Couple Divorces Over Baby Girl’s Name [Poll]
|5 August 2013|
Over the last few days, a number of new people have surfed in from HuffPo to read about a married couple that nearly divorced over a baby name. (Hello, new people!)
So today let’s talk about a married couple that actually did get a divorce because of a baby name.
Audrey Payne wed Arthur Simms of Atlanta, Georgia, in 1950. About a year later, they had a baby girl. Six weeks after that, Audrey petitioned for divorce.
Audrey had originally named the baby Antoinette, after her mother.
Thereupon, she charged, her husband, Arthur Benjamin Simms III, “flew into a rage.” He’s an aircraft engineer.
Simms, she charged, changed the name to “Annette.” She changed it back.
Then, Mrs. Simms claimed, her husband hit her and tore up all the birth announcements reading “Antoinette.”
I’m not sure what name the baby ended up with, but an obituary for Arthur Simms mentions a daughter named Anne, and this could be his daughter with Audrey. If so, perhaps the name on the birth certificate is Annette.
Which of the two names would you have chosen for baby Simms?
Source: “Feud Over Baby’s Name Results in Divorce.” Reading Eagle 13 Jul. 1951: 4.
HuffPo article: Divorce Cause: Study Suggests Parents Of First-Born Girls Are More Likely To Split