It seemed like such a good idea at the time.
Thousands of parents chose to name their new baby boys Atticus after the strong character in the iconic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, ahead of the release of the long-awaited sequel/prequel Go Set A Watchman more than fifty years later.
So many parents chose the name that it topped Nameberry’s count of Most Popular Baby Name for the first half of 2015.
Then those parents actually read Go Set A Watchman, and felt a little sick.
The Atticus most parents named their babies after. Oh Atticus, what happened? From the 1962 movie To Kill A Mockingbird, as played by Gregory Peck. Post continues after the video.
The Atticus of To Kill A Mockingbird is not the Atticus of Go Set A Watchman. His character is revealed as more of a list of what you don’t want your child to be.
So what are these parents to do? Change their child’s name?
That’s exactly what one couple has done thanks to all the new controversy surrounding the name. Colorado couple David and Christen Epstein made the huge decision to rename their 14-month-old son because they weren’t enjoying the controversy surrounding his name.
"When the new book came out, we just felt like, this does not at all encompass the values that we want for our son to have and know," Christen told People. "And we felt like our son was young enough that we could change his name."
So they renamed him Lucas and then had all the confusing and awkward conversations with their three-year-old daughter Ayala and all their family and friends about the change.