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Baby names: Can I force people to use the nickname I chose for my child

Can I force people to use the nickname I chose for my son?

Nina Young |

This mum just loves the backstreet boys, but her friends don’t love her nickname choice. Can she tell them ‘I want it that way?’

Towards the end of your pregnancy, it’s time to quit playin’ games and find out which baby name is your one desire.

Baby names can be a minefield

“I’m 35 weeks pregnant and I’m having a little boy,” she wrote. “Since I was a child I’ve loved the name Alexander James using AJ as a nickname. (I’ll admit it started as I loved the Backstreet Boys).”

Backstreet’s back! Picture: Getty Images. 

But no one is joining in

“Over the last few weeks, everyone from my step-mum to the children on my partner’s side has been referring to him as Alex no matter how many times I correct them,” she said.

“It’s not as if they’ve ever refused to use nicknames before we have an Ollie (Oliver) harry (Harrison) Albie (Albert) and Mila (Emelia) so why is it that they’re refusing to use my chosen nickname?

Am I just being an unreasonable bitch to expect people to use a specific short form?”

Can you enforce a nickname?

Ok, here’s my advice for this lady: Slow your roll. If the child’s name is stressing you out this much before he’s even born, you may want to rethink the whole thing. Nicknames can’t be enforced, they are a naturally occurring term of endearment. If you are so set on AJ, call your kid AJ officially. What do you think? Is this mum overthinking things or should people respect her name choice? Let us know in the comments.


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