NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Ever had second thoughts about the name you gave your baby? A lot of parents have. It’s called baby name remorse and it’s on the rise.
When it comes to babies, a good name is like gold or silver.
Brittany Thomason of Wiley knows that. She named her 3-month-old son Sterling.
“As soon as he came out, I was like, he doesn’t look like a Sterling,” she said. “And as he got older, he really does. He’s our Sterling.”
With her second child, Thomason liked the name Sterling as soon as she heard it. She wasn’t as sure with her three-year-old.
“With Mylee, Yes. I stressed for months,” she said.
When asked why it was such an issue she responded with two words, “Miley Cyrus”.
There are comparisons, but Thomason spells her daughter’s name M-Y-L-E-E.
While the North Texas mother said she has no regrets, a recent yourdomainename.com poll found nearly one-tenth of the parents did – that’s a three-percent increase over recent years.
With celebrities giving their kids names like Apple, Blanket and Moon Unit, there’s no wonder some parents are left with misgivings.
“I once knew a little boy named Your Highness,” said Dallas therapist Rebekka Ouer. “If you instill in them [children] a sense of security and self-worth they’re going to do well, regardless of their names.”
Brittany Thomason’s brother, Jason, ended up naming his son Luke. But he said the decision came after he toyed with some other monikers.
“Thor and Zeus, goofy guy names. I thought it was cool and funny,” he said.
But Jason’s wife didn’t think the choices were funny “weird” or funny “ha-ha”, so chances were slim to none of an odd byname for the child.
Brittany Thomason offered some motherly advice to all parents. “If that’s what you want, you’re the one that’s going to have to explain it to your child later on in life.”
Experts advise that parents wanting to change their baby’s name do so before they reach the age of two, most agree that’s before the child develops a sense of identity.