Have you ever met someone who just doesn't seem like his or her name? You're your co-worker Nicky who really would be great as a Catherine. Or your neighbor Jane who embodies the name Esmeralda. Names. They are huge. Confession: I've always been into baby names for this reason - it has such an impact on a life. My sister is a doctor and whenever she's made the rounds for a newborn or two, I immediately ask, "What did they name him/her?" I've had a few friends give birth or adopt recently and was quite anxious (in a good way) to hear what name they had chosen for the new addition. And yes, I kept hitting refresh all during the Royal Baby Watch Week to discover the name of the youngest prince.
For someone so into baby names, you'd think I would have had a huge list of names to choose from for my own spawn, yet, really, it was probably one of the most difficult decisions I have made. My husband and I could not agree on a name, until we stumbled onto what we eventually called her, but it was a rough road.
Kiddo loves her name, but I asked her what she would pick as her name if she HAD to pick another one. Her choice: Molly, with Sally being a close second. These names? Totally not like her name and definitely not ones I would pick for her...she just isn't a Molly or a Sally. If I had to rename her, it would be hard, but I think I'd pick something like Tate or Sydney or Declan -- interesting, strong, could have some fun nicknames.
The funny thing is, when asked what would I chose for my name if I could, I'd also put those on my list. Hmmm, I'm sure there's something to this.
Do you ever regret the name you gave your kiddo? If you HAD to give your child a different name today, what would it be?