If you are the birth parent, you are able to name your baby at birth. However, this does not mean that the adoptive parents will keep the name. Once the parental rights have been terminated, the adoptive parents can legally change the child’s name. If this is important to you, it’s best to speak with the potential family of your child ahead of time. You also do not have to name the baby if you choose not to.
If you are an adoptive parent, you can legally change the child’s name upon adoption. You should consider talking with your potential birth parent ahead of time to decide what is best for all members of the adoption triad. Once you change the name of the baby, you should consider getting a copy of the original birth certificate, in the event your child may wish to have it. This is only if your state allows, of course.