Picking a name for your child is a delicate business and it can be hard to decide on something that will stand the test of time.
While celebrities like Jamie Oliver and Gwyneth Paltrow are happy to opt for quirky names, many of us can run into practical difficulties if we stray outside the norm.
This was the dilemma faced by US mum Carri Kessler recently, when she chose to name her daughter Ottilie after a close friend.
“I have a friend in the UK named Ottilie and it’s beautiful, and ever since I heard that name I’ve wanted to use it,” she told TODAY.com.
“The nurse came in and asked what her name was, and we said, ‘Ottilie’. And she was like, ‘What?'”
While she loved the name, Carri had been used to hearing it pronounced in an English accent and hadn’t realised that it could be a problem for friends and family in her native Maryland.
“No one could remember it and no one could pronounce it. I was like, ‘If you say it with a British accent, it sounds really good!’ And people said, ‘But you’re from Maryland.’”
After her grandmother admitted to leaving Post-It’s around the house to remind her of the name, Carri admitted defeat and decided to legally change her three-month-old daughter’s moniker.
“Anytime anyone said her name, I kind of cringed. Introducing her made me sweat. And I thought, we’re going to keep having to introduce her! This is going to be a problem forever.”
“Then we were like, ‘This is so exciting, we can rename her! All we did was talk about names. Is she this? Is she that? I felt like she was anything simple that wouldn’t give me anxiety. We sent out a mass email. It was like, ‘Hey! Remember Ottilie? Her name’s Margot now.”
It just goes to show, it’s never too late to change your mind!
H/T – Irish Independent