One in five grandparents hate their grandkids’ names, a new survey suggests. Twenty-eight percent of respondents said the name was downright ugly, 17 percent opined that the name was too weird, 11 percent were annoyed that the child was named after relatives of their in laws, 11 percent said the names reminded them of someone they disliked (really?), and 6 percent took issue with the spelling. The remaining 6 percent were annoyed that the parents didn’t use the name that they had suggested.
The survey, produced by the parenting sites GransNet and MumsNet, is decidedly unscientific, but broadly suggests that grandparents (or, at least the 934 British ones who responded to this online survey) are pretty petty. Six percent say they purposely avoid using their grandkid’s name because they hate it so much. Seventeen percent don’t even mention the despised name to their friends. The majority (however comforting this is) say that they’ve “come to terms” with the name.
And it’s not like grandparents are easy to appease. Although the survey suggests that they hate more popular and decidedly newer-age names like Harper, Jayden, and Addison, it also suggests that they hate traditional names (“Charlotte”, “Elijah”) too. Which means you pretty much have the green light to name your kids whatever they want—because there’s no satisfying mom and dad.
So why not join the 47 parents who, in 2015, named their boys “Lord”, “Savior”, or some combination thereof. Or the 40 ambitious parents who named their daughters “Goddess”. Listen, more than 1500 babies were named Messiah in 2016. Your little ball of apocalyptic descriptors won’t be alone.
(Take that, grandpa).