Baby Names

The surprising most regretted baby names of the year

With one in five new mums admitting to baby name regret, we tracked down the names most regretted by parents this year. And you may be surprised by which names made the list!

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It’s one of the most difficult and important decisions new parents need to make (and one that sticks with them forever). So when you choose a name for your bub that doesn’t quite feel right, it can be hard to come to terms with.

A new study by Mumsnet confirms that 18 per cent of mums regretted their baby name choice, usually within the first six weeks of birth. 1 in 50 of these parents opted to change their child’s name on their birth certificate.

If you’re in the middle of name choosing here are 7 things you really should consider when deciding what to name your baby.

So what names are the ones parents most regretted this year? Here are the top 23 responses.

Baby girl name regret

  • Amelia
  • Anne
  • Charlotte
  • Elsa
  • Emily
  • Jayne
  • Lily
  • Louise
  • May
  • Megan
  • Ruby
  • Sally

Baby boy name regret

  • Alex
  • Anthony
  • Daniel
  • Frederick
  • Jack
  • Jacob
  • James
  • Jay
  • Joseph
  • Oscar
  • Thomas

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What’s to blame for baby name regret?

According to the study, which includes over 1,300 new parents, the most common reason why their baby name choice may have been a mistake was due to it being too commonly used. Many of the names on the list are in the top 20 most popular baby names of 2016 including Charlotte, Amelia, Ruby, Emily, Jack, Thomas and James.

Another common response was “it just doesn’t feel right” while 20 per cent of parents admitted that they never liked the name in the first place but felt pressured to use it. This is often the case for more traditional, classic and family names such as Jack, Louise and Anne.

Pop culture can also be blamed for baby name regret as many perfectly suitable names have been tainted (or made too trendy) thanks to the success on the big screen. Just look at Elsa…

Oscar is another one that can fall into this category. Commonly considered a Grouch, Oscar is also the name of a popular wiener in America (Oscar Myer is one of the most common deli meat brands).

The name not being distinctive enough or simply too hard to pronounce or spell are two other reasons why parents felt baby name regret.

Did you ever experience baby name regret? My son’s name makes this list (Jacob), but I have to admit that I have never regretted our choice.

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written by:

Jenna Galley

Born and raised in Canada, Jenna traded in the cold mountain air for the laid back lifestyle of Australia nine years ago. She is now a mum to one son, one daughter, one dog and one cat, all of whom live with her and her partner in Cairns, QLD. When not writing about the ups and downs of parenting, she is usually outside doing some form of physical activity or indulging in a glass of antioxidant-infused fruit drink. Okay, it's wine.