A man says he has been left ‘devastated’ after his friends and family laughed at the name he had picked out for his future son and said it was more suited to a dog.
He explains that he is a trans male and that it has always his dream to be a father, so he’s had time to consider and pick the names he wants to use for his children.
For a girl, he has chosen the name Willow, and for a boy he says he wanted to incorporate his love of Greek mythology and chose Achilles.
The legend goes that Achilles’ mother had dipped him into the river Styx as an infant, which made him invulnerable to injury throughout his body except for the heel she was holding him by, which is where the idiom ‘Achilles heel’ comes from.
But when he shared his plan with his best friend and younger siblings, all three laughed at his idea, leaving him reconsidering whether it was still appropriate.
He wrote on Reddit: “My childhood friend said that the name Achilles would get my child bullied in school; what if kids couldn’t pronounce it or tried to trip him or kick his heel?
“I understand that kids can be cruel, but I think bullies can make fun of any name, or anything in general.
“I stated how there are plenty of other names from Greek Mythology that are used today and no one bats an eye at them.
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“My siblings both agreed with her and said it was a weird name that would get my child bullied.
“My friend then said that ‘honestly, it sounds like what someone would name a dog’, and at that point I tried my best to not cry because this is such an important thing to me.”
He said the only other name he had considered for a boy was Damien, but he knows his family don’t like it as they associate the name with a “demonic character”.
After asking for advice as to whether he would be wrong to stick with the name, some people argued it wouldn’t be fair, with one saying: “Remember you don’t have to carry that name. It’s not you having to apply for jobs or college with that name. Choosing a name because you like it and screw the consequences that come with it is an a**hole move.”
A second wrote: “I also feel that when picking children’s names, you need to think how it’ll be received at various life stages – as a baby, as a child, as a teenager, as an adult trying to get a serious job. Damien is absolutely fine, Willow is probably ok, Achilles will get bullied and laughed at.”
But others disagreed, arguing: “You have your opinions, they have theirs. That’s it. Nothing wrong with naming your kid Achilles. A good heroic name.”
And another said: “Who’s really gonna stop you from naming your kid Achilles, your sister? Don’t let her get to you like that.”