'i changed my baby 's name'- your stories please

(35 Posts)
rachael2401 Mon 26-Nov-12 21:23:59

i am thinking of changing my ten week old 's name. i would like to hear from anyone who has done this. what were people's reactions? how easy to do legally? how did older children cope? did you feel better or worse for doing it? your reasons for doing so. thank you in anticipation.

ajandjjmum Thu 06-Dec-12 23:31:52

We were very indecisive about 20 year old DS's name when he was born, and called him JJ (the bump's name) until he was around 2. DH then announced that we couldn't possibly call a 6' rugby player by that name, and that we should start using his 'proper' name. It was a struggle to get used to at first, but now he suits his name beautifully.

i dont know really, havent seen her in over a year, shes never talked about her name to me. Shes a former neighbour of mine, im friends with her daughter, martha is in her sixties.

sparklechops Mon 10-Dec-12 10:21:29

There are a few name changing threads on here at the moment. I understand your worry, OP, as I fretted over 9 month old DD's name to the point of obsession. At one point DH wanted me to go to the dr about it as he thought I had PND. In hindsight, it was part of new mum anxiety than anything more serious, I think.

Our situation was different in that we announced one name and then registered her as another one six weeks later, keeping the birth name as a nickname. Some people were a bit confused but most just accepted it.

I was so sensitive about it and would go off for a private cry whenever anyone questioned it. At one point I wanted to change her name to something completely different as it felt like the whole thing had been tainted.

What I realise now is that I am a worrier and would have fretted whatever the name. So before you change your own DD's name, I would advise you to make sure you are completely certain and it is not going to cause you more worry. Grass is greener and all that...

But both names are great so I don't think you can really go wrong.

mumsywoo78 Tue 11-Dec-12 18:36:37

hi thanks for all your helpful comments im feeling much better now & my boy is definately a noah (even tho its his middle name! we shall get round to switching his names round on his birth certificate b4 his 1st bday so he becomes noah kevin rather than kevin noah.) family have accepted his name i dont know why i let there opinions bother me so much in the first place i wouldnt usually, mustve been pnd. anyway i luv my 11week old noah or little no-no as his big sis calls him! he's asleep in my arms right now&were now looking forward 2 xmas. RACHAEL2401- i dont think martha parsons is rhymy at all its a lovely name & so is anna what have u finally settled on?

mumsywoo78 Tue 11-Dec-12 19:34:37

martha-ann parsons is a lovely name or martha-annie.

mumsywoo78 Fri 14-Dec-12 10:53:30

my name dilema has reared its ugly head again for some unknown reason. i had become quite content with noah for the past week but today those niggling feelings have come back and i dont know why. i havent recieved any negative comments on his name. i totally want 2 be 100% content with the name noah as i really dont want to change his name & theres no other name i like anyway! he is a noah so why am i feeling like this? is it pnd gone mad!

sparklechops Fri 14-Dec-12 11:04:43

Hello...mine too! I woke up thinking about it. I think it may be an anxiety thing. Are you worrying about anything else at the moment?

lalalonglegs Fri 14-Dec-12 12:01:05

I thought you might be interested in this article written by someone I know slightly. She waited until six months to change her baby's name but seems easy enough to do.

mumsywoo78 Fri 14-Dec-12 12:41:51

hi sparklechops its nice 2 know ur not alone &other ppl goin thro the same thing isnt it. iv no other worrys in my life just this name thingy iv just spent over an hour on this site really researching into the name noah &seeing ppls opinions on the name how obbsessive is that! im kinda trying to reasure my self that iv made a good choice wiv his name.like you i think id have fretted the same whatever name id have gone with. i dont know why.i wasnt like this 4 yrs ago when i named my 1st child. will i ever get passed this? if i was to change his name i know id regret it &now i couldnt imagine him being called anything else anyway.iv actually had times when ive regretted having him because of this &the stress it is causing me.hes almost 12weeks old now.

MadonnaKebab Fri 14-Dec-12 13:01:14

Martha Parsons is a great, solid, classic name.
But Poppy as a middle name seems to make it jokey to me.
Not criticising those names individually but in combination too twee
I think you should decide whether Martha or Poppy is more important to you

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