A new study from yourbabydomainname.com found that 8 percent of parents regret choosing the name they did. (I can’t find on their web site the number of parents surveyed or how valid this survey is but we can still discuss it.)
“Some people have baby names picked out when they are just kids themselves. Others don’t decide on a name until two days after their baby is born. Either way, according to a new study conducted by yourbabydomainname.com, 8% of parents regret choosing the name that they did.”
“Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, founders of Nameberry.com, say the most common mistakes parents make when it comes to naming their babies include letting their own parents have too much say in the decision or focusing on superficial factors, like how “cool” the name choice makes them look.”
“When the parents who admitted to regretting their children’s names were asked why:
“53%, felt this way because they had chosen a name that was ‘fashionable’ at the time 32%, of the parents who said that they ‘regretted’ their child’s first name said that they did so because it is now a ‘common’ name for children.”
I think we made a mistake with Rose’s name. We knew we wanted to call her Rose for Michael’s mother, who died in 1990. But we thought Rose was too short to have as the first name. So we decided to go with Cassandra as her first name and Rose as her middle name knowing that we intended to call her Rose. Well it’s caused all kinds of trouble from the insurance company filing things right to the lunchroom lady who kept calling her Cassandra. We just should have names her Rose Cassandra instead.
We decided after the Cassandra debacle to only use family names (Cassandra was not a family name). I still feel good about Walsh and Lilina is the feminine form of her Italian great grandfather’s name. The only thing we now know about Lilina is apparently there is a very common Hispanic name of Liliana so everyone invariably assumes that is her name and calls her that. I do a lot of correcting. But we still love the name.
I do know of one friend that announced the baby’s name and within days changed the name. I’m sure that was hard to do but better as a several-day old baby than later in life.
Do you regret your baby’s name? If so, why? Do you think grandparents try to influence names too much? What guidelines for good naming would you offer new parents?