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Almost one in five would pick a different name for their child if given the chance again

A new survey of just over 1000 parents has found that some parents regret their name choice for their newborn child within days of the birth

However, only one in 50 of those who have second thoughts actually change the name, the poll by Mumsnet found.

Around 18 per cent feel they picked the wrong name, one in four changed their minds about the name after discovering others had chosen it too, and one in ten worry that it is misspelled or badly pronounced.

In the survey, compiled from contributions by 1,362 website readers, one mother said she regretted naming her daughter Elsa after the Disney film Frozen, featuring Queen Elsa, became a worldwide hit.

Another said her girl’s name, Isis – named after the Egyptian goddess of health, marriage and wisdom, ‘was taken by a terrorist group soon after she was born’.

A third parent told Mumsnet: ‘My child hates his name, and makes me feel bad for choosing it.’

Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts said: ‘Baby name regret is great practice for parenting – you do a lot of hard work and research, try to please several people at once, and end up getting it wrong.

‘The consolation is that most children grow into their names – and those who don’t can always fall back on middle names, nicknames or, at the extreme, deed polls.’

Stars who have chosen unusual names for their children include Jamie Oliver, who named his new son River Rocket this month, while Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin called their two children Moses and Apple.

Other reasons given included: “It’s not distinctive enough”; “It causes him/her problems with spelling/pronunciation”; “It doesn’t suit him/her”; and “Everyone calls him/her by a shortened version of the name, which I don’t like”.

Another mother has told how she changed her daughter’s name three months after her birth because nobody could pronounce it. Carri Kessler, from Maryland, US, and her husband Will had named their newborn baby girl Ottilie, a name Carri says she fell in love with after hearing it from a friend in the UK.

But as soon as the couple began revealing the name to people in the hospital, they were met with almost total confusion. Hoping to find ‘anything simple’ that wouldn’t give her ‘anxiety’, she then renamed her daughter ‘Margot’.

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