14% of parents in the North East would rename their child

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New research amongst parents reveals that 14% in the North East regret their choice of baby name or wish they’d chosen something else.

New research amongst parents reveals that 14% in the North East regret their choice of baby name or wish they’d chosen something else.

The research, conducted by name label manufacturer mynametags.com, found that two thirds (67%) of parents in the region regret the name they gave their child because they felt they had to follow their family’s tradition. The other most common reasons for people regretting their child’s name are because it’s often misspelt, they don’t like when people shorten it, or they feel it’s too common.

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When it comes to the process of naming their child, 22% of parents in the North East said it was a stressful experience, and almost half (46%) said they fell out with their partner or family over the decision.

14% of parents in the North East would rename their child14% of parents in the North East would rename their child
14% of parents in the North East would rename their child

The pressure parents feel when naming their child is significant. According to the research, 12% felt pressure from other people including their friends, whilst 17% admit they cared too much about other people’s opinions when choosing a moniker for their newborn.

Nationally, just under a quarter (23%) of parents would rename their child, meaning parents in the North East are among the least likely to be dissatisfied with their child’s name in the UK.

The most regretted baby names in the UK:

1. Jack

2. John

3. Katie

Lars B. Andersen, Managing Director at mynametags.com, comments: “After tracking baby name trends for over two decades, we were interested to discover how parents' opinions of their child’s name change over time.

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“Our research shows a surprising number of parents have some regret over their child's name. It’s also interesting to find that the name Jack is the most regretted name in the UK, despite the name featuring in the top 15 boy names since yearly ONS records began in 1996.

“The pressure to pick the perfect name can be immense, with parents battling external influences and internal worries. Despite this, we hope our research gives parents the confidence to ignore external pressures and choose a name that feels right for them and their child, both now and as they grow up.”

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