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Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE

Changing Your Baby's Name

By August 9, 2009

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Last week while I was on vacation, I struck up a conversation with another mother in the long grocery store line.  I asked her how old her baby was and we started talking about Noa and her baby, Jason.  The talk turned to baby names because I'm always fascinated with baby names.  Jason is one of those names that was wildly popular when I was growing up and yet you don't hear that often any more.  So I asked her how she chose it and how she liked it.  This is when she dropped the bomb shell.

Turns out that she really likes the name Jason, as does her husband.  The problem is that Jason is also the name of her ex-fiance.  Now, while they thought about this when they chose the name, they really thought that their new baby could make it his own and make them forget about the negative connotations surrounding the baby's name.  She said that they had a whole slew of nick names that they used to avoid the baby's real name.  I asked her if they had considered changing Jason's name to something else.  She was pleased to hear that it was still most likely a possibility.  I explained that baby's names get changed all the time, some for no reason at all.

A few times I've heard it include:

  • A family who choose a name for their daughter and it just didn't fit her, so they changed it when she was six months old.
  • One little girl had her name changed 10 days after birth when her grandfather died, so that the parents could honor the grandfather.
  • A little boy who loved his nick name so much that they finally got the judge to make it official when he was six years old.

These are just some examples of when parent's choose to change their baby's name.  While not all of these instances could have been avoided, it goes to show just how much care one needs to have in choosing a baby's name.  What are you doing to ensure that your baby has the right name?  Can that be decided before birth?  What do you do if you're wrong?


August 10, 2009 at 7:40 am
(1) pregnancy says:

Where I live, you can change your baby’s name for like 6 months with no cost or questions asked. I really think that’s a good idea. So many parents think they will like a name and then it just doesn’t work for them after the birth. This is a nice way to try before you buy on a baby name.

August 12, 2009 at 8:47 pm
(2) Laureen says:

I had never thought about the possibility of changing a baby’s name. This is a great thing to point out. I wonder with the trend toward people naming their babies before they are even born, more people might actually change their minds later. I always felt I had to look into my babies’ eyes to know if the name fit. And even then I wasn’t really sure for a couple months.

December 27, 2009 at 6:37 pm
(3) ciara says:

Exactly where in ny can u change ya baby name,because my son is two months n I wanted to change his name to what I wanted it to be in the beginning

December 27, 2009 at 7:54 pm
(4) Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE says:
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