‘My husband says I can’t name my daughter Olivia because of his sister’

The sister-in-law wasn’t even pregnant when she demanded that the original poster did not call her daughter the name that she had ‘always liked’ as she intended to use the name

The woman took to Reddit to fume about her bossy sister-in-law

A mum-to-be was left baffled at her sister-in-law’s reaction to her baby name idea.

Expecting baby number three, the woman sat down for what she expected to be a nice, exciting name brainstorming session.

But when she revealed her first choice, her husband’s wife threw a tantrum, resulting in a huge row.

Taking to Reddit to discuss the exchange, she explained her sister-in-law was trying to call “first dibs” on the name, despite not being pregnant and not planning children any time soon.

She wrote: “A little backstory. We are expecting baby number 3. When I was pregnant with my first my sister in law had asked me what names we were thinking of.

“So I told her a list of names. One of them being Olivia. She got immediately upset and told me she wanted to name her baby that and had always liked the name. My sister-in-law was not even in a relationship at this time. Similar situation for me, it has always been a name I loved.”

She later added: “Husband also loves the name. Would not pick a name he did not like! we had picked it along with another possible name for the baby until the hassle started!

“Husband and I argued about it and he said I was being unreasonable and that there were other names I liked and could use. Our baby was a boy so of course we did not use the name.

Choosing baby names can be really tough – especially when your sister-in-law is demanding you don’t use one she likes


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“On my second baby my sister in law asked me daily what baby names I was considering but to save any aggravation I told her I would be keeping them to myself this time. We had a girl but opted for a different name.

“Fast forward to now I am expecting number 3. Sister in law is in a relationship now but has no plans to have kids in the near future. If we have a girl this time I want to use the name as I feel it works beautifully with my two other children’s names.

“WiBTA for using the name? I feel it’s unreasonable of her to call dibs on a name that we both loved.

“We otherwise get along great and always have but the first time I mentioned using the name she didn’t speak to me for two weeks. My husband totally agreed with my sister in law last time so I just want some outside perspective…”

The mum-to-be wants to call her daughter Olivia, but her sister-in-law has other ideas


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Do she think she can use the name? Have your say in the comment section below.

What a baffling situation – we’d be so confused. People jumped to the posters defence though, saying you can’t just bagsy a name, no matter how much you like it.

“You don’t get to call lifelong dibs on a name and dictate what other mothers get to name their children. Your husband needs to back you up on this, he seems quite spineless to family members telling him what to do”, one wrote angrily.

Another said: “No-one owns a name but I would consider whether you love the name enough to deal with the aggravation your petty SIL will cause if you use it.”

One fumed: “Lmao this is ridiculous, it’s one thing if she was pregnant. And if your husband genuinely hates the name that’s one thing but if he doesn’t wanna name it just in case his sister gives birth to a girl someday that’s BS. SOMETIMES PEOPLE MAKE ME WANNA RIP MY HAIR OUT FROM HOW CHILDISH THEY ARE.”

“Your husband should have a say on the names as well. If he doesn’t want the name, maybe see what you two can reasonably agree on? Though if she wanted it in the near future, then it would be different. But she legit, as you made clear, has no intention of having any kids any time soon…. Plus there is no guarantee she’ll even have a girl”, one raged.

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