There’s baby name drama (“my college roommate stole my favorite boy name!”) and then there’s Adam Levine-grade baby name drama.
Earlier this week, Instagram model Sumner Stroh alleged that she not only had an affair with Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, but that a few months later, he messaged her out of the blue with a totally normal request: My wife is pregnant! Mind if I name the baby after you?
His alleged text was only a little less succinct: “Ok serious question. I’m having another baby and if it’s [a] boy I really wanna name it Sumner. You ok with that? DEAD serious,” Levine wrote to Stroh, according to her screenshots. (The singer’s wife, Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, is currently pregnant with their third child. On Tuesday, Levine admitted to vague “inappropriate behavior.”)
If there’s truth to this, we’re DEAD seriously taken aback by the singer’s name selection process. Who would name their child after a woman they were messing around with in any capacity while their wife was pregnant?
Apparently, a lot of people! In the wake of the Levine story, many women tweeted saying that they, too, had been named after their dad’s exes, “the other woman” or old crushes. (To be fair, we’re sure women do this, too, but the anecdata doesn’t seem to be on the same scale. Search for “named after my dad’s ex” on Twitter to be truly depressed.)
Dana Omari, a Instagram beauty influencer who helped “break” the Levine story, received messages from women who said they had similar name origins. (The stories, which Omari is still receiving even days later, are catalogued in a highlight folder on her Instagram titled “men naming babies.”)
“My mom and her sister got named after my grandpa’s mistresses,” one woman told Omari.
“I’m named after a mail lady who my grandfather thought was so good looking. [I’m] literally named after my grandpa’s wannabe mistress,” another wrote.
The subject has even been featured in Slate’s “Dear Prudence” columns and a “30 Rock” bit: Suspecting a pregnancy, Liz Lemon’s on-again-off-again doofus boyfriend Dennis Duff tells her, “If it’s a girl, I used to boff this chick named Judy, and I would love to honor her.”
Most of the women we spoke to said their dads did it on the sly: “You’re named after my ex, but your mom doesn’t know.”
For instance, Susanne was born two months premature and her mom was too exhausted to fill out the paperwork for her birth…