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post #41 of 128
Name trends change (faster for girls than boys, but still.) You can pick out a name that you think is extremely uncommon, but then when you get to the playground there are a dozen of them.

This happens for a variety of reasons. The simplest is that the same thing that put the name into your head put it into other peoples. Whether it is a TV or movie charater, a sudden upsurge in national identity, or something else many people may be having the same phenominon influencing their thinking.

People often think that a name is uncommon even if it is very common, b/c they are basing their belief on their own experience. So a name that was uncommonly given 10, 20 or 30 years ago will seem uncommon to most adults who hang out with other adults and aren't checking nursery schools and maternity wards.

This site http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/ is very helpful for tracking name trends. If you look here you can see that Eli has been steadily gaining in popularity for the last few years. Though it wasn't exactly rare in 2000, it wasn't common either, by th 2008 statistics though it is getting pretty common. Should the trend continue over the next few years, it may become quite popular. Worst of all if everyone you DS knows with the same name is younger than him, it may strike him as a babyish name.
post #42 of 128
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i like Leo.
I have a Leo. It's becoming more common too but he's still the only Leo we know IRL.

We also liked Rocco. DS2 was almost Arlo.
post #43 of 128
Our boys are Sage Roderick and Hobie Flynn. We didn't get them out of a baby book either. My dh actually named all of our kids. We thought that Sage was an unusual name and now we're coming across it all over the place and most of them are girls, lol. Hobie is a brand of sailboat and they also make like surfboards and stuff. (Hobie Cat). I totally love Jasper, we know someone who named their little boy Jasper Wyatt (her dh wanted to name him Cactus Jack, which I thought was cute, but they went with Jasper). And I've always loved Malachi, but dh vetoed it for both babes.
post #44 of 128
We decided to name DS 'Kieran Elliott.'

Kieran came from an (English) Football player that partner was a fan of and Elliott is the name of my favorite singer/songwriter, the late Elliott Smith.
post #45 of 128
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Um...how is it pronounced then? I'd probably say "SEE-mus" too, not to be obnoxious though
It is pronounced SHAY-mus

My 3 boys are named Xavier, Colin and Khéna

Xavier was not used much until the year he was born and now there are tons of Xavier's here...

Colin is a great name... not too commonly used but it is a well known name...

Khéna is pretty unique... I have never met another.... DH found it in one of his old Comic Books and put it on the list... After ds was born I looked at the list and it was the name that suited him the best...

Their middle names btw are Blake, Keith and Mael
post #46 of 128
have you checked out the book (or website) Baby Name Wizard? If you identify names you like it has a list of names of a similar flavor. It suggests sibling names for names you've already chosen. It also tracks popularity. I've got the book, but I've visited the website, and both are helpful.
post #47 of 128
Kieran isn't uncommon at all over here in the UK. We know only one Cian (Key-an) which I think is related to Ciaran. We know a Moss too.

Seamus is pronounced Shay-mus.

My ds1's second name is Leo and his first name is the name of a seed used as a bead in Mexican folk jewellery. When he was in my belly I called him that and it just stuck.

Ds2 is Jesse and he is the only one we know here. I'm sure it is more common in the US!

Dh and I like Lloyd and Vincent
post #48 of 128
Our son's name is Cannon.
post #49 of 128
I can't believe so many people here like Jasper. It is our son's name and we never, ever meet other Jaspers. We got engaged at Jasper National Park in Canada and from that moment forward, if we ever had a child and that child was a boy, he was going to be Jasper. I hope it doesn't get too popular. I kinda like being the only one. And it fits him so very, very well.

Our other sons are named after their grandfathers.

For us, the most important criteria in choosing a name is that it have meaning. Hence, naming our child after the place where the idea of our family started. Or, naming them after family. I know lots of people just pick names that sound pretty but for us, the names really needed to have a story behind them and tie to our lives somehow.

All three of our boys have my maiden name as their middle name plus another name reflecting my husband's ethnic background. So, three names in all.

Good luck!
post #50 of 128
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DS's name is Silas Mackenzie Lastname. No particularly magical story; DH picked Silas and I agreed. Mackenzie is DH's middle name and I've always loved it.

If we're ever blessed with another boy, his name will be Elias Jasper (sharing the Jasper love : )
I LOOOOVE Silas...I would name my son that in an instant, if DH would go with it!
post #51 of 128
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Our son's name is Cannon.
Ohhhhh, I love that!
post #52 of 128
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have you checked out the book (or website) Baby Name Wizard? If you identify names you like it has a list of names of a similar flavor. It suggests sibling names for names you've already chosen. It also tracks popularity. I've got the book, but I've visited the website, and both are helpful.
THANK YOU! that's cool...that's the other thing to consider...we're not naming an "only" this time..the name has to go well with Avery!
post #53 of 128
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I can't believe so many people here like Jasper. It is our son's name and we never, ever meet other Jaspers. We got engaged at Jasper National Park in Canada and from that moment forward, if we ever had a child and that child was a boy, he was going to be Jasper. I hope it doesn't get too popular. I kinda like being the only one. And it fits him so very, very well.
We have a very good friend named Jasper, that was the first time I'd heard it irl. I really hope the whole Twilight thing doesn't make a hugely popular name.
post #54 of 128
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My boys names are Simon James, Phineas Archer, and Griffin Clive. We often shorten Phineas to Finn or Finney. I love Archer, and I almost wish we had used if for a first name.

See....you have chosen such STRONG names...they sound like a real bunch of MEN, you know? But at the same time...men with character...their names aren't JUST strong, they are also unique and interesting sounding...THIS is what we want. Good job mama!! I LOVE Archer!
post #55 of 128
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We named our son Grey. Not Gre(a)yson. Just Grey. Well, I should clarify a little bit, his whole name is actually Charles Dylan Grey Lastname, but he has only been called Grey. Charles was for dh, his dad, and his gpa. Dylan we just liked.
He's been called Greg, Ray, and some other ones I can't remember off the top of my head when we introduce him. So, we've take to saying "Grey, like the color." lol

Nicole
I love this...I really love Grey, Greyson is nice too...but Grey is a lovely name! (and color!)
post #56 of 128

Uriyah

i LOVE Uriyah (Uri for short) but it was too much for my hubby. We have a Beau and a Sawyer (he was nearly Vance) instead.
post #57 of 128
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We have a very good friend named Jasper, that was the first time I'd heard it irl. I really hope the whole Twilight thing doesn't make a hugely popular name.
I am afraid to ask...what Twilight thing? I have never read the book or seen the movie. Is there a character named Jasper? Please tell me no!
post #58 of 128
LOL, my child with the least popular name according to SS statistics is my son Avery- a classic British name that is becoming more popular these days as a girls' name

I'll also agree with the statistics that Eli is becoming a rather popular names for little boys in my neck of the woods.
post #59 of 128
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I am afraid to ask...what Twilight thing? I have never read the book or seen the movie. Is there a character named Jasper? Please tell me no!
Yep.
post #60 of 128
I love Jasper and Malachi.

DS is named Tobias, which isn't too popular but I know there are other Toby's on MDC If I had known he was going to be my only, I wouldn't have named him that though. I really liked Asher but DH didn't

Toby's middle name is after the former president of our church who passed away the night Toby was born. We thought it was fitting for him - Hinckley. But if the poor kid doesn't like his first name, he doesn't have a normal middle name to fall back on like I did. Whoops!
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