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Help me! We named our daughter Hailey Kayla Potter. On the day we brought her home I started to have doubts. The name started sounding like "hail" (and I don’t think my daughter is a storm), and just plain boring. Also people would call her "hay hay" for short and "hey Hailey", which I felt sounded weird. More people pronounce it Hail-ey than Hey- lee. The doubts increased and I asked a couple of friends what they thought. They said they thought the name was ok but might not age well. This increased my doubts. She is now 3 months old and I cringe every time I hear her name! The problem is I am worried that I change it I may regret it. Her middle name is Kayla and that’s what we would change it to. My husband doesn’t care and just wants me to make a decision but I am nervous that I will make the wrong one especially because a lot of people have complimented the name Hailey too. My other worry is that it might be hard for me to call her something else even though her current name really bothers me and I can’t stop thinking about it. Sincerely, Confused

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Poll created: Apr 06, 2014
Total Votes: 1


And by the way, I do think the name Kayla suits her a bit better. Thanks, Confused
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
If you are truly uncomfortable with her name and think something else would be better for her, then change it. She’s only three months old so she won’t remember. Kayla is a very nice name.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I think you should start calling her Kayla before you decide to legally make change. If you quickly get used to it and still prefer it and think it suits her, you’ll know changing it is the right call.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I agree with poster 3. Start using Kayla....and btw...I say the name hay-lee, not hail-ee and I like Hailey better than could also call her know just how you feel...I regretting my son’s name for a long time.
posted by cigi :: 4 years ago | report
Or you could keep the name as it is officially and call her by the middle name. I know some people do that. It would make for less paperwork.

Since I’m about to get my driver’s license renewed, I’m thinking that this is one more piece of paperwork she’ll have to bring with her when she does her’s. Since you have to have documentation of every time your name was changed.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Keep her name as is and call her Kayla
posted by cigi :: 4 years ago | report
Thanks everyone.

Cigi, did you get over it or still regret his name?

And to everyone, if one of your friends changed their daughters name what would you think of it? I’m so worried about what people will think. -Confused.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
They’ll think that you changed her name. People do change their minds about things. And she’s 3 months old, not 3 years old.

This makes me think of that Dr. Seuss quote: "Those who matter don’t care and those who care don’t matter."
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
How about Halle(Hal-ee)? Its still close to Hailey but prounounced differently. People will ask questions why you changed it but I don’t think their opinions matter. It’s what you want to do.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I say just call her Kayla - its already one of her names - I know a ton of people who go by their mn and they have never had a problem
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Not to mention she just might get called "Harry Potter" in school!
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
I agree with keeping her legal name and calling her Kayla. And If you want an honest response, I would think it was really weird if my friend changed their 3 month olds name. That being said, if you don’t think she’s a hailey (I pronounce it hail) maybe you should re name and not worry what anyone else thinks. Good luck! I just hope changing the name doesn’t scar your child in the future.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Whew! First off, take a deep breath and calm down. It sounds like you’ve stressed yourself into a panic over this. I think the name Hailey is lovely, but I might be biased - that’s my name too, lol. So coming from someone named Hailey, I can tell you that I really do love my name, and I like that it’s less commonplace. I’m 25 and I feel it has aged perfectly well with me. It is one of those names that is frequently misspelled or mispronounced, but correcting people is no big deal. However, if you really feel that Hailey doesn’t suit your daughter, spend a few days calling her Kayla and see how that feels. If you decide Kayla is her name and your husband agrees, go ahead and change it! Your friends might think it’s a little strange, but it’s not their child or their business. Good luck and take care!
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report
Honestly, the only thing that really sounded off about that name was the fact that Hailey and Kayla are so similar that they don’t flow at all. I’m not crazy about Hailey - it’s a little too trendy for me, but I don’t think Kayla is much different, and I prefer Hailey to Kayla.
posted by guest :: 4 years ago | report

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