Baby Hints & Tips

Baby Names – Changing your mind

Baby names on her belly. Cropped image of pregnant woman with baby names on her belly standing isolated on whitePlease no judgemental comments. Has anyone ever decided that they dislike the baby name they chose? (Please only comment if you have) and what did you do? I hardly ever call my 6month old by his name, it turned into a nickname pretty quick which I love

  • When I was born I was called Julianna. My parents renamed me Charli when I was 5. Sometimes you don’t get it right, and that’s okay! My named was changed, and I lived through it Charli
  • This post caught my eye; my son & daughter-in-law in Iceland, have to choose a name from the list compiled by the Government. It is an attempt to maintain tradition. Recently, it was reported that a British/Icelandic couple, who started their married life, and family, in the UK, before relocating to Iceland, applied to renew their children’s passports; the application was refused, because the children’s names were not on the official list! The couple are appealing against the decision. Clive
  • Unfortunately, yes! It’s called Namers Remorse, apparently! It’s been a massive issue for me and one I can not change! I was paralysed with grief of my fathers tragic death when I was pregnant and named him after my father (I chose an “alternative name” to the name my dad had in his birth certificate). It’s not the name I don’t like, it’s the fact that people can’t pronounce it and all the questions about where I got the name from, it’s very hard for me to talk about. Still grieving, obviously! And I just think, if my dad didn’t die, my son wouldn’t be called that, he would have had another name, a name I chose because I loved it like my older sons name! But being in the middle of grief while pregnant, doesn’t do much for your ability to make the right choices! Luckily, we can shorten the name if we want to, which we do! Allison
  • I never had a say in my sons name and I hate it… he is and always will be in my head what I originally wanted to call him…bugger you stand over partners/parents Chick
  • Love my girls name Quinn But I tend to call her QT (cutie) her initials more often Kari
  • If you like the nickname then I wouldn’t worry…just use this. Melissa
  • I never call my kids by their names…always their nickname..unless they’re in trouble then its their first & middle namez lol Pamela
  • In the first year of the babies life it is free to change a name as this is quite common thing to happen so they don’t charge you for the first year as you might change your mind Jenni
  • Only problem I have is you need the other parents signature!! Damn putting him on the birth certificate!! Kymbalee
  • Sometimes I doubt the isabella suits my daughter but she is a bella if that makes any sense haha Kaysha
  • I know a few people who go by their middle name because they don’t like their first name. I love my son’s name completely and fear that if I had another boy I wouldn’t know what to call him coz I have already used my favourite boys’ name! My pet hate for names is when people spell a name wrong, like when they take a common name and mis-spell it. I used to see a lot of names on official documents at my old job, one that astounded me was a Michael that was spelled “Micheal”. To me (and most people) that should be pronounced “Mike-eel”… Did his parents just think that was how it was spelled or were they trying to be different? Most would just assume the parents can’t spell! Lauren
  • We had so much trouble naming our second son. Our first was Patrick and we just couldn’t find anything. We named him Hamish after 3 weeks but my husband realised he didn’t like it. We debated about it until he was one when we decided to change it to James (English of Hamish). Best decision we made and have never regretted it. I worried what people would think but no one cared and we were happy. So many people I have spoken to since regret their decision, you aren’t alone!! Kate
  • We named our daughter Arya which we pronounced as ‘Are-ya’… We loved it but soon found people were telling us it’s supposed to be pronounced as ‘Aria’…. Dr would call her Aria & family struggled with the way we wanted it to sound. It was fustrating but now I figure her teachers etc can call her Aria & it’s up to her if she wants to correct them & we will always call her Arya You can call your baby by his nickname & formally he’ll be known by his full name Amy
  • At 6 months I feel most babies don’t suit their names. Try to imagine your baby as a child then think about the name again. Jessica
  • My sons name is Archie I wanted him to be called archer but my partner didn’t like it now he dose but I still love his name Shanae
  • I do like my daughter’s name, but didn’t at first, but my husband wouldn’t hear of anything else, so I did some research on different spellings so it wasn’t the same as an alcoholic drink…her name? Shandi (a Kiss song…one of hubby’s favorite bands he loves his music!) TerryAnne
  • It’s funny reading how everyone is saying there’s so many to chose from…being a school teacher I won’t have that problem because I simply can’t call my kids any name that any of my students have had I’ve always had trouble with people not calling me by my whole name I got to a point where I wouldn’t answer if they just called me Erin and spelling it no one seems to get but it’s so easy! Erin
  • I hated my sons name Michel Angelo my partner named him after his grandfather hes nearly 2 and ive gotton so used to it I cant imagine his name being anything else Demi
  • we have had 3 boys (1 dec) but we always choose long names with the intention of shortening. Our first born son Maxwell, had he still been here he would have been Max. Oliver is our second, Olly and Mitchell, Mitchy. The only name that we chose that we never wanted to shorten is Charlotte, definitely didn’t want Lottie or Charlie but now we call her Char! Beck
  • I know of a boy named Xavier it is a lovely name, he is 11 and we all call him Xav – people dont pronuce it correctly when then imphasise the X. It will get easier as he gets older. Tiffany
  • We named our daughter Alexandra and it got to be such a mouthful we quickly shortened it to Alex. She decided in grade 2 that she liked Her full name better and asked her teacher to call her that. You don’t have to call him by his whole name, but leave it so he can choose when he’s older. Xander is an awesome name! Tahlia
