She asked Reddit’s “Am I the A******? (AITA)” forum to weigh in. Her husband wants to name his child after his grandfather, who just recently died. The issue is that the namesake would too closely resemble that of a widely known serial killer.
“My husband and I are pregnant with our first child,” she wrote. “My husband absolutely idolized his grandpa, who, unfortunately, passed away last week. My husband is devastated. My husband has suggested that we name the baby after grandpa; Theodore if it’s a boy, Theodora if it’s a girl. Either way, we will either call them Teddy or Theo/Thea, respectively. It’s not that I mind the name. The issue is that our last name is Bounde; pronounced bun-dee.”
“I asked my husband, do you really see no issue in naming our kid Teddy Bounde? You don’t think that would raise any questions? He says no, he’s just honoring his grandpa. I told him he needs to think about how we will be perceived, how our child will be treated, and the implications that that name inherently carries.”
No matter how much she tried to convince him, the husband doubled down on the name.
“I literally had to spell out why that would be a horrible idea, and he still thinks I just hate his grandpa,” she explained. “He kept pushing and pushing until I blew up and told him to stop with the idiotic suggestion, and that’s what it is; idiotic at best, sociopathic at worst. He got extremely upset and told his family and my parents, who are divided.”
“His family is obviously on his side and wants to honor grandpa by naming the baby after him. My parents are torn, but on my side, as they understand the social pariah we would make our child by giving them such a similar name to the person who did such abhorrent and downright evil things to so many women. I mean, personally, I don’t think anyone is just going to assume that we are honoring a passed loved one; they’re just going to think of Ted Bundy.”
“You cannot name your child that and not expect it to cause problems!” a user said.
“I have a friend who has a very similar name to a well-known serial killer. He has to wind up basically apologizing for his name wherever he goes,” another wrote.
“You cannot name your kid after a serial killer,” a person added.
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