Grey’s Anatomy star, Caterina Scorsone has revealed she has changed her daughter’s name, four months after she was born.
Sometimes, no matter how much time and care you take in choosing a moniker for your newborn, it just doesn’t feel like the right fit.
So, instead of living with baby name regret forever more, some parents decide to change it. Just ask Caterina Scorsone.
The actress headed to Instagram to explain the reasons behind her name switch while sharing a sweet snapshot of her cuddling her baby daughter in a comfy chair.
Scorsone and husband Rob Giles welcomed the newest addition to their family in December, just a couple of months after Scorsone announced she was pregnant with the couple’s third child.
Although Scorsone previously revealed the family had opted to name their littlest arrival, Arwen, the mum-of-three has now confirmed their youngest daughter will now go by what was her middle name – Lucinda, or Lucky for short.
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Back in December, the actress announced the arrival of baby, then referred to as Arwen, by sharing two adorable pictures of her eldest daughters, Eliza, 7, and Paloma, 3, cuddling up to the newborn.
But, the actress revealed on Instagram that the family have now opted to go by the baby’s middle name, Lucinda or Lucky for short.
Kim Kardashian West recently admitted she’d toyed with the idea of changing daughter Chicago’s name, in a chat with Ellen DeGeneres.
The reality star confessed that she’s not super keen on her daughter’s moniker, despite the fact she’s nicknamed her Chi (pronounced ‘shy’).
“We were gonna name her Jo, ’cause my Grandma, Mary Jo. Or we were gonna go with Grace – and then it was Chicago,” Kim shared. “We ended up with Chicago.
“It kind of messes with me, I’m not going to lie. I really liked the one syllable thing.”
In a further explanation of the name change, Kim says she doesn’t believe the longer name flows.
“Chicago just looks really long to me and doesn’t flow, so I call her Chi,” Kim explained in a video posted on her website, KimKardashianWest.com. “That’s it, she can decide later if she wants to be called Chicago or Chi.
“But like she’s so girly. When she first came out I was like what do we name her? It was the hardest decision ever and I could not think of a name.”
And it isn’t just celebrities who can have a change of heart about their child’s moniker. According to a survey, by parenting site Mumsnet, one in five mothers feels ‘namer’s remorse’ and would pick another name for their child if they had the choice.
Of the 245 mothers who regretted the names they gave their children, 12% “always knew it was the wrong choice”, 3% knew from the moment the child was born, 8% knew within a couple of days, 32% knew within the first six weeks and almost a quarter (23%) began to regret their choice when their children first started nursery or school.
The main reason for regretting the name was that it was too commonly used, while just over one in five mums who regretted their choice claimed the name just didn’t feel right.
A fifth said they had never liked the name but had been pressured into using it.
Just over 10% of mothers said the problem wasn’t that they didn’t like the name, but more that it didn’t suit their baby.
How do you go about changing your baby’s name?
In the UK, if you decide that you’ve picked the wrong moniker for your little one, you can change the moniker you’ve given them.
You actually have 12 months from the time the birth was registered in which to change it, but there are some conditions.
Forenames can be changed only once on the birth register and it has to be their new, regularly-used name, or the name they’ve been baptised with.
Only parents or guardians can make the name change and if there’s a baptism involved, the minister who performed the baptism may also be required to provide a form.
However, if it has taken longer than 12 months to realise you’ve made the wrong name choice, you have to do it by deed poll, as you would any other name change.
So if you’re suffering the same baby name regret as Caterina, maybe give it some time and see if your little one does ‘grow’ into their name.
But if you really can’t live with it, you’ll either have to rely on a nickname, use their middle name or get it officially changed by deed poll.
In which case the search for the perfect moniker will have to begin all over again.