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Changing Your Child's Name

A Name Isn't Just a Name

I was named after a shrub in my parents' yard that never flowered until the day I was born. My daughter is named for the most beautiful place I've ever visited, and my son after a character in a book I read in college, whose name means happiness. I had a hard enough time adding my married name to the end of my given one, so I can't imagine changing the seven letters that I've been known by all my life.

But according to an article on CNN, "In a recent poll of 1,219 mothers conducted by, 10 percent considered changing their baby's names."

When it comes to baby name remorse, some unsettled parents end up legally changing them, while others allow their offspring to decide. The article said:

Noting that by 12 months children already recognize the sound of their names, Dr. Karla Umpierre, a Miami psychologist and family counselor, encourages parents to get the child's input and approval if they decide to change the name after age 2. "It's best to change the name before then, because by 2 or 3 they have a sense of identity, and it could send mixed messages. The child might ask himself, 'Do you want to change me?'"

Would you change your child's name after it was on the birth certificate?


Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
azucar_ame, funny you should mention being doped up. I brought a short list of names to the hospital: Elizabeth, Anna, Sarah, and Andrew (just in case "she" turned out to be a he). Her dad and I talked about the names, and he said he liked Elizabeth. I said I liked it too, but I'd like to see the baby before we name her. Long story short, I had a crash c-section, was put under, and woke up about 10 hours later to find out that he had named the baby Elizabeth. I was so doped up and exhausted and out of it that I couldn't articulate what I was thinking: Her name should have been Anna. I didn't get to name my only child. I wasn't present enough to say, "Hey! Don't file that certificate yet!" I was too exhausted and depressed to bring it up after she was born. Her name should have been Anna. Luckily, and I don't know how much of this is my perception and how much is her, she has really grown into the name Elizabeth.
azucar_ame azucar_ame 9 years
I'm Not a mommy yet but I don't think I would change the name after the birth certificate had been filed. I do believe in not naming them until you are certain....they are only gonna be Baby so and so on that damn tag at the hospital anyway...wait till you are ready and preferably NOT Dopped up...LOL !azúcar! Ame
peepshow peepshow 9 years
We're having a boy and we thought (okay- my husband suggested and I agreed) about naming our son Gunner or Archer. Very masculine names. But then I realized with my poor vision and the lack of height in men on my side (Dad and Bro both under 6') I couldn't name him that. Could you imagine Gunner with the thick glasses, scrawny, and playing the flute in the band? Just couldn't do it to him.
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
I don't think I would change it after the birth certificate was filed. I already have a bunch of names in my head to name my future children, so it'd have to be something pretty serious to get me to change my mind!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
If i think of a name i like, i try to think of EVERY SINGLE other word that might sound like it, or rhyme with it, and if its a bunch of bad words i nix it. Breeze....sleeze.....tease....please....sneeze....jeez.....keys... and so on. when my sister named her daughter, we went through the gambit of what she could be called...and Morgan doesnt have much to grow on in that regard!
sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 9 years
I can see changing it after a couple days or even weeks. but after a while it becomes them. you have over 9 months to choose name...choose well.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 9 years
I was wondering too! I wouldn't change names. I wanted to change my daughter's name (Desiree) after I got home. I was watching a Jerry Springer show and there was a girl on there with that name and he was so gross. I guess I was just very emotional with all the hormones going nuts. But I wanted to name her Breeze for years. I just recently had another girl and thought about the name Breeze, but decided not to use it.
Moms Moms 9 years
I guess it's technically a shrub - Heather.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
Or Lillian after a Lily? Or, um, Violeta?
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
MotoLinz MotoLinz 9 years
No, Elaine. I was like, "Plant... Seven letters... WHAT IS IT, DAMMIT?!" :rotfl:
MotoLinz MotoLinz 9 years
I would change it in the first couple of days if it just didn't seem "right," but not much after that. We wanted our son to have his father's middle name (which is the little one's great-grandfather's first name) and same first initial, but I didn't want them to share a first name. I thought of Jack the same day he came up with Jackson, so we figured it was meant to be. We immediately decided on that name and couldn't think of anything else to possibly call him - it fit so perfectly.
elaine elaine 9 years
am i the only one who wants to know what plant she was named after?? lol.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
I have seriously considered changing my son's last name to my maiden name. He's a Jr...which means that his first, middle and last name are identical to his father's, who was physically and emotionally abusive towards me. Being the exhausted fool I was after birth, I agreed to give him his father's name. However, I think I will wait until my son is old enough to decide for himself.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Asia84 that is the worst story ever! So much trauma drama ;-)
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
This is funny. . . I have a really close friend who named her youngest daughter Slater. she's almost 2 now. when she was born, my friend hadn't told anyone what she was gonna name the baby. her hubby (ex hubby at the time . . yes, they got re-married) was keeping quiet and was just glade that she let him be there. after the delivery, she told us she was naming the baby Slater, and everyone was like, "OOOOOOKAAAAAAAAY????". her hubby thought that she was naming the baby this because she was emotionally screwed up at the time (they had divorced, he had multiple lovers, she found out she was preggers AFTER they signed the papers). anyways, a few nights ago, he was jokingly asking her if she was gonna change the baby's name . . she was like, "why?? i LOVE her name." he said, "I love Sladdy (his nickname for the kid) but it's just kinda horrible . . ". let's just say, we all left the get together early. . .lol.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
We had talked about this baby a year or two before conception and called him "baby Seamus" (pronounced Shamus). About two months before we were pregnant, and after a trip to Ireland we really thought if we were having a boy we would name him Seamus. Within three weeks of being pregnant I just knew that there was no way I could do that. I just don't know if I was set enough to name him something at birth that I would change my mind later. I'm not sure why but it just seems wrong :-/
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
I have a second cousin, whose grandfather was upset that his grandson wasn't named after his childhood friend who had recently died... so the grandfather, with the parents permission, changed the baby's name when he was about 3. For seriously 3 years after that, I didn't know if I should call him Nick or Tom. But now he's all Nick.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
After it's on the birth certificate, maybe. Like a day or two later. Not once it's an established name, no way. Although my two older sons I wouldn't ever have changed. My oldest is a junior, and my second's name was chosen a year before he was even conceived. But with the one I'll deliver in a few weeks, I can see second-guessing the spelling. I think once it's registered, it's registered though. We'll have a couple days in the hospital before we have to settle on the spelling anyway. I'm reserving the right to make my final choice when I see him. Assuming it's a boy - a girl, we've been settled on the name for 8 years.
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