A man has revealed that a last-minute change in their baby’s name has caused a rift in the family.
Posting on Reddit, the anonymous man explained that his wife’s dad passed away very suddenly a few months ago.
At the time, his wife was four-and-a-half months pregnant, so they considered naming their baby Dennis to honour the grandfather he would never meet.
However, in the end, they decided against it and announced they would call their baby Oliver.
Three months later, the woman’s sister-in-law found out that she was also expecting, and was keen to share their baby names with the family: “Theodore, and if it’s a girl, they’re going to name it Quinn.”
But it appears as though both couples experienced a last-minute change of heart which has caused issues within the family.
“At the end of June, my wife has our son,” the man explained.
“Upon seeing him, we both realize that we have to name our son Dennis. We both thought it immediately and brought it up to each other later on in the evening.
“The next day, I fill out the paperwork and our son is officially named Dennis.”
The man said his mother-in-law was “overcome with joy” as she was quietly hoping one of her children honoured her deceased husband.
However, his brother-in-law and his partner were less than impressed.
“While we were having the baby, they found out that they were having a boy and made the announcement on Facebook and to some extended family members that they would be naming their son Dennis,” he explained.
“We had no idea. They posted to Facebook very shortly after my wife went into labour; actually, less than 10 minutes after I called my [brother-in-law] to let him know we were having the baby.
“We did not mean to step on toes, and had we seen the Facebook post, we wouldn’t have followed through with it.”
“It has all come down to terrible timing on both parts, but what can be done about it now?
“They’re asking us to un-name our son Dennis, and go with Oliver.”
The man explained that it’s now been a few weeks but the woman will not let up.
“I feel as though it’s some sort of competition to her,” he said, “to be able to say that her son is the one to honour our FIL, but I could be crazy.”
So he took to Reddit to ask users for their opinion on what he should do, and the majority were in his favour.
One person said: “People have to stop using Facebook as if it’s a system of record. And no one owns a name.”
Another added: “Agreed. [Congratulations] to the new parents. Saying something on Facebook is hardly the same as carving it in stone. Even if it was two people can have the same name.”
A third commented: “They realised and tried to upstream you by calling a public ‘dibs’… ridiculous.”
“Not to mention the baby is almost a month old at this point. Do [brother-in-law] and [sister-in-law] expect [original poster] to go through the whole process of legally changing baby’s name and getting new paperwork?” asked someone else, “Are they going to pay for the fees?”