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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    Should we change our baby's name?

    We had a baby and named her Vanessa Claire in March. Both of us loved the name Vanessa for so many different reasons. We have a son named Vincent and love the two names together. We did our research and were aware that some people see the name Vanessa as dated, outdated, etc. That didn't bother us. Now I'm starting to think that I made a big mistake because the name seems to be triggering a negative response when we introduce our baby. Why do you think that is? Is it just the "dated" factor or is there some other underlying issue?

    I consider myself somewhat bohemian and normally have little care about what most people think of me. I grew up as a Rosie in a sea full of Jennifers and Jessicas, and it really didn't bother me one bit. I love being different. But what if my child turns out to be more of a conformist and becomes ashamed of her name being different than her peers? Moreover, is the name Vanessa really that different? It's ranked at #122 and there were approximately 2,500 girls born with that name last year. That's not obscurity, yet I'm getting strange responses. Please be brutally honest. I can handle it. Should I change my baby's name?

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Don't change her name. It's beautiful and if she ends up wanting to change it, when she's older she can.
    Dreaming of the day when I have three kids; Sebastian, Matisse, and Natalie

  3. #5
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Southeastern USA
    I was kind of expecting something terrible before opening up this thread, but I think Vanessa Claire is a gorgeous name!



    {Momma of Fiona Ryann & Michael Quentin & Sylvie Marion}

    Eulalie, Viveca, Gloria, Rosalie, Leila, Annabel, Irie, Daisy, Xaviera, Maeve
    Silas, Finnegan, Desmond, Ezra, Cedric, Felix, Lionel, Lazarus, Kai, Xavier


  4. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Please don't change it because of some bad reactions. They can't see how lovely the name Vanessa is, which is entirely their problem. As long as you and your husband love it and you feel that it suits her, there's no reason to change it.
    Mommy to one Snug.

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Pacific Northwest
    Vanessa Claire is a lovely name! Don't change it! It sounds like you and your spouse still love the name, so why change it?
    Boys: Maxwell, Bennett, Oliver, Elliott and Archer.

    Girls: Rose, Juliet, Aria, Cora and Scarlett

    Sorry for any random spellings. I'm probably on my nook!

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