Parents reveal the baby names they regret giving to their newborns – and bad naming decisions are a lot more common than you think
- Aussie parents have shared the reasons they regretted their child’s name
- Tiny Hearts Education revealed 11-30 per cent of parents have name regret
- Common reason for name regret include the moniker becoming too popular
- Another said she felt pressure to give their child a family name she now dislikes
Australian parents have shared why they wish they chose a different name for their child – from spelling difficulty to pronunciation struggles and rushing the process.
Tiny Hearts Education, run by mum and former paramedic Nikki Jurcutz, posted to the popular Instagram saying research found 11 – 30 per cent of mums and dads regret the name they chose for their baby.
The post listed the most common reasons parts have regret including the name becoming too popular, being chosen by a big celebrity or going viral as well as people making unkind comments.
Australian parents have shared why they wish they chose a different name for their child – from spelling difficulty, pronunciation struggles and rushing the process
‘Did you or someone you know experience baby name regret? Did you change the name? Or did you grow to love it?,’ Nikki asked attracting a barrage of responses.
‘My partner hates our baby girls name. Like hates it. Thought it would grow on him. She is almost 12 weeks now and still hasn’t,’ one mum replied.
‘Our daughter got her name in honour of my husbands grandmother who I never met. But I always felt that this should be the middle name,’ explained another.
I don’t regret my daughter’s name, but I don’t think I’d choose it if I could do it again. Her name is Carolyn. Everyone, and I mean everyone, calls her Caroline
My son’s name is Roman which is not too popular but everyone calls him Ronan and Rowan
I literally thought I was the only person in my area to name my child what I did – Jaxon. Now that he’s 13 I hear his name so often. Even some of his friends have the same name
My cousin named her son Cash and everyone calls him Cash Money LastName
Mine is an Oliver, and he’s always been one of 3-5 ‘Oliver’s’ in his class. One year, the poor teacher had 4
I love my daughter’s name but I REALLY wanted to name her Puma. My husband wouldn’t let me. I have officially accepted that I would have regretted it
My daughter’s middle name is Isis so yeah… a bit of regret lol
I named my daughter Caitlin. I love Gaelic names and thought it would be unusual. Unfortunately there was no Google in 1990. She was one of four with that name in the nursery, and ALWAYS had another in her class. To this day I still regret not having gone with something else
Most regretted baby boy names in the UK
Most regretted baby girl names in the UK
‘She just turned six and I still regret that I had to rush and reveal the name to the midwife just minutes after birthing her.. although we had two months of time to register it. I felt I could not add my preferred name. It feels incomplete.’
‘About 20 years ago, my Auntie names her baby (my cousin) Sharon. And everyone instantly went ‘Shaaaazzzza!’ She had no idea Shazza was a colloquial Aussie term for a boganish woman. 2 weeks later, Sharon was Lisa,’ recalled a third.
‘We regretted the name we chose for our son because it kept getting mispronounced…we ended up changing it when he was 6 months old. At the time, it was such a tough decision but once we did it we felt so much happier,’ a fourth wrote.
Some said while they don’t regret the baby’s name they aren’t so sure about the initials, spelling or abbreviations that came with it.
‘Not name regret just the spelling. Partner wanted simple so we went Payton but I wanted Paitynn,’ one woman said.
‘Our 2nd boy is Elijah, ‘Eli’. And I really don’t like Elijah. I was never really sold on it but every other name I liked we couldn’t use for whatever reason. He’s 1 now and I never call him Elijah,’ another responded.
Top reasons why some parents regret their child’s name
- The name becomes too popular
- Unkind comments from other people
- Felt pressured to use the name
- Loved a different name but didn’t use that for whatever reason
- Nicknames that people develop for the child related to the name
- Being commonly mispronounced or misspelt
- Having two names chosen for one gender, using one of those and not having an opportunity to use the other name
- Rushing to make a decision
- Bub doesn’t ‘look like’ or ‘grow into’ their name
- Growing to prefer a different name
- A celebrity chooses the name
- Something terrible happens to a child or person with the same name that goes viral
Source: Tiny Hearts Education
Tiny Hearts Education reveals between 11 and 30 per cent of people wish they chose a different name for their child with some parents even changing it months down the line
‘I don’t regret my daughters name as such but I wish I’d worked out her initials were IVF before she was born,’ laughed a third.
