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How To Handle Baby Name Regret

By Kelcey Kintner

Alpha Mom Lesson LearnedA few weeks after I gave birth to my second daughter, I looked at that precious little girl and thought to myself,  “I love you so much and I really don’t like your name.” There was nothing wrong with the name exactly. I just didn’t love it. And it wasn’t her.

During my pregnancy, I never paid much attention to our choice of girl’s name. Because I just knew in my heart, I was having a boy. It just felt like a boy and how could a mother be wrong? This mother was very wrong.

I didn’t tell anyone about my baby name regret. But I never called my daughter by her name. I mostly called her “the baby.” I would bristle when others called her by her name which is ridiculous because what else were they supposed to call her? My hope was that I would just get used to the name and I was too exhausted from taking care of a newborn and a toddler to figure out what to do.

But after 6 months, I burst.

I finally confided to a friend, “I really don’t like my daughter’s name and I don’t know what to do about it.”  And then I started crying.

I looked for signs that she thought I should be in a mental institution. But she was very supportive. I was relieved. Maybe I wasn’t crazy after all?! Telling my husband was more difficult.

“What do you mean it isn’t her name? Of course it’s her name! That’s what I’ve been calling her,” he responded completely confused.

But it wasn’t her name. And I should have spoken up months earlier. He finally agreed to change it. We renamed our daughter Summer and I knew it was perfect.  Was it awkward to change my kid’s name at 8 months?! Hell yes. But I never regretted my decision. Not for once second.

Not every mom makes this choice.

An online acquaintance, Melissa Banks (name has been changed), told me how she regretted her daughter’s name the minute she announced it. By six months, she was convinced they needed to change it but her husband loved it. “A part of me also believed only ‘crazy’  people change their kid’s name so I felt totally trapped. I had to remind myself there wasn’t a right or wrong choice, just a different road to be taken,” Banks says.

By the time Banks and her husband came up with a new name, she felt like her daughter had grown into her original name so they decided to stick with it.  But Banks does think moms should be given more time to hold, feed and get to know their baby before being pressured into picking a name.

“The hospital comes in with the paperwork before you even get a second to shower after labor!”

Not only should you take time to get to know your baby a bit before settling on a name but make sure you love the name. This can be difficult when moms and dads disagree on what to call a child. Now that I’m pregnant again, my husband texts me with the most ridiculous ideas for names so this could once again be a challenge.

And if you do have feelings of baby name regret, open up about it to your spouse and friends as soon as possible. You are not crazy (I promise!) and you will find the right answer for you and your family. Feel free to contact me and I will assure you that it is perfectly normal to feel this way and you will find a solution.

As for Summer (who is now 6), her old name is part of her history.  In fact, her siblings get jealous that they don’t have a former name.  She loves to tell people that she wasn’t always named Summer and I just know that as a rebellious teen, she’ll probably threaten to change it back.  But for me, she’ll always be my Summer.

Kelcey Kintner
About the Author

Kelcey Kintner

Kelcey Kintner, an award winning journalist and freelance writer, is a fashion critic for US Weekly, created the humor blog 

Kelcey Kintner, an award winning journalist and freelance writer, is a fashion critic for US Weekly, created the humor blog The Mama Bird Diaries and writes for the Huffington Post. You can follow her @mamabirddiaries or on Facebook. She’s still trying to fit 5 kids on a Vespa. 

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  • Tara

    March 8, 2013 at 6:22 am

    What was the original?? I’m dying to know!

    • Kelcey Kintner

      Kelcey Kintner

      March 9, 2013 at 12:08 am

      Sorry that I didn’t share the original name! I just know that there are girls out there with this name and it’s perfect for them so I didn’t want to be disrespectful.

      • Stefania

        July 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

        I can completely relate to your story.  Only you seem stronger about it than I am.  I had a very difficult time naming my 1st daughter and when we found out we were having another girl, it was even harder.  The 1st time we chose a name right before she was born, and I was happy with our choice.  The 2nd time we names her when she was a day old.  The next day I wasn’t happy with it but my husband was.  A week later I was still unhappy but he thought it would just take me time to get used to it.  My family and friends all LOVED the name.  I get compliments all the time.  Now she’s one and I still have the same regret.  I feel guilt and sadness about it.  I worry about changing it.  It’s hard even for me to get used to calling her something else and I worry she will not like that we changed it either.  My husband is tired of hearing about it.  I don’t know what to do! 

      • Kayla

        May 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm

        This is the first time ive ever actually admitted it out loud, but I dont like my sons name either. And the sad part is that he is almost 4. Im sure that makes me a terrible mother. I guess I just always thought I would get used to it. I tried switching it around and calling him nicknames, etc. I just never found a nickname that I loved. Most of the time I just call him my “angel” or “baby.” I feel horrible about it. I think he knows what his name is. But im sure it confuses him sometimes that I never call him by his name that much. I feel terrible :/

        • Lisa

          September 8, 2014 at 6:09 am

          For the first 4 years of my life, everyone called me by my middle name – then my Mom felt that name was not right for me and asked everyone to switch to my first name (after asking me if that was ok). It’s never too late – I’ve turned out just fine (I hope ;))

  • Ally

    March 8, 2013 at 9:48 am

    It’s funny how strongly some people feel about names. My husband and I haven’t agreed much, so what we do is we each pick a name and then leave it up to hair color. When my third was born we couldn’t agree on a boy’s name. I picked a name for a dark haired boy and he picked a name for a light haired boy. He had light hair, so my husband got him name. We obviously had to be ok with each other’s choices. I’m so glad my husband got his pick, because now I love his name. 

    • Kelcey Kintner

      Kelcey Kintner

      March 9, 2013 at 12:01 am

      That is a very original way to do it! Love it.

      • Ambaa

        October 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm

        I’ll have to try this! Cause with my genetics there is almost no chance the baby could be light haired 🙂 

  • Kate F.

    March 8, 2013 at 11:02 am

    We used traditional family names for both kids, with less traditional nicknames. I messed up the communication of it w our son Thomas–I was embarrassed that the nickname we wanted to use, Tuck, was also the name of my husband’s grad school. So we started w Tucker on the birth announcement, and used it for about 5-6 months. I HATED it (just not right for him or us) and of course he got everything from blankets to a stool personalized as gifts. Plus I’ve spent the last 2 years trying to get everyone to switch to the nickname we always intended to use. We were much more careful w our daughter!

  • Lisanam

    March 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    With our second, she was unnamed for four days.  My parents, the hospital, my friends were all pressuring us to chose her name, but nothing felt right.  We needed to get to know this little person a bit before choosing her name.  I’m so glad that we stood up to all the pressure to find the right name for her.  

