Family hate my baby name - Need an alternative full name?

See the results of this poll: Which name do you like the most?

Respondents: 101 (This poll is closed)

  • Winslet : 4 (4%)
  • Winnie Louise : 6 (6%)
  • Winter : 29 (29%)
  • Winona : 7 (7%)
  • Winslow : 8 (8%)
  • Winifred: 47 (47%)

I like [name_u]Winslow[/name_u] and [name_f]Winona[/name_f], but I’m voting for [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] because it’s the one you really love

I know it’s hard when your family strongly dislike your naming choices or style, but I would still say you should name her whatever you like. You may come to regret naming her something so close to what you wanted, but not quite there. If you were to pick [name_u]Winslow[/name_u], for example, you’d never get to use [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] because it’s way too close for a sibling. Listen to your heart, and you do you!

[name_f]Winifred[/name_f] is a little harsh sounding to me, but I think [name_f]Winnie[/name_f] is really cute. I have also seen it as a nickname for [name_f]Gwendolyn[/name_f]/[name_f]Gwyneth[/name_f] which I like more than [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] personally. I also like [name_u]Winter[/name_u] from your list.

I love the nn [name_f]Winnie[/name_f] and my husband is a huge fan of [name_f]Winifred[/name_f]. I personally can never get over the fred part. We had discussed using names that end in wen as a way to get to the nn [name_f]Winnie[/name_f]. Have you considered [name_f]Elowen[/name_f], [name_f]Bronwen[/name_f], [name_f]Olwen[/name_f]… I also like the pp suggestion of [name_f]Gwendolyn[/name_f]/[name_f]Gwyneth[/name_f]. At the end of the day it’s your choice and if you love [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] then use it, they will love your baby and eventually her name because of that love for her.

Pretty much what I was going to say, so I absolutely agree with this!

Also, if a kid(s) is dead set on teasing another kid, they’re going to find a way to do it no matter their name. [name_f]Every[/name_f] name has its own teasing potential.

Who cares if they hate it!?!?! Especially if you are going to call her [name_f]Winnie[/name_f], and they will call her [name_f]Winnie[/name_f]. They can’t complain about the full form. My parents didn’t like either of my kids names initially. Now they love them. Use the name YOU want. It’s your baby, and they already got to name their babies. Stick with [name_f]Winifred[/name_f]. My personal favorite [name_f]Winnie[/name_f] full name is [name_f]Gwendolyn[/name_f].

This is pretty much exactly what I was going to say! Name her [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] because it’s the name YOU love. They’ll come to love it too. I personally find it very charming. (Also I second the above options of [name_f]Gwendolyn[/name_f] and [name_f]Elowen[/name_f] as other ways to get to “[name_f]Winnie[/name_f]”)

Name her [name_f]Winifred[/name_f]. There’s always going to be backlash against an unusual name.

Personally I adore the names [name_f]Winifred[/name_f], [name_u]Winter[/name_u], [name_f]Arwen[/name_f], [name_f]Elowen[/name_f] and [name_f]Anwen[/name_f]. All of which could lead you to [name_f]Winnie[/name_f].
However, your family already dislike [name_f]Winnie[/name_f], if you’re going to keep [name_f]Winnie[/name_f] you may as well keep the full name you love for it too!

[name_f]Winifred[/name_f] is lovely! It’s actually around the same ‘age’ as [name_f]Amelia[/name_f] and [name_f]Ava[/name_f], it’s just that those names became more popular earlier. There is such a variety of names out there in the world now that she’ll likely be in a class with children with a whole host of names - any nursery could have a range of names, does anything sound out of place in this lot? [name_u]Aidan[/name_u], [name_u]Rylee[/name_u], [name_f]Winnie[/name_f], [name_f]Ava[/name_f], [name_f]Clara[/name_f], [name_u]Eliot[/name_u], [name_u]Juniper[/name_u]. No, it doesn’t. Use what you love!

[name_f]Winifred[/name_f] should be her name if it’s what you fell in love with.

I also love [name_f]Winnie[/name_f] and love the following as other options: [name_u]Winter[/name_u], [name_u]Winslow[/name_u], [name_f]Winnie[/name_f], [name_f]Elowen[/name_f], [name_u]Quinn[/name_u].

Here’s a good post with loads of other names for nn [name_f]Winnie[/name_f]:

If you name your child [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] in the face of your families comment I guarantee it’ll be two weeks tops before they turn around and say you were right all along and there couldn’t be a more perfect name for your little girl. [name_m]Even[/name_m] if they’re still unsure when she arrives just hit them with “well it really suits her already” and they won’t disagree.

