You take them baby’s name — vain.
Stealing a trending baby name that a friend or family member was previously intended for their own child – a practice known as “name sniping” – angers parents, particularly those who choose unique names for their tots. And while it might seem trivial to outsiders, experts say it’s a serious offense.
“It’s pretty outrageous,” CEO and Founder of BabyNames.com Jennifer Morris, 59, told the Post. “Stolening another person’s child’s name—whether the child has been born, is about to be born, or hasn’t even been conceived—has ruined so many relationships.”
“We have seen many families torn apart [name-sniping], especially when siblings are fighting over a name,” she added. “And so many friendships have been completely destroyed.”
Billionaire businesswoman Kylie Jenner, 24, is currently on the business end of a baby-name beef with an ex-boyfriend and celebrity Tammy Hembrow27
Hembrow, an Australian influencer, has accused the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star of stealing her 6-year-old son Wolf’s first name and giving it to her and Travis Scott’s newborn son.
“Kylie had to steal Tammy’s firstborn’s name,” teased a Hembrow follower on Instagram. The comment was stamped under a picture of the now pregnant model She held her son’s hand and wrote “My Wolf”. Hembrow’s photo was shared just moments after Jenner announced that she and Scott, 30, were dating crowned their son with the same honor.
“You did it first,” one internet instigator wrote on Hembrow’s profile of the naming controversy. “Kylie is just copying you,” said another.
But while Morris conceded that the parents who feel like created trendy baby name have the right to feel deprived if someone kidnaps it, the offense is not legally punishable.
“You can’t retain copyright or exclusive rights to a real first name unless it’s trademarked and used for business purposes,” the expert said – noting that the rule applies even to the almighty Kardashian tribe. “So a parent may have the right to brag that I did it first, but beyond that and maybe some hurt feelings, there’s no recourse.”
And she noted that the emotional stab caused by baby name theft stems from the recent cultural shift toward nonconformity.
“When you choose a name like Wolf, which has never been in the top 1,000 names in US births, and you are one of the first to use that name, you feel like it sets you and your child apart as unique. ‘ the authority said. She added that in recent years, less than 1 percent of new parents have given out popular titles, such as: Liam and Emma, to her little bundle of joy. Quirky monikers are all the rage.
“As soon as someone, especially a trendsetter like Kylie Jenner, takes this really cool and unusual name for their baby, it immediately starts to lose its unique edge because everyone wants to use it,” Morris said.
In the case of Jenner vs. Hembrow, however, no celebrity mom was the first to name her child “Wolf.”
“Aquaman” star Jason Momoa42, and wife Lisa Bonet, 54, anointed their boy Wolf — full name Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa — in 2008. And in 2015, veteran supermodel Kimora Lee Simmons, 46, and husband Tim Leissner named their first son together Wolfe Lee.
The TV divas Zooey Deschanel, 42, and Lauren Conrad, 36, also chose the raisins animalic tag as a middle name for their sons in 2017 and 2019 respectively.
And while Morris says it’s unlikely a parent will ever be able to lay claim to one really unique baby nameshe joked that tech tycoon Elon Musk, 50, might be an exception to the rule.
“Musk could literally be the only parent who’s right to say he went first when it comes to baby names,” she laughed, referring to the billionaire singer-songwriter Grimes’ 20-month-old son. X Æ A-XII.
“Unless [Musk’s] Ex-best friend comes out and says, “I came up with that name six years ago,” I think [and Grimes] can say with certainty that they have conjured up a name that no one else can claim or steal.”
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