Father-to-be asks if he's wrong to dismiss pregnant wife's idea of calling baby 'Karen'

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The name Karen has become synonymous in recent months with self-entitled white women.

Now, one father-to-be has asked if he's wrong to dismiss his pregnant wife's idea of calling their baby Karen.

The unidentified father took to Reddit to ask people if he was wrong in a post that's been upvoted over 23K times since it was posted last week.

The couple had recently discovered that they were having a girl.

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"We hadn't really talked about names before but we both agreed that each of us will retain veto power," he wrote in the post.

"When we did start discussing names, both of us wanted to name her after our late mothers," he went on.

"I told her the baby can take my mom's name as her first name and her mom's name as a middle name, or have an entirely different name, but I can't okay 'Karen' as a first name in any case," the man continued, noting how the name has become an insult for typically white, self-entitled women.

"I told her I'd be fine with whatever first name she picks as long as it doesn't lead to the baby being picked on later in life, but she's pretty insistent on Karen."

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The man's concerns were very much validated by Reddit users.

One wrote: "NTA, it was a normal name, now it's a joke. Imagine 'baby Karen'. People are gonna make jokes all her life."

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A second added: "'Ahhhh baby Karen is upset, does someone need a manager?' The jokes are endless, this would be extremely fun lol.

"OP stick to your guns and don't [sic] name her Karen. People intentionally naming their kids something they know will cause bullying and antagonism is borderline child abuse, why would you ever want to disadvantage your child?"

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However, one did point out that in the future, the name Karen "likely won't be a meme."

A second added: "YTA. In two years, nobody will remember it was a meme. It's a fad. Fads pass."

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Thankfully, this couple was able to come up with a solution that satisfied both parties.

The man updated the post to reveal that he had a discussion with his wife, who lost her mother at the age of 14, and had "wanted to name her first daughter after her [mom] and she didn't really ever consider that the meme might be a potential obstacle."

They then began to discuss other alternatives and that was when they came up with the perfect solution.

"While exchanging ideas, we realized that both our mothers very coincidentally had the exact same middle name, Elizabeth (well mine had two middle names, and Elizabeth was one of them, but still). It seemed completely perfect to both of us so we're going with it," he wrote.

This comes after the Social Security Administration reported that the name Karen fell to its lowest standing since 1930 in 2019.

On the other hand, the names Olivia and Emma were revealed to be the most popular baby girl names not only of 2019 but the decade.

Father-to-be asks if he's wrong to dismiss pregnant wife's idea of calling baby 'Karen'

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By VT

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The name Karen has become synonymous in recent months with self-entitled white women.

Now, one father-to-be has asked if he's wrong to dismiss his pregnant wife's idea of calling their baby Karen.

The unidentified father took to Reddit to ask people if he was wrong in a post that's been upvoted over 23K times since it was posted last week.

The couple had recently discovered that they were having a girl.

Baby girl clothes.
[[imagecaption|| Credit: Pexels]]

"We hadn't really talked about names before but we both agreed that each of us will retain veto power," he wrote in the post.

"When we did start discussing names, both of us wanted to name her after our late mothers," he went on.

"I told her the baby can take my mom's name as her first name and her mom's name as a middle name, or have an entirely different name, but I can't okay 'Karen' as a first name in any case," the man continued, noting how the name has become an insult for typically white, self-entitled women.

"I told her I'd be fine with whatever first name she picks as long as it doesn't lead to the baby being picked on later in life, but she's pretty insistent on Karen."

A baby.
[[imagecaption|| Credit: Pexels]]

The man's concerns were very much validated by Reddit users.

One wrote: "NTA, it was a normal name, now it's a joke. Imagine 'baby Karen'. People are gonna make jokes all her life."

A Reddit comment.
[[imagecaption|| Credit: Reddit / Acceptable-Message59]]

A second added: "'Ahhhh baby Karen is upset, does someone need a manager?' The jokes are endless, this would be extremely fun lol.

"OP stick to your guns and don't [sic] name her Karen. People intentionally naming their kids something they know will cause bullying and antagonism is borderline child abuse, why would you ever want to disadvantage your child?"

A Reddit comment.
[[imagecaption|| Credit: Reddit / Trasl0]]

However, one did point out that in the future, the name Karen "likely won't be a meme."

A second added: "YTA. In two years, nobody will remember it was a meme. It's a fad. Fads pass."

A Reddit comment.
[[imagecaption|| Credit: Reddit / AntiquePangolin]]

Thankfully, this couple was able to come up with a solution that satisfied both parties.

The man updated the post to reveal that he had a discussion with his wife, who lost her mother at the age of 14, and had "wanted to name her first daughter after her [mom] and she didn't really ever consider that the meme might be a potential obstacle."

They then began to discuss other alternatives and that was when they came up with the perfect solution.

"While exchanging ideas, we realized that both our mothers very coincidentally had the exact same middle name, Elizabeth (well mine had two middle names, and Elizabeth was one of them, but still). It seemed completely perfect to both of us so we're going with it," he wrote.

This comes after the Social Security Administration reported that the name Karen fell to its lowest standing since 1930 in 2019.

On the other hand, the names Olivia and Emma were revealed to be the most popular baby girl names not only of 2019 but the decade.