Does Ashlee Simpson regret naming her son Bronx? What about other celebs with unusual baby names? The number of parents who regret their baby-name pick is rising!
Celebs like Ashlee Simpson, Beyonce, and Gwyneth Paltrow have made headlines not only for their careers, but for the names they gave their children. According to baby name expert Laura Wattenberg, more and more parents are frustrated with their choice —whether’s it’s because everyone mispronounces their baby’s unique name, they learn of some negative association with the name or they think another name might have suited their child’s personality better.
Choosing a baby’s name is very important to parents because evidence suggest that a name can influence the child later in life. For example, boys with a feminine name will be the subject of constant teasing and may experience disciplinary issues in school. Studies also show that a name can determine future job employment.
A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that resumes with “white” names were more likely to be called back than resumes with “black” names, even if they have the same credentials.
But Laura, author of The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby, still supports parents choosing unique names.”Names are becoming more important as they’re becoming more diverse, because every choice sends a stronger signal,” she says. “When you’re choosing names from around the world or you’re inventing your own name, that comes with a more powerful message.”
“Kids grow into their names in ways you can’t predict,” she says. “On the other hand I think we’re all a little too scared about changing an infant’s name.” She pointed out how very young babies get called by a variety of nicknames, and they’re unlikely notice their name being switched early on.
So what can you do to avoid this with your baby? She suggest not overwhelming yourself with baby name books were the options are endless.
“We’re always looking to make our lists bigger,” the expert explains. “Just remind yourself to make your list smaller — and if you have a bunch of good options, that’s a wonderful situation to be in. That means that they will all be fine.”
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