So tonight I just decided I still love Amelia. But man... I'm seeing it EVERYWHERE. It's not in the top 10 even for my state.
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Do you regret or love the popular baby name (top 5 SSA list) you chose? - Page 2post #21 of 925/31/13 at 1:04amThread Starterpost #22 of 925/31/13 at 6:48amMy dd is Maia. That spelling is in the 600-700's on the SSA list. Otoh. Maya is in the 60's. we go to a home daycare run by an Israeli woman. Of the 8 kids in her care, there are 2 Maya's and my Maia. Another maya was there when we started. There is also another maya in dd's gymnastics class. So, it really depends a lot on the small circle you travel in. I'm Sarah and I didn't want her to have such a popular name, but oh well. I'll be curious to see how popular her name is when she starts school.post #23 of 925/31/13 at 6:57am
Amelia was also the #1 name in the UK for 2011. I suspect partly because one of the main characters in the then-current season of Dr Who is named Amelia (though she goes by Amy). I don't care. I still love the name and feel like it really suits my daughter (although to be fair, most people seem to think their kids' names suit them) .post #24 of 925/31/13 at 9:19ampost #25 of 925/31/13 at 9:44am
I should add that while in a baby sign class, there were 3 Chloes (mine and 2 others), but since then, I have only seen Chloe's of different ages, not the same as mine. I have never met another Hannah in her age group and we have met one baby with the name Liam, but that was at a doc appt, and none in our group. We no longer do baby classes, so we are not around a large group of other kids the same ages, but I don't think it is a super big problem. Growing up there were always 3 Sarah's and 2 Susanne's (and one Susanna) in our class. I don't know if it was irritating for the kids, but I have a unique name and it was ALWAYS mispronounced, which drove me CRAZY.post #26 of 925/31/13 at 9:52amSo... I've met a ton of little Amelias, Mias, Olivias. I named my dd Penelope, and then much to my horror found out that famous people are naming their kids that left and right, and also met a Penelope the same age as my daughter not long ago. I've never met a little Samantha.
Also, I tend to travel in very liberal/crunchy circles. I live in a very liberal town, full of hipster old lady baby names. Mayas, Sophias, Graces, Hazels, Violets, Oscars all over the place. When I lived in more diverse places the numbers of Katlins, Chloes, and Madelines was astounding. (I still meet a lot of them from the surrounding areas, funny enough) So I think a lot the commonness of names depends in where you live.
Edited by Banana731 - 5/31/13 at 5:44pmpost #27 of 925/31/13 at 12:48pmQuote:Originally Posted by devilish
Some people *cough* me *cough* chose the name of their children LONG before they've even conceived. (I had DD1's name picked out since I was 12. I was 30 when I had her.)
...If you're talking to me, Tilly, DD1's name is Talia.
From the 90s Batman animated series. I loved that character.
That's sweet. My mom told me that she picked my name the first time she heard the Beatles' song Michelle. She would have been 7 or 8 years old then.post #28 of 926/1/13 at 12:14amThread StarterQuote:
Yes I meant you! I totally love your inspiration. Talia is lovely. I'm seriously considering something like Adora or Ilora from He-Man. Both DH and I are watching with DD because the local station here added it to the nighttime lineup and we have fond memories of watching the show with our parents or on Saturday mornings. I just wish my DH would go for it. He laughs about how it'd be cool to do that, then won't commit. Arg.
Amelia is so lovely. I've always liked the name. I guess Dr. Who is huge in the UK? I really still thought it wasn't that popular! I love the show too so that's an added plus. Speaking of-- Clara is another character who I just ADORE and I love the name too. Not too high on the list and the main character in my favorite ballet-- Nutcracker Suite. DH vetoed. Hates it. I wanted to cry.
Devilish-- did you have trouble convincing your partner on this name choice?post #29 of 926/1/13 at 5:58am
The conversation went something like this:
"Ever since I was 12, if I had a daughter, I always wanted to call her Talia." *Crazy Intense EyES*
We never had a problem agreeing to girl names. It was always boys' names we had difficulty with. Good thing we're having a second girl.post #30 of 926/1/13 at 2:50pm
I think when it comes to names you will grow to love the person, and therefore the name no matter if it is the most common or the most unusual. It is not the name that makes a person, but a person that makes the name. As long as you love the name to begin with, all will be fine. And even if you don't love-love the name all will be fine since you will love the person wearing it.
Sometimes I think parents make life unnecessary difficult for their children giving them unique names, or even worse common names with unique spellings. I don't know if you remember the kid in class with the unique name that always had to spell it out? Or the kid with the name that no one could pronounce correctly? Yeah, there is that consideration too.
I have a fairly common first name, but an unusual (but really rather straightforward) surname. With my first name people do sometimes ask if I spell it with a "C" or a "K" which I find funny since I've never seen it spelled with "K" ever. My last name, however...thankfully, it is short, and have no hyphens or anything in it.
