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post #81 of 92

My DS1 is named Kieran. I had never met a male named Kieran, but I grew up with an East-Indian female Kiran in my school. Kieran is an Irish male name meaning "little dark one"; the Indian Kiran means "child of light. I chose it because I felt it had a balance between light/dark, masculine/feminine...

 

   2006 - the year DS1 was born, there were 6 Kierans born in the whole province of British Columbia. Three or four of them ended up being on the little island where I live. One of them ended up being in DS's class in kindergarten and grade one in a school of 35 kids - that was weird!  You can never tell... you can never tell. The best you can do is choose a name that feels good to you. You want take pleasure in saying it. :)

post #82 of 92
Growing up I didn't know my name was popular, or I suppose more accurately, was becoming popular. There was no one else in my grade with it, and maybe just one or two others that I remember hearing about in other grades near me. Then I went to college. There were quite a few of us. Both my first and second years there I had other people living on my floor with the same name, and senior year in a club of eight, three of us all had the same first name. But it was kind of fun. It didn't bother me. Regionally my college was not far at all from where I grew up, but socioeconomically I suppose it was very different. I can't think of any other common factor that might play into naming (if you read any of the freakonomics books, they talk about this theory). Anyway, now that I'm older and working I'm back to not knowing many people with my name. Popularity clearly increased in the 5-10 years after I was born, so my name is common enough that people can pronounce and spell it, but rare enough among the people in my circle that I still feel a little special about it. Out of an office of 100, I'm the only one with my name.
post #83 of 92

Regional popularity is so much more important- but is also very hard to find out, compared to national popularity. You could choose the most popular name and your kid never be in a class with another, or you could choose a fairly uncommon name and your kid knows someone else with it. With as often as people move nowadays, there's really no way of knowing for sure. It really is best to go with a name you like.

 

One of the difficulties for us is that my partner's British and I'm American, so we have different ideas of what names are popular/etc as well as different connotations. My partner's and my name are very uncommon in the UK, but INCREDIBLY common among our generation in the US. My partner chose a name expecting it to be rather uncommon, then got here and ran into so many other people with it! :rotflmao

 

We had a name picked out before we got pregnant. Then in the second trimester my partner decided that it wasn't the right name. shrug.gif 

post #84 of 92
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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!

 

I was an 80s kid too-one of many Sarahs! There were 5 or 6 in my graduating HS class. My last name is very common too.

post #85 of 92
I have an Autumn, Sylas, and Calliope. I've only met Autumn's in their 20's and 30's though it always seems to be on people's long list of baby names. Sylas was relatively unheard of when I named him, but thanks to a certain redneck uncle on TV, I've seen it being used more and more. Haven't met another Calliope lol. I've yet to actually in person meet anyone with any of my kids names in their age group, kind of hope it stays that way, but even if they were 1 of 10 in the same class, I'd have no regrets, I love my kids names.
post #86 of 92
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Regional popularity is so much more important- but is also very hard to find out, compared to national popularity. You could choose the most popular name and your kid never be in a class with another, or you could choose a fairly uncommon name and your kid knows someone else with it. With as often as people move nowadays, there's really no way of knowing for sure. It really is best to go with a name you like.

 

One of the difficulties for us is that my partner's British and I'm American, so we have different ideas of what names are popular/etc as well as different connotations. My partner's and my name are very uncommon in the UK, but INCREDIBLY common among our generation in the US. My partner chose a name expecting it to be rather uncommon, then got here and ran into so many other people with it! :rotflmao

 

We had a name picked out before we got pregnant. Then in the second trimester my partner decided that it wasn't the right name. shrug.gif 

 

This is very funny.  Where we live, in Maine, we know seriously about 7 girls called Isla.  Then there are a bunch more called Ayla, which sounds nearly identical.  I thought it was so funny when I thought back to the 1990s when there were lots of Kylas and Kaylas.  Anyway, I think "Isla" and "Ayla" must be uncommon overall, but here it is the opposite.  I do think Isla and Ayla are beautiful, but here they are like Jennifer and Jessica for some mysterious reason.

 

Also, we live in the US and gave our daughter a name that is apparently pretty common (in both senses) in England, or so English people tell me.  In the US it is supposed to be very common in South Dakota and Wyoming!  What could that mean?  Cowgirls?  I actually had a hard time with her name until quite recently...my partner chose it, and it took me a looooong time to warm up to (for some reason, although I've always loved names, I didn't put any effort into selecting a name for my only child.  Bizarre.  Big regret).  I am just starting to come around to her name, and she's three.  Let this be a warning to you if you have a partner who insists on his idea of the perfect name. 

