Death threat over Baby Name....

Shannon - posted on 05/05/2011 ( 47 moms have responded )

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"I'm going to put a cord around your neck, strangle you until you die, throw you in a ditch, and no one will ever know who did it," said a new dad in Everett, Washington, before storming out of a hospital.



According to the Everett Herald, the reason John Keinath allegedly threatened a nurse in this way is that she laughed when he mentioned a prospective baby name. We're all guilty of it. We smirk when we hear what a friend or relative names their baby. But unfortunately for this nurse, she chose the wrong daddy.



He wanted to name his son John Gotti (after the infamous mob boss), and he was a tough ex-con himself (under investigation for meth, with felony convictions for a drive-by shooting and beating with a pipe and a history of domestic violence).



Yet, it seems he was a mite sensitive when it came to his chosen name -- so he stalked the nurse.



According to prosecutors, Keinath spent the past few months trying to trick people at the hospital into providing the nurse's identity. Fortunately, he was caught, and on Monday, he was jailed in lieu of a $1 million bail.





Baby names are so personal. Maybe we think Chester or Esmeralda isn't the best moniker to start a life with or perhaps we giggle a bit at a relative's creative spelling choice. I've been there. I hated one ex-sister-in-law's choice of name so badly that I trumped her by naming my new dog the same name several months before the baby was due.



So wrong! I know. My only excuse was that I was a teenager at the time.



I also heard through the grapevine that my mother-in-law wasn't thrilled with my name choice for my daughter and took to calling her another name when not in my presence. Hmmmph! Considering the awkward and often mispronounced name she gave her son and my husband, I'm not at all surprised we don't have the same taste.



However this story? It's crazy.



So here's to one more reason to keep those judgments and lips sealed. You might get death threats instead of the chilling death stare I got from my sister-in-law.





SO Ladies.... are there any names in your family or friends that you laughed at secretly? This is exactly why i didn't name my son Richard, with my last name being Skinner i could just imagine the torture my son would have gone thru if anyone had given him the common nickname of ..... Dick... yay! :-P

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Medic - posted on 05/06/2011

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Jen- Than I guess you better start rolling your eyes because my kids are Daemyan and Jacquelyn. I have heard some very strange names and seen some strange spellings but to the kids its normal...its just their names. I got some strange looks from the nurse for my daughters middle name (Salem) until I told her that it is her daddys call sign for the military. You never know what is behind the name and in all reality sometimes that is more important than the name itself.

Stifler's - posted on 05/06/2011

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I weep for humanity when I hear some of the misspellings of nice names there are out there. And some of the names celebs and others have come up with. I want to write Ugly Stik (fish rod company) a letter telling them to stop encouraging illiteracy and what's so hard about adding a c to their name.

Jayce - posted on 05/06/2011

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I used to work retail and I've seen and heard some really odd names. The one that really sticks out is Zaphod. I felt so bad for that kid. (In case someone doesn't know, Zaphod is the name of the two-headed alien from Douglas Adam's Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

Corrie - posted on 05/06/2011

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I think whatever you name a child, that child WILL be that name. Might take a while, but they'll become that name. And you'll never think twice about it again :)

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Jane - posted on 05/08/2011

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In our family there is a tradition of naming the first born son in one branch Nebelow (pronounced NEE beh low). This is their last name spelled backwards. The last Nebelow Woleben, according to my mother, refused to marry or have children so he could end the tradition. I have no idea if that is true, but as far as I know there are no longer any Nebelows around.

Vegemite - posted on 05/08/2011

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A friend of mine called her daughters Taykeeta and Jovi as in Bon, I like those. My cousin's wife is Japanese their kids names are Kirako (girl) and Kentaro (boy). Another cousin's wife is Chinese their son's name is Qwan Jin, spelling? My youngest's middle name is Lyle after my husband's Dad. When we told him our son's middle name would be after him he said not to do that to the poor child haha he's proud as punch now to have a grandson named after him. We got our oldest son's name from my great great step grandpa Harrison, that was his first name and we just liked it and thought it would be original. No there are so many Harrisons oh well we still like it.

