"I think we're far too frightened of changing names. There's almost a taboo around it," says Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard. "It's as if this mystical process happens when you name a child that binds it with their soul. It's not that simple. If you listen to yourself during the course of a day, you're calling your child half a dozen different things anyway – sweetie, honey, baby – adding one more name shouldn't be a big deal."
According to a BabyCenter survey, 11 percent of parents experience baby name remorse. More than a third of these doubting parents admit that if they could have a do-over, they would pick a different name.