No family is going to keep up nasty comments of the name is actually used!! Also [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] is a beautiful name I’m sure your daughter would be proud to wear ”

[name_f]Winifred[/name_f] is beautiful! It can be really hard to stand your ground when so many people are trying to take you down but you should name your baby what you want to name her. In ten years will you be happier that you went with the name you have always loved or happier that you allowed your family to bully you into a name you only like? And I agree with @fantasyandprayer; they’ll definitely come around when they meet her!

[name_f]Winifred[/name_f] is a beautiful name, and one of my favorite names. In fact [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] [name_f]Louise[/name_f] was one of the combinations I have been considering myself. I say go with the name you love and don’t worry about what your family is saying. just like others have said your family will learn to love it too

I agree with the others who say to stick with [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] and let your family come around.

We unofficially changed the spelling of our son’s name about six months after he was born and my mom and my partner’s mom continued to push back, complaining and spelling his name the way we’d first spelled it, up until we officially amended his birth certificate. Now it’s no big deal and I feel a huge relief for fixing the spelling! If I had let them persuade me, I’d still be agonizing over saddling him with a misspelled name!

Stick with [name_f]Winifred[/name_f]! It’s a lovely, strong, quirky, gentle name that will fit in just fine with the more diverse names parents are using nowadays!

[name_f]Winifred[/name_f] [name_f]Louise[/name_f] is gorgeous! If you love it, use it! If you really want to change it, my favourite is [name_f]Winslet[/name_f]. You can call her [name_f]Winnie[/name_f] or [name_f]Lettie[/name_f].

[name_f]Winifred[/name_f] is really beautiful. I would stick with it!

I agree with @fantasyandprayer! No family will make rude comments once she is born.

[name_m]Don[/name_m]’t give in to your family’s bullying! My good friend has a daughter named [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] nn [name_f]Winnie[/name_f] and everyone says how cute it is! No one teases her or anything. This is your child, not your family’s. Choose the name you love most. [name_m]Just[/name_m] refuse to talk about it anymore until your baby is born. Once the name is official, hopefully your family won’t be rude enough to continue to make comments, and if they are, ignore them! (I know, easier said than done). [name_m]Don[/name_m]’t pick a second rate version of [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] that you love less just to appease your family—especially if they hate the nickname [name_f]Winnie[/name_f] too! I don’t see how that will solve anything. If you get pregnant again if the future, I’d avoid sharing any thoughts on name with family until baby is born. They’ve proven they aren’t going to trust your judgement on this issue.

One more thing, my cousin had the nickname [name_f]Winnie[/name_f] the Pooh (full name [name_m]Winston[/name_m]) growing up and it was so cute! When he outgrew that nickname, everyone stopped using it. He suffered no trauma from any of it :wink:

I absolutely adore [name_f]Winifred[/name_f]. I say go with your gut – don’t let others dictate your baby name. Have you ever seen the movie [name_m]Tuck[/name_m] Everlasting? The main female character is [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] “[name_f]Winnie[/name_f]” in that, it’s a lovely association.

[name_f]Winifred[/name_f] is perfection and you love it! Take it from somone who was swayed by their family to go with something they didnt truly love - it’s not a heartache you want to live with. It is YOUR baby and if you love [name_f]Winifred[/name_f] then that is the name your baby should have.

I know a couple who named their child [name_f]Wilhelmina[/name_f]! It seemed a bit much to me, but everyone’s fine with it now. She goes by [name_f]Mina[/name_f]. So my first thought is, you do you! This is your baby! They can call her [name_u]Win[/name_u] or [name_f]Wendy[/name_f] if they don’t like it.

But if you are a person who takes your family’s advice very seriously and you want an alternative, might I suggest [name_u]Windsor[/name_u]? That’s my favorite [name_u]Win[/name_u] name. It’s modern sounding which should make them happy, but also British royalty, so very old and traditional which seems your style.

Good luck!

I chose [name_u]Winter[/name_u].
But if you have your heart set on [name_f]Winifred[/name_f], there’s nothing wrong with that name!
[name_m]Don[/name_m]'t let others get to you. I’ve heard MUCH worse names, trust me! :smiley:
[name_f]Winnie[/name_f] is cute. And it’s a name she can grow into. :slight_smile: