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#1 Little.One

Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:24 AM

Hi everyone,

My baby is due in 3 weeks and we have a short list of names with one firm favourite. I mentioned to DH that I feel another of our chosen names might be a better option but wonder if we would always regret not going with our original name we chose (and loved for many years).

We've decided we will wait til baby arrives and decide when we see her before fully committing.

Has anyone changed their baby name choice at the last minute? Did u regret it? Did you use that name later on?

Thanks original.gif

Edited by Little.One, 05 January 2013 - 09:25 AM.

#2 casime

Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:09 PM

DS was going to be a different name for most of my pregnancy (and for years before that).  When he was born, he just suited a different name better.  I'm still glad I changed my mind.

#3 fooiesmum

Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

We never really had a list of names - she arrived and I announced to mum & DH the morning after what her name was original.gif I think they thought it was the drugs talking (I was in ICU at the time) but it's perfectly her.

#4 AntiBourgeoisie

Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

We had a long list of names we didn't really love for one of ours. We had 90% settled on one, but neither of us loved it.
When he was born, another name just suited him better. We still mused for a couple hours (to the frustration of the ILs who wanted to know NOW, LOL - it was actually sweet).
I never believed that babies 'looked like' or 'didn't look like' a name until then.

#5 R2B2

Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:15 PM

Yes! our last daughter was going to be Lola. we had decided and stuck with it throughout most of the pregnancy.
towards the end, we decided on another name.

as soon as we looked at her, we knew she wasn't a Lola at all!!! sometimes, the change is for the best biggrin.gif

so far, no regret. I still adore Lola, but she just could never ever be a Lola!

#6 EffiesMum172

Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:07 PM


Edited by EffiesMum172, 05 January 2013 - 08:30 PM.

#7 PurpleNess

Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:48 PM

We had 6 of each but didn't chose a name until we met DS, go with your gut.

#8 geckogirl

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

We had a name picked out for months. But after DS was born, it didn't suit him at all.  We love the name we ended up calling him. It suits him down to the ground.

#9 happygurl06

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:13 PM

I saw a name when I was 8 weeks PG and liked it a lot, then after many lists and months we decided on Caitlyn if we had a girl.  As they handed me my daughter I said hello Alexia!  My husband just looked shocked, but I am so happy I decided on that first name I locked onto so early on.

#10 bakesgirls

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:15 PM

DD3 was going to be named Isobel Emily from before she was even concieved. Then I gave birth. Within 5 minutes her name was Georgia Emily. We love her name and it suits her. I really couldn't imagine her with any other name. So no regrets here at all original.gif

#11 FeralAlpacaWarrior

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:15 PM

We only had one name of each sex for DD1, an I'm glad the name suited her. With DD2, we had one firm fave, half a dozen back-ups, when she was born we threw out the list, none suited her at all. It took three more days for us to name her.

#12 Bluemakede

Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:17 PM

My mother did that with me, she had a female and male name picked out the whole pregnancy, she had a strong feeling I was a girl though. 2 weeks before I was born she changed her mind. I'm glad she did, I dislike the name she had originally chosen lol.

For me at the rate I'm going I won't even have a name chosen by the time I give birth, baby will just be called 'no name'.

#13 Etcetera

Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:07 PM

DD was going to be Caitlin - it's the name I've had picked out since I was about 14 and DH loved it as well.
We had two boys and then when we were pregnant with a girl, changed our minds!

#14 CallMeFeral

Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

It's never crossed my mind to fix a baby's name before they were born. Shortlist, yes, but decide, no. How do you know it will suit them?

You can change it anytime before you've sent off the birth registration document original.gif

#15 ChunkyChook

Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:15 PM

I had a short list of 5 or 6 but she was still 4 days old before I decided.

#16 chickenpants

Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

We didn't find out what we were having, so we had names picked for both sexes.  He was going to have a certain name until I was about 39 weeks and while tootling round the internet, found the one he ended up with.

Which was amusing because my anaesthetist ended up having the name we had originally picked and joked "Name him after me!" to which we were all..  "Ha, well... you only missed out by a week or 2."

Luckily, the new name we picked suits him perfectly and we can't see him as the other at all.

Edited by chickenpants, 05 January 2013 - 09:24 PM.

#17 Madeline's Mum

Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:25 PM

We had about 4-6 on our list, Atticus was the forerunner having been my swoon name for years.

When DS was born he just wasn't an Atticus and one of our other names (Hugo) was just him. I don't understand how people can go through pregnancy already having named their kids...

#18 Roobear

Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

DS was named after he was born. We had a list but couldn't come to an agreement. When he was born we were able to agree quite quickly original.gif

#19 FeralHez

Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:50 PM

My parents changed their minds on my brothers name, it hadn't even been discuss but it suits him.

We had two or three likely names by the time dd arrived, one I felt we would use, which we did, one we knew was wrong as soon as we saw her, and one we thought about for a couple of hours but I am glad we didn't use as it wouldn't fit her and is quite popular atm.

#20 Expelliarmus

Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:26 PM

QUOTE (Madeline's Mum @ 05/01/2013, 10:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't understand how people can go through pregnancy already having named their kids...

They are the sort of people who don't understand how talk about a name 'suiting' or 'not suiting' the baby. wink.gif

#21 SeaPrincess

Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:33 PM

We changed our mind on DD's on the way to hospital, although it was only a switch of first and middle. It wasn't the name we would have used if the boys had been girls.

DS1's first name was picked very early on. DS2 had a short list of 2 with different first and middle names but I only loved one of them. I hadn't even seen him when they asked me what his name was (he was whisked across the room for oxygen), so he got my favourite and it really suits him.

#22 Feral Madam Mim

Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:55 PM

DH and I had the name Lily on our list since ttc #1, we ended up with a boy so obviously didn't use it, it stayed on the list for our next baby but when pregnant decided we loved Anna more, so went with that as our number 1, and put it on the if DS2 winds up being a girl list lol, he obviously wasn't a girl so we still haven't used it. It is still on the list if we ever go back for another but has dropped from first place yet again.

#23 The 7 Dwarfs

Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:03 AM

My twins were going to be Matthieu and Olivia from the moment we found out they were a boy / girl, we'd announced them to everyone, even labeled their Christmas present with those names. Then 3 days prior to their birth, I decided I didn't liked them anymore. On the morning they were born, as the induction was being set up be decided on Victoria. Adrian was named soon after he was born. For the first few weeks I'd slip up and call them the wrong name though lol.

None of my subsequent children have been name Matthieu or Olivia for neither first or middle name.

I've named some before birth, some after birth. I don't really have a preference as to which is better. I also don't get the whole 'suiting them' stuff either. Hard enough finding something for me and DH to agree. I've never thought my kids looked anything but what we named them

#24 bakesgirls

Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:05 AM

I don't understand how people can go through pregnancy already having named their kids...

Does it really matter? You don't need to understand why people name thier kids what they do. For all you know it could be a family name, or a name after a loved one that has passed away. It could be a name that the couple decided they loved when having hypothetical discussions about their future family, and still continue to love the name. They do what suits them and you do what suits you.

Edited by bakesgirls, 06 January 2013 - 12:09 AM.

#25 fiveforme

Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:41 AM

We changed DS#4's name after he was born, we had chosen a name and when he was born that was his name, but DH wasn't sure about it so 7 hours later we decided on a different name, we kept his original leaving hospital name as his middle name. I'm happier with his name as is.

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