I saw an article about this on Yahoo today. I thought it would be a fun question to pose here. I do have a bit of regret over my youngest's name. His name is Brendan, and I can't tell you how many people have called him Brandon or asked me if his name is Brandon. While Brandon is a lovely name, Brendan is more common these days so it's surprising to me that people make this mistake. At my kids' school, I know of at least 5 boys named Brendan, and I only know of one Brandon. So, does anyone else wish they would've named their child something else???
It's been so much fun reading all of your responses! Thanks to those of you who said you like my son's name. I like it too. I can't imagine him being anything other than Brendan. I just wish people would stop calling him Brandon! As for my other kids, I LOVE their names and have no regrets. My daughter's name, Annalise is fairly unique. I've heard of a few younger girls being named that recently, but there is nobody else in the entire school with her name. My middle child is Joshua. It's very popular, and his best friend who happens to be in the same class has the same name. I still love the name and can't imagine him with a different name.
No, we had a boy and there was only one name I really liked, and liked since I was a little girl. Nicholas. Now I am pregnant with a girl and I think we have decided on Madelynn, because every name I pick my husband says it sounds like an old ladies name (sophia, nora, charlotte) finally I told him that when he squeezes a human being out of his body he can name it.
Just with the middle name of my daughter. We wanted a C name and decided on Catherine, which goes well with her first name. But now I wish I had chosen Claire, which is my mother's middle name. I think they both would have liked the connection. Oh well.
Not so much as regret as a lil' sadness maybe? Only on my youngest boy...I LOVE LOVE his name we gave him, Wyatt (even tho most people don't like it)...it's just that hubby didn't want my first choice, which was Aloe...funny thing is due to our son's temperament and attitude hubby and I now always joke that he is most definetly a 'Wylie-Wyatt'
I love all of my girls names. They're all classic even if they're not all traditional with long, full histories behind them.
Your son has a really nice name. I wouldn't have regret over it. Especially since you didn't name in the -ayden trend. You know... everyone loves the name Aidan but wants to be yooneek so they tack on any combination of letters in front of it that they can. Jaydin, Braaaaaaydon (like a donkey), Shaydon, Sladon, Raidyn, Kaidin, Blayden, Treyden, blah blah BLAH GAG.
No, not at all. I like unique names, but not made-up or misspelled names. I found a name that is more common in England/Wales (her father's heritage) but uncommon here and added my late mother's name for her middle name. I've gotten many compliments on her name, and there will likely never be two in the same classroom.
Her name is Raine Ruthanne. Raine means "queen" and is the English/Welsh/some sources say French version of Raina. The only issue we've had is people see it as "Rainey" when it is "Rain". She likes that she has the same initials as her big (17 years older) sister. That was not planned, but we liked it too. Her sister's name is Rhiannon Rose.
Not really and somewhat... does that make sense? LOL I married a man from India and he really wanted there names to mean something really poignant. So we did a lot of soul searching and knew the sex of each before they were born. My only concern is that the name had to be easy to pronounce and not hard to write. So we picked Mira for our oldest. It can been written Mira or Meera. I liked Mira spelling said ( Mih-Rah) Almost everyone says MY RA... yuck. Now I am fair and he is dark I always assumed all our kids would come out darker or a tan shade. So our second we picked Diya, since is means light and lamp. She was going to be the light of our life sort of speak... yep she came out Blonde, blue eyed and fair... so it fit perfectly but hindsight is that we have a Mira and Diya... its hard to yell these name when your angry at one or the other, its close to gether and then they were also born only 10 days apart on the calendar. They are 2 years apart in age. However strangers ask if they are twins because of the spelling... I just want to be sarcastic and say uhhhh duhhh do they look like twins? Our third is Rohan meaning to ascend or climb in ambitions. Well true to his name he is that. I do like my kids names but I would have liked a little different sounding one for Diya. Also everyone calls her DIEYAH I hate that it is said DEE YAH but anyway thats what happens I think too many people over think names cause of all the weirdly spelt names out there.,
No I love my boys' names. The younger two are really common but that's OK. I did have other names that I preferred for them but my husband didn't like them so these weren't my first choice but I'm still happy with them.