  • J

    March 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I completely agree with this! It is weird beyond weird to me how people “announce” what their child will be named before they even meet this person, but maybe that is because my own parents always waited until they met us kids to name us. To be quite honest it kind of worries/bugs me when parents announce the name ahead of time.

    Of course, my parents had ideas and lists of names they liked in mind, but they said they did not know for several days after I was born what I should be named for sure. Like “Lisanam,” my parents were pressured a lot by the hospital and family to name me quickly, but I am really glad they took that time! I have always loved my name and felt it suited me in all ages/stages of my life. It’s just me! 🙂

    I really enjoyed the honesty in this article. I have always wondered if any parents felt regret after naming their child so soon and without meeting him/her. Thanks for the insight!

  • Annie W

    March 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I had a few doubts after my little girl was born, but had chosen family names that I loved for both her first and middle names.  How could I go to my family and say I had changed my mind?  Plus, in my religion the baby is given the name in a ceremony, and we had already done that too!  But here we are, she’s 8 months old, and I LOVE her names!  I’m glad I didn’t change them!

  • A

    March 8, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I’m one of those annoying women who name their babies in utero! My first daughter’s name was one my husband and I both loved and announced when we found out that she was a girl. My third child, a boy, we named after my father and grandfather (with a different nickname) and announced with the 20 week ultrasound as well.

    My middle daughter was harder. At 20 weeks we still hadn’t decided on a name, but found out that she might not live to be born. She did survive but I was never sold on the name my husband picked out. It took constant repetition for me to really feel like her name fit her. Now I think it’s a beautiful, classic name and I’m glad I stuck with it. There was so much uncertainty around her birth it felt like her name was an anchor to keep her in this world.

    I still think that every mom/dad has the right to change their mind if that baby shows up and is a Jennifer and not a Tiffani (my cousin’s birth story).

  • zinna

    March 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    My MIL came home as Female Lastname. It took her parents two weeks to name her. They still sometimes that her name is fuh-mah-lee.

    • Kelcey Kintner

      Kelcey Kintner

      March 9, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Female Lastname is a beautiful name! 🙂 I think it’s great when people take time to figure out the right name.

  • R

    March 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    My first refused to reveal her gender before birth, so we had no opportunity of naming her before she arrived. I was so struck at the wonder of meeting her, whole and new, for the first time! Her name, chosen several hours after birth was and is exactly right for her. With my second, I refused to learn her sex ahead of time but had a list of 5-6 names for each. She came out so wholly unique and unexpected that as I tried those names one by one, none of them fit. We had to start all over in the delivery room, but again, we found the perfect fit, even though it took 24 hours or more. I’m now pregnant with girl #3 (my daughters bullied us into finding out at the US) and I’m ready to take all the time in the world to name her – hospital paperwork-lady be damned! 

  • Karen

    March 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    A friend of mine changed her son’s name shortly after his 1st birthday. It was no big deal. Not sure how she handles the pics of “Happy Birthday Old Name” on his cake, but I don’t think anyone cares. Good for you!

    • Kelcey Kintner

      Kelcey Kintner

      March 9, 2013 at 12:05 am

      My daughter Summer’s baby book is filled with her old name from the birth announcement to cards. But it’s okay. Because her old name is just a part of her!

  • tango november whisky

    March 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I totally thought we’d go to the hospital with a narrowed-down list of names and name him when we met him. Then my husband mentioned a name for our son and it really stuck with me. So we have a name and 4 weeks left til he’s due. It was a ‘wedding dress’ moment for me. I just knew. 🙂

  • Heather

    March 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    On three occasions, I went to the hospital with my short list. Each time, we took the whole 4 day stay to think about and try on a name(s). I never felt bad about taking a long time. But people had the hardest time understanding what took so long to name the baby!
    To me, it is a huge deal! It takes 9 months to make the list, and then you’ve got to see the baby & match the right name. I do have a tiny bit of regret on my daughter – we call her by her middle name. But I think her first name suits her better. She is almost 3 so the middle name is it.

  • Autumn

    March 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    We wanted the surprise when the baby was born so we didn’t find out ahead of time, but I was convinced I was having a boy.  We had our girl name right away (like at 2 months), and a short list of boy names, but the leader I just never felt like it flowed.  I’m so glad she is a she because my Mr just didn’t understand why I didn’t like the “flow” of the boy name. 

    • Kelcey Kintner

      Kelcey Kintner

      March 9, 2013 at 12:07 am

      Sometimes it all works out the way it’s meant to!

  • Kacie

    March 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I’m wondering — if you aren’t settled on a name AFTER the birth, do people take that as an open opportunity to start making lots of suggestions/demanding to know what you’re working with? EEP!

  • Charmi

    March 12, 2013 at 12:51 am

    My parents felt this way 31 years ago and decided even though I was six months old they would change my name. So they did it. And it’s never been an issue. Just in case you’re still thinking about it.

  • Charmi

    March 12, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Ah! You did it! I missed that bit (it’s late and the baby’s keeping me up). Good for you guys 🙂

  • Katherine

    March 12, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I like in the UK, and here you have six weeks to “register” the birth, where the official birth certificate and name is issued.  It does take a lot of the pressure off to get a name right away…from the hospital, at least! The families still want to know right away. 

    For my daughter, we had a short-list boys and girls names and decided to see the baby to make the decision. I  must say, though, it still wasn’t clear after looking at her little face! I still wanted to call her our nickname we used while she was in utero. In the end, we just picked one. It took a day or two to get used to not calling her the nickname, and now I can’t picture her as anything else but Felicity. 

  • LBH

    March 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    We named our firstborn…actually before we were ever pregnant..or married. I had a dream when we were engaged that we had a baby (in the dream, I never knew if it was a boy or a girl) and the baby’s name stuck with me. We decided if it ever happened for us, we’d go with that name regardless of whether it was a boy or a girl and we did. Never regretted it once.  Now, the grandparents… they took some convincing–ha ha.  But yeah. I understand wanting to “know” the baby before you name him or her–that makes sense to me. But sometimes, the name belongs to them before they’re even here. 

  • Mommaof4

    June 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I too had baby name regret. I had a hard pregnancy and truly believe I wasn’t coming home with a baby so it didn’t matter what we named him. Even after he was born and healthy despite knot in umbilical cord I truly didn’t believe he would come home with me. Nurse came in to have me sign the paperwork and I put the name we had discussed but not the name I felt was his name. He wasn’t coming home with me I thought. I too called him “the baby” and it annoyed me when people called him by his name. At 5 weeks I discussed it with my husband and at 7 weeks we changed his name. To the name he should have had from the beginning. He is definitely better suited to his “new” name. Best decision we made was changing his name and we have never looked back.

