The Top 10 Baby Names Parents Have Regretted Giving Their Kids

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Baby naming is serious business.  Before saddling our kid with a name for life, we poll our friends, climb around in the family tree and, of course, search the Internet for baby name suggestions.  Our long lists of possible names become short lists until we’ve narrowed it down to the perfect name. But while most of us are ultimately satisfied we chose the right one, some of us end up with a bad case of baby name regret.

A recent report reveals that 3% of us wish we could take it all back again and choose a different name for our child. But the reasons most parents experience baby name regret are not the reasons you might expect.

While there are no doubt a few Quocvans and Zenos running around out there whose parents wish they’d done better, it seems that most of the second guessing comes when the chosen name ends up on the list of most popular baby names.  Because we would rather our child have an unusual, stand-out name than one that gets lost in the crowd of Isabellas and Jacobs.

A recent poll of 3,000 parents reveals that the most regretted baby name for a boy is the perfectly nice and apparently all-too-common William. In fact, with the exception of Alfie, all the regretted boy’s names on the list are quite common. Ditto for the girls. While the number one regretted girl’s name is the somewhat unique Chloe, most of the others are rather old-fashioned.

To help you avoid your own bout of baby name regret, have a look at the names other parents wish they’d steered clear of.  The top ten regretted baby names:


  1. William
  2. Oliver
  3. Jack
  4. Alfie
  5. Thomas
  6.  Joshua
  7. Daniel
  8. Charlie
  9. Harry
  10. James


  1. Chloe
  2. Ruby
  3. Olivia
  4. Emily
  5. Grace
  6. Jessica
  7. Charlotte
  8. Evie
  9. Sophie
  10. Daisy
Article Posted 8 years Ago

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