A mum has sparked a heated debate after revealing the ‘unusual’ name she picked for her newborn son – and thousands claim it makes the baby sound ‘like a serial killer’.
She revealed her baby was called ‘Karver McClain’ and that even though both parents fell in love with the name at first, they started second guessing it recently.
The new mum was adamant on the first name ‘McClain’ years before she even got married, but her husband refused to indulge it as anything more than a middle name.
‘My mum was reading a list of names and found the name Karver. I heard it and loved it – so did [my husband]. I though it looked dumb with a ‘C’ so we spelt it ‘K’ and put it on the birth certificate,’ she shared in a Reddit post.
‘I asked for opinions in a baby name group and several people said that it was the perfect name for a serial killer, and others told me that they’d hate their mum forever if she named them Karver. Others just kept telling me it’s horrible.’
The mum went on to explain her conundrum.
‘Should we start calling him by his middle name? Is it too late for that now that he’s almost one and knows his name? Is his name as bad as everyone says?’
Many online shared their honest opinions on the ‘unique’ name – with some making arguments against its aesthetic presentation.
‘Karver McClain sounds like a brand of elastic waisted pants for elderly women at a [department store],’ one said.
‘Karver is pretty bad, in my opinion,’ a woman said. ‘It’s quite violent, and the ‘K’ instead of a ‘C’ looks harsher. What about Carter? It’s very close to Karver.’
‘Also, having a ‘K’ for Carver then a ‘C’ in McClain that both have the same sound seems odd. I know a McClain, it’s a good name, but they’re very Irish so it fits,’ another said.
‘I love Carter! He will thank you for it. I am sorry but McClain is horrible to me. I would keep it as a middle,’ a fourth added.
Some didn’t even like the sound of McClain.
‘This is so weird. I heard McClain and think of the french fries brand McCain. Why not change the baby’s name to Carter to not mess him up developmentally?’ a woman wrote.
‘McClain reminds me of John McClane from Die Hard,’ another said.
But some didn’t see the problem with the baby’s name.
‘Karver McClain is a [great] name. It’s a little 80s-action-show l, but I think that’s pretty cool. People are named Hunter and Archer – so the context of Carver doesn’t bug me. It’s not like you named him Stingray,’ a man said.
‘I know a Carver. He’s nice,’ a woman added.
‘I admire any mum that branches out with a unique name,’ another wrote.