23 Baby Names Parents Say They Regret Giving Their Kids

Tanvier Peart | Sep 23, 2016 Pregnancy
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Choosing a baby name is a pretty big deal that often requires endless hours of research, back and forth debates, and a treaty to make sure all parties involved are on the same page. (And to think the UN is busy!) No matter how long it takes for a mom and dad to decide on the perfect name for a child, it's important for them to pick a name they really like ... because they just might become one of the parents who regret their kid's name. A new study from Mumsnet.com reveals that almost 20 percent of new parents surveyed confessed to having feelings of regret about the baby name they chose for their child. 

The UK website found that, of those parents with baby name remorse, roughly one-third of them experienced regret within just six weeks after their child's birth. Another 25 percent of those parents felt their dissatisfaction once LO started school.


Mumsnet recently provided CafeMom with a list of baby names that parents surveyed regretted the most. And as understandable as it is for many moms and dads to second-guess commonly used names (parents stated overuse was the common reason for their regret), some baby names on this list might be shocking.

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Thankfully, 90 percent of moms and dads surveyed say they don't have any plans of legally changing their child's name. Who knows, maybe they'll learn to love it!


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  • Charlotte

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    You would think the baby name Charlotte would be high on parents' "love" lists, but as it stands, it's actually the baby name parents surveyed regret the most. That's so interesting considering how timeless and regal a name like Charlotte is. At least Prince William and Kate enjoy this baby name.

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  • Amelia

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    One baby name you might be surprised to see on this list is Amelia. Sweet and serene, Amelia seems to be a popular baby name many parents surveyed regret giving their daughters -- which is a shame considering how pretty it sounds.

  • Anne

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    Aww, who doesn't have love for Anne? It's endearing, uncomplicated, and a name bestowed on some of the most memorable authors and poets -- not to mention a pretty long list of royal ladies. 

  • Daniel

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    Come on, who doesn't love the name Daniel? It gives us so many nicknames -- like Dan, Danny, Danny-O -- which makes this baby name too good to pass up. Sadly, this popular Hebrew name for little gents-in-training earns a spot on the list of baby names parents regret.

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  • Jacob

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    If you happen to be #TeamJacob, we're sorry to say this name made the list of baby names parents regret. Jacob is very charming but is also a pretty popular baby name that could make some parents feel like it's not distinctive enough.

  • James

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    A certain British character -- who dresses up in amazing tuxedos and drinks martinis shaken and not stirred -- might make the name James sound cool, but that alone is not enough to keep this baby name off the list. (We still love you, Bond.) 

  • Thomas

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    Sadly, lovable Thomas finds a place on the list of baby names parents regret giving their children. What's interesting to note is that this popular biblical name also carries the nickname "Doubting Thomas." It's pretty safe to say that moms and dads who chose this name are experiencing doubt. Talk about an omen.

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  • Alex

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    Alex?! Sure, this name is a bit ordinary, but it could be a short name -- a nickname even -- for so many awesome baby names. There's Alejandro, Alessandro, Alexandria, Alexis, Alexander, and a long list of other wickedly awesome baby names. 

  • Anthony

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    Playfully known as "another Tony," Anthony finds its way onto the list of regretted baby names. Maybe if they knew Anthony is Latin for "priceless," that would cheer up some parents!

  • David

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    It pains us to see David made this list of regrettable baby names. Was no one else a fan of Beverly Hills, 90210? Did Brian Austin Green not give you life growing up as David Silver? Even if his character wasn't inspiration for this baby name, David is still a pretty rocking choice.

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  • Emily

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    Aww, who could ever regret such a darling baby name like Emily? It's such a delightful choice that offers a fun play on the classic Amelia. 

  • Frederick

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    Freddy. Fred. Fred Man. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it appears a good number of moms and dads just aren't feeling the name Frederick anymore. 

  • Jack

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    No matter how many famous Jacks we know -- including Jack Nicholson, Jack Black, Jackie Chan (hey, there's a Jack in there), and the late Jack Lemmon -- the numbers don't seem to matter. Jack is one of the baby names parents surveyed regret the most. 

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  • Jay

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    Who knew that a three-letter pet name would cause such disappointment? As sugary (you know, extra sweet) as the baby name Jay is, it doesn't seem to strike a chord with new parents. In fact, some wish they chose another name for their kids. 

  • Joseph

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    Little Joseph might be a cutie, but his baby name is one that parents surveyed say they regret. Maybe they know one too many Joeys? In the words of Joey Tribbiani, "These are just feelings. They'll go away."