  • As a parent I have faced this dilemma, over 10 yrs ago in fact. This is the hardest decision a mother & father could ever make in their life, I think. My son went unnamed for the 1st 3 days off his life. His father & I sat down with a list of names & did all the rhymes, nicknames & even ppl we both had bad experiences with. We chose a solid name based on our own decisions, not anyone else’s. We are proud of his name & so is my son. I think what you name your child or the nickname you give them regardless is still a sign of your love for them Emma
  • I used to hate my name as people always refer to me as Kristen instead of Kirsten. I also get Kristy, Christine, Kirsty. My ex’s grandparents used to calk me Christina or Gersten as they are very Italian. Aaaand when I answer a phone using my name, they always seem to think I’m saying my name is JUSTINE. I like my name now but still always feel rude correcting people. I never used to and sometimes I dont, people say Kristen like at the docs etc and sometimes I dont even realise lol Rant over. Haha Kirsten
  • Know that all too well! I get Chantelle ALL the time.. I don’t feel rude correcting people, sometimes I don’t bother though if it’s someone I won’t have any future contact with. Chanel
  • The only thing I hate is how difficult it will be to spell my sons name when he starts going to school. Macaulie Mandoza Nyamzinga…..great job mum and dad! Pick an awesomely long name! Caszie
  • I hated naming my girls. I stress so much about the spelling, whether it will suit, what will family think, etc. with my first daughter I really wasn’t comfortable with her name until she was about 1. I think she suited her name more then if you know what I mean. My 2nd daughter is 5months and I’m just starting to stop the stressing about her name. Aimee
  • I love the name we chose. Elanor. What I hate is when ppl ask me her name, I say its Elanor, then they trun to her and say “Hi Ellie!!” We call her Ela or Ela Bella. Never Ellie. Bek
  • My sons names are cooper and charlie I love them but always call them by there nickname lol charlie (boo boo) cooper (toop toop) people in public probly think im crazy Brodie
  • I think it’s ok. It gives them more options on what they want to be called when they’re older. My daughters names are Natalija, but everyone calls her Talija, and my other daughters name is Ariana but everyone calls her Aria. My parents call her Ari because they’re Asian and they can’t say Aria properly lol But my partner and I also like to call her Ari sometimes.. Deanna
  • A friend of mine uses her middle name and hardly anyone knows it isn’t actually her official first name. Her parents were pressured into giving her a first name they didn’t love but her second name was their favorite choice. Things change. Go with what suits your child. Samantha
  •  You obviously liked it in the beginning, can you go back to that place and remember why you liked it? In the end its only a name. If you love his nickname then thats a plus though Vanessa
  • I can’t remember nearly anyone getting my name right either in fact they still don’t lol! Gerard
  • Why don’t ou choose a name you like and have it changed with Births, Deaths & Marriages. My best friend is planning to do it soon. They called little girl Amelia, buy only ever call her Mila. Danielle
  • I don’t think it really matters what’s on the birth certificate…both my father and father in law have nicknames that don’t resemble their Italian given names. I was and still am called Lani by most of my family, larnes from school friends, ella from uni friends and babe by my hubby so Elana is only used at work. I love having different names, I think it’s fun Elana
  • My daughter is Vanessa but since 2 weeks old has been Nessie. It’s not that i don’t like it just easier for all to say. O n most forms now days they have a legal and preferred name anyway. We still say Vanessa sometimes so she understands it is her full name Sharni
  • Sara, I grew up with a Micheal and a Maighread. (mar- aid) Kylie
  • we named our youngest daughter Samaya Daisy. Samaya is after her God mother Samantha May and Daisy is after her great great grandmother who her father was very close to.We call her Daisy but even at 19th months old she answers to both names Amanda
  • My first sons name is Chadrick but we all call him Chad. I love the name Chad but that by itself didn’t suit his last name so I wanted wanted a proper first name with all intention of using the nickname Chad all the time. It’s put down as his preferred name at preschool. We couldn’t agree on a name for my second son and had a list of names. When he was born he had thick black hair and one of the names on my list was Koby which means dark hair. I love the name Koby but my partner didn’t like the sound of it with his last name so we compromised on the name Koby-Jay. it took ages to get use to it and I considered changing it but now I think it suits him and it has really grown on me Ashleigh
  • Im the opposite here i love my daughters name but dislike the nickname. Its Alexia which i always call her and love but everyone else calls her lexi. Iv asked them not too but they still do and it drives me nuts! X Alana
  • My partner didn’t get a choice I put the names out there and if he said he liked then I’d consider lol they got his last name so he shouldn’t care too much. ChristieLee
  • Yeah still getting use to my sons name 6 months on . Always call him by his nickname Think it’s because we were expecting a girl it was an emergency Caesar n my hubby named him( an already agreed upon name ) before I got to properly see him Alaina
  • I know a couple of adults who go by their middle name, either because they like it better or it suits their profession more. So it is a common thing and you can always let your child decide when they are older? If you feel really strongly about it now though, then I would change it. Better to do it earlier rather than later. Kylie
  • My daughters name is mikaylea ( pronounced mi -Kay -lee) but everyone says mikayla when they read it . I got annoyed at first but now tend to shrug it off. We have always called her miki for short and so does her daycare teacher but she does know her full name. and I only use it when she is in trouble lol now I kind of regret her entire name as I think it’s going to be hard for her to write when she’s in school, she starts prep next year. her full name is Mikaylea Renai ( renee) Quagliata Sharna
  • My son’s name is Hudson and people always assume it’s his last name it’s very annoying, I love his name because he was conceived in New York and the Hudson River is in NY so it went perfectly but I feel bad that he is going to have to explain that his frist name is some people’s last name.. poor kid lol Jessica
