After a pregnancy that took them both by surprise, a 29-year-old man and his girlfriend welcomed their new baby daughter to the world, naming her Clementine at the man’s suggestion.
The new father claims he has always loved the name, and, unbeknown to his girlfriend, it just so happened to be the exact same moniker he gave his pet cat when he was six years old.
The cat died some years ago, long before he met his current girlfriend, and so he apparently didn’t think it would be too much of a big deal for his little girl to share a name with his old feline friend.
However, the anonymous man says he was in for a stern telling-off after his mother dug out some old childhood photos to illustrate just how much he resembled baby Clementine.
The girlfriend was taken by the “pretty cat” she spotted in a number of the photos and asked what the family had called it. But she didn’t much like the answer.
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Taking to Reddit, the conflicted cat lover wrote: “She remarked what a pretty cat it was and asked what her name was. I said it was funny because her name was also Clementine.
“She immediately got p***ed and asked me what the f**k was wrong with me. I was surprised by this and she started going in on me about how I tricked her into naming our daughter after a dead cat.
“We argued until she told me to take her home. The whole ride home we didn’t speak. When we got home she went into our room with the baby and hasn’t come out since”.
The poster – who goes by the username u/ihgfgvf – went on to clarify that he’d named his daughter Clementine because he likes the name, not because he deliberately wanted to name her after a long-dead cat.
Despite this clarification, many Reddit users feel he should have really given his girlfriend a heads up about the significance of the name before they decided on Clementine.
One person wrote: “A lot of people don’t like naming their kids after a dead pet and given how long you had the cat I wouldn’t buy that you simply forgot the connection.
“You should have told her that you had a cat with the name and then let her decide how she felt about it with all the information”.
Another said: “Instead of being honest about the name and the feelings behind it from the beginning, you purposely hid the fact you’d had a cat of that name.
“You wouldn’t have felt it necessary to hide unless you had known it would be an issue, so I would argue it’s very manipulative to omit that information until after your daughter had already been born and named”.
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