Woman kicked out of sister’s baby shower after laughing at ‘bacteria’ name

A woman was left in hysterics when her sister announced the name she had chosen for her unborn baby girl – but her laughter didn’t go down well with the rest of the family.

A woman has shared her amusement after her sister decided to give her baby a “bacteria” name. The woman was asked to leave her sister’s baby shower when she couldn’t help but laugh at the chosen name for the newborn girl.

The woman explained that her sister and brother-in-law had decided to combine their names for their new arrival, but it ended up sounding like a type of bacteria.

Choosing a baby name can be tricky, with parents often torn between traditional names or something more unique. While parents are free to choose any name they wish for their child, there will always be those who judge their choices.

The expectant mum is named Ella and her husband is Sam, so they decided their baby girl would be named “Samnella”. This caused Ella’s sister to burst into laughter as she realised it sounded very similar to Salmonella.

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In a Reddit post, the woman shared: “I have a younger sister Ella. She got married to Sam last year in a small socially distanced wedding. We knew they’d want kids right away, and last Sunday was the baby shower. I knew she’d announce the gender and name at it, but Sam’s mother arranged it so it was a surprise.

“[During the gender reveal] pink comes out and we all cheer. Ella goes, ‘okay name reveal’ and that’s when she pulls out a baby onesie with ‘Samnella’ on it.

“There were a few ‘woo’ [noises] but [then] dead silence, and I laughed, thinking it wasn’t real. Then I said ‘Salmonella like food poisoning?’.

“Sam’s mum freaks out about how it’s a beautiful name, Ella is screaming that I’ve ruined everything and the name was meant to signify the coming together of them. My own mother hissing that I should have kept my mouth shut, how the kid would probably go by Sammy.

“Not going to lie I left after that. I’m told the party went on but the mood was different.”

She suspects others are just “being nice” about the unusual choice, adding: “Family seems mixed on it, with a fair few agreeing Samnella does sound like salmonella, and caught off guard they’d have giggled too, but also a lot of ‘well, it’s her baby if she likes the name’.


    “I do think I shouldn’t have laughed, but also, how have multiple people heard Samnella and just thought ‘yeah sounds cute’? My sister says everyone else loves and compliments the name, I think they’re just being nice.”

    Online commenters were equally puzzled by the chosen moniker, many fear that the child might get teased at school once classmates learn what her name is akin to.

    One person joked: “All I could think of is that poor kid in biology class in the future. We used to get teased if a character from an English lesson or an example sentence for grammar had our name in it. The kid is named after a disease!”

    Another said: “Surely a wind-up? If not, no child’s name should sound like a bad chicken curry.”

    And someone else commented: “You are doing them a service. Now they’ll hopefully be embarrassed out of using that awful name.”

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