What’s in a name? One in eight parents regret their choice of name for their children, according to a recent study. The Daily Mail (Australia) reports that naming your child is a big decision, but many parents don’t put that much thought into it. “Your name is an essential part of anybody’s identification but one in eight parents have admitted to not considering this when giving their newborn cherubs an all-important moniker.” Naming a child after fictional characters from movies or other pop culture sources “can result in cringefulness down the track” as the child will be burdened by ridiculous names such as Katniss or Khaleesi.
Sabrina Rogers-Anderson of Kidspot says that celebrity baby names are also very popular. “Definitely Mason has come up in a big way because of Kourtney Kardashian’s son and Harper has come up massively as well which is Victoria Beckham’s daughter,” she said. “Celebrity trend, I would say, is more of a big push than TV characters which are still a minority but do exist.” Thankfully in France they’re trying to put a stop to nonsensical names for children: a couple was recently forbidden by the courts from naming their daughter after a chocolate spread.