Even a popular name now is not as common as a popular name when we were young. The top names in the US for 2012 were Jacob and Sophia. Each was given to only about 1% of babies of that sex. So that means if you named your daughter Sophia, there might be another one in her kindergarten class, but maybe not. There might be another one in her grade somewhere in the school and maybe another four in the entire grade school. Not like back in the day when there would be three Sarahs and two Jennys in every single room. My daughter is Amelia, which was in the 30s in popularity and was given to three out of every thousand baby girls. By contrast, back in 1900 or so, you needed about six names (I forget if it was six for each sex, or six total) to account for a full half of the population. Now it's up in the hundreds. No wonder there are so many nicknames for names like Mary, Anne, and Elizabeth, because back then everyone was named one of those names!
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Do you regret or love the popular baby name (top 5 SSA list) you chose? - Page 4post #61 of 929/15/13 at 6:03ampost #62 of 929/16/13 at 7:23ampost #63 of 929/16/13 at 1:21pm
We named our son Ethan in 2008. That year it was the most popular name for boys. My other two (girls) are Molly and Clara. Molly is getting more common, but was pretty much unheard of when she was born (1993). Clara is getting more popular, too. She was born in 2009. It is a family name, though.
So. Ethan. Its super popular. I am usually not a popular name kinda gal. But, after 7 days, we still didn't have a name picked out for our little guy. We literally just started reading through baby name books. When we hit on Ethan,and said it aloud, it was just obviously his name. Its perfect for him. He is just...an Ethan. So, I don't know. Sometimes I wish we'd gone with Miles (a name we both loved, but our last name starts with "M" so it had sort of a sing-songy feel to it). But, all in all, I"m OK with it.post #64 of 929/16/13 at 1:56pm
We tried pretty hard to veer away from popular names but it didn't make any name a no-no. DH came up with ODS's name and I picked YDS's name because I've always loved it. We are going to TTC again next year and DH is pushing really hard for Leonidas if it's a boy. Yes, because of "300". I'm torn, but want to name a girl Coraline after the Neil Gaiman character, so I'm not vetoing his choice yet.post #65 of 929/16/13 at 2:52pmQuote:Originally Posted by barefootmama0709
We tried pretty hard to veer away from popular names but it didn't make any name a no-no. DH came up with ODS's name and I picked YDS's name because I've always loved it. We are going to TTC again next year and DH is pushing really hard for Leonidas if it's a boy. Yes, because of "300". I'm torn, but want to name a girl Coraline after the Neil Gaiman character, so I'm not vetoing his choice yet.
I adore the name Coraline for the same reason and had DS been a girl it probably would have been either the first or middle name (I wanted to pronounce it Cor-a-leen rather than Cor-a-line, though).
My name is Ashley and I was born in 1985 when it was the number 1 girls name. I kind of hated it because there were 3 other Ashley's in my elementary school class and when I was in middle school I had a class with 5 Ashleys (no joke). But it's my name and I'm used to it and don't really have any lasting emotional damage or lingering resentment toward my parents' for it.
I say go with whatever name works for your family. You have my blessing as a person with an exceedingly common name. Both DS's and DD's names weren't my favorites (I wasn't scrawling them on notebooks when I was in elementary school or anything) but for both of them, the name just was their name-if that makes any sense and I've ended up loving both their names. Also, I adore the name Bella, I don't care that it's common or that it has the Twilight connotation, I think it's darling :)post #66 of 929/16/13 at 4:43pmQuote:
So I picked names for my 4 children when I was 7, and they didn't end up with those names. When I was 11, I picked a different name for a future daughter. My husband likes almost no names, and I didn't like the couple that he liked, so he picked one that was similar, and it turned out it was the name I chose for a daughter when I was 11--which was in the 70's, btw!
Yep, my daughter was born in the 90's and I picked her name out 22 years before she was born.post #67 of 929/16/13 at 5:09pmQuote:
My daughter's name is a popular dog name, although we also had a cat with the name when I was growing up, which is in part why I decided why I liked it.
