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Choosing a baby name that everyone agrees on can be a challenge. Do partners have equal say? Or does Mom get to make the final decision because she's carrying the baby? We took to the streets and asked real parents to share their uncensored opinions on who really gets the final say.
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Sarah Bernard is BabyCenter’s Pop Culture & Lifestyle contributor. She covers parenting, health, fitness, fashion, and trends of all kinds. She lives in New York City with her husband and twin girls.
Thanks to moms and dads Cassie Dee, Marne, Heena, Savera, Kate, Stacie, and Jonathan.
Video by: Sarah Bernard
Sarah Bernard: What happens if you are absolutely in love with a name? It is everything. But your partner … not so much.
Woman 1: I wanted to name her Calypso, but her daddy stopped me. Like she would have a weird, crazy name, if her daddy didn't stop me.
Woman 2: My son is Henry, and Henry was the only name that my husband loved that I didn't hate.
Woman 1: It's hard, naming a person and having 2 people agree with it.
Woman 2: His names were pretty ridiculous though. He's still interested in naming a child Space Time Continuum.
55 percent say parents have equal say on their baby's name.
Woman 2: Well, I definitely was happy to let my husband take the lead on our boy name, because I didn't care quite as much. Oh, my daughter's spitting up. Awesome.
Woman 3: I don't know, my husband and I, we were just going back and forth for months.
Woman 4: No, we really agreed with each other.
Woman 5: I mean, yes, I think the mom should get more votes, because we're carrying it, but I know that's not fair.
54 percent say they chose their baby's name with their partner.
28 percent say they chose it by themselves.
Woman 6: Naming is more personal for women too. I don’t know. I don’t think that no guys have done it, but I don't know how many men have really grown up naming baby dolls, and making lists of names, and trying different signatures. I think that's kind of, definitely every little girl I know does that.
40 percent say the mom-to-be has final say.
5 percent say the dad-to-be has final say.
Man 1: No, I don’t think the mom wins. I don't think the dad wins. I think everyone's got to love the names. I think that would be a ridiculous scenario.
Woman 4: Well, my mom always says, "You should let the grandmas pick the name." I'm like, “Maybe not.”