  • When I was pregnant with my second, we named her Audrey. When I have birth, I looked at her and I really didn’t think it suited her but she grew into it pretty quickly 99% of the time, we call her Audy (her big sister can’t say Audrey) but she definitely suits Audrey Katiee
  • My 3 yr old’s name is McKenna. I don’t dislike her name but I never call her by her real name. I always call her Kenna. Michelle
  • Yep me!!! I wanted Ollie and everyone told me it wasn’t “mature” enough so it became Oliver! I hate it! He’s never called Oliver only Ollie and when people ask me his name, I just say Ollie! I looked into changing it but they kind of talked me out of it! For the rest of his life he will have to declare his change of name! Too hard Lacey
  • I love both my Childrens names. For my first, Ella, I wanted something similar to my Mums name, Elma. And my second, Cadence, was one her father and I agreed on long before she was even conceived. We call her Cady for short. Some people call her Katie or Caddy… but we don’t let it bother us Kylie
  • I did have regrets for quite a while until his personality started to show then I decided that his name did in fact suit him but I was very torn until then. I see no reason why you can’t call him by his nickname, plenty of people go by names that aren’t their “official” name, do what works for you and your lo! Good luck Natasha
  • I hate my sons name have since day 1 his bio dad picked it i have given him nicknames since before he was born he only gets his name if hes in trouble Kim
  • Especially the first 6 weeks. I preferred her middle name Alexandria. We had 3 names with us at the hospital. Karalyn. Alexandria. And another I can’t remember. ..I think Kenzie. She wasn’t a Kenzie. My hubby, with tears in his eyes, wanted Karalyn. I hated it the first 6 weeks….thinking she was more a Lexie (Alexandria) but he had said it with so emotion I accepted it despite it annoying me when people called her CAROL-LYN and CAROLINE. Then one day, he told me he just randomly picked it and thought it was my favorite. He didn’t choose it because he liked it or anything. I thought…damn. ..I told him all along how much I loved Alexandria. Flash forward to age 3. She is definitely my Kara. I normally do not call her Karalyn and if asked I tell people her name is Kara. She tells them the same. People sometimes think she’s calling herself Tara now but anyway she’s my care bear…or Kare. Her name remains Karalyn Alexandria. I do worry in school about how she’ll need to tell them that she goes by Kara. Thankfully, she knows her full name is Karalyn but because I call her Kara. ..that’s what she prefers to be called. I’d leave it be unless you really can’t stand it. They do grow into their names usually Mel
  • I haven’t been in your situation but 3 weeks ago I had my first boy & we named him Nate (not short for anything) I didn’t like Nathan or Nathaniel but loved the name Nate so we went with that. If you prefer his nick name just use that & if he is used to his nick name more then his actual name change it? Mary
  • We are having a little girl in October and I have loved the name max for a little girl for a few years and everyone keeps saying aww Maxine.. Nooo!! I personally really really dislike the name Maxine but if my little girl decides she wants to go by Maxine when she’s older she’s more than welcome to! People are so annoying they just assume their names it’s like no I just told you what their name is don’t change it because you think it should be that!! Courtney
  • My name is Nicole, but I was always known as Nikki, until I left school and I prefered Nicole so that is what I go with now… but I don’t remember a single time I was refered to as Nicole in my entire childhood, I often wondered why mum and dad didn’t just name me Nikki! Nicole
  • We called no.2 Charlotte but only ever refer to her as charli (both pronounced differently). I wanted to call her Charli from the start but hubby thought it was too informal. But now I wished I had of just pushed for charli on her birth certificate. I’m over people refusing to call her Charli or they call her sharlee (like a shortened Charlotte). Nothing wrong with the name Charlotte its just not what I wanted Apryl
  • I’m also having mixed reactions about the name I’ve chosen for bub due in October. His father and I have chosen a name and we’re sticking with it. We both like it. Also my partner didn’t have any choices with his first child so I’m happy to go with the name he likes. And I stand by my decisions, if I’m not keen later I know I’ll deal with it! Emmaline
  • I love all my kids names guess thats because my hubby and I both agreed on all their names only problem is people being able to pronounce their names Mila always gets pronounced as miller which annoys me and katija (j is pronounced as a y) gets all sorts of pronunciations! The other 2 are easy nikolas and maria Alison
  • Most forms you will fill out for bub will have a spot where they ask name and under thst usually has thing that says somthing like prefer to b called Tracy
  • We had three names chosen. When she was born none of them suited her. A few hours later we decided on a name, however we also realised a couple days later that there was another name we both liked haha but we stuck with Hannah. These days there is no way I could see her with any other name. Took me a couple months till realised that she was indeed a Hannah. First two months I just called her bubba Nicole
  • I changed my mind! It was a rushed decision in birth suite and I just didn’t like it moving forwards. I thought I would get used to it (Elise) but it didn’t seem to suite her and then someone called her Elsie :-S and the decision was made to swap her names. She is now Rose Elise and we LOVE her name . Give it a while, but if you really don’t like it it is very easy to change.! Yonita
  • I hate my first born sons name. His “father” picked it and refused to let me name him anything else, though I’d had my first sons name picked from age twelve. But I call him by his name regardless, so as not to confuse him. Christina
  • I called my son Vincent but only ever call him vinnie I do wish I just called him vinnie ! I tell ppl his name is vinnie and u can do that at daycare school ect …. What is his name ?? Tracey
  • My partner picked our sons name I wouldn’t say I didnt like it, it just wasn’t what I wanted but has grown on me. I tend to use his full name for some reason (like he’s in trouble, haha) but I’ve thought long & hard about what his name could be & nothing suits. His name suits him to a tee & I love that Shara
