Baby names

A fifth of parents would change their child’s name if they could

'What's in a name?' was the famous phrase William Shakespeare once penned - and by the looks of this survey, there's actually quite a lot!

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A fifth of parents would change their child’s name if they could

If you could change the name of your baby, would you? If the answer to that question is yes then don’t fret, as you’re not alone.

1% of parents said they regretted the name they gave their child because their initials spell out an 'embarrassing' or 'inappropriate' acronym

In fact, according to a survey conducted by Mumsnet, nearly a fifth of parents would pick a different name for their child, if they could.

The online network for parents surveyed a total of 1362 Mumsnet users earlier this year in a quest to see whether any parents have regretted the first and/or middle names they chose for their little ones.

And the results reveal that 18% admitted that they have, with 32% confessing they felt that sense of regret within the first six weeks.

'It just doesn’t feel right' was one of the reasons parents gave, whilst 20% said they felt like they were ‘pressured into using it’.

Other reasons such as the name being tricky to spell, the fact it doesn’t suit their child and, that they never liked the name in the first place, were other reasons given.

A total of 1% of parents said they regretted the name they gave their child because they've now realised his or her initials spell out an 'embarrassing' or 'inappropriate' acronym.

At the beginning of December we revealed the most popular baby names chosen in 2016.

The top 100 boys' and girls' baby names of the year, which were compiled by parenting site BabyCentre, reveal that we're heavily influenced by trends and celebrities when it comes to choosing what to call our offspring.

Although more traditional options still fared well - Olivia was the top pick for girls for the second year running, while Oliver is once again the most popular name for boys, after being knocked off the top spot last year by Muhammed (which is now in second place).