UK-based article about grandparents not liking grandkids' names

My "favorite" is the grandma complaining about her grandson named... George. Yeah.

Also, parents who are encountering this need to show the grandparents Laura's articles about brand-new names.


September 13, 2017 1:14 PM

Oooh boy. How does she approve of Tilly but not Elsie? She must be lovely to have as a mother/mother-in-law/grandmother.

Sorry, lucubratrix, she doesn't care for Wilfred either!

But her greatest disgust is reserved for the name of her poor five-year-old grandson: Wilfred.

“‘Wilfred’ [sounds like] a glove puppet or someone with a flat cap and a whippet. It’s a horrible name,” she shudders.

Does her son, 45, know she feels this way about his little boy’s name? “I made it very clear I didn’t like it when [Wilfred’s mother] Abigail was expecting. Her mother said, ‘if it’s a boy they’re going to call it Wilfred,’ and I roared ‘Oh no, that’s awful!’” I can’t call him Wilfred so I just call him ‘dear’.”


My mom loved my daughter's name from the beginning, but the first time I told my dad, his exact response was, "No, that one's gotta go." And yet now he adores her name -- it just wasn't what he was expecting to hear.

September 13, 2017 2:25 PM

My son and daughter-in-law circulated a list of names to both grandmas. Some of the names were obvious jokes (my son's sense of humor), and others were serious options. All four of us chose Elliott right off the bat, well, after a brief discussion of spelling possibilities. All five of us, including Elliott, remain pleased with the choice. 

BTW I too thought about lucubratrix when the article threw shade on Wilfred.


September 14, 2017 5:27 AM

That Su has a way with words:

Wilfred’ [sounds like] a glove puppet or someone with a flat cap and a whippet.

While I personally really like Wilfred, I know exactly what she means!

It does make me wonder what kind of monstrosities my own grandkids will be named some 30 odd years from now. I'm betting that names like Kaylee will be seeming really fresh around then.

September 17, 2017 1:52 AM

Ha, that's some high level snark right there! My youngest child manages to use two of her most disliked names, so clearly we have different tastes, but I'm pleased she's managed to hide her feelings from her grandson Wilfred, er, dear... and she does indeed have quite a way with words.

By EVie
September 17, 2017 10:54 AM

Yes, though I can't speak for you specifically, I imagine that "flat cap and whippet" is exactly what many people who choose the name Wilfred are going for... it's totally the English incarnation of "porch sitter." Makes me think of the father from Downton Abbey.