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Question of the Week: What was I thinking?

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Yes, that’s the question of the week:

Is there a name that you were seriously considering for your child that you now can’t believe you ever contemplated using?

Was it a fleeting idea or did it remain high on your list?

So what were you thinking?

And what got you to come to your senses?

Care to share?

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This week for her Nameberry 9 report, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel looks at baby name regret and at new celeb and  blogger babies.

Do you regret your child’s name?  If you could go back, would you choose something less common?  More mainstream?  Would you use that out-there option that others dismissed as too weird?  Or maybe embrace something from your family tree that felt too old-fashioned to bestow on a newborn?

Every so often a study grandly announces that a percentage of parents – in the most recent article, it was a whopping 8%, rounded up to “a tenth” for the headline – wish they could get a do-over on their child’s name.  While plenty of parents report disappointment that their choice turned out to feel too ordinary, reports and comments tend to focus on the extreme cases:  “Yes, I knew a couple who called their son Bullet and really wished they’d stuck with Bill.”

But I can’t help observe that parents who have picked out-of-the-box baby names seem more satisfied than those who gave it less thought.  Rowan at Eponymia summed it up perfectly: “It hardly matters what the name turns out to be, but I believe naming someone is an honor, one that requires effort and thought.”

Which brings us back to one of my new categories of favorite names – blogger kids.  It comes as no surprise that writers put extra care into picking names for their children.

Ottilie Valentine – The deliciously frilly, but still edgy, name of Rowan’s daughter.  Her tale of spotting a related name on an athlete during the Summer Olympics, then thumbing through a short story collection and seeing it again is a great example of how, as she puts it, “the right name will find the right person.”

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