Friday 12 August 2011

MUMMY’S BOYS & DADDY’S GIRLS - What's in a name ?!

This piece of research from Bounty made me smile when it landed in my inbox last week. What do you think ? Do you think somebody's name can have any bearing on their personality ?


Celebrity mums Sara Cox and Coleen Nolan are in good company as new research reveals that little lads bearing the name Isaac or Jake are most likely to be ‘Mummy’s boys’.

In a new study, which reveals a top list of children names most likely to favour mum’s attention over dads, other boys likely to have mum wrapped her round their little finger are Alexander, Max, Finlay and Oliver. Children bearing these monikers are more likely to run to mum when they hurt themselves, confide in her when they are upset, and typically run to her for the final say.

Lisa Penney, spokesmum for, which polled­ 3,000 mums of children aged three to 16, said: “Boys can love their dads dearly, but it is natural to run to mum as they can be the ones who are a bit softer on their sons. The relationship with dad can be just as strong and special, but more playful rather than one of safety and comfort.”

Little boys called Charlie, Ethan and Lucas are also more likely to be mollycoddled by mum, and awarded lots of attention. The report shows ‘mummy’s boys’ share more kisses and cuddles with mum and are more likely to turn on the tears with her knowing they’ll get a quick response.

And boys in the North East were found to be the most likely in the country to favour their mother, with over half of parents surveyed there agreeing that their son was a mummy’s boy.

But dads like Johnny Depp and Steven Gerrard needn’t worry, as the study also identifies the most common monikers of ‘Daddy’s girls’. Daughters named Lily, Hannah and Chloe are most likely to hang off dad’s every word.

While lasses called Ava, Caitlin, Abbie and Amelie know they will be treated like a princess by daddy. Holly, Ella and Charlotte also have a tendency to idolise dad, considering him more of a pushover than mum.

Lisa Penney continues: “It is well known that dads can feel protective of their little girls. Dads can feel more comfortable about letting their little boys pick themselves up if they hurt themselves, and often allow them to experience the big wide world a bit earlier than their little girls.

Interestingly, the survey results show that eight in 10 mums and seven in 10 dads don’t believe their children are any closer to either parent. And only 17% of parents admit to feeling closer to one of their children than another. But just over a third say their children will automatically go running to the other parent if they get a telling off.


1. Isaac
2. Jake
3. Alexander
4. Max
5. Finlay
6. Luke
7. Oliver
8. Charlie
9. Ethan
10. Lucas


1. Lily
2. Hannah
3. Chloe
4. Ava
5. Caitlin
6. Abbie
7. Amelie
8. Holly
9. Ella
10. Charlotte

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