Mom Hates Her Baby's Name After Seeing Grandma's Post-Its. Three Months Later, She Makes A Change
A couple renamed their baby girl several months after they realized they hated the original name they'd chosen. Keep reading to learn more!
The moment Carri Kessler and her husband learned they were expecting a baby girl, they immediately knew what they wanted to name her: Ottilie.
"I have a friend in the U.K. named Ottilie and it's beautiful, and ever since I heard that name I've wanted to use it," Kessler explained to TODAY.
While the couple realized early on that the name didn’t sound as great out loud to their American friends and family, they couldn’t think of one they loved quite as much as Ottilie.
"We started to get cold feet," Kessler recalled of the moments right after they welcomed their daughter. "So, we're in the hospital and we're just not saying it. We started Googling other names that we should use — like, 'Is she Hazel? I don't know!'"
Despite the back-and-forth between Kessler and her husband, they finally decided to stick with the plan.
"Then the nurse came in and asked what her name was, and we said, 'Ottilie,'" Kessler remembered. "And she was like, 'What?'"
"No one could remember it and no one could pronounce it," she continued. "I was like, 'If you say it with a British accent, it sounds really good!' And people said, 'But you're from Maryland.'"
Weeks later, while talking with her grandmother, Kessler realized the name game in her family wasn’t getting any better.
"She said, 'I don't know how to say her name. I have Post-its all over the house so I can remind myself,'" she told TODAY. "And I was like, f---. We're f---ed. We're totally f---ed."
No parent wants to admit they hate their baby’s name, but it’s becoming a far more common problem than most people realize.
"I think it's something that happens more often now than it did a generation ago," Pamela Redmond Satran, co-founder of Nameberry.com, told TODAY.com. "Parents care a lot more and think a lot more about names now than they did back then, and agonize a lot more about names than they did say in the mid-'80s."
Three months after obsessively thinking about their mistake, Kessler finally approached her husband about Ottilie’s name.
To her surprise, he was “right on board” with changing their daughter’s name ASAP.
While the couple had kept their initial baby name a secret from friends and family, when it came time to rename Ottilie, they sought advice from about "799,383 people."
After months of unease, the Kesslers finally settled on the perfect name: Margot.
"We sent out a mass email," Kessler told TODAY. "It was like, 'Hey! Remember Ottilie? Her name's Margot now."
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