Stop trying to nickname my kid!
This is going to be one of those posts where I complain about something silly, so bear with me!
I get it. I decided to give my kid a ‘different’ name. You have never heard it before and it sounds weird to you. That’s fine!
Just do me a favor, when you ask for a child’s name and are then told what the name is, just accept it. Say, “oh okay, Hi, _____”!
Most everyone knows my son’s name now so this doesn’t come up as much, but it used to drive me INSANE. Every conversation would go like this:
“What’s your baby’s name?”
“Oh…Are you going to call him ‘Leo’?”
“Nope. Just Leopold.”
It’s a valid question, Leo is more recognized than Leopold. But if I was going to call him Leo, I would have introduced him as Leo. His name is Leopold and if one day he decides to go by something else, that’s entirely up to him.
What really gets under my skin is when people continue the conversation past my ‘nope, just Leopold’ and feel the need to say ‘well he is going to change it when he gets older’! Or even ‘why would you do that to him’?
9 times out of 10 the people who say rude things about his name (even if they don’t see it as rude) are well over 70. I feel like they are used to old fashioned, simple, classic names. In the last couple of decades people have been getting more creative with their children’s names.
In fact, here is a list of 25 boy names that have seen a huge increase in popularity just this year:
See the rest of the list here.
I hear a lot of moms complaining about the same problem.
Even parents who give their children more ‘normal’ names like Madison, Oliver, or Elizabeth. If I didn’t introduce him as ‘Leo’ that’s just not his name. Leo and Leopold are two different names. Honestly, I don’t like the name Leo at all (No offense to any Leos out there). We jokingly call him ‘pold’ on occasion just because of the amount of times people have tried to stick him with ‘Leo’.
If we can all just teach our children to be kind, accepting, and confident, we shouldn’t have to worry about them getting picked on for having a different name. I often imagine the older people in grocery stores who have rude things to say about Leopold’s name are the ones whose children were bullies in school.
I know that most people aren’t as annoyed by this as I am, but I think I’ve just heard the same things over and over again that it has gotten under my skin. Some parents give their child a family name out of respect of duty to a legacy and then decide to nickname the child. Some nicknames happen and then just stick. Does your child have a nickname? Have you had the same issues as me with people trying to change your child’s name?