9.06.2009

[ralph.]


Is It Okay To Change Your Baby's Name?

I read this article today and it reminded me of something one of my friends said recently. She thinks people should wait until after their baby is born to name them because.. what if you choose a name then find out that it wasn't the right one? It made sense but, at the same time, I thought it would be strange to bring a baby into the world and not have something to call it.

So what if you choose a name, find out it's wrong, then re-name the baby a few months into its little life... Why not? It's your kid, right? Wouldn't you know best if the name just isn't suiting it/him/her?

7 comments:

Alicia said...

I see your point. I'm not a big fan of the "well, my first name is actually Richard, but people call me Dick" scenarios. Even more confusing is when people go by their middle name, rather than their first name. And the most confusing is when people go by a name that is no where to be found on their birth certificate. Name your child the name you're going to call her/him...if the name doesn't fit, I totally agree with changing it.

However, I have seen people grow into their names. You call someone by a certain name enough, it becomes harder to imagine her/him with any other name.

ohhellocupcake said...

true... and what about the people who change their own names? wouldn't it be strange to have been called something your whole life then decide it's all wrong and legally change it to something else? hmmm.. maybe not. i've always hate my own middle name, maybe i should think about this a little more...

Jen said...

Now you are required to tell us your middle name :) my parents had initially intended to call me "Jenny" but my mom said she took one look at me and knew that wouldn't work.

skylana said...

i'm CRAZY when it comes to naming babies. i tried to change ara's name when she was three months old. seth didn't let me.

Alicia said...

I think you should keep your middle name, but that's just 'cause I like it. ;o) But since you don't like it, you could probably change it. I almost legally dropped my middle name to make my maiden name (ahhh! I have one of those!) my middle name...just a thought.

When I was younger, I hated my name. Even more, I hated how it was spelled--people always mispronounced it. I wanted to change the spelling to "Alisha." But my name grew on me and I started to dislike the alternate spelling. You're right. It would be so strange to be called something else! But for your friend Skylana, I don't think it would have been too weird at 3 mos.

I think I am entirely too interested in this topic...

ohhellocupcake said...

Ironically, this week we were reading a story called "Why Couldn't I Have Been Named Ashley?" at school. In the story a girl named Immaculeta complained about her name being difficult and wished that she could have a simple name like her classmates. When I asked my class if anyone ever wished they could change their name NO ONE raised their hands. They were all happy with their names and some even talked about what their names meant and why their parents chose it.. and we have some VERY interesting names in all my classes.

skylana said...

yea mine names weird but i wouldn't change it for the world. i would feel uncomfortable if my name was something i shared with another person. i know that's normal but i just can't wrap my head around being called the same thing someone else is called! haha