‘I accidentally named my twins after TV characters and people hate me for it’

By Staff

A mum is regretting her choice of baby names for her twins after discovering she’s accidentally named them after TV characters – and now she wants to change them

Picking out one baby name is hard enough, let alone more than one.

When it comes to naming twins, it’s common among parents to think of names that sound good together. Some monikers will rhyme, some will start with the same letter, and some will just fit the same theme. Other parents, however, will choose to keep their twins’ identities completely separate by giving them names that aren’t supposed to match.

And one mum who thought she was giving her twins individual names has accidentally linked them together – by naming them after popular TV characters.

The parent wrote on NetMums back in 2020 that she chose to name her twins Charlie and Lola, but is considering changing them over the fear of her kids being mocked growing up for their link to the children’s TV show of the same name. She also said she felt as though she “rushed” the original decision as she had been taking Tramadol after giving birth.

The woman explained: “I needed some advice, I have twins whom I named Charlie (boy) and Lola. Don’t get me wrong I love both the names but I feel like I made the wrong decision and I always get awkward reactions when people ask. I had doubts originally when I first had them as I had been on Tramadol for days and felt like I may have rushed the decision.”

She continued: “I am due to go and register them soon and am feeling under pressure to make a decision by then. If I do change a name it will be from Lola to Lila, so only one letter different and not too confusing for anyone, including the baby.”

In the comments, the mum added that she was afraid people would mock her and her children for their names.

“I am worried about them being laughed at because of the programme ‘Charlie and Lola’,” she said, “My partner thinks I’m being ridiculous but I’m the one who spends more time with other parents and children and I always dread people’s reaction when they ask their names.”

Fellow users were quick to reassure the parent that she could call her children whatever she likes and shouldn’t worry about what others think. One person wrote: “I personally think Lola is much nicer than Lila … and more unique too, I seem to see a lot of Layla and Lila but haven’t seen a Lola, I think it’s lovely.

“Of course, it’s your decision and as babies haven’t even been registered yet I don’t think it’s too late at all, your little girl won’t realise that was even her name yet and everybody else will get used to it.”

Someone else said: “I’ll be honest and say it shouldn’t really matter why you named your children what you did, whether it’s linked to a TV programme, book or song title or it just jumped out at you as a name you loved, that’s totally your business.” A third replied: “They’re all great names, maybe refer to them as Lola and Charlie? But it’s definitely not too late to change your daughters if you prefer Lila. Congratulations!”

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