  • kelly

    August 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

    for 37 weeks i debated, stewed, hemmed and hawed and could not for the life of me decide on my (now 12 week old) sons middle name. i wanted one name. my husband wanted another. and yet my mother wanted another. they brought me the birth certificate paperwork in the hospital immediately after delivery and i was just not ready to make the big decision. they came in to my room on fifteen different occasions asking me if i was ready to turn the papers in. i just couldn’t do it. so finally on the final day, and after being hounded by hospital staff for four days, and being threatened that we couldn’t go home with an unnamed baby, i made the decision to honor my mother. and i regret it everyday. i have caught myself calling him the name that i wanted to use. and every time i hear someone call him by the given name, i cringe.

  • Katie

    August 25, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    I am deeply struggling with this. We named our daughter and while I was pregnant everyone that we talked to loved it which made us love it even more. But now whenever I am asked her name people give confused looks and mispronounce it, which makes my skin crawl! I read that it is one of the most hated girls names but has risen from #800 to #488 in popularity so that gives me some hope, but I don’t want her to struggle. My friends and family keep reassuring me that I should not care about what other ppl think–but I don’t want her to struggle and I am starting to really not like it. It also doesn’t roll off of my tongue. I think it’s a bit difficult to say. She is 4 months now. I am also concerned because we have announced it on Facebook, so now for us to change it may leave us susceptible to judgement. her middle name is Kate. I thought about just calling her that. My husband gets upset when I talk about it and tells me that we named her what we named her and we aren’t changing it. I would feel ridiculous but I think about it everyday. Multiple times a day.

    • Jennifer

      May 18, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Katie,

      I am in the same boat. We had a healthy, beautiful  daughter after  a high risk pregnancy. We Did not know the gender ahead of time. We were 100 percent decided on a boys name, but not on a girls. We thought when we see her we will know. Well, we had to a few other names that were considered and decided on an Irish name (that we did not consider until about 3weeks prior).  It was a surname and found out too that many name websites hated  it due to its trendiness, masculine meaning ( i only heard this as a girls name) My family loved it and my husbands I think were disappointed we did not go with his great great grandmothers name.  I liked her name and the way it looks on paper, but feel I would have been happier and safer with his family name or one of our other classics. I have been thinking of moving her name to middle and giving her a classic first name, but still may call her her nickname that we have been from her given first name.  

  • Maria

    August 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I am so glad that where I come from most people don’t name their babies until 1-3 months after their birth, I am having a baby next march and I will have plenty of time to think of the perfect name, I think there is only one person I know who was named at the hospital

  • Anna

    September 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Hey Katie i totally get it!!If you don’t likE your child name,I would def change now!than regret rest of your life!they is not a laws that says You have to stay with the name that you dont like!!

  • Laura

    February 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Hi. I came across your story of your daughters name and wanted to contact you. My daughter is 6 weeks old and like you I felt totally pressured into her name. 
    I feel unable to change it because I’m scared I live to regret the change but I constantly wish I could turn back time and picked a different name to start with and avoided these feelings. I no irrational as cannot turn back time and every other day I change my mind as to what I would change it to so am I being ridiculous?
    Laura x

    Sent from my iPad

  • Moxie

    February 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    I also had tremendous name regret. It wasn’t that the name didn’t fit my daughter is that everyone kept confusing the name I picked for another name (a name that I hate!) so I got sick of it and changed her name after she turned one. It was a hassle and a bit expensive and super awkward. I actually got new announcements made with her new name. I was worried about how weird it was to change a child’s name and was worried that people would think I was crazy so I just keep her old first name as her middle name. I got a lot of odd looks and some even laughed at me when I told them, but I’m still happy with my choice. I was very unsure out what name to pick for her, but I literally thought I could not leave the hospital without a name. My parents and I didn’t know what to do so we looked through a book and picked a name under was felt like tremendous pressure. I hate the idea of naming a baby this way. I think you need at least a week to see how a name “works” with your kid.

  • Keri

    July 30, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you for this. It’s comforting to know that people struggle with names and that some even change them! I struggled with our son’s name as we named him something my dad (and husband eventually ended up liking) over a name we both wanted and I had been calling the baby before giving birth. Then for 8 weeks I struggled with ppd and his name didn’t help matters any. At 6 weeks, and after a lot of discussions we changed his name to the one we originally were thinking (another great reason to not reveal names till after birth). It went over well and most everyone made the change nicely. Now our son is 3 years old, and the whole regret name thing still haunts me every now and then. He now has 3 middle names (originally he had two and then we just added his new name as his new first name and moved the original first name to his first middle). I know, confusing. This honored my husband’s wishes and my dad’s but of course now he has more names than royalty and I’m still struggling with it. Most people ask us why he has so many names! My sister in law just right now asked me and it sent me into a bit of a tailspin. I feel silly. And I wish it wouldn’t keep haunting me. Suggestions??

  • Véronique

    September 11, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Hello, I just started reading articles and posts about regretting a baby’s name and I found this site. I felt as if I were the one writing it! Same exact situation. We did not know if our second baby was a boy or a girl, but I really thought it was a boy so we had decided on Nathan We actually talked about baby girl names, but could not really agree on one. The baby finally came and it was a girl. I was thrilled, but the name talk with my husband was not very conclusive. We ended up giving her an Irish name, that I actually like in writing, but we are French speakers so people don’t pronounce her name right and I finally realized that I actually don’t like her name. So, just like you, I am calling her “the baby”, hoping this feeling just will go away. But now, I am reading about unique names and the effect it can have on someone’s life and I feel terrible for my daughter :S My daughter is just 1 month and a half old and my own family has just started pronouncing her name right… I really feel like changing her name, but my husband likes her name and is not really happy about my thoughts. I know people would think I am “weird”, but I rather be happy with another name than be miserable…

  • Steph

    October 16, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I am so glad this forum exists and I am not the only one feeling that way. I have not spoken to anyone regarding my feelings as they go back and forth. Quite frankly I am feeling a little crazy and “unstable”.
    During the pregnancy of our second son I was very emotional and a little sad (that I wasn’t ever going to have a daughter) but I soon got over that and my hubby and I started thinking of names. Well, I was the only one ever suggesting names and him not liking any. One day I finally found a name that I absolutely LOVED (at the time) and my hubby once again didn’t like my choice. He never did suggest alternatives. It event went as far as going to counseling because we had other marital issues and also talked about the naming conflict. My hubby eventually came around and agreed to my name choice (a bit of an unusual name) but wanted to add an extra letter. I first didn’t like his idea and said no. I was so stuck on the name however I agreed to it and it goes well with his second name so I grew to like it. Now however, after all this I am starting to have doubts and wished I would have picked a more traditional name. I am not comfortable with the spelling and I feel like I can’t say anything to my hubby as he is so proud for adding the extra letter when people say they like it. My first boy has a very popular classic first name and I can’t help but feel sad about the name choice for my second son. He is 14 months now and wonder if I ever brought up the topic name change everyone in my family will declare me for crazy. I just don’t want this to haunt me for the rest of my life. Any tips on how to approach this or is it possible to fall back in love with the name and get used to the spelling?

