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Some research suggests that, good or bad, a name has long-lasting effects on a child, and now some parents have come clean about wishing they had given their kid a different name. Bounty.com (a UK-based website) recently surveyed 3,000 British parents and found that one-in-five regretted the name they chose for their kid. Their reasons: The name proved to be difficult to spell or to pronounce, or the novelty of a "clever" name choice had worn off.
We've heard stories of parents actually officially changing their baby's name months after the birth (to the surprise of friends and family). Others switched an unusual spelling to the more common one. My close friend recently said she wishes she had named her 7-year-old son Benjamin instead of Alex, because it bothers him that there are two girls named Alex in his class. Want to avoid a regretful choice yourself? Check out our Baby Name Tracker for info and inspiration!
Do you ever regret the name you gave your kid? Chime in below!