After relatives mistook her daughter's unique name for a car brand and online trolls predicted the child would be bullied, a teenage mother has stood up in defense of the name.
When her daughter was born on July 7, 2022, Bella Davis, an 18-year-old from Salt Lake City, Utah, gave her the name Polaris, which is another term for the North Star.
Bella and her boyfriend, Reason Robison, 20, who is employed at a carbon fiber manufacturing company, have had to defend their daughter's name despite adoring it.
As a stay-at-home mother, Bella stated that her loved ones had drawn comparisons to Polaris Inc, an automotive company, which she found concerning. "When we told our friends and family almost everyone didn't like it"
Their loved ones have expressed reservations about their name selection, as they believe it bears a resemblance to the automotive firm Polaris Inc.
She explained: 'A lot of people thought of the car manufacturing company, Polaris Inc, who sell all terrain vehicles."
"My sister absolutely hated it but once Polaris was born, she's started to like it a bit more."
"A lot of people have warmed to it since, my mother said she liked it, but I don't know if she was lying to me."
Meanwhile, anonymous individuals on the internet assert that the name "sounds like a disease" and another commented, "girl be ready to have a bullied baby."
She said: "I've had a lot of people online who don't like it as well."
"A lot of the comments are saying she'd be bullied in school for her name and that it's ugly."
"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 held special significance for the young couple, as they had initially connected over their shared passion for astronomy and frequently went stargazing during their dates.
Bella reminisced about how Reason had indicated the North Star, which is also called Polaris, just before he asked her to be his girlfriend.
Bella and Reason assert that they do not regret naming their daughter Polaris - pronounced as 'Pol-air-is' - in spite of the criticism, and urge other parents to follow their lead and choose a distinctive name if they so desire.
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."
"Your opinion is all that matters and at the end of the day it's your decision."
"There's no name in the world that everyone's going to like."
"And to the people who say she'll be bullied - I think kids will be mean either way and if they're mean about her name then they're not very good friends anyway."