  • Lea

    October 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Oh my god, I’m so relieved to read that other mothers are going through what I am. My beautiful baby boy is 6 and a half months old and I’m really regretting his name 🙁 it’s a biblical name that I have LOVED for years but my husband hated it throughout my pregnancy and we therefore never road tested it. We road tested several others and fell in love with ‘f’ and called him it for the last month of my pregnancy. I had a really difficult birth and when my husband was holding our baby in his arms he said ‘I think he looks like a j….’ I was like really??! ‘….I was still really undecided though as wed both fell in love with ‘f’ but went with ‘j’ because I’d always loved it and so does everyone else. However…….literally the next day I had an awful feeling of regret which I’ve experienced every single day since to the point where I’m driving myself insane. On top of this people mispronounce his name constantly which i never thought would happen because it’s such a classic name and I bristle with every mispronunciation. Even when I introduce him to people , I don’t feel proud of his name and that makes me feel so guilty because he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I’ve mentioned it to my husband who got annoyed and my mam said if over analysed his name so much that there’s nothing left. I feel so unsupported and that if I changed his name people will think I’m a joke. I also don’t think ‘f’ will be as well received as ‘j’. To top it all off I hate the way my husband says his name!! He initially thought it was a very weak name (hence why he hated it throughout pregnancy) and he puts lots of emphasis of the second syllable and it sounds horrible. Sorry for such a long post but wanted to explain my troubled exhausted brain!!! Please help!!!! What would I say to people if I change it?????? What if I make the wrong decision (again!)

  • Mummyto4

    October 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I thought it was just me!! So relieved to read all these as I don’t know anyone else who feels the same. Mine is slightly more unusual as I have only recently gone off my sons name…and he is 8! The annoying thing is we had another name throughout pregnancy but just before he was born I went off the name and started liking this quite unusual (for the UK anyway!) name which I have always liked. When he was born everyone would give me funny looks or ask how to spell it. Some people were so rude! I had a few people ask me what was I thinking but it still didn’t put me off. I loved it….until a few weeks ago. My good friend had a baby and called it the name we were going to use. Now I’m obsessed with the name she has called her baby and love it so much and have really gone off my sons name and think the other name should be his name. He even really suits the other name 🙁
    I can’t even change his name as he likes it (I think as he has never had issues) and at 8..that would be weird and unfair on him. I haven’t said anything to him but it is so hard. I keep on thinking ‘if only’ and ‘what was I thinking?’! xx

  • les

    November 18, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Similar thing with me. I was in love with a name the whole time I was pregnant but decided to change the spelling last min. When we came home from the hospital I started feeling regret. I waited until she was six weeks old until I said anything to my husband. Of course he didnt understand right away but eventually agreed to change the spelling to a better way I thought. I thought this change would make it better for me and make me love her name well it didnt. She is six months old and not a day goes by that I dont regret her name. When we are in public and people ask her name I cringe before I say it. I would rather be saying a different name. I dont like to even hear people say it to me. I feel totally bad about feeling this way. I want to just call her by het middle name I adore it. Help should I change it again or live the next fifty years in regret???

  • Alexandra

    November 25, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I have to comment because I too felt this way when I looked at my first born girl. Mainly too because of a pervious dream I had before she was born. The dream was her as a young women. She looked like me and my husbands sister all in one. She was beautiful and tall and she talked to me. She said, ” mom, why did you name me Heather? I wanted you to name me Isabelle”.

    It was so strange because I was not considering naming her heather. But i cannot recall, thinking back now, if the name Isabelle was what I had in mind or if it came from the dream. It may have been on the list. But I was considering Isabelle after this dream for sure !! You bet! That was very interesting.

    But at the time it was a terribly popular name and I was hearing so many girls choosing it for their baby girls left and right. And so I thought maybe that wouldn’t be so great to have multiple girls in her class have her same name. Was it? Is that something to really worry or care about?
    In the end my husband felt strongly her name was different, that maybe the dream was about another child we could sometime have in the future. And as I was still unsure of what was best, we went with the other name.
    Since we have had two other children, both boys. The name has yet to be used.
    Did my daughters spirit talk to me through that dream? Was it just all in my head? But as we stuck with the other pretty and less popular name, ( she is the only one with it in our circle and school so far) She has now turned 4 years old and started pre school. She met another girl with the name Isabelle. It Actually broke my heart hearing it cause I thought , oh some other mom got to use that name. And that day after school, what does my child say to me? She says, ” mommy why didn’t you name me Isabelle. That name is so beautiful. “. And my heart cried inside. I thought oh my goodness?!? She has never said that about any other name of any other girl she has ever met, lots and lots of other names has she heard. But this one. The ONE. Of course I said well we loved Your name. It’s beautiful too. I actually did think of that name for you and I really thought about it. I just was not sure if it really fit you. Of course i wasn’t going to say that I still think that way but sometimes I regret not going with what the dream girl asked for.

    And now my child is asking for it just like in my dream!

    Thoughts please! Help help. What do I do? Get the papers and change her name? Add Isabelle in now and start calling her that? Could be a coincidence? I wouldn’t even be considering this if it was any other name because of what I felt before. I hear of moms changing it after a few months to a year of age. But she is 4. The name is stuck isn’t it?

  • wendy

    December 16, 2014 at 4:20 am

    My daughter just tured 10 months. She is our 2nd daughter. Our first was easy to name. She is named after my grandma and i love her name and that she is named after someone i loved. We didnt have any otger family names that really meant anything
    I really like famiky names though. Our daughter came early and i feel we just went with her name because we liked it but didnt really talk about it.
    About a week after she was born i realized we could have named her Josephine… Joseph was my dads middle name and i wpuld have loved to have a connection with her and my dad.
    I should have changed it then. I thought i was crazy though and everyone loves her name…so i figured i would get over it.
    Well, 10 months and im not over it. Now i fear she knows her name and if i change it i will do some sort of developmental damage.
    Im so torn!!