I've got a Christian Michael (which people sometimes pronounce "Kristin" which cracks me up - I just think "how dumb are you?" but don't say anything), Jacob Marshall (I wanted Caleb instead of Jacob) and a Zachary Stephen (I wanted Dylan Patrick). I like the juxtaposition of a very New Testament name (he has my maiden name, which is Irish) and the other very Hebrew names with their/our Jewish last name. You can just look at the names and know we're an interfaith marriage.
My SD also has a lovely name but out of privacy I won't mention it here.
i love your sons name! I don't regret it because we did name her a very popular name but I spelled it different. When I spell it people usually like it. (Its Madisyn by the way)! The only thing is I wish I would of came across Vivian while I was pregnant. Its a oldie but I seriously love it. Maybe ill get to have a grand baby named Vivian someday!
Eh, I'd have to say Yes, a little. We named our girl Isabella Marie (yes, just like the character from Twilight--although I didn't know that until my aunt-in-law pointed it out to me). I figured we could just call her Isa (like the iguana character from Dora), but of course, she has decided that her name is Bella (this is how she has introduced herself ever since she started talking)! Ugh. It is a pretty name, though, and it has some family meaning... just wish it wasn't so common and "in" right now. And, it does suit her.
I do. My poor little girl. I named her Jadyn. There are way too many Jadyns, boys and girls. I never wanted to do the Hannah/Michelle thing of naming my child and having 4 classmates with the same name. Woops. I didn't realize how popular that name was.
We call her JJ and that fits. But if I could rename her, it would be Landry. I don't know why I didn't think of it back then. I'm such a Cowboy fan and think the stadium should be named after Coach Landry. And she's sooooo bossy I call her coach as a nickname. She would be a perfect Landry.
SInce we're sharing - I named her Jadyn Elizabeth.
I also have a Jessie Jordan - girl
and Isaiah Ray - Boy
My husband wanted "Danielle" and I wanted "Marisa" (not Marissa)....so we looked at a baby book (and also the calendar; she was supposed to be born in December but came in November) and named her Natalie which means "Christmas child."
I am still wistful for Marisa (Mar-eesa) but just figured ppl would call her Marissa (which is a nice name but I'm not crazy about it).
I would've also liked Marie (her middle name) or Maria for first name but since husband's nickname is Donnie, having "Donnie & Marie" as the only others in the house would NOT have worked....
And while I'm being verbose, I had not heard of the name Marisa until I saw a movie with Marisa Berenson in it, but I get miffed if someone suggests I named Natalie after Natalie Wood! lol
I DO like the name Natalie very much and it fits her!!!
I regret my son's middle name...Anthony. It has no meaning to me or my family. At the time I just thought it sounded nice. I wish I had picked something special. I've thought about changing it even, because my son still doesn't know his middle name [he is 3] and would not care at this point, but boy would I hear about it from my family if I changed it now! I've decided to leave it and any future children I have will have special middle names, even if their poor brother just has a random one. Oh well.
I have a Harrison "Harry" Alexander (middle name is Dad's name) and Benjamin "Benjo" Joseph (middle name is a family name). I couldn't imagine any other name for either one, and the other names we were considering at the time just weren't right.
Incidentally, Harry picked the name for his brother when I was about 5 months pregnant. He just started insisting that his brother was called Baby Ben. We were thinking about other names, but turns out the boy knew his brother better than we did. :) He is clearly a "Benjamin".
I love my daughter's first name - June - but wish I had chosen a different middle name. Her middle name is Rylie, which is nice, but it just doesn't mean anything to me or do anything for me. It was just an "R" name we could agree on.
I wanted Reagan, but our friends named their first daughter that and my husband didn't want to "steal." I wish I had pushed for Raelynn - I still love that name. June Raelynn just has such a ring to it for me.
I don't regret my daughter's name, but I do regret the spelling of my second daughter's. Her name is Alana (a-lah-na) but we spelled it an Irish spelling Alannah. Well, everyone calls her A-lan-a or A-lai-na. Oh well, still love her name :)
Nope, we chose our kids names very carefully! We were careful to avoid spelling disasters, things that can be turned into yucky nicknames or are easily mispronounced and such. We avoided made up names and spelling that plague so many kids right now. They are common names, but not terribly common. We gave them fun middle names to make up for strictness of the firsts if they ever want to try something more unique when they get older.