One woman admitted while her child grew into their name, she wishes she had the courage to change it but feared judgement from people around her and another told of how awful comments from her sister-in-law made her reconsider.
‘She slagged it off so much it was really upsetting because it was my grandmother’s and we were very close,’ she said.
‘We ended up having a boy so didn’t get to use it, but it was a very negative experience. It did make me question whether to name our son what we liked because of the potential of people’s negative reactions.’
The top 10 boys’ names in Australia in 2022
The top 10 girls’ names in Australia in 2022
While some parents wish they had reconsidered their child’s name after it became overused, there are many monikers that remain in the top ten most popular each year.
In 2022, the most popular name for girls is Isla and for boys, Oliver; it’s the first time since 2015 that Australia has a new top baby girl name.
Isla was given to 1,539 Australian baby girls in 2021 and de-throned Charlotte from her long-standing number one baby girl name title.
Since Generation Alpha began being born, Isla has seen a surge in popularity from 34th position in 2010 to 4th in 2020 and now ranks as the most popular name for baby girls born in 2021.
Charlotte was followed by Olivia and Amelia. While the top 10 girls’ names have remained mostly unchanged, it was Chloe who moved out of the top 10 now placing 12th to be eclipsed by Ella coming in at number 10.
Baby names of 2022 – the trends to watch
NICKNAMES AS FIRST NAMES
In recent years we have noticed a trend of Australian parents opting for shorter names as first names. For example, Jack (3rd) outranks Jackson (59th) (a 17 point rank decline since last year), Leo (6th) outranks Leonardo (93rd) (a 13 point rank decline in comparison to last year), Archie (13th) outranks Archer (28th) and Eli (52nd) outranks Elias (99th). Even for girls’, currently Ella (10th) outranks Isabella (15th) and Isabelle (40th).
PLACE AND COLOUR NAMES
When it comes to baby girl names, parents are also drawing inspiration from colours. Among the baby names inspired by colour are Ruby (21st), Hazel (24th), Violet (28th), Scarlett (30th), Olive (64th), Jasmine (78th) and Rose (81st).
New parents today are also drawing on places for inspiration for their children’s names. Names like Charlotte (2nd), Sienna (23rd), Georgia (32nd), Florence (33rd), Sofia (39th), Savannah (68th), Eden (77th), Indiana (93rd) for girls and Hudson (12th), Jordan (53rd), Austin (55th), Logan (56th) and Jackson (59th) for boys.
ONE NAME, WORDED MANY WAYS
In recent years, the creativity has spanned through the emergence of similar names which are worded different ways. This is seen in Zoe (18th) and Zoey (100th), Sophia (20th) and Sofia (39th) and Amelia (4th) and Emilia (54th), highlighting that girls’ names vary creatively.
Popular pop culture names in the list include the girl’s name Maeve featured in the Netflix hit show Sex Education (pictured)
Oliver has held first place for nine years since overtaking Jack in 2013.
Henry gained popularity and placed 4th while Theodore made an entrance for the first time placing at number eight.
According to McCrindle, although there has been consistency in the most popular baby names over the last decade, ‘parents today are less likely to name their child one of the top names as they select from a greater range of names’.
‘While parents are drawing on more original and traditional names for boys, there is greater variety in the names parents are choosing for their daughters,’ they added.
In more recent years, some of the newer ‘Generation Alpha’ girls’ names that have made a debut also include Mila, Sadie, Remi, Maeve and Delilah
‘The top boys’ name Oliver has 32 per cent more occurrences (2,263) than the top girls’ name, Isla (1,539). Additionally, 15 boys’ names have over 1,000 occurrences, compared to just ten girls’ names.’
Other trends noted include botanic names like Willow, Lily and Ivy, colours, like Ruby, Hazel and Jasmine, and places like Hudson, Jordan, Georgia and Austin.
Atmosphere-inspired names is also an emerging trend, with names like Luna, Stella and Aurora all making the top 100 for girls.
In contrast, no top 100 boys’ names have botanic or colour influences.
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