Did you change your mind when the baby arrived?

Hi just wondering any mums out there; were you all set on a name and then when the baby arrived you named them completely different?

Did they just not suit their name or was it something else that made you change it?


We (sort of) did with my son. We struggled with his name the entire pregnancy and ultimately kept going back and forth between [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] and [name_m]Atticus[/name_m]. Not having a name set in stone was driving me crazy (my daughter was named the day I found out I was pregnant), so around 37 weeks we decided he would be [name_m]Theodore[/name_m]. When he was born he looked different than we imagined and my husband immediately said he looked more like an [name_m]Atticus[/name_m].

It was that, and also the main thing that bothered me about [name_m]Theodore[/name_m] was that it is becoming more popular and one week before my son was born my friend named her baby [name_m]Theodore[/name_m]. So that popularity worry was fresh in the back of my mind and did help sway the decision.


I think this is reasonably common. A friend was telling me the other day that they had this experience and changed their name choice upon meeting their baby. Her words were: “naming a human is hard… you don’t really know until you meet them.”


We were team green with my first son. We had three girls names and three boys picked out. I had a feeling it was a boy and one certain name of the 3 I was 99% sure of but wanted to wait and meet the baby. Well, upon meeting my sweet babe, I immediately knew he was most certainly not a [name_u]Everett[/name_u] and was 100% [name_m]Zebediah[/name_m]. I can’t quite explain it, but I definitely had the thought of what was I thinking? [name_f]My[/name_f] son is such a [name_m]Zeb[/name_m] and I’ve had people comment how well his name suits him. I admire those who have a for sure name picked before babe arrives, but for us it wasn’t until meeting him that we truly knew.