  • I love my sons name but hate his nickname to the point I wish I had called him something else. His name is Connor but he gets called con con a lot and I hate it. Katrina
  • My 2nd born is Auryn. Pronounced Or-rin. Sometimes o regret it but its unique like him xxx Amanda
  • My daughters name is Indiana and while I like it I do love indie better which is what I call her for short but I’m guessing most ppl will call her that in short.. Otherwise I call her pretty girl and I don’t know that I could rename her that hehe I say just keep with the nickname! Jodie
  • My husband went throught that. I’m not sure if it was his parents or himself that decided one of his middle names was better than his first. It hasn’t happened to me with my daughters. It seems they have grown into their names. Whitney
  • My first name is different to the name I use. My mom n dadn my family have always called me by my middle name. Most places let you tell them what your preferred name is. There are only q few places where legal names are needed. It’s up to you of you want to change your bub’s name. My daughter is Saphira Summer Nicole but we call her Fifi most of the time Regine
  • I didn’t liked her name in the start. It was odd and even I had problem remembering it. Also I believe the name had some bad effects on my child, eg too much crying etc. I tried a bit to change it not much but I wouldn’t change it now after six years. As I love it and wouldn’t call her with any other name. Also she is very intelligent and the name had a good effect in the long run Nida
  • My son had no name for nearly a week, I had a chosen a name I love but a girl whom my sister shared the name with called her son that instead so I complied a massive list of names I liked and there meanings (this really helped me) I ended up naming him Kobey and couldn’t imagine him having another name now As for my baby girl I was so lucky I knew I wanted something unique and one day the name just entered my head and I fell instantly in love! My partner hated the name right up until he looked at her for the first time her name is Addison KristyLea
  • I’m Larissa on my birth certificate, but have NEVER been called it. I was always called Lara, and that’s what name I identify with. It’s a pain in the butt sometimes, it would have made life easier for me now I’m an adult if my parents had just put Lara on the birth certificate to start with! Lara
  • We call our daughter Eva n so does everyone else but her birth name is Evelyn she is 3 now n its only now im starting to hav to explain to her her name is Evelyn as she gets it when she is in trouble Same thing happened to me tho my birth name is Joyce but 90% of people dnt kno that as I hav been Jo for forever Jo
  • I didn’t name either of my oldest children their father did. I was asleep with the oldest & on heavy meds with his sister due to complications. He refused to sign allowing name changes. They both went by nicknames. I’ve never used their birth names except for dr & official records. Even teachers use their nicknames Vallie
  • My son’s name although I love it hes names xander ( Zander) drives me insane though when people call him ex.ander grrr lol Kiera
  • Im Naming My Daughter Amaryllis Belle (ah-mah-real-lis) My bf side of the family wants, to call her amy (am-me) or by her middle, name or amarillo im like heck no I gave, her a, unique name for a reason. I love my daughters name Samantha
  • My first girl is Mikayla-Jade Bella. I started having second thoughts about the 6 month mark as it is such a long name. (Bella is her middle name). Family call her Mikayla, Macka or MJ. But i get really annoyed when people who don’t know her call her Mikayla if they have been introduced as Mikayla-Jade. My second girl is Kaydence. I had second thoughts aswell as everyone thinks i say kayden. We ended up with Kadi as a nickname. Hardly ever use kaydence unless for legal things. Mandi
  • I hate my eldest sons name!! Both first and second!! His “father” refused to allow anything else (and his mother tried to tell me how to spell their (twins) entire names so I didn’t muck up the birth certificates) then he walked out just after the birth certificates arrived telling me the twins would never hear anything from him if I ever handed him paperwork to change their names (since he bullied and threatened until they had his last name). The worst part is when I try to change his name to something I like my father and brother go off (to the point I had my brother yell at me “it’s what’s on his birth certificate you stupid bitch”) I really cannot stand his name but my nickname for him “Roo” isn’t exactly one he can take to school!! If I can manage to find their sperm donor I will be attempting to get my sons named changed ASAP!! Kimberley
  • My daughters name is Katherine and it wasn’t my first choice. I really wanted to name her Evelyn but my husband wouldn’t let me I like her name but I’m afraid people will call her Kathy. I hate that name.. People always like to shorten a persons name and add a y to the end. Karli
  • A friend of mine did, and she changed her babies name by deed poll, kept the original name as a second middle name and used a brand new first name. Her daughter is 8 now and we mostly forgot that she ever had a different name! Phae
  • Hehe my 4 year old is Oliver and we call him Olly 99.9% of the time. He introduces himself to people like this: Hi I’m Oliver and Olly or my name is Oliver and Olly Malinda
  • I’m going to name my baby #2 Ariadne (arr-e-ad-nay) if we have a girl it’s a mouth full to say and I have to repeat it when I tell it to people but I love it!! We will probably call her ady for short which I like too Ashleigh
  • An older couple I know about 20 odd years ago called their baby Daniel and after a week the mum said she didn’t think it suited him she didn’t really like it. The dad said thank god you said that coz he felt the same way!! His name changed to Benjamin and has stayed the same ever since. That’s the story lol Jacente
  • My sons name is catlin But he’s been known as Cat since he was two It suits him and he’s in the army and he’s 22 now Debra
  • Jolene CookJelen that’s how my grandmother spelling of isobel too…it was a name I would have used until I had a niece born called Isabela, SarahJane
  • My daughters father wanted to name her if she was a boy Clancy which reminded me of the cross eyed lion Clancy, I was so glad she was a girl & was named Annabel Nicole
  • My daughter is Bailee Jade, we considered hyphenating it, I still wish we had, I love how it sounds together Julie
