Imagine having a four-year-old named Paris. Or a toddler named Tiger. Or maybe you just gave in to family pressure before the pain medications wore off, and woke up with an adorable little one named after Great Aunt Eustis.
Would you feel a little regret? Lots of parents do.
The New York Times reports that 3 percent of parents regret their baby’s name, and would change it if they could.
Sometimes it’s a celebrity scandal that taints your darling’s name. Sometimes, the moniker just doesn’t seem to suit. In other cases, as happened to Alexamdra Jacobs, the world just isn’t ready for “Seymour” to become a trendy baby name.
What other names do people live to regret? Famecrawler is offering up a list of the Top 10 Most Regrettable Celebrity Baby Names.
I actually have some regrets about my kids’ last names. My husband’s last name is Hunter, which I think is beatiful. But when the time came, neither of us could swallow our feminist pride enough to have me take his name. We talked, throughout my first pregnancy, about changing both our last names to some new, hybrid name, but never got it together to do that. So our kids got saddled with Hunter Black on their birth certificates.
It’s not bad as these things go. I just shudder when I imagine either of them marrying someone with a clumsily doubled last name. Will my grandkids need to note, “See attached pages” at the bottom of any contracts they sign to make room for the last names they’ll be lugging around?
Have you ever felt any regret about your child’s name? Wished you had a do-over on that one? Been embarassed by a literary or pop culture reference you didn’t know when you chose it?
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