Bella is a very popular name for dogs in my neighborhood. Sometimes I think people pick names for their dogs that they like and might want to give to a child. Our gerbils had human names like Paul and Sadie, and then we had one we called Bitey because he would bite you when you picked him up. But the gerbils didn't get outside, so no one really had to know what names they were. But for my dog, I decided to give her a name that most people wouldn't name a child. She is named Dandelion. We did consider Daisy, but I know that has grown in popularity for children, so we picked Dandelion and call her Dandy.
My name is actually now more popular for dogs than people. My daughter said the other day that there are no children with my name, just kids' moms. My named peaked in popularity in the mid-70s, about 9 or 10 years after I was born.post #68 of 929/16/13 at 8:07pm
My name is Lauren. when i was in school there were like 5 other laurens around me all the time so when i had my first i wanted a unique name. DH and me couldnt decide until i read a certain comic book run we both decided on Harvey. It means Battle Ready. So ofcourse we had to pair it with something equally awesome. He's Harvey Tomahawk. Then we wanted to keep running with the weapon names and were planning out names well before actually planning on another child. we wanted Lolita Machete for a girl. It just sounded so cute. Ended up getting a black lab/pit mix and naming her Machete instead. Then years later we had our DD and named her Ocean Tigerlily. Thought both were pretty unique names and they wouldnt run into others with the same these days. I have been meeting many other Harveys lately and DD is only 8 months old and already have met 3 other girls named Ocean. Its funny what goes around. AND i found out there is another Ocean Tigerlily! what are the odds!post #69 of 929/18/13 at 5:51pmQuote:
Seriously! What are the odds!?!Those are great names. I picked out a couple of names for my kids when I was a teenager, and then Paris Hilton got popular, and I had to trash that choice.post #70 of 929/19/13 at 10:28am
I have to agree with Philothea....I too grew up with the most popular name ever(Jessica), every where I went there were others and I ended up being given a nickname also which I hated. When asked why my parents named me Jessica they told me they thought it was pretty. If I were named after someone in my family or a song perhaps I might have liked my name more but no, they were 9 other Jessicas in the nursery when I was born and they thought it was "pretty". To this the day I still dont like my name and dont feel like a Jessica and am even considering changing my name. I told myself long ago that when I had kids they would have names like no other name out there and that their names would have a special meaning dear to my heart. Just my 2 cents!post #71 of 929/19/13 at 12:10pmpost #72 of 929/19/13 at 12:52pmHey, you know - there is relaxation and peace in a familiar name. I have a very unusual name, and I do not consider it a gift, nor a common name a drag. A rare name must be spelled out and pronounced at every introduction, and often the story too. A familiar name causes not even a ripple, which most of the time is perfect - never misspelled, never cause for pause. Your child will belong to her time, which is beautiful. If she is meant to be distinguished in a crowd, let her personality create that reality! Best of luck to you in your delivery and name list-making.post #73 of 929/19/13 at 1:57pm
Isabella and Samantha are both beautiful names in themselves, but the popularity would be a huge deterrent for me. Both my children have uncommon names - my daughter's name isn't even on the SSA radar at all and my son's is in the 200s. My name is Ashley and I absolutely HATED being among so many other Ashleys in school - I always longed for a name that was meaningful and unusual.post #74 of 929/19/13 at 4:22pmQuote:Originally Posted by Irielyn
To this the day I still dont like my name and dont feel like a Jessica and am even considering changing my name. I told myself long ago that when I had kids they would have names like no other name out there and that their names would have a special meaning dear to my heart. Just my 2 cents!
I don't really feel like a Jessica either, but I have no idea what I'd change it to. Jess is ok, and seems to be what people naturally end up calling me, even though I don't introduce myself that way.post #75 of 929/19/13 at 4:31pmQuote:Originally Posted by LittleCapucine
Hey, you know - there is relaxation and peace in a familiar name. I have a very unusual name, and I do not consider it a gift, nor a common name a drag. A rare name must be spelled out and pronounced at every introduction, and often the story too. A familiar name causes not even a ripple, which most of the time is perfect - never misspelled, never cause for pause. Your child will belong to her time, which is beautiful. If she is meant to be distinguished in a crowd, let her personality create that reality! Best of luck to you in your delivery and name list-making.
