There’s so much agonising that goes into choosing the perfect baby name. Both parents have to agree, then there’s the spelling and checking for unfortunate nicknames.
But did you worry about what your parents would think of your new baby’s name? Apparently, not many of us do, because a survey has found one in five grandparents actually hate, or have hated, their grandchild’s name. Ouch!
The Mumsnet and Gransnet joint survey of 2000 parents and grandparents uncovered the uncomfortable truth about what grandparents really think of their grandchildren’s names. And it also revealed which names in particular are most hated by grannies and grandpops.
Grandparents say ‘no’ to baby names
Of the grandparents surveyed, almost 70 percent think it’s fine for them to give their opinion on their grandchild’s name, but it’s not their place to give unsolicited suggestions. And sadly, two percent of grandparents said they’d fallen out with their children over their choice of baby name.
Around eight percent of the grandparents surveyed said they told their children they love the baby’s name, when they actually hated it. A huge 28 percent said they thought their grandchild’s name was ugly, while 17 percent said the name was ‘too weird’.
Top baby names hated by grandparents
When it comes to the baby names most despised by grandparents, the list includes some of the most popular baby names in the world right now.
The survey also revealed that 17 percent of grandparents who can’t stand their grandchild’s name avoid mentioning it when talking about their grandchild to other people.
Do you like your grandchild’s name? Did you get a say in naming your grandchild? Did your parents disagree with the name you gave your baby?