What happens when you have to change your baby’s name.

changing my baby's name

Carri Kessler was just like any expectant parent.

She wanted to find the perfect name to suit her new baby girl coming into the world.

Talking to USA’s TodayCarri said that it was after a meeting a friend called Ottilie that she settled on the name for her daughter.

“I have a friend in the U.K. named Ottilie and it’s beautiful, and ever since I heard that name I’ve wanted to use it,” Carri said.

So, when her daughter was born, she called her Ottilie.

But, uh, Ottilie didn’t exactly last the distance.

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In fact, as soon as people starting saying her name, Carri wanted to go back on it.

“So, we’re in the hospital and we’re just not saying it. We started Googling other names that we should use — like, ‘Is she Hazel? I don’t know!'”

Despite the mad search for new names, Carri decided to keep going.

Stick with the name. It’ll get better, right?

The short answer: no.

She realised she only liked the name in the British accent, not in the American accent where she was from.

And, on top of that, her own grandmother couldn’t even remember Ottilie’s name.

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“She said, ‘I don’t know how to say her name. I have Post-its all over the house so I can remind myself.”

At that moment, Carri knew Ottilie had to go.

“…I was like, f*ck. We’re f*cked. We’re totally f*cked.

“Anytime anyone said her name, I kind of cringed,” she told Today. “Introducing her made me sweat. And I thought, we’re going to keep having to introduce her! This is going to be a problem forever.”

Following discussions with her husband, Will, the two settled on a new name.


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With their baby already known to friends and family as Ottilie, the name change was sure to cause some, even more, confusion.

But, Carri just sent out a mass email confirming the change.

“It was like, ‘Hey! Remember Ottilie? Her name’s Margot now.”

Carri said that since the change, she no longer cringes every time her baby’s name is said.

And, thankfully, her grandmother can remember the name Margot.

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