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Do YOU regret the name you gave your child? Hunter and Aurora top the list of monikers parents wish they hadn’t picked – while most say they’d NEVER call their babies Boris or Meghan

  • Survey of 5,842 parents reveals names they wish they’d steered away from
  • Third admitted they didn’t give child’s name enough thought before choosing
  • 73% said they had thought of better names for their children after naming them
  • Top names parents would never give their children includes Boris and Donald 

Hunter and Aurora have topped the list of names parents admit they regret giving their children, according to new research.

The survey by Gigacalculator.com also revealed the monikers Brits would never choose – with Boris topping the list for boys.

Out of the 5,842 parents questioned, 73 per cent said they had thought of better names for their children after naming them.

A third (30 per cent) of mothers and fathers admitted they didn’t give their child’s name enough thought beforehand. 

Hunter and Aurora have topped the list of names parents admit they regret giving their children, according to new research. Pictured: stock image

And 64 per cent said their child’s moniker not suiting them was the main reason for wishing they’d picked an alternative.

Aurora – thought to be inspired by Disney’s Sleeping Beauty – is the most regrettable name for a girl with 35 per cent of the votes, while Hunter is the boys’ (32 per cent).

Possibly the most surprising entry on the list is Oliver – the official most popular boys name according to the latest government data.

Of those surveyed, 24 per cent of parents said they regret choosing this for their son, presumably due to its popularity.  

THE NAMES PARENTS MOST REGRET GIVING THEIR CHILDREN
NAME  NUMBER OF CHILDREN WITH
THAT NAME BORN (2018) 
 PERCENTAGE OF PARENTS THAT
REGRET  CHOOSING THAT NAME
Hunter 1,410  32%
Jaxon  1,346  29% 
Carter  1,030  28%
Tobias  647  25% 
Oliver  5,390  24% 
Grayson 742  22% 
Felix  689  21% 
Jasper  708  20% 
Sonny  640  17% 
Dexter  676  12% 
Aurora 752 35% 
Arabella  619  32% 
Lyla  539  28% 
Amber  751  27% 
Edith  599  24% 
Maryam  634  21% 
Harriet  1,128  19% 
Summer  718  15% 
Delilah  601  13% 
Gracie  719  12% 

Lyla and Arabella are also among the top three names parents most regret for their daughters, at 32 per cent and 28 per cent respectively. 

Gigacalculator.com also asked parents to list 10 names they would never call their kids and compiled a top three for boys and girls.   

It spoke volumes for the popularity of leading British and American politicians, with Boris and Donald occupying the first and second spot.

Karen was top of the list for girls at 83 per cent, while 61 per cent said they would refuse to call their daughter Meghan, after the Duchess of Sussex.  

Top five reasons parents gave for regretting their child’s name

1. I don’t think it suits them (64%)

2. My partner picked it (48%)

3. My friend picked the same name for their child (37%)

4. They get teased for it at school (32%)

5. A celebrity named their child it (26%)

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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