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LaraGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 01-Sep-16 10:02:41

You might have seen that Mumsnet has done a survey on baby names with some interesting results - 1 in 5 parents has baby name regret.

Here's the 2015 most popular baby names list, from the Office for National Statistics.

We were wondering if gransnetters were involved in choosing names for your grandchildren? Was a family name chosen? Do you particularly love, hate or despair at your grandchild's given name?

Mildred Thu 01-Sep-16 10:27:10

I kept out of it, but daughter's MiL when told said "what kind of name is that?". Which went down like a lead balloon.

techygran Thu 01-Sep-16 10:28:24

Loved the first, hated the second, loved the third. One on the way so slightly worried about what that one could be. Think parents are going a bit crazy with names at the moment trying to be more like the celebs. What's wrong with 'Sarah'?

Suggested names but they were scoffed at. Really had to hide my horror at no 2s name but have come round to it now.

J52 Thu 01-Sep-16 10:38:21

We kept well out of the discussion. DS2 & DIL knew they were having girls and told us the names just before the birth. Both names unusual, but from literary sources. We like the choices.

DS1 and DIL did not know the gender of their baby until she was born. Once again we did not discuss names. To my delight they chose another uncommon name from a literary source. It is one that I have loved for years since reading the book it came from. Only having boys I could never make use of it.

Maggiemaybe Thu 01-Sep-16 11:33:54

Oh no, not involved at all - I don't think it'd be our place. We cringed inwardly (and smiled brightly outwardly) at some of the suggestions thrown out during the three pregnancies, but I have the feeling they were occasionally trying to wind us up wink As always, the boys are their names now and we couldn't imagine them as anything else. One is classic English, but unusual these days, one is classic Scandinavian, but not unknown here, the third is what my friend described as a good, solid name. The last is a short form though, and I think his mum and dad are rather wishing they'd registered him with the full name, to give him more options as he grows up. Two of the boys have the same middle name, a traditional one given to all the first born sons in my family (I didn't suggest this, but was so pleased when they chose it smile).

I named one of my children after Ross Poldark (that could be called a literary choice as I was reading the books, not watching the series!) and I love the name even more now.

Marmight Thu 01-Sep-16 11:45:55

I love all my GCs names. All but 2 of them have family names or surnames as their second names which is lovely. My mother hated DD1's name as she had a step grandmother by the same name so it brought back unhappy memories. I didn't know that at the time, but still wouldn't have changed it. She would have hated my youngest gc's name too as her 'horrid' grandmother had the same........ Just as well we all keep our lips zipped wink. One of my cousins has recently endowed her children with names of animals shock

Thingmajig Thu 01-Sep-16 11:48:15

We are once again on the name discussion with many months to go! Last time I was sent a list with half a dozen of each and was slightly horrified at the girl options. Luckily another name was added which I loved and said I loved and this was the one chosen ... probably not because of my opinion though, I would add!
It just suits her down to the ground, too. smile

I chose an unusual (at the time as it's a bit less unusual now) name for my own daughter, so I do prefer that to the "plain" names. smile

ninathenana Thu 01-Sep-16 12:13:29

I had nothing to do with the first as they were living in Germany at the time.It was a good choice though, I would've bit my tongue if I felt otherwise.
The second, D and SiL were discussing names whilst I was there one day. D asked SiL for suggestions and he said the name I was thinking of, so I was very happy with that grin
I'm glad neither has any of our family names as I don't like any of them smile They do however, have both of ex SiL deceased grandfathers names as respective middle names

Anniebach Thu 01-Sep-16 12:20:56

I chose the second name of second grandchild and first name of the third

NanaandGrampy Thu 01-Sep-16 12:33:18

None of my business , if they asked if I liked a suggestion I was honest and said if I didn't.

My eldest daughter gave her daughter a beautiful traditional name with a family name as her second name. Her son is named after both Grandfathers.

