May 3, 2018
Would you name your newborn son Donald? Findings of a poll of 1,434 parents by U.K.-based parenting site Channel Mum indicate that the most common reason for not using a name was that “[It] reminds me of someone I don’t like.”
The research results were released on April 3 and posted on SWNS. A whopping 83% of respondents admitted that they had rejected baby names for this reason, alongside 81% who had ruled out a moniker that didn’t fit with their surname.
The name, Harvey, has been shunned by 34% of respondents, since Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal.
In addition, the pollsters found that such previously popular baby names as Alexa, Stan, and Ollie have been ditched for slightly more bizarre reasons.
For example, while it still is fashionable among older couples, Alexa is not an option for two-thirds of younger parents; because it’s the same name as Amazon’s digital assistant.
Another name that has lost the love of Millennial parents is Stan, because the hashtag #Stan is used online to mean “stalker-fan” in Britain.
And Ollie, which had been the 69th most-popular name for a boy as recently as 2016, also has fallen out of favor with 60% of moms and dads— because of a bizarre Internet phenomena which is driving Brits to eat U.S. Ollie-brand dog food, marketed as “human-grade.”
The female name, Felicia, has been shunned by 55% of new parents, for reasons similar to Stan—because it is the subject of the cruel hashtag, #ByeFelicia. In fact, 55% of respondents said they would be very worried if their child had a name linked to a hashtag, meme or other Internet trend, with one in 25 encouraging their child to use a middle name or change his or her name altogether.
Other boys’ names falling from favor include Christian. Two in five families have shunned the name due to its association with the book and film, 50 Shades of Grey, and because it is seen as “too religious” in multi-cultural Britain.
Finally, Scarlett for girls is becoming less popular, with 27% of moms and dads preferring the trendier Violet.
On girls’ names, the study found Katie and Cait are becoming less popular for a range of reasons, including links to the I Am Cait TV show, which tracks the transformation of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner; and the decline of Kate Middleton fever in favor of new Royal Meghan Markle.
Research contact: firstname.lastname@example.org