Will This Baby Be Born Lucky?
To help your sister, you might start by gently suggesting that she not bring up the P word (“pet”). Her grandson’s parents either don’t associate the name Lucky with the golden retriever down the street, or they’ve thought about this already and have decided they don’t care.
A better strategy might be to talk up Lucky as a cool yet classic nickname. Think aviator Charles “Lucky Lindy” Lindbergh, or bandleader Lucius “Lucky” Milinder. Even the Scandinavian explorer Leif Eriksson was known as “Leif the Lucky”! How’s that for range?
There are lots of Luc- names that can lead naturally to the nickname Lucky, including Luca, Lucas, Lucian, Lucius, or simply Luc, the French form of Luke. Stretching a little further, the parents-to-be could be inspired by one of the Luckys of the past and call their son Leif, Erik or Eric, or Charles. There’s also Felix, which comes from the Latin word for lucky. Any of these choices would let the parents call their son Lucky, while giving him flexibility for times when the fun, ultra-casual name doesn’t seem to fit.
Of course, this baby may well be formally named Lucky whether his grandmother likes it or not. If that’s the case, you can help by lending a sympathetic ear when your sister needs to vent, and encourage her not to vent to little Lucky’s parents. Belittling their name choice—now, or especially after the baby is born—will only serve to start this relationship off on a sour note. And that would be unlucky for everyone.