Cyndel - posted on 05/07/2011

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Not in my family, but my husband worked with a Richard Head-yeah no one called him Richard...or just Dick...poor guy.

He was also friends with a kid in High school who was named Brick Whal (pronounced Wall).

ETA: LOL I take that back! My name is very unusual, Cyndel (pronounced sin-dl). My name came from a George Lucus movie, The Ewok Movies. After the little girl who is the main characture.

Corrie - posted on 05/07/2011

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We're coming round to some new names now, and i refuse to tell anyone. lol. I don't want the judgement. If i hand my newborn to my mother and say this is "jdnkjsbdkb" she wont know any different!

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My 2 yr old son's name is Luca its italian im italian and we both loved it. also name of the hot doctor from the show ER and Luca from the godfather movie
My youngest son is named Ryley its gender nuetral and we picked it before knowing his gender. I liked the "y" speling so we stuck with it. No one gave me any bs for picking these they both have very traditional middle names Joseph and Jacob so they could always go by those if they chose later in life.

Merry - posted on 05/07/2011

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Cherish, I totally respect the fact that you are open where you got it from! That's too cool, I see lots of people say oh no I didn't name him anakin after star wars, I just like the name and it's like,.........ooookkkkkk! Haha, I tnk it's awesome to be able to just say this is where I got it from and I like it!

Honesty is refreshing :)

My husband found the name Fierna in his dungeons and dragons game, the character was a daughter of the devil or something, but upon researching the name we found it's actually an Irish name meaning truth! So we like it, and the game character is just an unfortunate thing. We are Irish, and I'm not going to not use a name we love just because there's some character named it that I don't like.

Cherish - posted on 05/07/2011

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I cant really laugh a anyone because my name is cherish and my daughters names is mystique. And she was named after the blue shape-shifter in x-men lol

Merry - posted on 05/07/2011

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I like a well placed y in names.... But I'm not keen on multiple ys in names. Carylyn looks a bit over done, but Jayson imo looks nice!
I do think it's odd to put in ys where they don't quite fit, like my son Eric really shouldn't be spelled Eryc....

Corrie - posted on 05/07/2011

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I totally want to name my child something ridiculous and unique and silly.
But then i'm called Corrie.
And i've suffered for it...........

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Yep Jennifer I am. I think sticking a random Y in a name isn't unique, it's silly. I am sorry but that is how I feel.



ETA: Should I not be appalled at Pleasure's full name or should I step back and say that maybe it means something very deep and the mother was just too blinded by that to see what her daughter will face for her ENTIRE LIFE? I think I'll stick with appalled.

Kelly - posted on 05/06/2011

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I have a niece named Nevaeh...always have to write heaven first, or I misspell it... Also know a Shyanne (pronounced like Cheyenne, but the momma couldn't spell it)... I've never giggled or questioned the mothers, but do frequently shake my head. We're sticking with "traditional" first names and spellings, Kevin and James, as we figure these kids have to live with these names for at least 18 years if not forever, so why saddle them with something they'll have to explain or spell so frequently?

Christina - posted on 05/06/2011

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My ex-husband's family gave me grief when I named my daughter Ciarabel Juniper (pronounced Kira Bell.) They told me her name sounded like a damn Christmas plant. Good thing she was born prematurely in January then! I told them to suck it up.

Rosie - posted on 05/06/2011

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my son has a kid in his class named seven. i think that's the weirdest one in real life that i know of. we thought about naming one of our kids charlie just for shits and giggles (my real last name is brown) but thought it would be a bit to mean..LOL!

Merry - posted on 05/06/2011

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It's kind of funny because I personally love the name Esmeralda! It's in the beginning as a 'weird' name, but Esme is a cute nick name and personally I think Esmeralda is a beautiful name!

