A woman has sparked an intense debate online over her sister-in-law’s baby name choice, fearing the infamous name could lead to “bullying.”
She posted the dilemma on Mumsnet under username Fringely, where she explained that the mother-to-be is 34 weeks pregnant with her first child.
She recently announced her chosen baby name, which raised eyebrows among relatives.
Fringely wrote, “The actual ‘sound’ of the name is fine, but it is strongly associated with something DSIL [dear sister-in-law] and her DP [dear partner] were not really aware of. They’ve since been made aware of the association (because it’s pretty common knowledge – I’m not sure how they’d never heard of it!) but believe most people won’t make the association.
“DH [dear husband] and i believe most people will make the association for sure its not a good association and i am genuinely concerned its not fair to name a baby that and its very possible it could lead to bully when he is older.
“While DP and strongly agree on the huge issue with the name and agree that it’s unfair to lumbar a baby with it, I don’t think DH should say anything. DH thinks he’s a good should talk to her about his concerns about the name and why he doesn’t think it’s fair to give to a DN? [dear nephew]† I think nothing good will come and we should keep quiet.”
The soon-to-be aunt has so far revealed that they’ve said “very little,” although she admitted they were “remarkably shocked,” but simply “nodded and smiled.”
The message, sent Saturday, sparked a heated debate, with more than 600 responses, and can be read here. And in response to countless people wanting to know the name, Fringely confirmed, “The name is Genghis.”
And she added: “So now that I’ve said the name, most people seem to agree that intervention is required…”
A few people wondered if it was real, and she replied, “To answer a few questions: I certainly don’t think it’s a joke, clothes are made with ‘Dengi’s’ embroidered on them.
“We were also offered the name for free, so no nagging from us. The idea for the name came from something seen online. The parents are in their mid-20s.
“I just think it’s so unfair to the kid to be given a name that makes something as simple as introducing oneself a ‘thing’. Good news: No, the last name isn’t Khan.”
Genghis Khan was an infamous 12th-century Mongol warrior who, according to History.com, established the largest land empire in history, stretching from the Caspian Sea to the Sea of Japan.
Khan made a name for himself in history by uniting nomadic tribes in Central Asia and China to create the Mongol Empire, as the website noted: “At their peak, the Mongols had between 11 and 12 million continuous square miles, an area approximately as big as Africa.”
But his path to victory was bloody, as History.com noted, “Many people were massacred during Genghis Khan’s invasions.”
He is reported to have killed all conquered adults, but left children alive or used humans as human shields.
“No one knows with any certainty how many people died during Genghis Khan’s wars, in part because the Mongols promoted their vicious image as a means of sowing terror,” History.com added.
After Fringely revealed the name, many people thought it was too intertwined with the namesake’s brash reputation.
Fivebeanchilli asked, “Genghis is…. Bad. Where did they even come up with Genghis Khan?!”
HestersSamplerofCarrots wrote, “They can’t call him Genghis. Yes. Your husband should definitely talk to his brother.”
NippyWoowoo commented, “Definitely don’t accept Genghis with evil. I’ve heard the name but should google it. As others have reiterated, it’s just an awful job name.”
SpaceFarce said, “GHENGIS?! What other possible connotation can they think of other than Khan?”
WimpoleHat said “Genghis?? Yes – your DH should say something. For the sake of his unborn nephew…”
But some were fine with it in the 21st century, as Stuntbubbles wrote, “Oh, Genghis is fine! Ugly as a name, but the infamous namesake has been around long enough that it doesn’t matter. I think you should just let them go deal with it.”
LittleBearPad thought, “It’s a bold choice!”
Iwonder08 added: “Genghis is an odd choice for someone with no Mongolian heritage, but I wouldn’t immediately think of any morbid connections. After all, it’s quite a common and popular name in that region these days.”
While Enko noted, “I’ve known a Genghis in the past, you get used to it. I’m surprised they’ve never heard of Genghis Khan, of course, but it could be worse.”
According to the Office for National Statistics, the name does not make it into England’s top 100 – where Fringely is reportedly based – with the top positions taken by Oliver, George, Arthur, Noah and Mohammed.
The name has sparked some interest recently, after former NFL player Jerramy Stevens and soccer star Hope Solo welcomed twins in 2020.
The parents named their children Vittorio Genghis Stevens and Lozen Orianna Judith Steven, with Lozen a famous Apache warrior.