People say my son’s name sounds like a pet or bird – and I ‘won’t get away with something so ridiculous without mockery’

A WOMAN got cold feet over her son’s name after being told he was making a ‘laugh’ of him.

The injury got worse when other commenters said it was better suited to a pet or bird.

A woman is concerned about her son's name and has voiced her concerns on Reddit


A woman is concerned about her son’s name and has voiced her concerns on RedditPhoto credit: Getty

She took her desperation to an online forum for clarity and reassurance, but little was left of either.

commenters on her Reddit post were typically direct.

The mom-to-be explained her dilemma.

“I’m pregnant with a boy and my partner both like that name.”

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They had decided on Peregrin or Peregrine, the spelling was still up for discussion.

However, there were some doubts about the name.

“We’re both reluctant to actually use it because we’re concerned it’s too far out,” she said.

It had Tolkien links, which was an attractive draw for this mother and father.

“There is the association with the Lord of the Rings. Even if we both love each other.” [it] More than the rest of us would ever admit, I have no intention of making an obscure name for our child from this,” she wrote.

She was willing to admit that it was an unusual name.

“I just really like the name. To others he may be strange.”

“Our first son has a classic Old English name popular somewhere in the 400s. I’m looking for some thoughts from internet strangers,” she said.

She certainly understood that and many felt compelled to voice their opinions.

But Peregrin/Peregrine were more divided.

This guy was a fan: “[I] I don’t think it sounds like a name, but on the other hand, if I met a kid named Peregrine, I’d be like, “Wow, that’s interesting.”

However, this commentator was at the opposite end of the spectrum.

“Are you an English lord and lady? No? Then you’re not distinguished enough to get away with such a ridiculous name without running the risk of making fun of it,” he said.

This person’s reaction was mixed: “It’s super cool, but better suited for a pet in my honest opinion.”

This person similarly expressed, “I may be in the minority, but if I saw peregrine falcons, I only know one peregrine falcon, so I would automatically assume there was a typo in the name.”

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But there was one superfan who capped off their post:

“I really love the name Peregrin. “It just sounds really sturdy, noble and wise,” they said.

A commenter on her post said she would make a


A commenter on her post said she would make a “ridicule” of her son with a name like Peregrin/PeregrinePhoto credit: Getty

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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