  • Michelle

    January 15, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    As others have said I am in the same boat. We didn’t find out what we were having before she was born and I always thought I was having a boy but knew I would be so happy no matter what the gender would be. Well we had a list of top 3 for boy and top 3 for girl and we would wait to decide when we saw him or her. Since we didn’t narrow the list to our number 1 favorite before hand I didn’t do any research on the names. They were just chosen by the way they sounded and looked. She was born and we chose her name. I love the way it sounds but hate what the name means. Everything I have found on the Internet has such a terrible meaning behind it. I started having doubts about her name within the first week we had her home. I thought the doubts would go away and I would eventually love the name. They didn’t and I don’t know if I will ever love her name. I waited until she was 4 weeks to say anything to my husband. He thinks that those meanings don’t really mean anything and we just shouldnt worry about it (easier said than done!) but he is so supportive and loving and will be ok with whatever I choose to do. Well we haven’t actually picked up her birth certificate. Since it hasn’t been issued we can easily change the spelling of her name with almost no record of it previously being spelled differently (we have gifts, facebook posts, etc we won’t be able to change). By doing this it will sound the same, almost look the same (1 letter is diff) but take away all the meanings that I don’t like. It seems like this would be a no brainer and I should change it to be happy but now I worry what others will think.

  • Anna m

    January 19, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    I really dislike my daughters middle name, she’s 11 months now and not a day goes by where I wish I had called her this other name I really, really love. The thing is her middle name is after my mum. So I feel I can’t change it, although I really want to. Infact 3 days after her birth certificate came I had filled in the new paper work from birth death and marriages to add the other name to her name, I walked to the post office and then changed my mind  and didn’t post it, thinking it was ridiculous to give my daughter 2 Middle names. I know I shouldn’t worry because it is only her middle name. But this other name would of been perfect for her. (I have personal reasons why) I just wish I could stop thinking about how I messed her name up and I wish I could stop regretting it every single day, 

  • R

    February 1, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Hi Kelcey,

    What reason did you put on the Change of name form?

    Obviously since I’m here I too have regret. I honestly don’t know how I let it happen and since day one have regretted the name L came home with.

    I too called him ‘the baby’ for the first three months and then after reading this post decided to tell my husband. He is adamant we keep L’s current name. For the moment anyway. I’m still trying to work on him as I can’t imagine calling him L for the rest of my life. At the moment I’m using a shortened version of his name if I have to; otherwise I still avoid it entirely.

    L is now 9 months and starting to plan L’s first birthday. There is no way I can put his name on the invite nor on any of the hall decorations or even the cake. Seeing his name and hearing it makes me feel sick and cringe 🙁 i usually love everything personalised, but anything we have with his name is currently hidden out of sight. I wouldn’t even know how to give a speech at his birthday and use his name. It is such a horrible feeling 🙁

    And so here I am again, at 2am trying to work out how to change his name 🙁

    Please let me know what you put on the form. Ideally I just wanted to know if you can actually just be honest and say ‘Mother has name regret’?!

  • D

    March 4, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I am so glad to read all these comments, I have been feeling so alone. I never imagined I would be in such a situation, but I hate my baby’s name. Even though I told my husband I disliked the name, he refused to consider anything else. After three days of arguing… exhausted, drugged, emotional, in pain, and under pressure from my husband and the hospital, I finally gave in. Almost immediately and every day since, I have begged my husband to let me change it, but he refuses. I never use the name unless I have to identify her in a formal way, I hate saying it, I hate hearing people say it (I have to resist the urge to say “don’t call her that!”…which is crazy, because how would they know?). I basically avoid any situation where I have to say the name, and it is really isolating me. I have also come to hate my husband. I can’t believe he would be so cruel as to let a me go through life hating my child’s name. I can’t sleep at night and cry every day. I wish I could get over this, but I can’t. I just want to be able to call my sweet baby by a name I love.

    • N

      March 24, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      De I believe you could follow baby centers advice and create a nickname for the baby. It doesn’t have even to be related to the real name. 
      I’m in the same boat as everyone here except for the fact in my country you CANNOT change a name after giving it to your child. And the name I let my husband out in my baby was his own name, which is associated to poor people, strange and unissex. Thing is, it’s my husband and his own father’s name. So my kid is the III. I let him do it without thinking. Too much of hormones I guess. Now I’ll live forever inregret.

      • D

        April 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm

        Thank you, N. I’m so sorry that you are also (really!) stuck with a name you don’t like. It is a terrible feeling, isn’t it? I hope you can find a good nickname for your little one. I have always liked “Trey” for 3rd.. I would be fine with a nickname if my husband would agree, but he won’t. I hope you can forgive yourself for a moment of weakness at such a vulnerable moment in your life (something I struggle with, misled). Hormones really are powerful!

  • alexsandria

    April 22, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Hey Ladies,
    So i am a new mommy of a Five month old and I am very unhappy with the name I gave her. Half the time I was pregnant I was OK with the name and around 6 months changed my mind about it My mother and aunties would make it worse by rubbing my belly and talking to her calling her by her name. My baby’s dads mother/family threw me a baby shower and that’s a reason why I feel stuck changing her name because of all the details she did by adding her name in the baby shower. My mother was the main one who basically gave me a hard time over her name. I had names i had in mind were Isabella,Madison,mia ,emma,aubrey,audrey,and olivia. But the responses i got where “girl shes hispanic not white, a dark baby with a white name,” those responses by people really hurt me and even pressured me to just stick with her name.The day I day I gave birth the lady kept asking for her name and I myself told I have a week to name her I am not ready. But she kept insisting. I just feel it in my heart I just don’t like it plus it does not flow nicely. So I thought to make it a middle name because the grandma’s love it and add Audrey to the first. Idk I felt for a while that I was crazy for wanting to change her name. But I’m her mother and she’s my child. But how do I break the news to family memebers??????

  • Taylor

    May 11, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Wow! So glad I stumbled across this…I was seriously thinking I was going CRAZY!
    I found out I was pregnant again and I wished for another boy, but my little princess had different plans! And I couldn’t be happier, she is seriously the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!
    We don’t pick names until we see our little ones. And in the hospital my husband picked the most perfect name for her, we both loved it. THEN his family had so much to say because they did not like it, his sister even made the most foul, wrong, disgusting comment about our name. SO from the hormones and pressure we changed it. I cried every day for 8 weeks. I cringe when people say her name. I feel defeated, his family had no right to pressure us that way. 
    The WORST part now is my husband is attached to the NEW name. He doesn’t even like to talk about it! I’m so confused. She is 10 months old and I feel like I will regret this always….

  • T

    June 8, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I’m feeling a little less alone in this after reading all your posts! Thank you!

    My darling little boy was born 9 months ago. Im English and my husband is French and we live in the UK. For some insane reason I decided to call our son a beautiful French name, which I regretted the minute I told my family and they looked shocked and disappointed that I had not only chosen a name that they couldn’t pronounce, but I had also completely ignored the whole English side of my baby’s heritage!

    The moment I realised my fatal mistake I begged my husband to change it to its English equivalent but he refused. He said we’d agreed on this name and our families had been told so now there’s no going back.

    Like people in the other posts above, people look confused when I tell them his name. And not a single person can pronounce it. What’s worse is when I tell them his name, they say “oh! A little French boy!”. And I think – no!! He’s half French and all mine!! Of course I don’t say that. Even French people wonder why we chose such an old and dusty French name.

