Chances are if you were given the chance to choose your own name, then you probably wouldn’t have opted for the name your parents picked for you at birth.
Whilst most of us don’t exactly regret the name our parents did pick for us (although I would have appreciated it if my parents opted for a name that half the boys in my class didn’t also have), it turns out that many of our parents do regret the name they chose.
After conducting a survey of over 1000 people, Mumsnet found that 18% of parents regret the name they chose for their little one (awkward).
The results showed that 32% of parents realised they regretted their baby’s name within the first six weeks of giving birth, whilst a further 23% of parents said the realisation hit once their child had started preschool.
As stated by the Metro, one in four parents regretted their name choice after finding out that others had also chosen the same name for their child. If you want your child to have a more distinctive name then we’d recommend avoiding the most popular baby names of 2016 for a bit. While not seek inspiration from these common baby names that are now at risk of becoming extinct, instead?
A further one in ten parents found that their child’s chosen name was often misspelled or mispronounced and cited that as their reason for regret, whilst others didn’t like the shortened down nickname their child’s name resulted in.
Interestingly, 17% of the parents surveyed said they would go pick a different name for their child if they could, but only one in 50 parents actually went on to change their child’s name altogether.
Out of all the parents surveyed, 22% said they would not mind if their child changed their name later in life, whilst 67% said their child’s new name would take some getting used to but that they would respect their decision.
Look guys, at least the name you were given (or indeed have chosen) wasn’t so bad that it actually went onto the list of banned baby names.
See below for the list of the most regretted baby names (don’t let Princess Charlotte see this).
Regretted Baby Names