  • I wanted to call me son Caleb but his dad didnt like it, so we agreed on Bailey. Even months after he was born I thought I should of called in Caleb, he’s four now and Bailey suits him perfectly, I’m glad we went with it. Lana
  • One of my daughters is called by her middle name as her father didn’t want it as her first name alas I love her name it suits her and until she was 9 she didn’t actually realise she had another name we laugh about it know and tell her she has a real alias lol Sara
  • One of my best mates doesn’t like her daughters name, She wanted Indiana but was pressured by partner/family out of it. Now her daughter is pregnant with a girl and is using Indiana I think it can be common, I know two people that go by their middle name and heaps go by nicknames. I wouldn’t stress too much but if it bothers you that much just change the name officially to the nickname, he’s only 6 months old he will never know any different. Amy
  • We named our son Finn but within weeks realised we were calling him Finnegan. He’s now 5 months and we’ve just had it changed formally. Meaghan
  • My first gals name is denise but most people are confused they call her Dennis the boys name n I hve to keep correcting them dnt knw if they will be able to call the one to be born soon hers is seiodin pronounced as joiden Shanice
  • I go by lou i like it better than Louise. Lou
  • Me and my husband agreed seeing as I carried and grew bub I got to choose the first name and he got to choose the second name as bubs wld also have his last name. We have bothe chosen names each of us never thought of or didn’t initially like but after a week the names sounded perfect and I wldnt have it any other way!! Terri
  • Yehhhh – I wished I had called him Maximus then just plain Max There’s so many names, it’s such a hard decision haha. Sometimes they don’t even like their own names and change them when they are older. Stella
  • Yes! But I haven’t done anythiny about it and now I guess I’m used to it. My bub is 6 months old now Marina
  • My uncles names Robert Troy and my entire life I’ve known him as uncle Troy! We all call him Troy not Robert! I do it to annoy him sometimes he prefers Troy as well I never liked the name Jackson, but my mum lost twins and she was going to call one of them Jackson. So that’s how my son got his name Jackson, we call him jack or Jacko my Aunty calls him wacko Jacko! I love his name and I’m glad I chose it. Jessie
  • Wow I thought it was just me! I called my daughter a first name which i didnt love to go with a second name which was my partner’s Mum’s name cus she passed away before DD was born. Margaret
  • My second daughter is named Violet after my deceased Grandma. Grandma always went by her second name Mary. it’s nice that we could keep the name in the family and my little girl will still have her own identity. Her older sister is named Rose. Sarah
  • I love my kids name but if you want to use a nickname I think that’s fine Kristin
  • My 5 week old is Virginia (after her great grandmother) but we call her Gia. Kerry
  • First born name is Charlie – Georgia she loves it is called Charlie or Char char . I wanted to call her Gypsy but everyone told me how stupid it was. Second born is Bailey – Drew , I love his name and he gets Bay or Bayles . I loved Coops , Zander , Lennox , Jax or Harris , Anderson but hubby didn’t like any of them . Louise
  • A friend of mine applied to have her daughters name changed as soon as her birth cert arrived. We’re ALL glad she did Its happens! Dannii
  • My sister has always been called Ellie although her real name is Ellen (some people who have known her for years dont know her real name isnt ellie…I think its ok and more common then you would think Amy
  • I love my daughters name but I am not 100% with middle names and how first, middle and last go together.. During my pregnancy and when in hospital after the birth I was getting so much pressure from the in laws to name my baby (Deng) that my partner and I didn’t spend much time discussing names we were too busy fighting a name we were not willing to call our daughter. Now looking back it distracted us and wish we talked more about what we wanted. Good luck Kara
  • I just had a dd an called her Lexie… I spelt it that way as her brother is Jaxon (Jax) so they both have 5 letters in their names with a X In the middle… Unfortunately im forever correcting people who spell it Lexi… I call her lex for short..Leeann
  • Our baby boy is named Zavien. People just assume that it is Zavier / Xavier unless we over pronounce the n on the end. I absolutely love his name still but didn’t think of that being a problem until the first three people who heard his name (midwives after he was born) all got it wrong. It did make me question whether it will frustrate him as he gets older but I wouldn’t change it. He can always choose a shortened version or use his middle name if it bothers him. We generally call him Zavi anyway. Donna
  • I worked with a girl who’s husband named their son before she was recovered from a difficult birth and she kept forgetting his name for the first few months. Another friend changed her daughter’s name after 2 weeks as she felt it didn’t suit her. Another I know took nearly 2 months to choose a name then changed it again a few months later. It happens. Lisa
  • I wish I’d spelt my bubs name Xavier but spelt it Zavier so it got pronounced properly. After having to correct people constantly with my daughters name I did this but still wish I’d gone with the X. One of my girls names is Jah-Tian Kaylene
  • I love my sons name but my mother in law refuses to call him by his name because he was named after her ex husband who she hates. We thought it was a nice way to remember his now that he has passed but she will only call our son ‘little man’.. Celeste
  • i dont dislike dd2s name (charlotte) but she pretty much straight away became charli and thats what we call her. i sometimes forgeymt her name is charlotte haha Ashlea
  • I love my girls name Mathilda but some people pronounce the H as in math – ilda. I worry she will have to correct people. I cal her Tilda & some family call her Tilly. I’m ok with either she will choose what she prefers. Lori
  • Totally different scenario altogether I know but when I first met my husband, I hated his daughter’s name and could never bring myself to call her by her actual name because I thought people would think I was the mother and named her this stupid name so I called her by her nickname! It’s not even a horrible or weird name, I just hated it coz it reminded me of a character in a movie… Silly really! I don’t hate it now Michelle
