Newsflash: 54% of Moms Regret Name Choice

At least, that’s what a study of over 1,000 parents by UK baby site Gurgle found.

A closer look at the stats: 26% said the name they chose was too popular, while 14% said the name didn’t suit their child and 11% said outsiders’ reactions to the name caused their regret.

My takeaway? Do your homework before you name your baby. All too frequently, I hear from parents who had no idea their name was so popular until they met three other little Avas or Aidens in nursery school. If that’s something that would bother you, take a look at the Social Security charts as you consider names.

Don’t just focus on how popular a name was in the previous year or two — look at it’s entire popularity trajectory. You can easily see a name’s ranking for the last 132 years, all the way back to 1880. If a name is rising particularly fast — even if it hasn’t gotten all that common yet — it’s something to be wary about. Any name moving upward is likely to continue in that direction by the time your baby is born.

As for the other reasons for name regret… I believe the child makes the name, not the other way around. Give your baby time to grow into his or her name, and I think you’ll eventually see that — maybe without even realizing it — your toddler or kindergartner has wholly become their name. And in terms of being put off by others’ opinions of the name… mom, time for some thicker skin. If you love the name, that’s all that matters.

What do you think? Have you experienced name regret? If so, why? If not, how have you managed to stay satisfied with your choice?

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