‘Cruel’ baby name sparks debate

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

It’s one of the biggest struggles facing new parents – coming up with a unique and meaningful name for your baby that both are going to be happy with for their ENTIRE lives.

Sometimes though, the urge to be unique and different is just taken a tad too far.

Think back to the mum who called out airline staff, after they were confused about her daughter’s name being ‘Abcde‘. Or you have celebrities calling their children ‘Stormi’, ‘Apple’ and the like.

And now a mum from Queensland is going viral for the second time after revealing the name she chose for her daughter.

Choosing a baby name can be hard. Photo: Getty
Choosing a baby name can be hard. Photo: Getty

Jessica, from the Gold Coast, submitted her little girl to be featured in a magazine, responding to the question, ‘What inspired your child’s name?’.

“I’ve always loved the name Kaitlyn but hated how popular it was. So when I found out I was having a girl, my husband suggested we replace the ‘ait’ with Roman numeral symbol for eight! Now our daughter is truly unique,” she wrote in her submission.

While the magazine was published in 2016, a photo of the page resurfaced and went viral on Facebook this week.

Photo: Facebook/Urban Bubs
Photo: Facebook/Urban Bubs

As you would expect, the name has been copping all sorts of flak for being “stupid” and “cruel”

“You’ve got to be kidding,” one person wrote.

“What about the teachers and kids trying to pronounce it because I would never have guessed Kaitlyn,” another stressed.

“She will have to explain her name for the rest of her life. Births Deaths & Marriages should have rejected the name,” another person responded.

“And they’ll probably get annoyed when everyone politely asks… ‘how do I pronounce that?’,” writes another, making a valid point.

“That’s just cruel.”

It is unclear how long ago the photo was taken, or exactly which magazine it is, but surprisingly there were a few people who did love the originality.

“This is great. Combining a phonics and maths lesson,” was one response.

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