Ah, tough question.
I love names. I thought about the names I picked for our children for a very long time.
My son's name I have no regrets over. He has a Biblical name that seems to fit him well.
Both of my kids have double (hyphenated) middle names-and I LOVE them.
My DDs' name...I wouldn't say I regret. I think it is beautiful and it fits her to a T. But DH does not like it (he wanted Sam). Others still grumble under their breath about it.
And the worst part of all for me, was that a very popular TV show, that will be in re-runs for all eternity, made fun of it. =...(
And she has a hard time getting kids to understand what her name is because it is rare. Yes, you can throw a tomato at me now.
It is an old name...I didn't make it up.
But whenever I feel a twinge of sadness over it, I remind myself of what her name means. She is 'Divine Strength, Pledged to God'. And she really is. ;)
And, btw, I love Brendan. It was one of my best friends' names.
I don't personally care how popular a name is or not. I know dozens of Johns, Mikes, Kellys, Megans, Jennys from my genertion. And a lot of Caitlyns, Jadens, etc. from my son's generation. Lots of Gladyses, Eunices, Edgars, etc from my grandparent's generation. Names see a lot of traction generation to generation.
I love the name Brendan! One of my favorite teachers in high school was Brendan and I always thought I'd use the name - until DH thoroughly nixed it.
I have no regrets. We agreed on a boys name shortly after we were married and still hope to use it some day.
Our daughter's name took us longer to come up with. Her first name is the only girl name that we 100% agreed on. She has two middle names - the first middle name is African and was given to her by her birth parents (birth dad is African). Her second middle name was the word we clung to during our years of infertility and then the adoption process. The names we gave her are Annie Hope (don't want to put the birth parent's name as it is very unique). I love it!
Our first daughter has a very unusual name...it's not made up, but you wouldn't personally know anyone with it. For our second daughter my husband and I loved the name Julia. But now I wish I had gone a bit fancier with it...like Juliet or Juliana or something. Just to make her name as unique as her sisters. Too late now! 90% of the time we use her nickname anyway...Jules. :)
I do sometimes even though I love their names! I grew up with a name that was considered "weird" or "different" so I gave them top 100 names. I still wish sometimes I'd used names that weren't quite as common but not "weird". Like Evelyn or Everly. and I still love Gianna, Allegra, and Harper but didn't use them and won't get to!
I wanted my second child to have a "cooler" name, but my husband nixed a list of about 30 of them. We went with 1 of 2 names that we agreed on, but I wish I chose the other one. Actually, I wish he just liked one of the other names I had on the list.
Hubby and I LOVE the names we picked for our six children. We chose Biblical names for all of them. We named our first two sons, and after they were born realized we had given them middle names that matched the Gospels, so when our 3rd son was born, we continued that tradition. If either of the twins I'm pregnant with now are boys, we'll give him the remaining Gospel name for a middle name.
For the twins, we're thinking (boys): Gabriel Luke and Thomas James. For girls: Lydia Abigail and Rachel Mara. Nothing set in stone yet, but no regrets on the names we've picked so far!
Both my boys have names I always wanted for boys but my sister has had "name remorse" with my niece. She was supposed to be Grace, she always wanted a Grace. My brother in law filled out the birth certificate and named her Mckinzie there are a thousand Mckinzie's and my sister always hated that name. But 9 years later she has decided it is okay and 'Kinz as we call her seems to fit better than Grace would have.
Not at all. I named her Addison (first choice) and we call her Addie. And that is apparently is uber-popular in our area right now and there's about 4 or 5 other Addison/Addies in her preschool (amongst different classes - she's the only one in her class). It's like the Heather of 2007. But I don't regret it one bit - it totally fits her and it's hard to imagine her being anything else.
It was kinda funny though last year in her gymnastics class - she was the only Addison but there was also a Madison, an Allison, and a Madelyn. Sometimes it was hard to tell which one the coach was saying!