  • My oldest son has only began using his legal first name since starting school but we still don’t use it at home at all. Since coming home from hospital as a newborn he has been called Dewey and to everyone in our close immediate family know him as that. in saying that i don’t hate his name but it just feels funny when i use it but he loves having a different school name to at home Elizabeth
  • I love my bubs name but also have probs with others pronouncing it correctly. Her name is Allyrah (a-leer-a) and most ppl tell me we should have spelt it Allira. Chelsee
  • Lauren Chiplin it could have been a simple mistake (possibly by a male!) My Nan had a different spelling of her name and apparently her mother sent her husband down to the registry office and he spelt the name wrong on the form even though she had told him how to spell it! Michelle
  • I love my kids names my 1st is Bailey James (we call him Bay mostly but Bailey or BJ as well) 2nd is Amy-Lee (mostly called Mimi or princess Mimi but Amy or Amy-Lee as well ) 3rd Mitchell John (mostly Menace, Mitch, Mitchy but we call him muffin occasionally he was called muffin a lot while a baby tho) RikkiLee
  • I love our girls names and choose ones that I thought they wouldn’t have to spell but it is amazing how many times I have to spell Rachel and Lily! Sue
  • I didn’t realize so many people could dislike their children’s names. I love my daughter’s name: Vada Eleanor. The only issues I’ve experienced so far are people misunderstanding me when I say it over the phone. Lol. Whitney
  • I like Xander aswell. It’s nice to be slightly different, Xavier will be fine when he is older. Tiffany
  • My daughters name is Alaina but we call her Lainey but we didn’t name her for 5 weeks and we took into account all names she would be called, but I understand thats why I didnt name her for 5 weeks cause I didn’t want to regret it Meaghan
  • If you have given a nick name that you love then just go with that! Its not going to hurt. The nane on his birth certificate can just be for formalities! Sammy
  • My youngest is Dexter, but gets called dekkie most of the time Belinda
  • It took me a while to get used to both my girls names our first was a spur of the moment choice mikayla I felt like if I thought bout it longer I would have chosen different but now at 2.5 I cant imagine her having any other name we just call her kayla … my partner picked bub number 2 names juliet I didnt like it still getting used to it at 5 months everyone just calls her letti or lou lou Jessica
  • Not at all, I may have when I was younger. Charli
  • My daughter is Taleah but her youngers cousins could only say Tia so it kind of stuck but hubby and I use them both. Unless shes in trouble then she gets Taleah Jade lol… Kylie
  • I loved my daughters name before she was born. I can’t stand it now! I just always call her bub lol.. I’ve considered changing it but I just don’t have the time, plus it would be hard getting everyone used to a new name! So I just deal with it. Sarah
  • Yeps – love my 1st born and last borns names but my middle two are another story!! I never loved my sons name (luke) but it has meaning as it was my partners best mates name who passed away when i was 7 months pregnant. I picked my daughters name which i do still like but im changing the spelling from jasmine to jasmin. Everytime i read her name, i read Jas-mine lol drives me crazy!! My other two are Mason nd Ashton and still love them heaps Kylie
  • I didn’t want names that could be shortened into silly nicknames! My first daughter’s name is Clio – yes, like the car! And she always gets called Chloe! Someone even called her ClIo (pronounced like “I”). And some tried to shorten it to Cli ! My second daughter is Kitty and a lot of people call her Kit! (or in Australian – Kiddy!). My third is a little boy who didn’t have a name for nearly 6 weeks! Hubby and I just couldn’t agree! In the end we settled on Archie (in England you have up to 6 weeks to have your baby registered). I still wasn’t sure, but now I know it suits him perfectly! My Dad does call him Archibald! And a lot of people call him Arch, which I can’t stand! Most of the time we call him by his nickname – Podge! Jude
  • My nephews name is trevor james but we all call him tj Shannon
  • I know someone who changed their baby’s name legally after their first birthday! It just never fit so she bit the bullet and changed it! Allison
  • I don’t care much for my oldest’s name, because it’s so old school. But he is named after my husband’s dad, and after he recently passed away it kind of made me cherish the fact that we decided to name him that. His name is Anthony Franklin but we call him A.j. Rachael
  • We were going to call our little guy Archie or Archibald but were given the perspective of how he would go through his teenage years with quite a young sounding name. We went with archer and he gets called Archie and Archibald now anyway but isn’t stuck to it Kirie
  • My partner and I compromised with our daughter’s name-I loved the name Lottie (short for Charlotte) and he loved Charlotte (he’s more traditional than me) we named her Charlotte knowing she would be called Lottie a fair bit but now it’s all she gets and we often say we should have just gone with Lottie!! I’m sure she’ll get plenty more nicknames over the years anyway so whatever suits bub will be what they go with Tennille
  • I thought I’d get creative n spell my son’s name differently. I spelt it Zayviar instead of Xavier. I regret it now just becos I always have 2 spell it out n it’s annoying. His twin brother is Seth so that’s nice n easy. I just call him Zayv n barely ever use his full name! Emily
  • I love our name we had it picked before I was even pregnant but now I have had my little boy it seems like the name Hunter has become quite common and that’s not what I Wanted at all I still love it though. Mariha
  • My partners name is dale but when he was 6months old his mum decided she liked his middle name better (jerel) and he has been called that ever since Corin
  • No but for years before she was born we were going to call her Lily but changed to Elyssa when we conceived, couldn’t picture her with any other name Tracey
  • We have a William which my husband liked and i wasn’t so sure, so we call him Liam and so does everyone ( even childcare) i don’t even think he knows his full name. Bek
