Baby name trends move so fast parents are left disappointed with their choice, says survey
Chloe, Olivia, Ruby, Emily, Grace and Jessica for girls and William, Jack, Alfie, Thomas, Oliver and Joshua for boys are not just some of the most popular baby names in the UK, but also the most regretted by 3000 parents surveyed.
“Choosing a name that you and your child will love for the rest of their life is one of the first most important things that you’ll ever do,” said Faye Mingo from Bounty, the parenting club that produced the survey.
“Today’s baby name trends move very quickly, so names that seem relatively unusual and quirky can quickly become mainstream and common in the classroom.”
As well as the over-popular names chosen, parents admitted that names they had thought cool and clever at birth had lost their novelty. 13% of parents went for names that seemed quirky at the time while nearly 1 in 10 plumped for the name of a favourite celeb.
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