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When you regret the name you gave your baby

Considering you generally have nine months to think about it, it’s amazing that baby name remorse even exists. But it does.

After running the name through the people-you-don’t-like, rhyming, sibling, family tradition and playground filters (even Homer Simpson didn’t approve of Louie, "Screwy Louie”, or Marcus, “Mucus”), you can still pick a name that winds up being a disappointment.

Anecdotally, it usually happens when the unusual becomes mainstream, such as when little Wilder Dexter Harper’s parents learn that their son shares his unique name with three others on the first day of kindergarten.

"I work in a social services agency that deals with children. The names I have seen are quite amazing. Along with random variations of names and brands of alcohol, you get some interesting biblical ones too, like the three kids in one family named Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego. That one that I cringed at the most though was this poor little girl named Erotica. They are not even giving her a chance," said one Reddit user.

Common names aren’t immune either.

"My parents had my name picked out, and then apparently I came out and then went 'Oh my, she doesn't look like a Zoe' and took weeks to come up with a new name. It seems kind of silly to me. I mean, I was a newborn. I looked like a grub", said another Redditor.

One thing is for certain, if the primary reason for a name is ‘that would be funny’, perhaps it’s time to head back to the drawing board.

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