Picking out the perfect child's name is probably one of the most stressful things new parents must do. A name stays with a child forever (for the most part), so parents want to ensure they are choosing the perfect moniker for their child. But no matter how much time and effort parents put in when selecting their child's name there is a chance they may end up regretting their choice. Whether they choose a traditional familial name, a unique name or even a classic name, there are often times when parents find themselves second-guessing their name choice. In fact, a surprising number of parents are revealing they've had baby name regret and are admitting they no longer love or even like the name they picked for their baby.
A study conducted by Channel Mum found that a whopping 28% of parents admitted they no longer loved the name they had chosen for their child. One in seven parents asked said they actually regretted their baby name choice, while one in ten revealed that their children admitted to not liking their own name.
For many, the increasing popularity of a name was one of the reasons why many parents said they regretted their name choice, while others were turned off by celebrities choosing the same name for their own children. The site's baby name expert SJ Strum said that while some enjoy gaining inspiration from celebrities and their name choices, others definitely do not.
“Picking your baby name is one of the most important parts of becoming a parent – and its’ also something which everyone from friends and family to total strangers has an opinion on," she said. “Celebrity trends mean there is an ever-growing list of baby names to choose from, but this also means more opportunities to choose a name which you, or your child, then learn to loathe.”
Of the 2000 parents surveyed, one in three were disappointed with the name they chose thinking it was unique, only to find out it was actually quite popular. One in twenty parents were so upset with the name they had chosen for their child they opted to call them something completely different from their legal given name, while 14% of those surveyed admitted they considered changing their child's name legally.
In addition to choosing a name that became too popular or being chosen by a celebrity, there are a number of other reasons parents regretted their baby name choice. Feeling pressure by family or a partner in choosing a name was high on the list for reasons to regret a name choice.
Simply no longer liking the name or thinking the name doesn't suit the child was also listed as a reason for name regret. Having a friend or family member choose the same name for their child or choosing a unique or hard to spell name was also listed, as was how the first name flowed with the middle and last name.
Picking the perfect baby name is hard, but at least this study shows that if you find you no longer love the name you gave your child, you're not alone.