Grandparents hate ‘unusual’ baby names
September 13, 2017 1 comment
Grandparents hate it when their children choose unusual names for their babies such as Aurora, Noah and Finn.
In a recent survey of 2,000 parents and grandparents by parenting sites Mumsnet and Gransnet, 19 per cent of grandparents said they hate or have hated names their children chose. This displeasure is not always kept a secret, as one out of every six parents in the survey said their mother or father hated their child’s name.
The issue has caused serious problems among some families, as six per cent of participants said they had fallen out with their parents or in-laws over it. Meanwhile four per cent claimed this argument had led to the end of their relationship with their or their partner’s parents.
The biggest source of displeasure came from names that were seen as “odd”, “unusual” or “unconventional”. One in ten grandparents were reportedly concerned the child would eventually be embarrassed by their name. Others objected because the name they suggested had not been used or a common name within the family had not been passed down to the next generation.
Grandmothers appear to object more than grandfathers, as 44 per cent of parents claimed their mother had complained about their choice but only 14 per cent said their father had.
Last year, a survey revealed that almost 20 per cent of parents regretted their own child’s name. Reasons for this feeling included being pressured into picking a name they didn’t want, other people finding it difficult to spell or pronounce and unhappiness that everyone calls their child by a shortened version of their name.
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September 13, 2017
Categories: Family Life