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Crisis! Name wobble-baby 11 days old. Please help!

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pipparoo Tue 26-Jul-11 19:47:18

our daughter is now 11 days old and we're worried we may have chosen the wrong name. Don't know what to do!
I think We have two options:
- change it and face short term embarrassment/criticism
- keep the name as it is, have courage in our convictions and learn to live with the fact that we may have made the wrong decision

So we chose the name Madeleine instead of Miranda. I'm now worried that Madeleine is a bit popular and also it's caused so many problems spelling-wise and it's only been a week. My DH couldn't even remember how to spell it when telling the health visitor! We decided that Madeleine was better for a newborn but when I have my sensible hat on I realise that babies/children grow into their names.

Wwyd? I'm feeling very stressed about it as well as hormonal and exhausted! Please help!


TheOriginalFAB Tue 26-Jul-11 19:49:53

Change it now.

Miranda is much more unusual.

belgo Tue 26-Jul-11 19:50:53

Madeleine is a lovely name. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!

You can think about it for a while, you can change her name fairly easily before the age of one.

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SeldomSeenCake Tue 26-Jul-11 19:54:26

i like madeleine better than miranda tbh

i would stick to that name if it were me but if you really feel you have made the wrong choice then change the name...who cares what everyone else says...shes your DDsmile

congrats BTW

Wigeon Tue 26-Jul-11 19:56:15

It sounds like you both prefer Miranda and the only reason you don't want to change it is just the short term embarrassment thing. That's a rubbish reason! And "learn to live with the fact we may have made the wrong decision" sounds like you really prefer Miranda - how awful to regret your daughter's name for the rest of your life. Just change it if you both prefer Miranda.

minipie Tue 26-Jul-11 19:56:30

They are both really, really lovely names.

Leaving aside spelling (which people will learn), or what's best for a newborn (as you say she will grow), which do you think is the nicest name?

weepootle Tue 26-Jul-11 19:57:24

If you prefer Miranda then change it. Personally I think Madeleine is much nicer.

BunnyP Tue 26-Jul-11 20:31:24

We had friends who changed their baby's name afterwards. Rather than have a name you don't like, I would change. (Although I do think Madeleine is a gorgeous name)

Maternelle Tue 26-Jul-11 21:04:42

I love Madeleine and dislike Miranda.

hellymelly Tue 26-Jul-11 21:06:47

I prefer Miranda,but they are both lovely.The question is more which do you prefer and which do you think suits her best? My dd had no name at all until she was 6 weeks so its not too late to change it if you aren't sure!

Stars22 Tue 26-Jul-11 21:12:40

I think if both of you prefer Miranda you have to change it. You will always look back and wish that you had, the sooner you do it the better. I think both names are ok but never know how to spell Madeleine as there are so many different ways and also agree that it is way more popular there are so many Maddie's around.

MistyB Tue 26-Jul-11 21:18:40

Don't worry a name being popular - your Baby M******? will be the only one made my you and your DH and will always be unique!!

MelinaM Tue 26-Jul-11 21:21:48

It sounds as if you both prefer Miranda? If it's bothering you that much change it now before it's too latesmile

I much prefer Miranda to Madeleinesmile

TheOldestCat Tue 26-Jul-11 21:22:35

They are both lovely names.

But change it if that's your gut feeling - I know some parents who did this. They had a bit of confusion for a short while, then it was fine.

Congratulations on your baby girl!

pestroid Tue 26-Jul-11 21:41:53

I love both names. The only thing that MIGHT make me not have Miranda, is if some clever dick in yr 7 decided that they was going to give her the nick name Randy!

ThePrincessRoyalFiggyrolls Tue 26-Jul-11 21:48:11

Don't worry, they are both lovely and I wanted to let you know that I still have to check ds's birth certificate to see how I spelt his middle name blush

cantpooinpeace Tue 26-Jul-11 21:55:10

love Miranda - unusual, feminine......loads of Madys out there x

Amapoleon Tue 26-Jul-11 21:58:25

I think Madeleine is lovely. When i hear Miranda, I think of the comedienne but if you really think you have chosen the wrong name , change it. Have you registered her, i can't remember how long you have in the UK.

TheSecondComing Tue 26-Jul-11 22:00:49

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latrucha Tue 26-Jul-11 22:03:22

Madeleine.. If you can handle her being called Maddy, which she will be.

Don't worry your DH: I spelt my own name wrong on the wedding register.

PaulaYatesbiggestfan Tue 26-Jul-11 22:06:55

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levantine Tue 26-Jul-11 22:09:53

I prefer Miranda too, but that really is irrelevant, you must change if it is what you prefer, no one will remember this time next year.

Greenwing Tue 26-Jul-11 22:11:35

My advice is to tell your closest family and friends that you are now not sure that Madeleine suits her so her name is not definite yet - this will give you some time and take the pressure off you.

Then think about it and discuss it. You have until six weeks to register the birth after all.

I cried only a day or two after my DS2 was born and said I didn't like his name. DH said, a little reluctantly but meaning it, that we could change it - I said, 'No' because we had already told everybody ... and 17 years later I still bitterly regret it and am upset by his horrible name! So sad.

You may well choose Madeleine (beautiful name btw) but give yourself more to decide so that you can be happy about your decision in future. Miranda is pretty too - more unusual and a lovely meaning.

candleshoe Tue 26-Jul-11 22:12:49

I love Miranda - change it!

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