Baby Name Remorse

Ken AshfordRandom Musings1 Comment

It happens more often than you think:

In a recent poll of 1,219 mothers conducted by, 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.

"Today, there’s this perception that naming a child is almost like naming a product — there’s this huge national drive now to not be like anyone else," says Laura Wattenberg, author of "The Baby Name Wizard" and founder of the blog

Wonder if the parents of GeorgeBush Neeway will reconsider some day…..

By the way, has a nifty little java applet where you can see the popular baby names over the years….