An online poll of more than 1,000 parents carried out by Mumsnet found that 18% of parents regretted the name they chose for their offspring, but only 2% actually changed their child’s name.
The main reason for any regret was how regularly the name was used by others (25%), the data suggested.
Other sources of regret included spelling or pronunciation issues (11%).
The Mumsnet survey has been released in anticipation of annual statistics from the Office of National Statistics on the most popular baby names of the year in England and Wales.
“The consolation is that most children grow into their names, and those who don’t can always fall back on middle names, nicknames or, in extremis, deed polls.”
According to the survey one mother said the moment she began to regret naming her daughter Elsa was when when the Disney film Frozen became popular.
Another mum said: “My child hates his name, and makes me feel bad for choosing it.”
While another parent admitted her child’s name “was taken by a terrorist group, soon after she was born”.
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