Mum regrets naming baby daughter Olivia – because of the way it’s pronounced

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A mum has revealed how she regrets calling her baby daughter Olivia – because of the unfortunate way her mother-in-law pronounces it.

The woman, who has three children, initially wanted to call her new bundle of joy Eleanor after a lot of toing and froing with her husband.

It was only a handful of names they both could agree on, but when their son came into the hospital to visit his new sister he was not a fan.

He announced: "Bleuh! That name's like vomit.

"We're going to call her Olivia."

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The mummy blogger told KidSpot: "After a few days in hospital, I was exhausted and hormonal, and I was also partly impressed they cared so much, Eleanor became Olivia."

But she then went on to add that having now changed her name once, they weren't likely to change it again, despite the fact that the child's own grandmother can't pronounce it.

She said: "But that's not why I'm still not a fan of the name.

"She's almost six years old, and the name suits her and she loves it, so that's all that matters.

"But we never considered one big thing before officially naming her.

"My mother-in-law cannot say it at all.

"We never considered that in her native language, the letter V does not exist.

"So what we get almost conjures images of a country in the Middle East, or a part of the vagina.

"It's not her fault, it's all ours.

"But had I known better at the time… little Ellie would probably be on her way home from school right now instead of Olivia."

The blogger didn't say whereabouts her mother-in-law is from but many Asian countries have no V in their languages, including Japanese, Korean, Lao, Tibetan as well as Cantonese and Mandarin.

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