My oldest daughter is Tyler, and I don't regret giving her a "boys name" one bit! She is a total Tyler. I love it. When we found out we were having another girl I wanted "Tori" but figured she had to be Victoria, so that's what we went with. We've called her Tori since day one (as planned), and I sort of regret the Victoria part. It is sooooo not her. Oh well.
My oldest son's name is Jeremy Adam. I thought I was being all kinds of original. The day he was born, I was the only one on the ward. When I left the hospital there had been four babies born. All boys. All named Jeremy. All with the middle initial A. Yeah. There was some remorse. Now he's grown and, aside from the name being sooooo common, I keep thinking that Jeremy was a great little boy's name but not such a good name for a grown man. Coincidentally, he and I talked about this recently. He is happy with his name and doesn't feel it's juvenile in any way. I guess I will always just think of him as my "baby." :D
Also, when I was growing up there were always three or four other L.'s in my class every year, so I wanted all my kids to have uncommon names. But it seems I am a master at predicting trends in baby names!!! Oh well... I still love their names and they all seem happy enough with them. And it seems other people like those names too! :o)
Yes! I hate my sons name I gave in to my hubby and he picked Stephen James. Im always correcting people on how his name is pronounced, and I get told i spell his name wrong...my daughter however I know there will be no regretes she will be named Harlee Quinn :)
Yes, my daughter's name is Jaron, which is a Hebrew name from the Old Testament and means to sing....and of course, she's not a boy....So I wish to this day I would have feminized the name....from Jaron to Jaryn....
We have Jared Michael, James Raphael (Ray-feel), and David Joseph. We wanted good, strong names for our boys that would also be good "adult" names. The middle names each have special meanings to us. The one thing that we were nervous about with James is that he would become Jamie, Jim, Jimbo, Jimmy......but we've tried to train him well to speak up if someone tries to call him those names. So far it's worked (he's 5), but it's always something that's in the back of my mind!
I wouldnt say i have remorse over my youngest childs name, I love it still, but do wish I had thought a little more about her initials. Her name is Addison Nicole and out last name begins with D. So put it all together and her initials are AND.
I wasn't thrilled with my oldest son's name for a while. He's John Milton the 5th. I'm not real big on exact names like that. sooooooooooo confusing. However, now that my husband's grandfather, and father are both passed, I'm kinda glad he has the name to carry on.
Plus it actually fits him perfectly since he's a freakin clone of his father. So I guess it worked out in the end LOL
My daughter is Kayleigh Nicole and I wouldn't change her name for anything, I picked out her first name when I was in high school (way back in the 80's LOL) and there was no way she wasn't being named that. Now if only she'd STOP introducing herself as CHARLIE *sigh*
My youngest son is Zachary Alexander. His middle name is my only brother's first name. I liked the way they sounded together so that's what he got. I like my brother some of the time too LOL
I wouldn't change my kids' names, but I actually did rename my daughter right after she was born. I was dead set on Hannah Katherine, but my husband liked Abbey Lynn. I told him it was my ultimate decison since I was going all of the work! LOL! So, she was born, we turned on the video camera and introduced her as Hannah Katherine. About 5 minutes later, I started crying (hormones) and said that she didn't look like a Hannah, she looked like an Abbey! Now, people warned me this would happen and I totally didn't believe them, but it did! We turned the video camera back on and did a "take two" and introduced her again as Abbey Lynn. Her name fits her just perfectly. She is also not Abigail....she is just Abbey. My son will sometimes call her Abigail to push her buttons and she hates it. LOL! I'm actually really glad that we didn't name her Hannah. That name is all over the place now!
The only regret I have about my son's name is that it is quite popular. His name is Aiden. But, he was conceived in Ireland, so he needed a good Irish name! :-)
Not one bit. Took a lot of time to think of a perfect name. Wanted it to sound close to my husband's name, and have his middle name. We named him Jaden Michael and I dont care that it's popular now, it fits him perfectly, and couldnt think of a better name that would.
no regrets just aggervation, i guess, daughter is named after both her g-mas marganna (margaret and dana (short a's no long a"s)) middle sons name is seth still dont hear it alot but its commin back and youngest is aidan connor both old irish spellings and never heard aidan until we settled on the name and now its all over the place, couldnt imagine my lil red head anything but an aidan
I love this question and I read the same article yesterday!
