What do you do if you start to hate the name you've chosen for your baby, and is it ever too late to change it?

This was the question for US mum Carri Kessler and her husband Michael, who thought they were giving their daughter a name that would make her stand out from the crowd, but after months of having to tell people how to pronounce it, they soon changed her minds.

The couple, from Maryland in the US, chose the name Ottilie for their newborn baby girl.

"I have a friend in the UK named Ottilie and it's beautiful, and ever since I heard that name I've wanted to use it," Carri told news site Today.

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But soon after the tot was born, the couple started having doubts about the unusual moniker.

"No one could remember it and no one could pronounce it," Carri said. "I was like, 'If you say it with a British accent, it sounds really good!'"

The new mum said the nurses at the hospital couldn't get the name right, and the baby's grandmother was still having trouble saying it, six weeks after the birth.

Things got progressively worse, and Carri realised something needed to change when she found herself cringing every time someone said her daughter's name.

The couple initially called their daughter Ottilie, but soon started having doubts about the name. Photo / Facebook
The couple initially called their daughter Ottilie, but soon started having doubts about the name. Photo / Facebook

"Introducing her made me sweat, she told Today. And I thought, we're going to keep having to introduce her! This is going to be a problem forever."

So, after three months, the couple changed their daughter's name to Margot.

After a simple mass email to inform family and friends, the name problems were over, and the couple said the response to the new name was positive.


-nzherald.co.nz