This is a good point. When I was little, my name was extremely uncommon. Strangers would ask me my name (like grocery market checker, etc., when with my mom), and then would not understand, or would misunderstand for a similar name, and I had to constantly repeat or correct them (which I hated; I was shy). Then my name hit the charts in the 80s and it was no longer a problem! I still don't like it, though, mainly because it is very difficult to pronounce in other languages.post #76 of 929/19/13 at 7:42pm
That is exactly why I am in favor of names that are at least somewhat common. I've spent all my life with a last name I always have to repronounce and spell (maiden and married are both difficult). My kids will already have one name that everyone has trouble with; I don't want to inflict them with two. If I'd married my college boyfriend whose last name was Baker, I might feel differently.post #77 of 929/19/13 at 10:08pmpost #78 of 929/20/13 at 9:19amQuote:Originally Posted by redheather
Yeah, I wonder if being one of many Heather's, especially in the 70s and 80s, is why I chose a very unique name for my DD! At least I wasn't among the multitudes of Lisa's and Jennifer's, but still, when I'm 80 it'll be like the Mildred's of today-- an old lady name haha!
There were 4 Lisa Marie-s in my 6th grade class (girls born late '68-'1969). Heather, Jennifer, Melissa.... Julie..... you never hear Julie anymore. I hardly ever met a "Sarah" growing up (though not unheard of-- and the ones I met were spelled "Sara"). Until I moved to Seattle, with it's considerable Jewish population. I met a dozen of "Sarah"s through the family I rented a room from, plus many more friends afterwards that weren't Jewish. Very odd regionalism....What I see are dozens of variations on the same names. I wonder if you combined all possible spellings for one name pronunciation, how the popularity chart would look? And not that it makes a difference in classes, but I see a big divide between parents my age that got a late start, and younger parents with kids the same age. The 40+ moms seem to be giving more classical names (and classically spelled names) and the younger ones I meet *tend* towards creative spellings and non-traditional names (that sound beautiful, but are spelled atrociously IMO!)OP, lovely name, and I hope she likes it. *That* you can never predict! They might like it (or hate it) because no one has it, or because it's popular. There is no predicting it, is there?I never minded or loved my name. My girls enjoy their names, chosen partly for their meaning, and enjoy meeting other girls with the same name. "Georgia" is more popular here for girls than "Sylvia", and most Sylvia-s I meet are older women-- the name was very popular for women of a certain age. I only wish I'd given G a different middle name. I still like what I chose, but ache for the name that I passed by, partly due to other key people not liking it. G knows this name, and if she likes it that much, she can take it when she's older. Both girls like hearing what they might have been named. [My heart still leaps when I meet other "Gretchen"s (my beloved kindy teacher was Gretchen Leaf)]I don't know that Mildred will be that far behind. I am already hearing Estelle, Edith, Ethel, Myrtle....post #79 of 929/20/13 at 11:26ampost #80 of 929/20/13 at 1:49pm
My son's name is Nicholas. It was #13 nationwide and #5 in our state the year he was born. We went ahead with it because he has an unusual last name, and because we liked the name so much. He has never had more than 1 other Nicholas in any class or group he's been in, and currently he's the only Nicholas in the 3 classes of his grade. So that's not so bad. He loves his name, and we feel it suits him very well.
My partner and I were working from our experience having very common 1970s names--Rebecca and Daniel. I managed twice to have roommates named Rebecca, so that was confusing, but I'm Becca while one of them was Becky and the other was always called Rebecca, so that helped. Our university had an unusually high concentration of Dans (also Kevins) but it wasn't ever a big problem.
I feel that the popularity/ordinariness of the last name is an important consideration. With a last name like Smith or Campbell or Taylor or Chen or Lopez, I would go with a more unusual first name to reduce the likelihood of meeting someone with the same first AND last name. (You might laugh at the ethnic examples, but seriously, there were two Kevin J. Chens in my university at the same time, and they had a registration mixup such that the Kevin who was my friend was scheduled for a double courseload!)
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