In the end, that you love the little person will be all that matters. Well, that and that the name you choose does not rhyme with anything obviously rude.post #31 of 926/1/13 at 4:45pm
My DD1's name was about 25 on the list when she was born. I've been disappointed that they seem to be EVERYWHERE! It's still not in the top 10. But I hear it all the time and hardly ever my other's who's about #14 and rising. She's had the same name in her class, and whenever we go to a store or public place, I seem to hear someone being called that. However, I do still like the name. And while I didn't want her to need the last initial after it, I do feel like it works for her. I'm hoping it's classic rather than trendy. It's really trendy rather than common that I wanted to avoid.post #32 of 926/5/13 at 4:20pmI think you should name your baby whatever you think is best, but my name is Jessica and I absolutely hate it. I don't hate the name specifically, in fact I may have really liked it, but because Its so popular I hate It...I have ALWAYS been 1 of at least 3 in any given group it drives me crazy. I was always Jessica C. And my classmates were jessica k. And jessica L. In sports, same thing. I even lied in middle school sports and registered under a different name! The whole season everyone knew me under this unique name and I loved it. Haha. I know! Crazy! In my neighborhood there were 4 jessicas and I was so honored to be called "Big jessica" for years! There was little jessica, baby jessica, and mom jessica. But I got "Big Jessica" since I was older than little jessica and no joke, everyone called me that! Even the mailman. I always wished that I had a name that was unique and one of a kind so people just associated it with me. So of course I named my dd a completely unique name that as far as I can tell, no one in the world has. And dh and I plan to do that with all our kids. I'm not saying what you should do I'm just giving you some food for thought. Do what feels right.post #33 of 926/9/13 at 9:29am
My girl is Eleanor, which is currently 135ish, and has been rising. This shouldn't be *that* common, but we know tons of little Eleanors. I think it is true that it is regional, and local, and difficult to predict. If you love a not yet highly ranked name there are probably a lot of other people who are a lot like you who feel the same way. We try to avoid the top 100, but really, I think any name you love is going to be lovely. Whoever said Clara, that is one of our top choices this time around, so given past history, I bet it is a name on the way up ;-)post #34 of 926/10/13 at 12:58amThread StarterI love Clara right now mostly due to Dr. Who but-- Ive loved that name since I was a kid. I am obsessed with The Nutcracker Suite!
Eleanor is also on the list! I love the name but DH thinks it sounds old and we sort of agree the name can be associated with a gothy-girl stereotype. Though I've never met any? I'm not sure why that name makes me think anything of the sort. I love the nn Elly and would use that for sure!post #35 of 926/10/13 at 5:40am
Eleanor does sound old, but I bet that feeling is changing, with more little girls being given the name. I really wanted a name I could see her in as an adult in addition to a cute little girl. We call her Nell, but at preschool they call her Eleanor. It will be interesting to see what nickname she goes with as she gets older. I like Elly too, and our friend with a little Eleanor plans to call her Nora. It' a good nickname name!post #36 of 926/10/13 at 11:37ampost #37 of 926/10/13 at 12:51pm
am so surprised to see how popular Isabella is in the anglo-saxon world ...
am 49, in France, there's no "a" at the end, it's an "e" (something my British in-laws don't seem to understand ...) and most of the Isabelle i know are aged between 45 and 60 => it was ever SO popular in the 60's over here (in grade school there were 7 Isabelle in a class of 35 children, i think that was grade 3 or 4 ...)
so nowadays very few french parents would name their baby Isabelle
now, i meet up with quite a number of Expats in parks for playgoups ... i think i already know 7 or 8 Isabella and none of them is older than 10 ....
for DD1 it didn't cross our mind to look at lists that ranked names by popularity, we made many long lists and took out time discussing which ones from the other's lists we liked very much,were maybes or vetoed, so it was truly "our" choice, we are happy about it, ... just rather surprised when realising within a year that all 3 names seclected were in the top ten for that year
as a result, DS has 4 names (each parent gets to choose one name from their own culture + one name from the other culture and then we only have to discuss which one of the 4 will be top of the list and used for every day ...) that are rather un-usual, am hoping that he won't be too upset about our choices as he grows up ..post #38 of 926/10/13 at 1:37pmpost #39 of 926/12/13 at 5:42pmMe and DH really liked Ella when I was pregnant with DD2, but I vetoed it because it was/is so popular. So I came up with Elanora, and we mostly call her Ella. I really like the name Elinor too, but I like names that end in "a" for girls...and I don't regret not calling her Elanora, because there are already 2 Ellies at her daycare centre, and I've come across a lot of other Ellas.
Personally, all the names I like need to be classical, but not too trendy. Some names that we are mulling over now are Emaleigh (but I'm worried its too close to Elanora), Cora-Rose (but I don't like hyphenated names, but love the way it sounds), and Clara (but seems short compared to our other DDs names which are 3 or 4 syllables long, and have shortened nicknames.
And we don't even know if we're having a boy or a girl!!!post #40 of 926/12/13 at 11:46pmThread Starter
Haha. Well, I thought so too and did some google searching about it. Apparently a lot of women who are huge fans, hated the "Bella" character so that's not the reason? I loved her character but I also love Hermione, and Harry Potter is a much larger success when it comes down to it.
I read a blog post saying the name SHOT UP in popularity suddenly for no other reason then classic "grandma" names being chic. I also read something saying that Nicole Kidman (who many women admire) named her adopted daughter Isabella and that's how it all started? Such an interesting subject, isn't?
I've still not met more then one or two Isabella's but I'm sure will soon enough. Oh well. I still adore the name!
I love Eleanora oh! My DH will never go for it. He's all about classic/traditional. We are loving Lillian right now but since I go by Tilly (loooooong story there!) we are worried Lilly and Tilly and Izzy might be a little much...
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