Sindi - posted on 05/06/2011

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My family hated my son's name, Caden, but now they love it! People also hate that I named all boys 'C" names, Connor, Caden, Camden, mainly the last two as they are very simliar, but I just shorten Camden to Cam. I love all their names and I love saying them! I don't understand though how someone can look at a sweet baby and think I'm gonna cal you Harry, or Gertrude, no offense to anyone with those names lol just using examples :)

Shannon - posted on 05/06/2011

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In my family tree alone you will find a Dorkus, a Maude, a Herman and a Thorton.... Gotta tell you the names make me giggle but i love them all dearly and wouldn't change them at all :-)

Corrie - posted on 05/06/2011

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It is about respect. If i had a personal opinion on someones name i wouldn't tell them. It's their choice. Death threats are going a bit far; but then again she was tres rude!! ;)
A lot of names sound unfamiliar, culturally different or have a relevance to or connotation to a person that it may not have to someone else.
If you watch enough tv there will always be a celebrity who has the same name as the one you've chosen. no? In which case does that mean your child will always be sononomous with that name?
I haven't picked a name for my child for this reason. I don't want him to be "Oh, is he named after...." no... my child will be named as he is or looks on the day he is born.
I wouldn't name him hitler or mussolini, but if i named him Ian would it be huntly?? if it was John would it be Dillinger? if it was Charles would it be Manson? Who knows what people will think.
I shudder to think of the amount of Edwards and Jacobs that will be graduating schools across the world in 2025-8....

Merry - posted on 05/06/2011

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Oh and my daughters name is Fierna. It's a rare Irish name that most people haven't heard before, but thankfully everyone has been courteous at least when hearing it. Most actually seem to love it!
But naming someone after a mobster is a bit scary.

Celeste - posted on 05/06/2011

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I'm not a fan naming babies after cities, like Dakota or Austin. I have 2 very traditional names for my children and one not so traditional. Her name is always getting mispronounced when it's only seen on paper first but when said properly it's beautiful.
I also went through all the nicknames I could think of and tried to make sure that none would be incredibly offensive. I remember growing up that the only one people could rhyme with my name was molest and they used it often. It was very hurtful. So I don't want my kids to have to go through that too.
My friend's a nurse and has seen all sorts of funny names that we talk about after work. I think that it's important as adults to remember that some of these people might just have special reasons for naming their children what they are and laugh at home away from them if we must.

Merry - posted on 05/06/2011

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I didn't like it that my neice is named angel, mostly cuz her mom claims her dead grandma came to her in a dream and told her to name the baby angel. Creepy IMO. And also in my area there's a fair amount of Hispanic boys named angel!

Honestly I dislike most baby names, so odds are I don't like most fo the ones people choose in my life, but I am grateful no one has hassled me for my name choices so I too don't hassle anyone about their choices! Even if I don't like it I pretend I do, and find something nice I can say about it anyways. It's one thing to judge in your own head, it's another to go and say it!

Shannon - posted on 05/06/2011

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I wouldn't be that vindictive lol I had an Aunt once that had a dog named 'Tiny" my dad was a prankster so my grandma was always yelling 'Jonathon!!' it cracked us up one day when we hear my Aunt yelling 'Tinathon!' It is still a source of amusement for us lol

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/06/2011

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WOW...people go cuckoo. My daughter has a very unusual name. People either love it or hate it....and you can tell as soon as you say the name. My girlfriend still actually says "I cannot believe you named her that" She is an old friend that I talk to only 2-3 times per year....but I think she has some gall. I really think she is jealous of the name, she likes to try and be different and off beat...and I really think she likes it...but cannot let me know that....instead gives me backhanded compliments.



Anyhow, that is pretty bad that you used your SIL name for a dog. Wow. I hope you apologized up, down and sideways for that.

Shannon - posted on 05/06/2011

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I have a twisted sense of humor so when i was naming my children i thought of EVERY nicnkname a name could have to make sure it "meshed" with my last name I have run across some doozy's as far as names go.... I know a Richard (Dick) Oder, and yes he prefers the name Dick, I know a woman named Iona Whole and 1 named Lovey Secs.... I know that when i met these people the look on my face had to be priceless because i had to have them repeat their names.

