I do not understand why parents do this. It doesn’t make a boring name more interesting all it does is set your child up for lifelong inconvenience.)
“They spelt 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 the nurse 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.”