A pregnant friend of mine told me about her recent checkup in which the doctor asked her what she planned to name the baby. When she revealed the top contender, the doctor actually screamed.
The last two babies with this particular name had been very difficult deliveries, and the doctor didn't want anything to do with a baby by that name again.
Fortunately, my friend wasn't all that married to the name, she just threw it out to give an answer. But what if you were firmly decided on a name and the doctor reacted that way, would you keep it?
Baby names are a tricky business, and once you've decided on one, it's hard to let it go. But sometimes a comment, an incident, or a chance encounter causes parents to do just that. Here are a few reasons you might:
Too Popular You think you've found the perfect, unique name, then everyone you mention it to knows someone who just named her daughter that. You start imagining your child sitting in a sea of children with the same name and start hunting again.
Reactions You can tell they're trying to be polite, but people's faces fall when you mention your name. Friends and family may not be so shy about voicing their opinion and say things like, "You're kidding, right?" Both happened to me with the name I wanted to name my daughter -- Beatrice. I'm not sure people's reactions in general would have made me change it, but since my husband was one of them who detested it, I was forced to switch.
Celebrity Gone Bad Danielle is a lovely name, but given Danielle Staub and this season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, I may think twice about giving my daughter this name.
Natural Disaster Your father is Earl; your grandfather and great grandfather were Earls; and you've always known you will name your son Earl. Then Hurricane Earl comes along and wipes out the East Coast (hopefully not, but hypothetically speaking). Can you still do it?
Bad Meeting You think it's the most beautiful name in the world, until you meet someone who is exactly the opposite in either appearance or personality. You just can't get the image out of your head ....
Someone Steals Your Name You "called" it first, but it didn't stop your best friend or sister-in-law from using it when her baby was born first. What to do ... besides seethe in anger?
What things have or would make you change your planned baby name?
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