A fifth of grandparents hate their grandchild's name, study finds

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A fifth of grandparents hate their grandchild’s name, a new survey has found.

Just under a third of grandparents who said they didn’t like their grandchild’s name explained it was because the name was too odd. In a similar vein, 15 per cent said the name sounded “made-up” or unconventional.

Over 2,000 parents and grandparents participated in the survey by online parent support and networking sites Mumsnet and Gransnet.

Grandparents seemed to resent the lack of input they were given in choosing baby names, with a fifth saying they were annoyed that their suggested of names had been ignored. 

Grandmothers had stronger views on their grandchildren’s names than grandfathers, with 44 per cent of parents reporting that complaints came from their own mother, and 42 per cent from their mother-in-law. 

One in ten grandparents said they thought the choice of name would embarrass the child, while ten per cent were irritated that a family name had not been used and five per cent felt the name was too hard to pronounce.

Justine Roberts, founder of Mumsnet, said: “Choosing a baby name is fraught enough for parents if you’re only taking into account your own views; if you add grandparents’ biases to the mix it can become impossible.  

“Parenthood is one long object lesson in not pleasing everyone, and new parents should think of any naming tussles as preparation for coming battles.”  

One in ten grandparents responded with “What?” when they were told what their grandchild’s name was going to be. 

The most popular baby names so far in 2017 are Emma for a girl and Liam for a boy. But the rise of less conventional names like Ava, Harper, Aria and Elijah, which are now all in the top ten, could be why grandparents are displeased with their children’s choices. 


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