Picking a name is never an easy task. 

 

Whether or not it's a traditional name, or something a little bit more out of the box, settling on one can take months.

 

However, we never thought it could take years - until we read this dilemma.

 

Taking to the popular online forum, Mumsnet, one mum explained that she wants to rename her four-year-old daughter.

 

 

The change of heart came after she discovered the unique name she chose for her child, Esmée - was a popular choice amongst other parents.

 

"My [daughter] is four-years-old and I gave her a name which, I thought, was very original as I hadn't heard another girl called it in about 20 years," the mum wrote.

 

She went onto explain, Esmée is due "to start full-time education in September and there will be two other girls with the same name so three in the class including my daughter."


"Totally hacked off and really upset by this. Maybe an overreaction but in the 1970s I was one of five named the same in my class and vowed never to have my children live the same. Now history is being repeated."

 

 

She asked the other mums if they think she should change her name before her little one starts school.

 

"I love her name but HATE it's so common now," she concluded.

 

Mums were quick to point out how confusing that is for the little girl and it's likely she will meet someone with the same name even if the mum changes her original one.

 

"She is four, it's her name, who cares that other kids have it as well. What will you do when she loses touch with these other kids? Change it back?" Asked one user.

 

"Don’t be ridiculous you can’t change a four-year-old’s name! How on earth would you explain that to her? What happens if you change it and then next year there’s a new girl with the same name? Or several girls with the same name in high school?" Chimed in another.

 

 

However, some mums agreed with her and explained how they encountered the same problem.

 

"Of course you can change her name! Lots of people change, not to something completely different, but definitely a change!! I know lots of children who go by their second name at school or use a shortened version. My son is seven and is changing his name for September to a shortened version for exactly the same reason as you.

 

"There is another child with the same name and he is determined that he will not be known by his name plus surname. We are all supporting him and working hard to get used to it - which takes some doing after so many years. I totally understand why you feel like this and think you should absolutely use a shortened name or a second name at school. Good luck!!"

 

 

Others suggested a compromise, keep the name but use a nickname.

 

"Never known or even met an Esmée. Does she have a nickname that she likes? Use that instead," said one mum.

 

Do you agree with the mum? Would you change the name?

 

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