Parents on baby name regret

A new Mumsnet survey revealed that nearly a fifth of parents would in fact pick a different name for their child, if they could - see the full results below

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Have you ever regretted the first and/or middle names you chose for any of your children?

Answer options Response percent
Yes 18%
No 82%


If yes, when did you begin to regret your child's first and/or middle names?

Answer options Response percent
Within the first six weeks
32%
When they started nursery/school
23%
Other (please specify)
16%
From before he/she was born - I've always known it was the wrong choice
12%
After a couple of days
8%
When they became a teenager 5%
The moment he/she was born
3%
When they became an adult
0%


If yes, for what reason(s) do you regret your choice of first and/or middle names for your children?

Answer optionsResponse percent
It’s too commonly used
25%
It just doesn’t feel right
21%
I have never liked it - I was pressured into using it
20%
It’s not distinctive enough11%
It causes him/her problems with spelling/pronunciation11%
It doesn’t suit him/her
11%
Everyone calls him/her by a shortened version of the name, which I don't like
6%
I have never liked it - I don’t know why we chose it
6%
There’s been a shift in public perception of the name since my child was born
3%
I worry that he/she won’t be taken seriously
2%
A celebrity has used the name for their child1%
It turns out that his/her initials spell out an embarrassing or inappropriate acronym
1%
Other
34%

Have you changed any of your children's first and/or middle names?

Answer options Response percent
Yes 2%
No 97%


Have you at any point considered changing your children's first and/or middle names?

Answer Options
Response Percent
Yes9%
No90%
Don't know / Not stated2%


Do you know anyone who picked a first and/or middle name for their child, then changed it?

Answer options Response Percent
Yes 25%
No 73%
Don't know / Not stated 2%


If you could go back, would you pick different names for any of your children?

Answer options Response Percent
Yes
17%

No

75%
Don't know / Not stated 8%


Do your children like their first and/or middle names?

Answer Options
Response Percent
Yes - all my children like their names 55%
N/A - too young
33%
Some of my children dislike their names
7%
Don't know / Not stated
4%
No - all my children dislike their names
1%


How would you feel if your children took the decision to change their first and/or middle names once they became an adult?

Answer options Response Percent
It’s their name, so their choice 22%
It would take some getting used to, but I’d respect his/her decision and use the new name 67%
I’d be devastated - I could never call him/her by a new name 8%
Other 3%
Not stated 0%


Survey of 1362 Mumsnet users in June 2016. The data has not been weighted.


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