Stay-at-home mum, 18, defends her baby’s name after trolls say it sounds like a ‘disease’

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A new mum was left frustrated after her family disapproved of her daughter’s name and even mistook it for a car manufacturer. Bella Davis, 18, was forced to justify the name she gave to her baby to relatives after her birth. Bella and her boyfriend, Reason Robison, 20, fell in love with the name Polaris – another name for the North Star – before their baby girl was born last July.

But despite the couple loving it, relatives had their doubts. Stay-at-home mum Bella said: “When we told our friends and family almost everyone didn’t like it.

“A lot of people thought of the car manufacturing company, Polaris Inc, which sells all-terrain vehicles.

“My sister absolutely hated it but once Polaris was born, she started to like it a bit more. A lot of people have warmed to it since, my mum said she liked it, but I don’t know if she was lying to me.

“I’ve had a lot of people online who don’t like it as well.”

After sharing her little girl’s name on TikTok, Bella received a lot of backlash with trolls claiming the moniker “sounds like a disease”.

“A lot of the comments are saying she’d be bullied in school for her name and that it’s ugly,” Bella said.

“I’ve just stopped reading the comments now because they’re too hateful. I don’t really care but it’s also not very nice to hear at the same time.”

The name had a personal meaning to the young couple, as they first bonded over a love of astronomy and would go stargazing together on their dates.

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Bella recalled how Reason had pointed to the North Star, or Polaris, just before asking her to be his girlfriend.

Despite the backlash, Bella and Reason claim they don’t regret naming their daughter Polaris – pronounced as ‘Pol-air-is’ – and encourage parents to “go for it” if they like an unusual name.

Bella said: “I’ve never once regretted naming her Polaris. To all the people online, I’d say it’s not your kid and you shouldn’t give your opinion unless it’s wanted because the things people say do hurt and it’s unnecessary.

“I’d definitely say to other parents that if you love a name then go for it.”