A mum-of-two has revealed why she changed her son’s name when he was eight-months-old, in a bid to normalise ‘baby name regret’.

Aaliyah, who has two boys and is pregnant with her third baby, says her second son has had five different names since he was born, but the family has settled on a name they all love and has officially changed all of his paperwork.

“So I changed my second son’s name when he was eight-months-old, and I changed it because I just grew to hate it,” Aaliyah explained on TikTok.

“There is such a thing as name regret and a lot of people don’t talk about it and I had name regret since he was born. Only one person has ever said his old name correctly. One of my main worries with picking a baby name is I did not want to correct people all the time because that’s exactly what I had to do.”

The 24-year-old expecting mum says when he was born, she and her partner couldn’t agree on a name.

“I wanted to name him Madden and that was my name but his dad would not agree. So we decided on the name Declan. I was never too thrilled on Declan but that was the only name we agreed on. And when he was born I wanted to change his name to Luxer. We changed his name and then we changed it back to Declan.

“So I already knew I wanted to change his name after I heard many people call him the wrong name. So I was searching for names to pick for him. We were going to name him Rocket, Rocket was set, until I came across Rush and that’s his name.”

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The name changing prompted several of Aaliyah’s followers to ask whether he ever gets confused about his real name.

“He responds to Rush or Rushy. He has not been called those other names in so long he doesn’t even remember. When his name was Declan, we didn’t even call him Declan, we called him Decy. And I stopped calling him that when I realised that I did not want that to be his name. I did not want him to know that was his name, so we would call him anything other than his name.

“He was called Luxer at birth and was introduced as Luxer to everybody. But we changed his name back to Declan before we left the hospital. His name was never Madden.”

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  • Glad they have finally found a name for the young one and it has stuck.


  • Must admit that both my boys had different names picked out for them prior to their birth, but neither of them looked like the names would fit them somehow. So we changed their names very early on.


  • I can understand baby name regret. My youngest was named Anthony to start with but before he was legally named we decided on Tony. We met someone called Anthony and he truly turned us off the name. He used to batter his wife, harm his 4 year old son, sold drugs to school kids (caught on school grounds) and tried to damage our house by setting a fire right next to our fence. Never wanted to regret the name for our son and we certainly don’t. He is a very caring and loving son and helps anyone in need.


  • We had a name picked out for when I was pregnant with our daughter. After she was born we looked at her and both agreed it wasn’t a name for her, so we changed it to the middle name we had picked out


  • I have a son named Declan he is now 10, never been anything different. He is the second son of three, and boy is he hard work sometimes. I am not sure its because he is the “middle” child or if he is just an emotional little fella. But out of our 3 sons, he is the only one we found out the gender and the one we had a name for early on. I do understand some people have name regret. But we definitely don’t regret our choice :)


  • Each to their own, but I wouldn’t make a habit of doing this. Bit silly really.


  • I like the name Declan, but it’s not for everyone. She didn’t really change it five times. They were just indecisive! His name was luxer, then Declan and now Rush, which is one of those names that you will hear all the time in different contexts… don’t rush, we need to rush as we are behind, etc. the mum said she didn’t want to have to correct his name but she gave him one that will cause him confusion


  • There is no perfect name It is hard to pick a name prior to birth!


  • I think it’s really important to both agree on a name and be happy with it before you tell anyone what it is. I spent a lot of time researching names both hubby and I liked before each of my kids were born. We confirmed the name after their birth (once we had seen them and decided the name suited). It is better to have a nameless baby for a few days than to change a name that many times!


  • This is crazy. You have 9 months to pick names then a couple of extra weeks after baby is born. It’s not this difficult


  • Wow! I guess she can do what she wants but why is it so hard now to choose a baby’s name? I understand you need to meet your baby first, but perhaps try saying the name with your surname, and/or any variables or shortening of name, often etc. before you decide.


  • How confusing for the poor child.


  • It’s not always easy i know because I struggled myself!


  • We’ve just been through the paperwork to change our child’s name. They wanted it changed legally – at 16.


  • This just sounds ridiculous to me! Fair enough picking a name is hard but Rocket..really?


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