Baby Name Mistakes: Tenth Of Parents Regret Their Choices

Some people have baby names picked out when they are just kids themselves. Others don’t decide on a name until two days after their baby is born. Either way, according to a new study conducted by, 8% of parents regret choosing the name that they did.

Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, founders of, say the most common mistakes parents make when it comes to naming their babies include letting their own parents have too much say in the decision or focusing on superficial factors, like how “cool” the name choice makes them look.

When the parents who admitted to regretting their children’s names were asked why:

53%, felt this way because they had chosen a name that was ‘fashionable’ at the time 32%, of the parents who said that they ‘regretted’ their child’s first name said that they did so because it is now a ‘common’ name for children.

So, what’s a parent to do in this situation? In 2008, we heard about a Cleveland couple who actually changed their daughter’s name from Emma to Caroline when she was a newborn. And, a Connecticut family started calling their daughter Isadora when she was four, because her original name, Sophie, was too popular in her preschool class.

Another option, of course, is learning to love the name you once chose. Besides, what’s in a name anyway?