My youngest daughter chose modern names . I grew to love the first one but the jury is still out on the youngest one. In fact his name is the only one we shorten.

harrigran Thu 01-Sep-16 12:36:20

My eldest GD has two great grandmother's names and youngest has a Scottish name and the female version of her father's middle name. Both girls suit their names and eldest has slightly changed hers to use within the family.

felice Thu 01-Sep-16 12:50:57

I am not keen on DGS name, in the Uk it would be a tad 'common'.Not even sure if it suits him.
SIL chose it as a Celtic version of his own name which could be correctly prounounced in French.
I took him to Antwerp Zoo on Tuesday and I am now wondering if it has a meaning in Dutch which I do not know, as we got some very strange looks when I was calling him.
As Kevin is one of the most popular Flemish names they are used to Celtic names.

thatbags Thu 01-Sep-16 13:00:38

DD and her partner chose the names they liked. GS1 has a Scottish first name (because they liked it but DD is half Scottish anyway) and his middle name is that of his paternal grandfather. GS2's first name was again chosen because they liked it and his middle name is after one of his maternal great grandfather's. Turned out his first name and middle name combo had been used before in maternal great grandfather's line, so MGG was dead chuffed (to put it mildly smile).

I like all the names.

I have no regrets about what I called my kids. I still like all those first and middle names too and, even better, so do they.

We (hubbies and I) never consulted grandparents and none of them has ever said anything negative about the names we chose, though a great aunt of hubby1 expressed her feelings about the need for a boy baby when the first five to whom she was a great great aunt were girls. She was told it didn't matter.

KatyK Thu 01-Sep-16 13:24:58

Our granddaughter's name is beautiful and traditional smile

joannapiano Thu 01-Sep-16 13:40:55

DGD5's first name was chosen by her big sister, and very nice it is, too. Her big brother suggested her middle name be Buttercup. We all thought that was a bit too unusual, so he changed it to Bluebell, which suits her very well!

ginny Thu 01-Sep-16 13:55:05

There were family discussions about both DGS names ( didn't know the sex until they were born). Some of the conversations caused much merriment, with rhyming names and silly suggestions. But final choice was down to the parents.
Happily I love both the names . Hope any further DGC will be the same but it's the child that counts not the name.

obieone Thu 01-Sep-16 14:01:38

DD is now well and truly pregnant.Yippee![After several miscarriages - I wrote a thread about it].
From what I can gather, they like plain names[even plainer than I would like]. So I dont expect there to be a problem. hmm

Anniebach Thu 01-Sep-16 14:16:13

Wonderful news Obieone

Nelliemoser Thu 01-Sep-16 14:26:43

I rather wish I had chosen a different name for my DS It is a quite acceptable one. I wanted my fils name Thomas but OH didn't.

I still like my DDs traditional name, which was slightly unusual at the time she was born. She likes it as well.

I really like my two DGS's names. With DGS2 I suggested "have you thought of XXX" which became the little ones name. DD/sil already had that at the top of their list.
I and his parents didnt know what they would have called the child if he had turned out to be a girl.

rosesarered Thu 01-Sep-16 15:35:36

We had no input about choice of names ( nor wanted any!)Purely the parents choice, and they have all got traditional names.

Indinana Thu 01-Sep-16 15:56:12

Not keen on first GC's name, but have got used to it over the years and of course, he has become that name now. Love the second one's name. The third GC's name was virtually settled on but a couple of weeks before the birth I was reading names out loud from one of the many online lists, and my daughter stopped at one and said "Oh I LOVE that one!" And that is who the little one is now.

Washerwoman Thu 01-Sep-16 16:45:49

Good news Obieone.DD just had her first baby after a miscarriage last year.It must have been heartbreaking for you all to experience several miscarriages.We were all told of potential names up to a point, then DD and her partner announced the subject was closed as they were having difficulty agreeing between themselves,and other input was confusing the issue.
In the end they chose a fairly unusual,for today,name but one that's pretty and suits DGD,and now I can't imagine her being called anything else.

numberplease Thu 01-Sep-16 17:47:09

We called our youngest son Neil, and my mother complained that it was too difficult to remember!

britgran Thu 01-Sep-16 18:36:45

I chose the name of my youngest sons firstborn but only cause we were discussing names and as the mum is welsh I suggested a welsh name after a famous singer at the time, I was so happy when they gave her my name as a second name, with my older son we kept out of it but I was very happy with their choice I love family names and all 3 of his girls have family second names, the oldest having my Mums name.......then my youngest son divorced and remarried and I hated their first daughters name but she is now aged nearly 2 and I love her so much I would love her name if she was called Beelzebub smile

kittylester Thu 01-Sep-16 20:15:11

Having an unusual name myself, I was keen that our children wouldn't suffer the same fate, so they have fairly ordinary names. They have gone for slightly unusual names for their children especially DD3 - GN helped me cope with her choice!

And, luckily, DD2 has two daughters as their choice for a boy left us all open-mouthed!! shock