Before we make all those other big parental decisions for our kids – which schools to send them to, which extracurriculars we’ll shell out for, whether or not we’ll resort to the slippery slope of bribery to get them to ingest their greens – the first, most pivotal choice we’ll have set before us is that of what to name ‘em.
For the most part, parents don’t take this task lightly, and the volleying of potential monikers between mum and dad can go on for months – right up to (and even past) birth. According to a recent poll, however, all this careful deliberation and the desire to balance meaningfulness with phonetic aesthetic does not prevent the potential for baby name regret.
Parenting network Mumsnet polled 1,300 parents on baby name regret and discovered a surprising 18 percent of respondents have regretted the first or middle names they’ve bestowed upon their offspring. The survey also revealed that the wish to turn back time and go for something better-sounding happens almost immediately after meeting their babies: 32 percent felt the pangs of name regret within the first six weeks post-birth.
The reasons behind rue included the name being “too commonly used” (25 percent), while 20 percent referred to feeling pressured into using a name they never liked in the first place, and 21 percent lamented it just “doesn’t feel right”.
Despite this, the poll only found 2 percent of parents actually changed their children’s name – although 17 percent of those surveyed would definitely hop into the baby name DeLorean if they could.
Fitpregnancy suggests a number of strategies to avoid making a ‘mistake’ with a name, including introducing yourself to strangers using the title you’ve got in mind for your child and then gauging their reactions to it.
Of course, you could just ensure that you don’t name the kid any of these and you should be fine…