Mum changes daughter’s name after three months because nobody could pronounce it
Published 08/08/2016 | 11:50
An American mum reluctantly changed her daughter’s name three months after she was born because her friends and family struggled to pronounce it.
Carri Kessler welcomed a baby daughter earlier this year and named her after her British friend Ottilie but the moniker was not loved by her relatives, particularly her grandmother.
"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," Kessler told TODAY.com.
Accustomed to hearing the name in a British accent, Kessler said she did not anticipate the difficulty that her her friends and family in Maryland USA would have when it came to pronouncing the tot’s name.
"No one could remember it and no one could pronounce it," Kessler says. "I was like, 'If you say it with a British accent, it sounds really good!' And people said, 'But you're from Maryland.'”
Six weeks after Ottilie was born, Kessler’s grandmother could not get to grips with the baby’s name and the new mum decided that they would have to make a change.
"She said, 'I don't know how to say her name. I have Post-its all over the house so I can remind myself,'" Kessler said.
"And I was like, we're f***ed.”
"Anytime anyone said her name, I kind of cringed," she said.
"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."
After three months, the new mum and her husband Will Kessler decided to legally change Ottilie’s name to something a little easier to grasp, and the tot is now called Margot.
"Then we were like, 'This is so exciting, we can rename her!'" she says. "All we did was talk about names. Is she this? Is she that? I felt like she was anything simple that wouldn't give me anxiety."
"We sent out a mass email," she says. "It was like, 'Hey! Remember Ottilie? Her name's Margot now."