    I would do anything to turn back the clock and give him the English name that everyone can pronounce but I actually think my husband would stop talking to me if I did. I also don’t know if I could take the social ridicule.

    I guess what most worries me is if he’s going to be ostracised at school. I’d hate his name to make his life miserable.

    Any advice would be comforting!

  • W

    July 5, 2015 at 5:11 am

    I am also super relieved that I am not the only one with the baby name regret. I didn’t even no such thing exists but now it hit me so strongly.
    Ever since I new we’re having a girl I new felt that her name is Mira. My husband was ok with it, but it was not his favorite. Moreover his family was literally hating the name and that was the reason he started moving away from it. We were considering different options as we really wanted to make sure that both of us are happy with the name. Time was passing and it was 9th month without the selected name. People started interfering, probably thinking that if we cannot make up our minds they will help. I heard many negative opinions about my dearest name and also a few positive ones. Finally we had a shortlist: Mira, Leela and Malina. And weirdly I started moving towards Leela… It was party after a conversation with a friend and also giving up after negative feedback for Mira.
    The day I had a c-section we still didn’t know. My husband said the choice was mine and he will be happy with it. I looked at her, beautiful, tiny and delicate and I thought – Leela.
    My regret was growing slowly, first I noticed it sounds odd when people call her, then I found that this name in a similar form is now totally popular in my country and on top of that nobody is able to spell it! (In here it would be spelled Lila).
    ‘The baby’ is 3 months old now and I haven’t called her with her name even once. This issue has contributed to my baby blues turning it into depression. I am starting a therapy next week. My husband was very much against the name change saying that it will affect our relationship. His and my family are saying they will not call her Mira if I change the name. I feel terrible looking at the little girl that I dreamt of and feeling that I spoiled the perfection with MY wrong choice. My husband finally said that if I am supposed to be upset about it for the rest of my life I can go ahead and change the name but he still does not like it. What would you guys do? I need advice badly… Got completely lost 🙁

  • D

    July 20, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    W- if my husband would agree, I would change my baby’s name in a heartbeat. My baby is now 9 months old and the feeling has not gone away, it has just gotten worse. Do it. Other people always have opinions about names, but she is your baby. Change her name and be happy. 

  • D

    July 20, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    If anyone checks back here, I would love to hear any updates.

  • Nicole

    July 20, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you to everyone who has posted here – it is comforting and reassuring. My advice is to change your baby’s name as soon as you start having doubts, if they are still young enough. We took 2 weeks to name our daughter, tossing up between 3 names. I eventually chose the name I had liked for most of my pregnancy, but ignored the fact I had developed doubts about it at around 35 weeks. I went with that name as I feared I would later regret not choosing it, given I had liked it for so long. Turns out I should have listened to my instincts. I recall crying about her name when she was 6 weeks old but felt too embarrassed to change it and was too worried I would make another bad decision for my perfect little girl. My husband was willing to change it and the whole episode would be well in the past now if we had. Instead, almost 4 years on, I still feel tortured by my decision. I think about the name I wish I’d given her throughout every day and wonder if this feeling will ever go away. I feel sad whenever I hear a mother call her girl the name I wish I’d chosen for mine, or even a name that sounds similar. So if you have the support of a loved one, just change your baby’s name before it’s too late. I so wish I had. Thanks for reading this.

  • Nicole

    July 20, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    And to D, it’s not too late at 9 months. Would your husband consider going to a counsellor with you to talk it through? Might help to have someone mediate the conversation a bit. I really feel for you as I understand how awful it is.

    • D

      January 10, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you, Nicole. We did try counseling but he wouldn’t budge and didn’t change my feelings, either. I’m sorry you are still feeling this pain. 

  • M

    August 2, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I am so glad I found this site. Reading these stories really had helped me with our decision.

    Here is our story…The initial name we gave our son in the hospital was changed as soon as we heard the nurse pronounce it. It sounded awful. We decided to just change one letter and thought that would help. Luckily we had only told a few people at that point.

    Then everyone who heard the name with the new letter could not pronounce it correctly. I would wince every time I heard someone say it wrong (which happened each time someone would read it). We thought changing another letter would help…it didn’t. After many conversations with my husband about how much I regretted the entire name, he agreed that we could change it entirely (yes, we were on name #4). We made the big change when the little guy was nine weeks old.

    I was really nervous about telling people. I was really really nervous about telling my in laws. Then once we did they didn’t mind at all! They laughed a bit, we made fun of ourselves and that was that. People have been really accepting about it. This was not what we expected.

    I am glad we made the choice to do it. I knew if we didn’t do it I would regret it later. His new name fits him so much better and he won’t have to go through life correcting people all the time. If you are going through this, just start talking about it as soon as you start thinking about it. Then if you make the decision to do it it not as much as a surprise to people. I think the fact that we had changed the spelling so much made it easier for people to accept.

  • Candace

    August 10, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Hi, I just had my very 1st daughter July 2015 and I’ve always wanted a lil girl after having 3 boys. My husband and I had a difficult time agreeing on a name, she came 2weeks early and we still hadn’t agreed on a name, I felt so pressured and overwhelmed to her and now I regret her name. I cry everyday over it because I feel like I let her down. I don’t want ppl to think I’m a crazy or postpartum I just really hate her name. I don’t know what to do I want to change it but I don’t know how? Please help

    • Kelcey


      August 10, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Please don’t worry. Do you have a name you love? It really is a simple legal process. But it depends on the state. Each state has a legal process for changing a name (a baby’s name or any other name). It will just be a step by step thing. You will probably have to file papers at the courthouse. Why don’t you make a few calls today in your own state and try to find out the legal process for changing a name. Sometimes just taking one small step in the right direction will help your fears subside. 