  • Had doubts with all mine at first (more towards what other ppl would think). Now I don’t care! I love their names although I know a lot of ppl who do not. Tough! My girls names are Mariah, Serenity and Destiny. My hubby is a muso, he likes different names and ones nobody else really has…these were the 3 we could agree on lol Tara
  • I see no problem in that. Sally
  • Nope love all my kids names a lot of thought went into ever single one. Weve got a Seth Scott, Eli John and Boston Samuel Warren. Amie
  • I dislike my sons middle name. My partner really wanted frank in there. And since we had our daughter first and she inherited her name after his sisters I wanted a family name to continue is my son so we have Vaughn John-frank. In my eyes he’s just Vaughn John. Nicole
  • Still to this day I don’t like my own name but my daughters name is Charlotte and i wouldnt change it ever Peita
  • Just had this conversation with my daughter in the car – I love her name & she does thankfully. But use the nickname you might come back to his real name when he is older? Natasha
  • My boys go to school with a boy called ‘Eiamon’ (pronounced Imon’ but his official first name is ‘Chris’ lol. It’s what his family have always called him and what he prefers. When it comes to kinder and school they always have a section to nominate a preferred name for them to use if different from their given name. Nicole
  • Everyone says my daughters name wrong or when I tell then they ask me to repeat it.. Most of the time I just go with how people say it, I’m over correcting people! Somtimes I feel like I should just make it how everyone says it Aneika
  • My mums good friend changed her babies name when he was a few months old, maybe even 1 or 2 years. Elise
  • My eldests name Liam was chosen by his dad. Wasnt so popular 6 years ago but became popular again. At one stage couldn’t go anywhere without hearing it and it became like fingernails on a chalkboard to me for a while but I’m over that now Myra
  • I like my baby boys name and it is the name out of the two we had short listed that best suits him. But a few weeks after he was born I saw a name and was like oh I like that better lol. So many choices Andrea
  • I didn’t choose either of my children’s names. My husband and I had spoken about names for our son before he was born but he was then born at 24 weeks via emergency c section. I wasn’t awake when he was born so my husband named him the name we had spoke about before I had even woken up. I would have rathered call him something else, something more meaningful to him.. but I didn’t really have a choice. My husband also named our daughter, she didn’t have a name for a few days and all the names I liked no one else in the family did (or my hubby lol). She was originally going to be Millie but I didn’t think it suited her, family had bought her “named” presents so all got upset when we weren’t going to call her that anymore. So her name ended up being Amelia so she could have the nickname Millie. I would have definitely called her something a little less common. Jacqui
  • My partners name is Michele (Mi-ge-Lee) it’s Italian for Michael. He was teased relentlessly at school so they changed it unofficially to Michael, but he was Mickey as a boy and Mick as an adult. I personally love the name but unfortunately won’t be giving our son due in October that as a first name. Go by the nickname, he’ll be that anyway and your name is your name and it’s all good at least he’s not named after a relative that turned evil or something xxx Emmaline
  • I’m Kathryn but my parents wanted me to be Kate? I never could say kate when I was younger so they’ve always called me Kat. Unless I’m in trouble. Lol Kat
  • I’m annoyed that my daughter’s name Harper, which was rare when I gave it to her, has now become popular due to celebs using it. I probably would have chosen something else had I realised this was going to happen, but no, I still like it. Charmaine
  • Our 2nd daughter was so hard to name! ! Only one name we didn’t dislike. I don’t like it as much as my first girls but it sounds nice with other daughters name. I just call her bub a lot, ! Sheree
  • We just went straight for the shortened name for our son so he’s Sam William not Samuel. Sometime still think about our other pick which was Joel but Sam seems to suit him. Michelle
  • When pregnant with our 3rd boy right or wrong I wanted Archer. My hubby realllllly disliked it. During labour he suggested the name Mitchell which I absolutely detested but said we’ll see what he looks like when he comes out. When he was born, hubby looked at him and quickly said gosh hes a Mitchell. Not wanting to make him name him a name he disliked I went with it. I hated it so much i didnt even send a birth text with his name! I only told hubby a few months ago just how much i hated it! However, hes coming up 2 now and honestly I love the name. Hes such a Mitchell, couldn’t be an Archie at all Beck
  • I’m my sleep deprived, foggy state I picked Olivia Jane and had Elizabeth Ann as my other and wonder why I didn’t call her Elizabeth but then I remember her initial (ojc) are the same initials as my dad and feel better. Jamie
  • I sometimes regret calling my daughter Abbey as I didn’t realise how common it was (although I’m sure most are short for Abigail), but can’t do much about it now. And my baby Claudia, I call her Claudy most of the time since Claudia is a very grown up name, but I still love her name Renee
  • I was not happy at first with the choice of my sons name, my husband had always wanted his first born son named after his grandfather and we argued and argued till in the end I thought to myself “I’m not going to ruin his dream” so we name our son after his great grandfather and I didn’t call him by that name for a while…. But as he grew the name grew with him and now it suits and wouldn’t have it any other way…. I really didn’t like it at the start… Now I wouldn’t have it any other way. Rachel
  • My daughters name is allanah and we pretty much just call her ally…. Tamara
  • Just use the nickname. A lot of people go by their nickname or middle name. I wouldn’t worry. Nic
  • My father is laws name is Arthur John but he is called John. Have a friend called Josef Jason but he gets called Jason..if you like the nickname & it’s not going to cause too much confusion or bullying at school then just call him the nickname. it’s a pity you don’t like his name… Kaitlyn
  • I feel the same with my 2 year old. We only use his nickname and enroll him in everything with his nick name. I can’t even say his full name, it just sounds wrong. Melissa
