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.

  1. Aurora
  2. Charlotte
  3. Elijah
  4. Finn
  5. Jack
  6. Lindsay
  7. Noah
  8. Sally
  9. Tabitha

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?

  • I’ve never hated a baby’s name. I may dislike one but I’d never have a falling out over it. My Grandchildren have beautiful names and my Grandson is named after my husband, William, which he found to be a great honour. The only difference is their nicknames. While my late husband was called Bill our Grandson gets called Will. He now drives around with the number plate “unclebill” which used to be my late husband. My parents never had a problem with our sons names either


  • This is a strange article. Naming a child is the parents prerogative. Are people really this immature to ‘fall out’ over a name? “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” comes to mind.


  • I am so surprised that anyone would fall out over names. Parents decide on the names of their children and not grandparents.


  • I can’t imagine anyone in our families saying they didn’t like a name we’d chosen. Unless there’s something about the name they haven’t considered (I’m thinking last name ball first name crystal but maybe not that obvious) and the baby isn’t born yet just say nothing.


  • I actually think the names in the list are quite okay. I don’t think the grandparents have any right to say anything about their grandchildren’s names

    • I agree – the names are all quite lovely.


  • My parents and in laws have never said they did not like the names we gave our girls. I also don’t think any of them would have told us if they did not like them. I’m pretty sure they are just happy to have healthy grandkids they can spoil…no matter what their names are.


  • I wouldn’t be fussed what grandparents think. I know I grew up not liking my name, so the way I see it, they’ve had their time/moment in name selection, and it’s not their time now.


  • I don’t fave grandkids yet but I remember a lady from work whose mum hated her bags name, Kyass because it was hard to say lol.


  • I think they would get used to the name and learn to love it just as they should love their grandchild.


  • Lucky it’s just their grandchild then and not their actual child. It’s just a name, how rude!


  • My mother in-law hates our oldest son’s name which is Jesse, it was hubbies choice, when she found that out she said ohh not so bad, you see she dislikes me


  • The Grandparents who were surveyed must be very hard to please (and a little strange) as these names are wonderful and my lovely nephew is a Noah. ????


  • Wow! Those names are cute- I can’t see what’s wrong with them, I’d rather them than some of the ‘creative’ names that keep coming out.


  • This makes me laugh, since when does anyone else have a say in naming your child. Some names are definitely odd, but it’s the parents that need to explain to the child when their older how they were named.


  • Personally I don’t think it’s fine for grandparents to give their opinion on their grandchild’s name; the name of their grandchildren is a given fact, nothing they can change about and when they can’t say anything positive they better shouldn’t say anything at all.


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