12 Percent Of U.K. Parents Regret Their Baby's Name [SURVEY]

By iScienceTimes Staff on July 3, 2013 5:16 PM EDT

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Netmums says in a new survey that 12 percent of parents regret the "fashionable" baby names that they've saddled their child with. (Photo: Flickr: angrypirate)

A quarter of parents in Britain choose baby names based on fashion trends, according to a new survey, with 12 percent regretting their baby's fashionable new name.

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The survey of 6,227 mothers and fathers, conducted by Netmums, found that a quarter of parents say their choice of baby name has been criticized. Five percent of kids even asked their parents to change their name.

The biggest trend in the Netmums baby names survey was "extreme retro" names like Ethel and Marnie, names implanted in the public's mind by Lily Allen, who gave her daughters those names. Another newly popular name is Mabel, which Bruce Willis named his daughter.

In the Netums baby names survey, 28 percent of parents say they've used unusual spellings to make their baby's name not appear dull.

"What's in a name? An awful lot," said Siobhan Freegard, founder of Netmums. "It's something you carry through life and although it's a private choice for the parents, it's something everyone has an opinion on."

Freegard said that he's seeing parents crowd-source potential names for their babies on the Netmums site, and said that "it is clear that fashionable or wacky names are only going to get more common in the playground."

What were the most unusual names in the Netmums baby names survey? That would be, among others, Rimini, Zuanna and Stargazer (those are girls names -- can't you tell?) For boys, some of the most unusual baby names were Reef, Clavier, Laarn and Nirvana.

Below are the top five most popular current baby names in the U.K., according to Britain's Office For National Statistics.

GIRLS

1. Amelia
2. Olivia
3. Lily
4. Jessica
5. Emily

BOYS

1. Harry
2. Oliver
3. Jack
4. Alfie
5. Charlie

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