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PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 September 2017

Steve Allen. Picture: Paul Bennett

Steve Allen. Picture: Paul Bennett


Generations divided by children’s names

Do you like your name? I hope so as it’s something you’re stuck with for a long time and a lot of people will say it to you.

If you don’t like your name you can change it but if you do you can’t blame your parents anymore.

Being called Steve at school was OK, it’s a fairly harmless name, but there were about six other Steves in my year.

If a teacher said, “Steve! Come here,” you soon learned to pretend it was one of the other ones and walk away.

Not all names are well liked. According to research by a website one in six grandparents hate their grandchildren’s names.

Apparently that generation considers some new names to be “odd” or “ugly”. That’s a controversial opinion and one you hope they don’t bring up at the Christening.

Names that grandparents tend to hate include Aurora, Tabitha and Finn. Admittedly, that last one reminds you of the end of a moody, black and white French film but that’s a good thing; people love it when moody, black and white French films are finally over.

The trend for different names may have been inspired by celebrities who tend to enjoy naming their children weird names.

Calling your offspring Moonbeam, Apple, Foremangrill or whatever is a great way for the celebs to ensure that, even with the money and privileged life, their children will still suffer like the rest of us.

If you are of the generation where you look at your grandchildren and think, “That’s an ugly name,” remember that two generations above you may have thought Ethel or Bert were odd sounding names too.

The good thing now is most people call you Gran or Grandad, so no one gets to hear your odd name as much.

Tune into Steve’s weekday show on Time 107.5 FM.

What about you? Do you like your name? Let us know on our poll

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