Mom explains why she decided to change her baby's name to something less confusing.

Mom explains why she decided to change her baby's name to something less confusing.
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After much deliberation, Carri Kessler and her husband finally decided on the perfect name for their new daughter. The only problem is that they picked it three months after she was born.

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Kessler and her husband decided early on that their daughter-to-be would be named Ottilie, a name of a friend from the U.K. that they always found to be beautiful. Once baby Ottilie was born, the new mom had reservations, but decided to just commit to the name. As time passed, however, Kessler discovered that her gut may have been right all long. Ottilie doesn't quite have the same ring to it when said with an American accent, not to mention that no one, including Carri's grandmother, could seem to remember how to pronounce the name. Soon Kessler knew she, in her own words, "f-ed up."

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"Anytime anyone said her name, I kind of cringed," she told Today. "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." Oh, totally. From Starbucks cups to Instagram tags, people are definitely going to struggle with such an unusual name.

Three months after she was born, Carri and her husband decided they wanted to officially change Ottilie's name to something a little less confusing. That's how she became Margot. "We sent out a mass email," she says. "It was like, 'Hey! Remember Ottilie? Her name's Margot now."

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Kessler said that the response to the name change has been overwhelmingly positive, and she no longer breaks out in a sweat when introducing her infant to people. And that's the way it should be.

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