But sometimes the name chosen is a little too unique. So much so that no one can actually pronounce it.
And therein lies the problem for one family who named their daughter an extraordinarily unique name.
Carri Kessler and her husband named their daughter Ottilie, but ended up changing it because literally no one in their life knew how to say it.
They chose the German name, pronounced OTT-ti-lee, because they thought it was pretty and unusual (not to be confused with pretty unusual).
“Sure, it was a little unique, but so beautiful,” Kessler told Buzzfeed. “A former colleague who lived in the U.K. was named Ottilie and I loved it from the first day I heard it.”
But not long after Ottilie was born, they realized that the pronunciation was hard for most people.
“Apparently we didn’t say it out loud enough before the baby was born because we didn’t realize this until we started introducing her, and people were like, ‘Wait, what is it?'” Kessler explained.
Since the Americans dialect can be lazy when it comes to pronouncing Ts in a lot of words, everyone kept calling her “Oddily” — which is not what her parents were going for.
“We all said Oddily, and that was just not her at all,” Kessler said.
Some people gave up on saying her name altogether, and would refer to her as “the baby”.
“I thought this was going to be a lifelong issue, maybe it’s not too late to do something about this,” she said.
So to avoid a lifetime of confusion, Kessler and her husband decided to change Ottilie’s name.
This time they chose something just as beautiful, but a lot easier to pronounce correctly — Margot.
They made the name change official by sending out a mass email to friends and family announcing the baby’s new name.
“I included a super-cute picture of Margot to distract from the craziness that they were reading, and the response was really super positive,” Kessler said. “It just felt like the right decision.”
Margot will certainly have a great story to tell when she’s older.