We picked the perfect baby name – then he came early and ruined it

Nine months of brainstorming almost at an end.

An Australian couple’s plan for the perfect name for their newborn practically fell apart when their daughter reportedly arrived 24 hours too early.

Convinced their baby would be born on her due date, the Brisbane parents decided to give her the middle name May, after her expected birth month. But when it came out in April, their plan was ruined.

“When your baby’s middle name is May BC, he was supposed to arrive on May 17th, but he arrives on the last day of April,” new mom Tiffany Brett wrote in a now-viral TikTok.

“We haven’t changed it either,” Brett admitted in the caption of the clip, which has more than 962,000 views since it was posted this week.

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The new mom joked about getting her daughter’s middle name mixed up in a viral TikTok.

Viewers were quick to make jokes about the unfortunate — albeit humorous — situation in the comments.

“I’d call her April May,” quipped one user.

“April Fools,” smiled another.

“April is a pretty name though,” someone else argued, though Brett assured that person he wasn’t “flowing” with their daughter’s unfamiliar first name.

Other users shared similar regretful stories.

“Same here. We named her Ella-Mae as she was due on the 11th of May. She was born on the 5th of April but the name stuck,” confessed another parent.

“Don’t worry lol my middle name is June and I was born in May. It happens,” revealed another.

“My cousin is also an April baby, her middle name is Mae and it drives me crazy that she was born in April,” said another.

While the last name snafu was disappointing for the new parents, things could have been worse — at least May is easy to say and spell.

In 2022, “Issac” and “Chole,” misspellings of “Isaac” and “Chloe,” topped the list of most changed names, while “Angela” and “Kobe” were simply unpopular.

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While the baby was originally born in May, her mother says she was born 24 hours too early for her proper middle name.

Meanwhile, a new mother recently posted a complaint on an online parenting forum, bemoaning the butchering of her children’s names. He insisted they were “classics”, but people’s reactions told a different story.

He named them Lois and Beatrix – pronounced “Bee-uh-trix” and “Lo-iss” – but claimed they are commonly mispronounced as “Beet-rix” and “Loyce”. While some commenters argued that nicknames are not difficult to pronounce, others confessed that they had never heard of “Lois” and would pronounce “Beatrix” as two syllables instead of three.

To avoid the frustrating confusion of “classic” names, parents might opt ​​for something more modern.

Parenting website Nameberry expects A-listers to heavily influence names for babies born in 2023, with ‘Billie’ – as in Eillish – and ‘Jolene’ – inspired by Dolly Parton – topping the charts of the list.