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Can you change your baby's name?

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septembersong Wed 01-Jun-11 15:26:19

We registered DS3 a week ago today, after 3 weeks (!) of indecision. We couldn't agree on a name (I wanted Felix, DP wanted Stanley or George) so in a moment of panic at the registrar's office we opted for Harvey, which we both kind of liked, but only in a lukewarm sort of way, if you know what I mean - it wasn't a top contender for either of us.

One week on and the name doesn't seem to be sticking for me, it is not coming naturally, and jars a bit every time I think of it or say it (have discovered it has strong 'chav' associations that I wasn't aware of, but it's not just that, I don't know any more if I like it myself). Am wondering if we have made a mistake - can I change it? If so, what's the process? Am in Scotland, if that makes a difference.

Do I take action, or give self strong slap and thank the lord for a lovely healthy baby, whatever he is called?!

JanMorrow Wed 01-Jun-11 15:37:02

If you're not happy, then yes, you can change it easily if he's still under 1. You go to the registry office, fill in a form and they change the birth cert.

belgo Wed 01-Jun-11 15:41:40

I'm not surprised you are having second thoughts, Harvey is very different to Stanley, George and Felix.

Yes you can change it easily before he is one. What will you change it to?

WillyBumBalls Wed 01-Jun-11 15:56:05

Agree with others as long as he is under 1 it's fine, just go to registry office and request a change of name form and fill it in.

Should say though that by all means go for it if you don't like it BUT if you are really bothered about 'chav' then stay away from George and Felix as these are also well known 'chav' names where I come from (Glasgow).

If your senses however decide to shine through pick a name you like regardless of what others think... my DS has a 'chav' name by most people's definition but we liked it so screw 'em grin

IndigoBell Wed 01-Jun-11 16:38:52

I changed my DDs name a couple of weeks after registering her. Hasn't mattered one bit. Very glad I did to.

shirleytemp Wed 01-Jun-11 21:40:15

You can change it up until they are a year old. Harvey's a lovely name and imo is no chavvier than Stanley (where I live it's quite chavvy) and Felix and George are often used by chavs too.

muminthemiddle Thu 02-Jun-11 14:50:50

What would you pick though?
I think Felix is a very different name to George and Stanley (which are quite similar) Harvey again is different, but I feel somewhere in between Stanley/George and Felix.
So what I am trying to say is that if you go with any of the original 3 one of you is going to be disappointed, whereas Harvey, being in the middle is a compromise. Not much help sorry!
Don't rush into anything whatever you decide.

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