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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:18 AM   #1
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The Eadies are among a surprising number of parents who, following the birth of their child, suffer namer's remorse. In a recent poll of 1,219 mothers conducted by BabyCenter.com, 10 percent considered changing their baby's name. The reasons they gave ranged from being inspired by another name to having a relative disagree with the choice.

Regret is common after any big decision, and few prenatal decisions these days are as open to debate as picking a child's name. Rare are the parents who haven't invested in a small library of baby-name books or trolled the Internet for a name unique enough to be usefully Googled, but not so weird as to cause ridicule.

Adrienne and Matt Grayson, of Charleston, South Carolina, settled on the name Luke early in her pregnancy. "I also loved the name Beckett, but it felt a little weird, like Apple," says Adrienne Grayson, referring to the name actress Gwyneth Paltrow gave her daughter. When the baby was born, they named him Luke Beckett Grayson. What followed was a sea of engraved picture frames, monogrammed pillows, "Welcome Luke" signs drawn by the Grayson's older children -- and a wave of regret.

"I couldn't shut up about how we should call him Beckett instead of Luke, and I also started mourning my maiden name, Shaw," Adrienne Grayson says. "I thought I should've made that his middle name because we weren't going to have more kids."

The more she reflected, the more she wanted to change Luke's name to Beckett Shaw Grayson. The process involved hours on the phone with the Social Security office and the county clerk. She found that although it's legal to change a minor's name (as long as both parents consent), states don't always have a well-oiled system in place for regretful parents.

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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:42 AM   #2
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We first chose the name "Jackson" for our son. I told a few people. The more I heard them say it, the more I hated it. So we changed the name (before he was born) and would not tell people what the name was going to be.
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 07:44 AM   #3
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typical indecisive bleeding heart idiots. perhaps they will think a decision through next time. :)
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Old January 3rd, 2008, 08:08 AM   #4
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My brother and his wife did that with their second child. She liked Samantha, but my dad's name is Sam and my brother didn't like the idea of naming a girl after him, he liked Brooke, but they settled on Lauren. She was born Lauren, in the paper, etc, then three days later, Eric just thought she looked liked a Sam, so they switched it to Samantha. They contacted the hospital, they hadn't submitted the paperwork to the SS office or anything yet, so they just went down and filled out new paperwork, done deal.

I have a little bit of it with my third child, Dominic, only because I don't like the nickname Dom, which I was WELL aware of prior to naming him that. I have a feeling we will start to call him Nic as he gets older. We named our oldest Olivia, thinking we'd call her Libby, but Olivia just stuck with no nickname at all. A lot changes after they are born or as they grow older.
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