Mum left “gutted” after discovering daughter has the same name as TV character

A desperate mum has asked for advice from other parents after admitting she wants to change her daughter’s name.

The mother said she was “gutted” to learn that her daughter shares the same name as Maeve Sexton, a character on the hit TV show Sex Education

Explaining what happened, she says she didn’t realise they shared the same name until she was asked after the birth.

She said she also wouldn’t have chosen that name if she knew how popular it would be, and didn’t want the “associations” to affect her daughter.

The anonymous woman on Mumsnet told how she was considering changing the baby name since the tot is only seven months old currently.

“I named my baby after my godmother who is also my aunt. I really struggled to choose a name I liked and in the end, decided to honour her,” she wrote

“I do like the name but it was a compromise choice really as I couldn’t use my favourite name for other reasons and DH and I couldn’t agree. I’m not from the U.K. and it’s a name from my country.

“I’ve since discovered it’s having a total moment here and know of lots of other babies called this, apparently because of a TV series where one of the characters has this name.

“I’m gutted because people keep asking me if I’ve named her after this character and/or telling me how popular it is. I really don’t want these associations for my baby.

“She is 7 months old. Should I change it?”

She added: “It’s Maeve. I think if I’d loved it from the start I wouldn’t care about the popularity but it was always a compromise so I still feel very uncertain about it.

“I wanted a connection to my heritage but lots of the people I know who have used it don’t even realise it’s Irish.

“It seems to be one of those names that have come from nowhere.

“I have a four-year-old so know a lot of young children and never came across any, but since she’s been born there suddenly seem to be loads.

“I would never call a child after a tv character in a million years and I’d hate people to assume that about her when she’s older. I don’t have a frontrunner alternative.”

Other parents told the mum to relax and reassured her it wasn’t a big deal.

“It would be a bit weird to change her name now – she probably knows it. I’d only do it for a very very good reason (perhaps like all those little girls called Isis a decade ago), not because of a TV show that will soon be forgotten,” wrote one.

Another agreed, adding: “Don’t worry about it. Really. If it’s popular, it’s because a lot of people like it. It’s her name and you chose it for reasons personal to you. Just go with it.”

A third commented: “Don’t change it just because of a TV series. Current popularity is annoying but IMO the fact that it’s also a family name and one that you like the sound of is more important.”