The announcement of Kate and Wills expecting baby number 2 has got everyone speculating about the sex and particularly the name of the unborn child.

Parenting on Female First

Parenting on Female First

Although the Royals chose a regular but fit for a future king English name for their first son, other figures in the public eye tend to choose questionable names for their young.

So much so that British mums have voted North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West, with the most obscure name of the last 30 years.

Despite mothers believing that celebrities choose ‘out there’ names for their offspring, 15% of British mums have gone on to be inspired by weird and wonderful celebrity baby names when deciding what to call their own children. 

The ‘British Modern Motherhood’ Report released by Philips AVENT to mark its 30 years of being ‘Made in the UK’ also revealed that a third of UK mums even admitted to adopting a parenting style which was inspired by celebrity parents such as attachment parenting, after hearing about a celebrity doing it.

TV presenter Holly Willoughby, who is due to give birth to her third child this October, was cited as the most positive role model to other mums from the last 30 years, closely followed by Kate Middleton and Princess Diana.

The top ten most obscure baby names of the last thirty years as voted for by UK mums:

1. North West (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West) 2. Apple Martin (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin) 3. Princess Tiaami Andre (Katie Price and Peter Andre) 4. Bear Blaze Winslet (Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll) 5. Blue Ivy Carter (Beyonce and Jay-Z) 6. Tiger Lily Hutchence (Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates) 7. Brooklyn Beckham (David Beckham and Victoria Beckham) 8. Bluebell Madonna Halliwell (Geri Halliwell) 9. Harper Seven Beckham (David Beckham and Victoria Beckham) 10. Shiloh Jolie Pitt (Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt)

Famous parents also made an impact when asked about the most iconic parenting moments of the last 30 years, with the births of Prince George and Brooklyn Beckham, along with Angelina Jolie’s first adoption in 2002, all making the list.

The top ten most iconic parenting moments in time from the last 30 years chosen by UK mums:

1. The introduction of paternity leave 2. The introduction of flexible working hours 3. Advancements in IVF 4. The law allowing gay parents to adopt 5. The birth of Prince George 6. The launch of ChildLine 7. Founding of Mumsnet 8. Victoria Beckham naming her child Brooklyn 9. Angelina Jolie adopting her first child from Cambodia 10. Opportunity to have longer maternity leave

Parenting expert Liz Fraser commented on the findings: “A lot has changed since 1984, particularly the introduction of the internet and social media into most people's homes, and also better maternity and paternity leave. With so many celebrity parents receiving huge online press coverage, and talking on social media about their parenting, it's hardly surprising to see that mums claim to be influenced by celebrities in terms of their own parenting.

“From choosing a name to adopting certain parenting styles, it is clear that celebrities now have a fairly significant impact when it comes to other people raising their own children, and the need for them to be a positive role model has become ever more important. It's good to observe other parenting styles, but at the end of the day, every parent should sense what their own child needs, and raise them according to what works best for their own family.”

Amanda Quickenden from Philips AVENT added: “As Philips AVENT has been making products in the UK for 30 years this year, we wanted to see how much has really changed for mums across the last three decades. It’s clear from the report that celebrities have more of an influence on UK mothers than ever before.

“One in ten of the mums we surveyed felt celebrities have more of an impact now than they did 30 years ago. The influence is apparent from the way that things like the royal birth last year and even the Beckham’s choice of baby name have been ranked alongside the introduction of paternity leave and advancements in IVF as some of the most iconic parenting moments in Britain since 1984”. 

The British Modern Motherhood Report was commissioned by Philips AVENT to mark 30 years of being made in the UK this September. Philips AVENT has been developing and producing bottles and other baby care products in Suffolk since 1984.



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