Baby name remorse

Did you name your child something trendy or too common? Do you suffer from baby-naming remorse?

Did you and your partner agree on names? Do you have an “instant memory” of any  names from the past that don’t sit well with you or a name that has a good memory?

Are you happy with your kid’s names?

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12 Responses to Baby name remorse

  1. mssc54 says:

    I think some people throw some family names in a computer program and see what pops out. Some poor kids will likely be in middle school before they can begin to spell their first names correctly. And don’t even get me started on the hyphonated (not fully committed) last names.

  2. Jenny says:

    When I was pregnant I had a whole list of girl’s names. Boy’s names, Jason picked out 1. And that was Hunter. And that is how we decided with Hunter cause that’s all we had picked out. Hunter’s middle name is the same as Jason’s.

  3. Laura says:

    I’m happy with Josh’s name. Joshua has been a favorite for me since way, way back. I don’t really remember when it came to me, but it’s always just kind of “been there”. Benjamin is that way, too. If I ever have another boy, I’ll be pushing hard for that one.

    Josh’s middle name is his great-grandfather’s name. It makes his whole name sound very formal, but certainly not trendy.

    And to test names, when we were trying to figure out what we wanted to use, I would picture myself yelling out the back door… “JANE DOE HAYES!!! GET YOUR BUTT IN THIS HOUSE THIS INSTANT!!!” If it didn’t roll off the tongue, or if it sounded ridiculous, it was tossed.

    And it’s a dang good thing we had a boy, because even on the day of the birth, we couldn’t agree on a girl’s name. None felt right to me.

    josh has a friend who has since changed her name. It was originally “Abcde”. Yep, you read that correctly. Pronounced “AB-sih-dee”. Well, her adoptive parents weren’t having it, and now her name has been formally changed. They’re not sure what her birth mother was thinking.

  4. SKL says:

    I don’t have “regret.” One of my kids’ names is pretty unusual, but most people say they like it. The other is relatively common, but most people nowadays spell it weird. (My spelling is the traditional one, and there is nothing “creative” about it, but people stil assume it’s spelled differently.) That said, they are both pretty easy to spell once you are in the right mindset.

    I don’t understand people who intentionally spell their kids’ names in a confusing manner, apparently just to be cute. For example, Jeremy spelled as Jaromie (I just made that up, but you get the point.) Of course, they will be the ones complaining later when nobody gets the spelling or pronunciation right.

    I put a lot of thought into my kids’ names, so I don’t think I’ll have regrets. Of course, you never know. I recall a kid who was named Osama a few years before 9-11. I’d say that was unfortunate.

  5. Sue says:

    I love my children’s names even if I bucked the system at the time! Toby really named both the kids and I tried my darndest to have my say, but fate had other plans.

  6. Nikki says:

    I love my sons name. It fits him. There are times, where I’ll hear a name and think, “If I would have heard that name then, I would have chosen that. But I’m not sure I would have. Both Jason and I wanted something different, but not weird. And his middle name is the same as Jason’s, which is his grandfathers (on moms side) name. Bailey says, his son will have that name also, we’ll see! LOL

  7. Joy says:

    This is such a funny question. When I read about his I HAD to ask you guys.

    When I was 15 years old I named Jason Donald. I swore my first boy would be named that. It’s so strong and I still really love the name Jason. There were a lot of them at that time and in 5th grade there were 3 Jason’s in his class and one of the other boys was Evenson so even that last name was close to Erickson so a lot of kids called him Jase that year.

    Toby! This is another story! Christopher was the ONLY name we could agree on and Paul would NOT budge! I liked a lot of other names but Christopher Paul was a good name but I made Paul swear he would never call him Chris. I have a “name association” with the name Chris. My uncles always teased me all summer long about a boy named Chris who found every excuse in the book to come over to my grandparents house when I was there. So, no Chris, Chrissy or anything of the kind. It had to be Christopher or a different name and he agreed until one day about 18 months in when Paul walked in the door after work and said “it’s colder than Toby’s ass out there today” which made Christopher burst into laughter and he was Toby from then on in. I’m kind of glad there’s another Christopher because I love the name.

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