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Changing Your Child's Name

A Name Isn't Just a Name

I was named after a shrub in my parents' yard that never flowered until the day I was born. My daughter is named for the most beautiful place I've ever visited, and my son after a character in a book I read in college, whose name means happiness. I had a hard enough time adding my married name to the end of my given one, so I can't imagine changing the seven letters that I've been known by all my life.

But according to an article on CNN, "In a recent poll of 1,219 mothers conducted by BabyCenter.com, 10 percent considered changing their baby's names."


When it comes to baby name remorse, some unsettled parents end up legally changing them, while others allow their offspring to decide. The article said:

Noting that by 12 months children already recognize the sound of their names, Dr. Karla Umpierre, a Miami psychologist and family counselor, encourages parents to get the child's input and approval if they decide to change the name after age 2. "It's best to change the name before then, because by 2 or 3 they have a sense of identity, and it could send mixed messages. The child might ask himself, 'Do you want to change me?'"

Would you change your child's name after it was on the birth certificate?

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