Back in 2011, ABC News ran this segment claiming parents regretted picking names for their children that ended up being too common.
Yet that wasn’t the experience of UBN reader, Maddie, who had a case of unusual name regret.
And then this past week, I stumbled upon this article where the writer shares her regret for picking the unusual name Ransom for her son.
Over the past 4 years has the baby name pendulum swung the other way? Have parents gone from seeking unusual names to regretting them?
Or is there another aspect at play here?
After all, not all unusual names are created equal.
Ransom is a perfect example of a name that has other issues beyond being considered unusual. There is the obvious negative meaning of course, but also the similarity of other common words such as “random” and “rancid”.
Lara is an example of a name that might be considered unusual in the sense that its uncommon, and yet its sound is very mainstream and it is easy to spell.
One thing is apparent to me. I have heard conflicting reports in the media mostly based on anecdotal evidence.
I would like to hear from you. Which is more likely to cause more baby name regret, an unusual name or a common name?