Mabel - posted on 05/06/2011

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I still have a hard time with the whole Heaven spelled backwards .Nevaeh.I can list 5 different families with the same name... :{

Krista - posted on 05/06/2011

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In retrospect, it's probably good that she laughed, if it meant that lunatic is behind bars. I can just imagine what kind of parent he'd be to that poor innocent baby!

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My boyfriends mom told me.At her work one day she got a call from a lady, who works with her.She didn't know her name.Just knew her to see if you get me.The lady was calling in sick.So she asked for the ladys name.



Her name was Titty Love.I know its a funny sounding name but its her name.You have to be respectful of that no matter what.



Theres no point in rolling eyes or smirking etc..unless your on your own, then by all means go crazy about the name if you think its stupid or funny etc.lol

Jenn - posted on 05/06/2011

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I don't know anyone IRL who has named their child anything "weird", so I've never felt the urge to laugh or smirk or anything else. I do think it was rude of the nurse to laugh, but perhaps she did so because she thought he was joking. I mean, who would WANT to name their child after a mob boss? Oh wait - a meth head would. :/

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Often! I see newborn names on a daily basis at work. I usually roll my eyes and think "Oh well ain't that just precious" when I see a random Y inserted into a name where it didn't belong.

The best I ever saw was a child who's first name was Pleasure. Her last name rhymed with box and sounds just like a euphemism for male genitalia. No, I'm serious. That really was her name. Now imagine having to call and ask for the "parent or guardian of Pleasure Cox" as I had to do. Now imagine that you called a wrong number.

True story. That name will always rank #1 in the WTF Was Mom Thinking Category. Poor girl destined to be on a pole.

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Do we laugh and smirk...i certainly do not.I have heard many different names.I think the nurse was out right rude but the fathers choice of words were not acceptable at all.They both reacted wrongly.The father just took it to a whole other level.I guess the nurse will think twice about laughing when she hears a possible name for a child.lol.

Cynthia - posted on 05/06/2011

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wow thats meth man! sum crazy shit...i like what tracey said, treat everyone with respect even if you think they are an idiot. u never know what crazy drugs the dad in the next room is on. LOL just wow..

Shannon - posted on 05/05/2011

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I used to work at one of our local hospitals and i nearly PMSL when i was delivering lunch one day when the room i walked into had the pt name listed as "Harry Butts"....... i had to make a hurried exit!

Sneaky - posted on 05/05/2011

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I think the moral of the story is that you should treat everyone with respect, even if you think that they are an idiot!

As to strange names I gave my daughters 'traditional' names and each of them is the only one in their day care or pre-school classes - my cousins who all gave their children 'original' names are actually very common at my daughters school! And I secretly laugh about that ALL THE TIME :o)

Shannon - posted on 05/05/2011

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@ Heather... My husbands cousin was pregnant with her third child and they were looking for a name that started with a 'D' she had originally wanted "Duncan" and with her last name it would've sounded more like a breakfast than a name to be stuck with for life :-/

Shannon - posted on 05/05/2011

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My sister's name is Jacquetta, it is french, however i cannot tell you how many times someone has called my phone or my mothers asking if we knew how to reach "Chicquita" lol my motto is if you can't pronounce someones first name don't try it lol

Lady Heather - posted on 05/05/2011

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My MIL`s cousin has kids called Sunshine and Velvet. That kind of made me giggle. Everyone in my family has boringly normal names. I do enjoy making fun of my cousin`s kid. Mason...like the jar. That`s how I always say it.

I don`t think I would laugh at a guy who seriously wants to name his kid John Gotti. i would assume there was a reason for it and it`s not something I`d want to get involved in. I assume she thought he was joking. Nuts.

Desiree - posted on 05/05/2011

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My family in Portugal Looked at me very funny when I told them my son's name was Connor. then I found out why, if missprenounced it carries the defiinition of a womans body part that we all love to hate at different times. Luckily I live in South Africa so it doesn't happen often. But saying that here we have the weirdest names to come out and the meaning get mind boggling. Who ever heard of calling a child Jack and then adding an e to the end. And all because then the child would have the intials of the enitre family. Cal, Karena and Ewan. but then again I always did wonder about my sisters thinking proccesses.

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