BABY names are like Marmite – you either love them or hate them – there's not often any in-between.

But one anonymous mum-to-be, who is from the US, took to Reddit and explained how she and her husband settled on naming their baby after a colour – despite realising that it's not a "real" name.

In the post, she wrote: "I initially wanted to name my son (currently 5 months pregnant) Rex, or Sacha, but my husband hates both options."

"The only name we can agree on, I don’t think it’s even a name, really, is Red."

She continued: "As a couple we’re definitely on the weirder/hippy/creative end of the spectrum."

"I don’t want to saddle my son with a silly name, but my husband and I both have unusual names and we’re grateful for them."


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The pregnant woman went on to admit that she likes how brutally honest the social forum is so was keen to get other people's perspectives – and so asked their thoughts on the name, Red.

And people didn't hold back when it came to expressing their opinions.

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"For me Red isn't a name. It's a great nickname but I don't think it should be an official given name. You could always do something like Robert (or any other R name) Edward and call him Red???" wrote one.

A second penned: "Red sort of feels like what you'd call an old hunting dog, in my opinion."

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A third admitted: "It's a bit… lacking, on it's own, but it could work well as a nickname."

Meanwhile, a fourth added: "I’m not a fan, it doesn't feel like a full name to me."

"Maybe a name like Rufus or Rory that means something red related? Then Red could be a nickname? Just a thought."

However, others told how they were fans of the rather unusual moniker.

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"I like Red as a name and I think it’s fine as it is. If I were to turn Red into a nickname I’d go with Alfred. I prefer Alfred over Wilfred," wrote one.

A second commented: "I like Red! I'm surprised to hear myself say it actually. But somehow it feels classic and timeless."

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