NO REGRETS! I have two boys, Talon Timothy and Gavin David....they are gorgeous dark haired little boys so their names suit them and I always get compliments on the names. Their middle names are the first names of each grand-daddy...so have special meaning, but also went nicely with their first names! IF my first was a girl, I would have named her Brooklyn and soooo glad I had a son, I do NOT like the name now.
The nickname thing is funny; I don't think they have nicknames, but will hear my husband, friends say Tal or Gav....really?!
My Daughter's name is Brianna Elizabeth. love the name until this year i came across my great grandmother's name in my genealogy search. Her name was Ava Kate. Now I want another girl so I can name her Ava Kate.
I don't regret my first two. However, my husband has vetoed all of my suggestions for our third child, and now we're going with his suggestion- a name that has no special meaning to either one of us and gets only a "well, it doesn't suck" from him (is that really the best we can do for our CHILD?!?). I'm really worried I'm going to regret not forcing the issue on this one. Hope not.
For our son, I wanted a traditional name. We thought about Thomas but didn't want a little Tommy. Discussed William but didn't want a Billy. Etc. So we named him James after my husband and we call him Jamie. But James just doesn't fit. Even at 21, he's a Jamie. And no, I had never even heard of a girl Jamie until we named him. His middle name is my mom's maiden name.
We had a name picked out for our daughter but literally changed our minds at the hospital and LOVE it. It's kind of a long story on how and why we changed our minds to Ellen. After we named her and a great aunt started looking into our family history we found out Ellen actually is a family name used for several generations. I like to think it was Divine guidance. ;)
I know it sounds silly, but as soon as I knew I was pregnant I knew it was a boy and what I would name him. We didn't even start talking about the possibility of girls names until the drive to find out what we were having.
The names (Michael Isaac) are family names and the older he gets the more the names seem to fit.
The only problem we ever have, and it's kind of funny, when people shorten Michael to Mikey orMike, Michael will correct them. Don't think he is gonna be a nickname kind of kid.
A little bit. We had no idea what to name my youngest until we were actually in the hospital and then my husband and I decided on the perfect name. It wasn't until after we came home with the baby that a family member pointed out that it rhymes with a swear word. How did we not think of that? I don't think I would want to go back in time and change it, though. He really fits it and even at 22 months I can see he has the personality to handle any teasing. Besides, kids can make fun of any name, really, right?
I love the names we have given all 3 children. They were a lot of hard work to get just right. Each of them have first name, 2 middle names and then our last name. Each and every name they have has special meaning and really fits them perfectly. We didn't want names that if you called in a crowd you'd get a handful of people looking around to see if you mean them but we didn't go out on a limb and come up with something so obscure that it is just mean to the child.
One of my sons gets his name said wrong as it's close to a more common name and apparently there is a word in one of the Asian languages(don't remember which one) that is spelled the same but pronounced different so he's had that. But we just taught our kids that you politely correct them and don't take it personally. People make mistakes, they're not doing it on purpose to hurt your feelings. When I was in school my last name was so long that there were very few of my first name letter on the rosters (love computers sometimes). It was assumed so often that I must be Katherine instead of K. because of what printed (I was mostly Last Name, Katr)
My husband and I both worked on the names and agreed on them. If anything was brought up that the other didn't like we didn't spend time pressuring the other into giving in, we moved on. It was for the good because it led us to keep looking to get the right names in the end. It's amazing how much their names fit them!
We named our daughter Bradlee Celeste and I love it! Our son is Colin and I would have preferred another name but daddy always wanted a little boy named Colin. Now that he's a year he seems to have fit into his name.
How can anyone regret a name like Rosamaria. I just love my youngest daughter's name. She was named after the woman who was more like a mother to me (Rosario) and my mother (Maria).
My eldest got herself a nickname before she got her name. Billy was named after a much beloved uncle. I wanted and wished I gave her the name Annabel. One of my SILs is named Anna and I did not want to offend the other so my sister picked the name Isabelle. I still think it's beautiful.