A married couple have disagreed on whether it’s acceptable to name their son after a character on Star Trek, and they asked others on the internet for help to settle the debate
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A pair of soon-to-be parents have asked the internet to settle a debate after they fell out about a baby name they had chosen for their first child.
The mum explained that the pair are expecting a baby boy and had been texting each other ideas for names when they heard or read them, but hadn’t found one they could both agree on.
As a huge fan of Star Trek, she says she’s been rewatching the Deep Space Nine seasons recently which feature fictional character Dr. Julian Bashir.
She said she had always liked the name Julian but had forgotten about it until she watched the show and text the suggestion to her husband, without telling him where she had picked it from, who agreed they should use the name for their son.
Recently, her husband was at home while she was watching Star Trek and overheard the characters use the name Julian, which made him stop to ask if that was where his wife had got the name.
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She wrote: “He said we can’t name our son Julian. I asked why, he said he loved it. He said it’s weird to name a real child after a character and we’ll be a**holes if we do that to our son.
“I said that I just like the name as did he until now and the fact that it’s a Star Trek character name is just a bonus.
“He says people will laugh or make fun of our son if they find out. I say no one is entitled to know the backstory of his name. It’s a name we like and that’s it. He said that’s not something people do.”
The pair decided to pose the argument on Reddit to find out who was right, and people overwhelmingly sided with the mum.
One said: “If you ruled out every name because it might have been in a movie or TV show, you’d be left with a very short list. Julian is a normal name, I don’t think anyone would even ask why you chose it, since its not some weird and wonderful name!”
And a second replied: “Julian is a completely normal name and no one would immediately link it to a character from Star Trek. It isn’t like you’re naming your child Quark or Worf. Your husband is also shockingly incorrect that people don’t name their children after fictional characters. Direct him to the gaggle of Khaleesis born when Game of Thrones was still popular.”
The couple read through the responses and the mum added an update to say that her husband admitted to stressing over the name too much as he’s nervous about becoming a dad and wants everything to be perfect.
She said the name Julian is back on the table, but they’ll keep an open mind in case any other name they both prefer pops up before their son is born.