Is it ever ok to question a pregnant friend’s baby name?

Eliza Velk
Junior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

When it comes to picking a name for your child, it seems the trend these days is to pick something as unique as possible. 

So you can only imagine the fury when one mum-to-be, who thought she had picked a perfectly different name for her daughter, was told by a friend that it wasn’t actually that unique anymore.

One mum who thought she had the perfect unique baby name has been told by a friend that it isn’t really unusual at all. Source: Getty Images

After the awkward conversation went down, the friend who broke the news turned to online forum Mumsnet to ask if she was being unreasonable.

“[My friend] said she wanted something unique and is planning on using Aurora,” she wrote.

“I said that Aurora is a gorgeous name, but has risen hugely in popularity over the last few years and is now in the top hundred.”

The baby name Aurora has spiked in recent years and is now in the top one hundred most popular girls names. Source: Getty Images

At first, she thought she was doing the right thing by telling her pregnant friend the name has become more common in recent years, however, when the mum-to-be fumed back, she started to second guess everything.

“My friend seemed annoyed with this and told me that it is a very uncommon name with only a few born each year,” she wrote. 

“I’ve been wondering if I said the wrong thing. Was I unreasonable to point out how popular the name is?”

Be careful what you say to an expecting mother. Source: Lionsgate Films

She argued that she didn’t want her friend to be disappointed later if she didn’t know about the name’s spike in popularity, and many commenters agreed.

“I don’t think you were unreasonable, if it’s important to her that it’s unique then it’s worth her knowing it’s popular surely?” one person said. 

“If she’d just said she liked it and didn’t mention uniqueness being a factor then I think that would’ve been more rude. (sic)” another person said who agreed she wasn’t being unreasonable since the mum was specifically wanting something unusual. 

Meanwhile, others suggested that the best thing to do in a situation like that is to keep quiet.

“Yes you upset her when talking baby names you smile nod and make reassuring noises no actual opinions,” one person commented.

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“Unless someone is asking for point blank honest opinions then I think it’s better if you keep your mouth zipped,” another agreed. 

Either way, it sounds like a pretty awkward situation to be in.

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