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Your Mom Probably Wishes She Named You Something Else, Study Says

Some of the names that parents most regretted giving their kids were Charlotte, Amelia, Thomas, Daniel, Jacob, and James.

by Matthew James-Wilson
Sep 2 2016, 1:33pm

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Almost 20 percent of mothers have regrets about their children's names, and not just the ones who used their kids to pay tribute to Game of Thrones, the Guardianreports.

In a survey conducted by the parenting site Mumsnet, 245 mothers were asked if and why they regretted the names they gave their kids. Twelve percent of the moms "always knew it was the wrong choice," and another 23 percent weren't as bummed about the name choice until their child started school.

The parents pinned the regret to a range of reasons, including one child's name being "taken by a terrorist group, soon after she was born." But a majority of the mothers just regretted the choice because the name is too common and didn't fully capture the unique special snowflake that is their spawn.

"Choosing your baby's name is one of the first things new parents do, so in some ways baby name regret is great practice for parenting: you do a lot of hard work and research, try to please several people at once, and end up getting it wrong." Mumsnet founder, Justine Roberts, told the Guardian.

Some of the names that parents most regretted giving their kids were Charlotte, Amelia, Thomas, Daniel, Jacob, and James.

Baby names aside, having a kid for the first time is basically like a nightmare without the luxury of actually sleeping—especially when you're young and broke.

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