Many of Us Regret the Baby Name We Picked

unhappy baby nameIf you've got the 15th Olivia or Aiden in your child's kindergarten class, you're going to feel one of two ways about it: Hooray! I picked such a popular name! Or, ohmygod, what's my problem? How boring am I, really? Hopefully it's the former, and you never give a second thought about what other people think about the baby name you chose. But according to a study by, at least 8 percent of us regret the name we chose for our kid.

And according to a poll I just took at The Huffington Post, that number is even higher at 11.56 percent dissatisfied baby namers (see above graphic). Which means there are quite a few parents out there who wish they could go back in time and get a do-over when it's time to fill out the birth certificate. The reasons why most parents aren't happy with the names they gave their offspring might surprise you.


Parents who picked names so other people would think they were cool later regretted it. And those who were surprised by the rash of Jacobs in their pre-school when they thought they were being original. So either way, it comes down to what other people might be thinking of your baby naming skills. To which I say, let it go!

If you love the baby name you chose for your child, what's going on around you should be of little consequence. (Except for those people who named their son Adolf Hitler -- you guys suck.) The fact is even if you totally jumped the hipster shark with a baby name, everyone who knows little Thelonious will get used to his clunker of a name in about five sayings.

The kid is more important than the name. A lesson parents of a Sophie should have learned, instead of changing her name to Isadora once she entered pre-school. While you should give some thought to your baby's moniker, too much thought will probably land you in that club of the "I thought I was so cool!" instead of being satisfied with your first parenting decision.

Do you regret your baby's name?


Image via The Huffington Post

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