DAD’S EX GIRLFRIENDS NAMES ARE FIRST TO GO WHEN CHOOSING A NAME FOR BABY
According to on-line luxury baby gifts boutique Lullaby-babies 8 out of 10 new mums admitted that their eventual choice of baby name was influenced either significantly or partially by previous encounters with the “name” either with adults, children or other babies, throughout the lives of both parents.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most significant negative influence on choosing a new babies name is the delicate subject of the new parent’s exes.
In the confidential telephone survey of new mums, the name of their husbands, boyfriends, or partner’s exes were the single largest negative influences, with 8 out of 10 confessing their partners exes names were first to be removed from the possibilities list, followed closely with the names of their own exes.
“It was really interesting to hear from new mums that their partner’s exes names were a definite no no, and were the very first names to be removed from the possibilities list”. Said Gemma Bellamy Owner of Lullaby Babies. “Although their own exes names were also removed from the list, I very much got the impression there wasn’t quite the same urgency in removing mums exes from the list as there was with dads”
The next highest influence as to what not to name your newborn is either a current or past boss at work, being marginally more influential than work colleagues, either past or present affecting 60% of mums.
Other reasons identified as to why a name was rejected based on past experiences with it were; the names of school friends or best friends, the name of your friends or neighbours babies and children, the school bully’s name, the school nerds name, and also certain celebrity names.
However, celebrity names don’t just act as a negative influence, some new mums said celebrity names actually had a positive influence on them, with 2 out of 10 admitting being partially influenced by them, and a slightly higher 3 out of 10 being influenced by TV personalities or movie stars.
Favorite football team players, probably prompted by dad, and other sports heroes were also positive influencers, but the most common positive name influencers were names that already appeared within the family, either immediate or extended family, with both living or deceased relative names being considered an influence for 50% of new mums. Only names that are currently “popular” had a larger influence on mums than family names, with 7 out of 10 mums being influenced by the annual top 100 baby names survey, and in particular the top 10 names of both sexes.
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