A lot of grandparents aren’t fans of their grandchildren’s names, according to a new survey by Mumsnet.
Choosing the likes of Charlotte, Jack and Lindsay could cause a massive family argument with some grandparents admitting to never speaking to their family members ever again and others simply refusing to call their grandchild by his/her given name.
The survey, which polled more than 2000 parents and grandparents, found that 19% of grandparents ‘hate or have hated their grandchild’s name.’
6% of parents admitted to a falling out over baby names with 4% saying they had ‘ended their relationship with that person.’
The main concern that grandparents had was that certain names were ‘odd’ and ‘ugly’, could embarrass the child or reminded them of someone they disliked.
Surprisingly, many disliked old-fashioned names including Bertha and Frank. Charlotte is an unexpected addition to the list – especially since the birth of Princess Charlotte in 2015.
Unsurprisingly, grandmothers had much stronger views on the matter than grandfathers. Over 40% of parents admitted that critical comments came from their mother or mother-in-law.
The full list of unpopular names reads:
“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, unless by some freakish chance you’re all in agreement that the baby has Cedric written all over him,” commented Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts.
“Parenthood is one long object lesson in not pleasing everyone, and new parents should think of any naming tussles as preparation for coming battles over what constitutes an appropriate outdoor outfit, whether it’s alright to cut the cat’s hair, and whether two hours is enough time to revise for a GCSE.”
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