  • I wanted to call my daughter Xanthe (it means golden haired) and compromised with my husband to Madison then she was born with dark hair and I was relieved. But then her hair changed and now it’s long wavy golden blonde and I often think dammit!! I also only call my son by his nickname, I rarely give his full name even when asked Rebecca
  • Yep happened too me with all three of my kids.I got used to them all and wouldn’t change them now.I think the worst thing was, was when ppl would judge their names and put me offI’m sure you will get used to it after time Juliana
  • We only call our son by his full name when he is in trouble other wise be gets called lockie short for Lachlan my daughters name I want to change the spelling as we can’t buy her anything with her name on it as we decided to be different lol and called her hayley but spelt Haylee Kerryn
  • My son just turned one and I still think I wish I went with my other choice. I do like his name but sad I havent used the other which was also my fav when my eldest was born but hubby picked his name. I didnt like that either but it has grown on me Erin
  • I wanted to call my son Johnny after my pop, my partner didn’t so we called him Riley John and he’s been called Johnny by both of us since he was about 6 months old. He’s now 8 and answers to both names, he’s not bothered by it Karina
  • I think it’s pretty common to go through a bit of a stage of not liking or thinking it should have been etc. etc. I did it with my son but it was just a phase and now I love it just like I did when I picked it don’t stress too much or feel bad about it, if you’re happy to use his nickname just stick with that, I know loads of people who rarely get called their actual names Andie
  • I feel the same way my partner wouldn’t budge I suggested hundreds of other names but he had his heart set. We also use her nickname all the time she really suits her nickname and we will probably put it down as her preferred name at kindy and school or she may not realise people are talking to her Row
  • I have a friend who only calls her son by his nickname, and they are not even similar names, even at kinder he is called by his nickname… My own son only gets called by a shortened name, Joesph to Joey. Sara
  • Currently going through the same stage, our nine week old sons name is Xavier and we like to pronounce it with the X and most say it with a Z and it frustrates me. I wanted to change it but my partner insists we keep it as it so I am trying to adjust and get used to it. Sarah
  • Maybe you could start spelling it Exavier? Then people will definitely pronounce it correctly Lizzie
  • That’s because that’s how the name is actually pronounced, perhaps you should put an e on the front. Renee
  • I went through a stage for about two weeks with both my boys where I didn’t like their names. My youngest I like his name but really wish that we went with the other one lol Brittany
  • My partner and I have had 3 children and no names were even discussed until we saw our babies and the sex of each was also left as a surprise! Donella
  • 6 months in and im still not fond of my second daughters name but as partner wanted it iv learnt to live with it and have several nicknames for her Emma
  • Yes I was so out of it after she was born, sleep deprived etc and was convinced I was having a boy so didn’t have a girls name so just picked it out the blue. But of course now I love it because it’s her and she gets loads of nick names too. Took a year maybe Mardi
  • Hubby desperately wanted noel after his granddad.. I could not find a single use for an old fashioned name such as that. We compromised, and used his dads name, glenn, Still wasnt fussed on it as a name, but it was so much easier to work with. Ive got my little Parker Glenn. My 2nd son, i wanted xavier, but.hated.it pronounced zayvier. I thought about it, then spelt it Exavier.. Have to be pretty dumb not to get it right now! Little Exavier Blake Dee
  • In alot of states you can change a baby’s name any time prior to their first birthday without a court order, just an option you can look into. Names are a hard thing and sometimes you feel they just don’t fit the baby. Good luck with what ever you do Terasa
  • My son’s have short names Ben and Jake and people have always assumed they are a Benjamin and Jacob. I picked short names because I figured they’d get shortened anyway and people want to lengthen them instead? I love heir names and they suit them although Jake took 5 days to be named because we thought we were having a girl so hadn’t given boys names any thought…. Don’t think Maggie would suit him much! Haha Jacky
  • In NZ you can change a baby’s name for free while they are under 2, not sure if a similar rule applies in Australia? I know a few people who changed baby’s name. My MIL was called one name for 6 months til her parents changed it! LOL Emma
  • Yeah same. I occasionally ever call my son by his name (he’s almost 2.5) I prefer his nickname, though I am slowly starting to like his name. Slowwwwwly lol Sarah
  • I have that same issue with my little ones middle name. I wish I had just named him what I really wanted which was Kalel. I spelled it Kael thinking it would be better and ppl don’t know how to pronounce and call him kale like the vegetable. Lol so his name is noah kael (ka-el) Mellissa
  • we have friends who named their daughter but really only called her by a shortened name so decided to change it Sami
  • I disliked my son’s name even now. Gave him a kind of nickname but thinking it may be of uncomfortable for him when he grows up. So started calling him by his name from his first birthday. Siri
  • Our daughter is Jazmin but she gets called Miss Possum, Missy or just Possum most the time. She knows her real name though Jessica
  • We rarely call the boys by their proper names…it usually nick names or bubbles, bubba etc Hayles
  • I have a Lucas and a Juliette. My son gets called Lukey more than anything, my daughter, even at 19 months, mostly gets bubby… She’s going to be a big sister in 5 months. Lol. I do call her Jule-bear or Jules sometimes now though. In saying that, I love both of my kids names. Jacqui
  • My son is Matthew and after giving birth and being woken every hour by nurses for obs when we were discussing names the arvo after I had him OH said Matthew and I couldn’t be bothered arguing so just agreed, it wasn’t until we told everyone his name that I realised, my best mates boyfriend, cousins husband, an ex, my SIL’s husband, and MIL’s partner’s son are all called Matthew!!! So I hated it for almost a year, he’s 3 now and it suits him, I can’t imagine him being called anything different Bec

 

 

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