      But don’t stress. Talk to your spouse and figure out a name you do love. Parents often feel pressured to come up with a name fast once a baby is born and it can be overwhelming. Not liking your baby’s name does not mean you are crazy. It means you chose the wrong name. Email me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns. xo

  • Candace

    August 12, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Kelcey,

    Thanks for your kind words and giving me hope! So, do I have a name I love? That was always the problem on why we couldn’t agree on a name, because I would like a name and my husband wouldn’t so we never got anywhere. Once at the hospital everything felt so rushed I felt forced to come up with a name, but now that I have gotten to know my daughter more I don’t see her as what we named her, however I’m still trying to work it out with my husband as to what we should name her! Ugh, idk why this is so difficult for me to do, she’s such a beautiful baby I just want a name that suits her, she deserves it

  • Jen

    December 15, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Phew I thought it was just me going crazy.  With my first boy we took our time and used the whole 3 weeks (Scotland) to name him, although we did get a lot of flack about taking so long.  Originally I had thought of Oliver but when he arrived it didn’t suit him.  We went through a few names and finally arrived at Samuel, it suits him perfectly.  The name just clicked with him.
    With my 2nd son we wanted him to name him sooner as we wanted to get a passport asap.  We ended up naming him Joseph as I had Joe in mind as one of my choices during the pregnancy although my husband preferred William.  To be honest I wasn’t 100% sure and was going between Joseph and WIlliam on my way to the registrars office.  The day after we named him the midwife said his name and I just thought oh gosh I am not sure if I like it.  Joseph seemed a bit formal and he has an aunty Jo so calling him Joe was also odd.  I told my husband and family talked me round and told me it would take a while to get used to it.  I was happy for a few weeks then the niggles set in.  I hated it when people asked his name and avoided calling him by his name.  After 3 months I spoke to my husband and he was happy to change it but I couldn’t work what to change it to and I was afraid of people reactions.  A few weeks ago my husband suggested swapping his middle and first names around so he would be  William.  I got as far as filling in the name change forms, gave them to the post office then asked for them back! It is so mixed up I just don’t have a clue what name I actually like.   I tend to call him pet names and I sign off cards with a pet names.  I’d love to be able to write a name on Christmas cards and the whole thing has got me down.  

    • D

      January 10, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Have you tried practicing calling him William for a few weeks? Just with your husband and a few trusted friends, maybe? Also, when strangers make small talk by asking what your baby’s name is, you can say “William”. You will probably never see them again, and it may help you find out if you like saying it out loud. Good luck!

  • Vmom

    January 6, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Please help! I have horrible baby name remorse and it is making me very depressed. Like every one else here I can’t call her by her name and hate it when I hear other people say it. She is 7 months now and my husband is ok with the change if it will make me happy but I am afraid that I will still feel regret for changing what we gave her at birth. I would definitely put the original in the middle to keep it as it is part of her but her name is long so nothing that I like goes with it. I don’t know how I will feel after I change it and that is what is keeping me from doing it.

    • D

      January 10, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      I worry about that, too, but I worry more that I will still hate hearing my baby’s name years from now (like Nicole). It is wonderful that your husband is supportive. Practice saying the new name with your husband and strangers. Hopefully you guys can find with a name that brings up only feelings of love and happiness when you say it to your sweet baby! 

    • Kelcey


      January 11, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Not liking your baby’s name is a very lonely place to be. I think it’s great that you and your husband are working together on this. That’s really important. How about trying out a new name (that you love) as a nickname and see how it feels for a few weeks?  And I think it’s a wonderful idea to preserve the first name as a middle if you decide to go ahead with a name change. 

  • Vmom

    January 17, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I have been reading a few threads on this and found a few people who felt sad after changing their baby’s name as if they had a different baby now. One mom even described it as feeling like her baby had died. I know that everyone’s experience is different but did you feel this way after the change and if so did those feelings ultimately go away? I am so torn I also don’t want the rest of the family to feel a detachment to my baby after the change.

  • Savannah

    January 28, 2016 at 6:04 am

    My daughter,is my fourth child but first girl) will be two months in a few days and I have regretted her name since a few weeks after she was born. The name she has now I picked out about 15 years ago. My husband insisted I use it otherwise he felt I would regret it. I kept telling him j wanted a new name, one we pick together but we never agreed on a name. So hours before being discharged I gave into the name but I really didn’t want it.
    Another part of our story is we kept this baby a secret from family. We don’t see them much and there’s a lot of drama throughout so we felt it was best. We surprised everyone at christmas which we got mixed responses but overall most were happily surprised. But they think we are crazy for not telling anyone. So my husband is totally against a name change which I have already looked into how to do it in our state and its not too horrible. He thinks people will think we are just nuts.
    I can’t call her anythin but “her” or “baby girl” and it makes me so sad. i cry all the time. I have even been calling her the name I want to change it to when alone but still upsets me to sneak. I mentioned to my kids and they say not to change it either but they don’t understand. My husband won’t even say her name and it’s just horrible, like she dosent exist but he won’t agree. I haven’t told him I picked a new name, I tell him I want us to pick together but nothing.
    I just can’t call her the name that’s on her birth certificate any longer and I even cringe when others say her name. My husband is sick of hearing about it. He says I will be fine after my emotions settle but this has nothing to do with that do we fight a lot and it’s stressful. I found other women who have had the same issue but he won’t even let me tell him or read their stories. When I bring it up I feel I not bring heard.
    I will not change her name legally without his consent but it’s weighing very heavily on me. I am not happy with her name and it’s breaking me. I have never felt this upset after having my other three and naming them. This one is so different and I just do not know how to fix it. I want to start he process but don’t know how to get my husband to see how badly I need to do this. Crying and even going days ignoring him because I’m do upset isn’t solving my issue.
    You other ladies are brave. I do come across if I change it will I regret it down the road, I do not think I will because there’s another reason I do not like her name that I will not reveile because it makes me very uncomfortable to talk about. But basically I need to change her name, for my sanity and happiness. But how?

  • TP

    February 17, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I am so glad I google and to find out if I wasn’t the only one feeling this. I felt a sense of relieve, a heavy weight lifted off, and a therapy. I came up with our son’s name before he was even born. I was trying to be too creative by reversing my name and adding my middle name. I thought it was ingenious. I never google the real meaning or let alone the common phonetic. I just assume it was pronounce that way. I never asked my husband if he l Iike it but he went along because he said he was honoring me. I asked him if he noticed that the pronounciation is not what everyone will say and we/he will constantly correct them. There are 2 different pronounciation, one in USA and the other in German but i chose neither. Its turned out to be so tongue tied. Most of my family can’t even pronounce it. That made it worst. I didn’t realized until we took our baby to his 1 week check up. I thought it was only a few people may mispronounce it but it was everyone because of the common pronounciation. It never phase to me. I was just looking at the spelling . My baby shower at 7 month preg my niece said his name and i was like thats not how you pronounced it. She went to but it still phase me bc i thought it was just her. Then one day i went somewhere , someone asked if i named my little one and i said yes and told him but most everyone will pronounce it this way. He asked how i spelled it then end up pronouncing it the other way. That still didnt registered as I was thinking. This guy did not hear what i just told him. Not for nearly 8 1/2 months did anyone said his name out loud or they probably wasnt sure how to pronounce it. I talk to my hubs and he thinks its ridiculous that I care what other ppl think. He says it too late and said he sticking with the name. We argued about it again after 1 month and he says that he thought i knew but i was more sad that he never questioned me on the pronounciation
    . What we spell is different what we say. I was thinking, how come i never caught it or was thinkinh hey…the name will be constantly corrected, its complicated. So now, hope my hub agrees. I confided with my sisters and they didnt think it was a big deal but it didnt happen to them
    . I felt i was going crazy with post partum. Now he is 2 1/2 months and we need to do it before his baptism or daycare. The court process under 1 year old is easy. Just get the judge to amend to bc and you can get an appointment in 24 hours. Then go Social security get

