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Should the wife or husband name the child?
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Posted 3/31/13
My wife and I discussed name possibilities before each child was born, agreeing upon a boy's name and a girl's name so that we were prepared for the birth of either. This always worked well for us, and I can't imagine one parent assuming control of the naming process (unless, for whatever reason, there is only one parent).
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Posted 3/31/13 , edited 3/31/13

BearSol wrote:


PhyongHwa wrote:


HikariHaru wrote:


BearSol wrote:

Depends on your religion.

But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
1 Timothy 2:12

The Koran has a similar one, as you'd guess.

In short, if you're Muslim or Christian, the man names the child.
If you're, basically, anything else, you discuss it civilized-like.


Not necessarily...my friend is Muslim and her mom named her.. that might apply to a christian but not for sure to a muslim.


No, not true for Christians either, at least for the most part. There are so many different forms of Christianity, just like there are different types of Muslims/Islamic religions.


And there is a book for each branch. If you want to make up your own rules, then it's not Christianity, it's your own religion.

Saying you can be Christian and not follow your branches respective book, is like saying you're a physicist but you don't believe in most of what is taught to be true. You're not a physicist anymore, you're something else.


Christianity simply means all the religions that believe in the Divinity of Jesus, that's it. It's not the name of a religion itself, just like Muslims with Muhammad. With Buddhists though, it's different. Some believe he is divine, some a holy man, and others a philosopher, depending on what type of Buddhism they follow. Did you know that the original church/religion of Christianity was Catholicism? All other Christian religions are ones that were formed by people who decided to break away from it, so by your logic, all Christians should be Catholics in order to be true Christians......
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mari_prpldrk_13 wrote:

I think they should both agree on a name and not let a bunch of other people muddy up the works. My mom is still a little mad that my aunts ganged up on her in the delivery room to name my brother after our grandfather when she already had a name picked out.


Man, I hate when people take advantage like that. There's a trick she could've done though. Depending on the state, you have so many days til the name really becomes permanent. If you go to the office of vital statistics and tell them that a mistake was made with the name (like the hospital wrote the name down wrong of misunderstood you) you can file an "amendment" (to change/correct name) for free and get what you wanted while nobody is there bugging you. It requires only the signature of both parents and a notary. Our family pressured us, and I was so pissed (they took advantage of us being out of it, surgery/meds/pain/baby almost dying), so that is what my husband & I did. They were surprised that we could do that.
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PhyongHwa wrote:

Did you know that the original church/religion of Christianity was Catholicism? All other Christian religions are ones that were formed by people who decided to break away from it, so by your logic, all Christians should be Catholics in order to be true Christians......


Not true, actually. What is known today as the Orthodox Church was the first, one with Catholics until 1057. Then the Catholic Church split from them.

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BearSol wrote:
Saying you can be Christian and not follow your branches respective book, is like saying you're a physicist but you don't believe in most of what is taught to be true. You're not a physicist anymore, you're something else.


"This is Gravity. You should avoid falling from a great height, because the sudden deceleration when impacting the ground could kill you."

"Oh. But actually, I have a parachute. In fact, I love falling from great heights."

"The book says not to fall from great heights, but you're over there ENJOYING it! You're no physicist."

"Oh come on! When the book was written, we didn't even have condo - I mean, parachutes! I still believe in Gravity and I don't really fault the book's logic."

"Sorry, but I just finished writing a footnote in the book that says there's a special level of hell for people like you."
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While I've never had a child, I was always under the assumption that the parents would discuss and eventually decide on a name. I don't really think its a "one should do it because of X" thing. Like most things in marriage, it's probably a compromise.
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Well lets be fair Rock , Paper or Scissors. If you win you will get to name the child. But if you turn to be like me who always lets the wife doing the honors. Well fine by me xD.
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if its a boy its takin my name if its a girl her mother can decide wateva the hell she wants it cud be fruity pebbles for all i care
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A good rule of thumb to go by is that whoever gets to name the child has to make all the sandwiches for the rest of the relationship. Could set up some interesting games of "name chicken" where a kid goes several months without having a name.
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Posted 4/1/13
Such things can only be decided through vicious mortal combat
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23 / M / Wales
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If I was a expecting dad, I'd probably leave it to the wife.
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There is a man in prison name Tonya who committed violent crimes because he has a girls name. So naming a child can be very relevant and important.
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Both have an equal share in deciding the child's name.

The "(X parent) deserves (Y right) concerning the child more than (Z parent) because of (α reasoning)" way of thinking is entirely wrong in a case whether neither parent is negligent nor incompetent. It's stuff like that that gets one parent sole custody of the child when the child and the other parent would like to see each other.
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Posted 4/1/13 , edited 4/1/13
I think both parents should come to a mutual agreement. If they can't, then I think there are other deeper problems in their marriage that need addressing.


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Not true, actually. What is known today as the Orthodox Church was the first, one with Catholics until 1057. Then the Catholic Church split from them.


With all due respect, I'll have to disagree w/you on that. The 1st reference of any Church was the Catholic Church in 107 A.D. by a bishop by the name of St. Ignatius of Antioch, "Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church."
Also, I'm not quite sure where u got the date of 1057, but I think the popular myth is that the formal "split" actually began at 1054. However, even that, I believe, is debatable. Here's why (in a nutshell). In 1054, Cardinal Humbert laid a bull of excommunication against the patriarch of Constantinople at the time, Patriarch Cerularius. So Cerularius and only him was supposedly excommunicated. However, even that is very much debated since the bull wasn't even signed, nor seen by the Pope, as he was dead at the time. In response, Cerularius retaliated by anathematizing Cardinal Humbert (but NOT the Roman Church - he abstained from any attack on the pope or the Latin Church). This dispute, among others, remained something of which ordinary Christians (the laity) in East and West were largely unaware. It actually wasn't until the 1450s, when the "formal split" actually occurred when most of the Eastern churches repudiated their union with Rome, and this is the split that persists to this day.

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I think it should just be a discussion between them. I was named because of an accident. Before I was born, my dad and mom were going on a trip and when the tickets arrived my dad's said Christopher instead of Eric and they liked the name.
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