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1 in 5 parents regret their baby’s name

Baby name trends move so fast parents are left disappointed with their choice, says survey

Posted: 11 May 2010
by Kimberley Smith

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.

With the obvious influence of Twilight characters on new parents in the US, it’s clear baby names are an unpredictable business. To avoid choosing a name you’ll regret, try our baby namer on MadeForMums.

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haha i've been talking to EVERYONE about this lately. It's difficult cos you never know what other people are thinking. i would rather not have a name in the top ten but then something like twilight comes along and your name's number one the next time!

there's a bit of a thing about old fasioned names coming back again i think.... so i'm considering my grandmas name but then it'll prob come round again and everyone will be called myrtle lol. 

SUCH a big decision!

Posted: 11/05/2010 at 15:06

I would HATE to come to regret my daughters name but at the same time I would understand it if she didnt like it as it is an older fashioned name but when I think of her name I immediately associate it with a beautiful flower and of elegance and femininity. I must admit Ive never liked my own name and always wished I was called something more exotic, lets hope my little one in years to come doesnt feel like that too !!!!!

Posted: 11/05/2010 at 16:01

My partner and i really couldn't decide on a name for our little girl. The top contenders were; Odette, Bo, Isabel, Robyn, and Abigail. We ended up going with Abigail and so far no regrets as it really suits her. My partner was really keen on Bo for a while, which i loved too, but i do wonder if that is one we may have regretted in the future...


Posted: 11/05/2010 at 16:05

we had two names we liked and so far i am 100% glad i picked leeland over zachary!! he is soooooooooo a leeland and its not a common or popular name and not too weird either!! and if needs be when hes older he can shorten it to lee, but i will never call him it hahahahaha he will always be leeland!!

Posted: 11/05/2010 at 17:01

We only decided on one girls name we both like and that is the one we chose. That was 18 months ago and we still do not regret it. You dont realise what a big thing picking a name is till you have a baby!

Posted: 11/05/2010 at 17:53

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