“What? Say that again?”
That’s how friends and family of Carri Kessler, a new mother from Maryland in America, responded when she told the name of her newly-born daughter.
Carri and her husband, Will, named their firstborn Ottilie after Carri fell in love with the name after hearing about it from a friend in England.
But the couple almost immediately regretted their decision. Their friends and family were totally baffled when they told them the kid’s unusual name.
“Introducing her made me sweat,” Carri said. “I thought, we’re going to keep having to introduce her! This is going to be a problem forever.”
At first she and Will told people to use a British accent to pronounce the name, because then “it sounds really good”. But because she and her entire family are American this suggestion didn’t work.
Six weeks after Ottilie’s birth Carri received shocking news: her grandmother couldn’t remember her great-granddaughter’s name. Apparently she had to put up Post-it notes all over her home to remind her of Ottilie’s name.
After another six weeks Carri could no longer take it. Almost no one they knew could pronounce the name properly. Eventually she decided to tell Will how she felt – and it turned out he felt the same.
The couple then sat down to come up with a new name, hoping to find “anything simple” that wouldn’t cause Carri “anxiety”. After much deliberation she and Will finally decided that Ottilie would henceforth be known as Margot.
The next problem was to inform all their friends and family that the name they’d been struggling for three months to remember and pronounce correctly, has now been changed.
Carri’s quick solution was to send an email to everyone they know: “Hey! Remember Ottilie? Her name’s Margot now.”
The new name has apparently been received very well.
Sources: metro.co.uk; today.com