You may love your creative, new-age baby name, but this survey says your parents may really hate it.
A lot goes into picking the right baby name, including the challenge of making an entire family happy with your choice. But if you're pining after popular hipster baby names like Lennon, you may want to call your mom and ask what she thinks first, or just stick your fingers in your ears and pretend your every move is golden till the little one starts preschool. It turns out that grandparents really don't like those creative, new-age sounding baby name options, and they're not shy about it either.
A recent survey of over 2,000 parents and grandparents conducted by Mumsnet and Gransnet found that one in 10 grandparents thought their grandchild's name would actually lead to future embarrassment of the child, and a shocking 20 percent of grandparents were annoyed their suggested baby name never made it into the final running. Another 10 percent of grandparents reported feeling slighted by their family names not making the cut, and five percent claimed they were upset by difficult-to-pronounce baby names.
Mom on the Street: Baby Names
And if you think the whole issue comes from your mother-in-law, think again—the survey found that it's actually your mom who has the biggest problem with your baby name choice. Forty-four percent of complaints came from their own moms and a slightly smaller 42 percent of complaints stemmed from a mother-in-law. Only 14 percent of fathers-in-law complained about their grandchild's name, proving what most people already know: Men want to focus on other things.
While edgy-sounding names like Axel and Zane made our list of cool and unique baby names for boys, there is a solid chance your own mom and mother-in-law will hate them. At least they'll have something to bond over.