‘I want give my son name inspired by Queen but I’m worried he’ll be bullied’

When it comes to naming a child, many parents-to-be draw up a shortlist of their favourite names to help them decide on the perfect one. While some turn to their close friends and family members for inspiration, others are influenced by current trends or names linked to recent world events.

One dad has shared his desire to name his child Royal – but has questioned whether it’s “too much”. Explaining how his great-grandfather as called Royal, he insists the name has a personal connection, not just a link to one of the United Kingdom’s most known families.

Speaking to Reddit, he said: “My wife and I are thinking about naming our son Royal. It’s certainly a name one would remember.

“I think it’s rad, my wife is on the fence but is considering it.

“My concern is that it sounds, for lack of a better term, douchey, sort of like naming your child Lexus or Rich.

“I definitely don’t want to saddle my son with something he hates, but I know of certain folk with unique names and it gives them a type of gravitas, especially if there is an actual connection to something.”

While most users tried to steer him away from the name, others suggested using it as a middle name or shortening it to Roy as it could be deemed distasteful following the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II.

One user said: “It’s an awesome family name – but it definitely falls into the ‘douchey’ grey space he is worried about as a first name.”

A another user said: “It reminds me of something a Kardashian would name their child. It’s a no from me.”

A third user added: “It either sounds like you’re naming your child like an Instagram influencer or you’re trying to stand on the balcony with the royal family.”

However, not everybody disliked the name, with another user saying: “I’ve never heard Royal as a name but I like it. I actually love the name Royalty for a girl.

“If for some reason your son doesn’t like it when he is older, he could easily go by Roy.”

One user said: “I knew a name named Royal and he was one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I know. He totally pulled it off.”