When this couple is embarrassed, they asks Reddit:
(On mobile.) This happened yesterday af a family bbq. My husband and I are having a baby, and we already have some names that we like.
A When asked by family what we were thinking for names, we made the mistake of telling them. My husband and I are really nerdy and we're also into mythology and are big gamers. We're both very much the odd ones out in each of our families.
We wanted a fandom name - but not something we thought was ridiculous - and we mentioned this, which caused some relatives to get really pissy and start calling us names, saying we were being cruel (before they even heard what names are on the list).
So my husband and I shared a look and we had the same thought to just take the piss. So I said that if it was a boy, he'd be named Dovahkin (the player character from Skyrim) and if it was a girl, she'd be named Elpheba from Wicked.
Well, it was chaos. They were super angry, my MIL started crying because we've 'ruined the child's life already'. We kept to our lie and made a hasty exit after nobody would calm down. We got nasty messages all night and this morning.
(My husband congratulated me on my choice of names in the car and thinks we should keep it up until after the baby is born.) I met up with my best friend today and told her the full story and she said we acted horribly towards our family and we deserve the comments we got.
She also said that if we don't set the record straight then any personalised baby gifts we might receive would end up being a waste of money. So tell me, AITA?
NTA. Even if you did name your child something stupid because it's a fandom you love, that's not their place to criticize. It sounds like they're getting way too involved with what you two are going to name your child.
Basically everyone in my daughter's class has an 'unusual' name. Some more than others, sure, but names have not been the source of bullying because so many kids these days have fannish or different-sounding names.
Kids can always find something to pick on other kids about, if they want to, and I don't think that by the time this group of kids gets into the workforce that it will be a particularly huge deal for that certain subclass of kids with unusual names. NTA.