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change it vs. keep it

If you had a name picked out and you heard only negative feedback about it from everyone, would you heed the advice? Would you change the name? Or would you keep it and screw everyone else’s opinion? I want opinions/comments before I mention the name because that would kind of defeat the purpose of my poll. Thanks!

The Top Baby Name is...

Change It


Keep It


Poll created: Jun 25, 2013
Total Votes: 11


I think the poll can sway your decision.... but ultimately I have stuck pretty close to the original names that I had picked.... but some advice can be helpful
posted by 8142nicolasa :: Jun 25, 2013 04:04 PM | report
If it was an odd name like Monday,Barbie, Cloud or apple pie I would definatly listen and reconsider.... haha. But if the name was like lila or willow and I loved it but my family didn’t I would still name my child it because it is after all my child not theirs.
posted by guest :: Jun 25, 2013 04:06 PM | report
It would sort of depend on what the feedback was saying. If it was something about how a name could be badly teased/bullied or aging well or something along those lines then I’d probably take it into consideration. But if it was simply because people don’t like the name, I wouldn’t really care
posted by guest :: Jun 25, 2013 04:07 PM | report
Well, it really depends on the name. But if you really love it, and it isn’t TOO out there, then I say use it! You’ll regret it if you use a name you don’t absolutely love! :-)

~God bless!
posted by Ms. Lyons :: Jun 25, 2013 04:07 PM | report
change, change, CHANGE!!

I had a name all picked out and every single one of my family members told me it wasn’t good, as did co-workers and friends. So I finally chose a different name. And you know what? I could absolutely not imagine my son with the name I originally chose. It seemed like a good idea at the time (it was a so-called "unique" name), but looking back...not at all.
posted by guest :: Jun 25, 2013 04:08 PM | report
I’d stay stick with it, if you like it who cares what everyone else thinks. what is the name?
posted by guest :: Jun 25, 2013 04:10 PM | report
Depends on what the comments are.

If it’s simply "I don’t care for that name" then ignore it and name your child what you want.

If it’s "that will sound ridiculous on anyone over the age of 3" then I would reconsider.

If it’s something like "Wow. That really sounds bad (with your last name, in your city/country, in general) I would reconsider.

If it’s something like "that name will get him/her teased" then I would definitely reconsider.
posted by guest :: Jun 25, 2013 04:10 PM | report
i’d keep it if i really loved it, it’s your baby, don’t go with something you don’t love just to please everyone else, the only thing that matters is that you like it
posted by guest :: Jun 25, 2013 04:13 PM | report
go with what you want your baby to be called, it’s your baby after all. If you like it, keep it, never mind what anyone thinks. what was the name?
posted by guest :: Jun 25, 2013 04:16 PM | report
I got some negative feedback on my choice of names for my son (Noah Colby). Everyone said the name didn’t flow, made "cheese" jokes, asked me about the ark, etc. Ultimately, though, my husband and I loved his name, loved that it was not very common (or so we thought! Any idea how many 5yr old Noahs there are?!), and we loved that we both picked it out. So we kept it and have not had any regrets. Oh, and no one has ever picked on him about his name, either.

That said, I think it really does depend on the name. Good luck!
posted by guest :: Jun 25, 2013 04:16 PM | report
If there is another name that you like, then go with that. If this is the only name that you even remotely like...well, then it would depend on the name. Some names, no matter how much people love them, should not be used on a human being. Ever.
posted by guest :: Jun 25, 2013 04:18 PM | report
I know too many people who have said ’I don’t care what other people think, I love this name’ and have either regretted it or their children have hated it. In the end, pretty much all the kids (who are now some of them adults) either changed their name, the parents changed their name, or they go by nicknames/middle names/different names. So basically...don’t ignore advice, especially if it comes from EVERYONE.
posted by guest :: Jun 25, 2013 04:24 PM | report
1 or 2 people probably wouldn’t bother me but if the vast majority were trying to tell me it was bad I’d face facts and figure they must have a point.
posted by guest :: Jun 25, 2013 04:24 PM | report
^^ Agreed. Most names have people who love them and people who hate them, but if everyone is saying don’t use it, it’s probably for a reason.
posted by guest :: Jun 25, 2013 04:25 PM | report
Thanks everyone! I think I’ll go with Jack Anthony instead then.
posted by Poll maker :: Jun 25, 2013 04:29 PM | report
Keep it! Screw everyone else! It’s YOUR baby, not theirs. They can name their kids what they want, and so should you. If you love the name, use it!
posted by Kacey :: Jun 25, 2013 04:35 PM | report

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