  • TP

    February 17, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Con’t: I hear that babies don’t recognize their names until at least 5 months. The fist week of birth, i held it inside then exploded to my hub. I think initially he was more concern with court fees, then if it harms the baby, or that we picked this name for 3 years and call him in the womb that saddened him. Never did people asked how I would pronounced it. I never went through life with correcting people with my name so it didn’t register to me. I told my hubs that our name is the sweetest sound we hear and others. If my family can’t pronounce it or dont even try or end up calling him baby, then we know it was a complicated name. I avoid situation when i have to say his name, I sense people wondering how do you spell that or how was it pronounce that way with the spelling. I cringe when my hub and daughter says his name or when my family members calls it differently bc they can’t pronounce it. I could not sleep, eat or think straight because of this. I get agitated all thr time. I had ulcer, build emotion as I am about to cry. I felt guilty for not being able to bond with my 2 months, i think about it all the time and every time my son cries or my daughter talk to me, i get more annoyed bc i am struggling inside. I ask myself, why i didnt i make my son life simple especially his name. Thats his name. My hub says he is disappointed bc i dont own it or not proud but that is not the case. I want it to make it simple and less complicated. My son going to daycare, gradeschool, middle school of constantly correcting his name. Or hearing his name misprounce at school, airport, graduation, wedding and goes on. Simple is better. Simple to see, spell, pronounce. Life is complicated enough to have a child going through life with a uncommon pronounciation and only less than 2 % ppl would pronounce it my way. I prayer my hubs happily agree and we have closure. Its not too late and most ppl can get used to it especially my 2 months has not been out much. We will keep his first name as a middle name.

  • Lillysnow

    February 24, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    My daughter is 14 months and I have known since she was about 2 months old that I wanted to change her name. The name itself is fine, and everyone in my family loves it, but it is very similar to my older daughter’s name. I cringe when I tell people her name or call her in public. My husband has agreed to change the name. The problem is, I can’t figure out what to change it to! I have been reading baby name websites constantly for the past year. I had hoped to change it before she turned one, but just haven’t found that perfect name yet…I am getting stressed out that I am not going to before she is too old 🙁

  • TP

    February 26, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I feel you. I hadn’t realized how hard it is to come up with a name. For some reason, it wasn’t difficult with our first one. It was different but just one pronunciation and easy. My husband accepts it but not happy about. I think most men don’t like changes and the hassle. I don’t want my husband to go along with it and unhappy about it. I want him to understand. It is a process and not overnight. Just as I changed my last name when I married him, duh. It took me a while to get used to my new last name;). I just pray God to guide me through this. I don’t want to just pick a name just to get over the orig. name. I want us to agree a mutual name and now hubs is withdrawal. It will take a while but in the long run and the major headache of constantly correcting a child name on a daily basis is a pain. Worst part is I created a name that I thought it was pronounce that way when it wasn’t. Yes, we said the name for over a year and yes, we gotten used to saying it but most people haven’t even met our 2 1/2 months old let alone remember or try to pronounce his name. They call him baby. I cringe when I hear the name pronounce the common way or the foreign way and not what I thought it supposed to be. Prayers God guide me through this and my hub get used to it and truly accepts it. He doesn’t even try to practice saying it. He just says baby now. The new name is common but beats an uncommon pronunciation. Simple name, easy to spell, pronounce, and easy on the eyes. I just have to make sure this is the and wish the hubs will accepts or say, what about this other name. Stress and need closure and instead of just avoiding people or telling his name;(

  • Victoria

    March 12, 2016 at 10:43 am


    I’m in this quandary at the moment although my daughter is 21mths! I know I’ve left it very late, it took me a while to come up with a name and I made the mistake of asking my family’s opinions on names I liked (and being put off) instead of just using what I liked, the father left me when pregnant and no contact since so it was all my decision which should have made it easier but it didn’t as I had no-one to say a firm no.
    Now I’m thinking of changing her name before she starts pre school and before she gets any older but my parents are really not happy about it and this makes me feel guilty, so now I’m confused, am I really doing the right things done should i give in to my parents and forget about it and stick with her birth name? :'(

  • SF

    March 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    So glad you wrote this post! I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who has had this dilemma. I had always thought that when you name your child, your child will come to fit that name. But sometimes that’s just not true! At nine months old, I finally told my husband that I just couldn’t keep calling our daughter a name that wasn’t ‘her’.  I was done. It took a few days before we chose a different name, but the name fits her beautifully. To tell our close family and friends her new name I sent out an email. It wasn’t very personal but it allowed me to get all of my reasons and thoughts out without having to worry about anyone giving me their opinion. We were the parents and it was solely up to us to change her name. I didn’t want any guff from others that could cause us to change our minds. In the end, I’m so glad I changed her name although it was awkward to admit what we had done to those acquaintances we weren’t as close to. My advice- you are the parent  and if you feel the name should be changed- change it. In the US is it really easy to do before they reach their first birthday. Others will get used to it eventually. No regrets here. 

  • Meg

    April 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I’m struggling with this right now. My husband and I went back and fourth on several names during my pregnancy. About a week before she was born we decided on the name Kylie. We kept it a secret from our family and friends. I didn’t even get to see my baby before I announced to the doctor and they immediately went and told family that was waiting outside. Once I got to hold my baby, I said to my husband “Are you sure this is the right name?” He just insisted that it was. I even told my mom that day in the hospital that I didn’t think she was a Kylie. She just told me that the name was great and to keep it. I remember crying before we left the hospital to my husband because I know we picked the wrong name and he just blamed it on my hormones. She’s almost 8 weeks old now and I don’t know what to do. I would be pretty embarrassed to change her name because everyone calls her Kylie now. I secretly know that name is wrong for her. I don’t know what to do. Maybe she will grow into it?

    • Kelcey

      April 19, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Meg – Keep breathing. You are not alone. Every mother who has had baby name regret has felt exactly like you do. It’s been my experience (talking to many, many women with baby name regret) that you don’t really grow into a name. And you knew right from the beginning that this was not the right name. You need to talk to your husband about how you’re feeling. Your baby is tiny! Tiny. You have lots of options open to you… keep the name, a nickname, change the name. You and your husband can find the right solution for your family. Just know…there is nothing embarrassing about changing a baby’s name. It’s like a blip on everyone’s radar screen and then they go back to posting selfies on Facebook. This is your baby and you deserve to have a name you love. Please email me if you need to. [email protected].