 

Whatever, though...I like her name now.  It's her, you know?

post #87 of 92

Ds2's name is Rowan, which I had reservations about because it was at the time a sorta trendy hippy girl name. I knew quite a few toddlers to preschoolers online who were named Rowan.

 

We have only ever met one other Rowan, she was a girl, and Rowan was to young to care. So it turned out to not be a concern.

 

That being said, I am totally a name nerd. If this baby is a boy, we will be naming him Isaiah and I'm not even looking at the rankings, I don't care, I love the name and I have only ever known one or two Isaiah's in my entire life. I like old fashioned boys names so I think it will be fine...

 

 

now i'm curious and i sorta want to look. DANG IT! lol

post #88 of 92

Selissa, I don't think you have to worry about Isaiah for now! LOL!

 

I forgot to add that we named DS1 a top 5 SSA name, and while we have met several other little ones with the same name, none has ever been in his class. I think it is so true that it varies by region and even by neighborhood! We don't regret his name at all -- it was the only one we could agree on at the time! DH is from Latin America so all the names he thinks sound good I don't, and vice versa!

post #89 of 92

My daughter is Lauren, and I have no regrets. It's a common name, but it's a sweet, pretty name.  I wanted to play around with spellings, and maybe spell it Laurynne, but then I decided that she'd like it better if it were spelled the conventional way, so that people didn't CONSTANTLY misspell her name.

My son, Trevor, isn't a super-popular name.

 

My third?

Thor.  :haha:   DH got to name him.

post #90 of 92

Although I'm not a fan of 'trendy' names, I have to say, I really do love the name Bella, and I also love the name Sophie.  I'm not ruling them out with this one.  My fave. so far is Lucy for a girl.

post #91 of 92
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Although I'm not a fan of 'trendy' names, I have to say, I really do love the name Bella, and I also love the name Sophie.  I'm not ruling them out with this one.  My fave. so far is Lucy for a girl.

I think there's also a difference in terms of "trendy" between names like Bella or Sophie, versus, say, Ryleigh or Madison. The former are names that have been around for a long time that are experiencing a spike in popularity over baseline; the latter are pretty much unique to this generation. There's a different feel to them. Also I would expect a name that has been around for centuries to continue to be around at some popularity, whereas the jury's still out on some of these newer names. I mean, 100 years from now will anybody still be naming their kids Madison or will it be completely unheard of? Who knows? There are definitely a few names in my family genealogy that you'd never, ever see on anyone nowadays, but there are also names out there that were more or less invented by a single individual at some point that are now in common use (Jessica, for instance, was invented by Shakespeare). 

post #92 of 92

1. I agree with previous posters - it is not fair for your husband to have the only say on the name and it appear to be so. At least he should enjoy picking the first child and give you the freedom of choice for the second one.

2. Bring things to some perspective for you - Isabella is the 3rd on the list of national most popular names - http://www.ourbabynamer.com/2013-popular-names.html

That makes the name quite popular but considering that it means that there are 19000 girls of this name named last year.. that gives you average of 380 Isabellas born in 2012 per state.. Considering that they all will go to schools somwere.. each state has on average 200 public schools and scores of private schools and that would mean at worse one Isabela per class level per school. Considering that each school has few kindergarten classes.. that brings chances of having so many Isabellas in the class even more down. Lastly school makes an effort not to put the kids with the same name in the same class for their comfort and school's practicality to avoid mistakes.

 

3. Per comparison when my dc was born, I did not think of implications of the name popularity and I just happened to love the very popular name which was 2nd on the national list at the time. It was just few years ago. Now at school there are literarly 2 girls of this name on her grade level in all classes. TWO. Not to say that there are no girls of this name in other levels but it will be pretty much the same ratio.

 

4. Names popularity changes fast. It is popular today it won't be popular next year. I promise :) Just wait for an actor or actress or other celebrity naming a kiddo and watch the trends changing.

 

5. I see lots of benefits of having a popular name and I can't speak of having a child named unique name as I don't have that experience but here is what I feel about us:

- everyone knows how to spell the name.

- people like the name a lot and say so

- child is very happy to hear so many kind comments "Oh, what a beautiful name, I love your name" and although many would comment on any kid's name and it is true for myself :) my dc just get tons of more comments.

- people have instant association with the name. that helps with instant positive reaction. It is not because of your child but because they know someone famous and they like that person and you get extra points on that first impression charts :)

- life is so much easier for people with popular and nice names, everyone remembers your name instantly and will call your child by that.

Example - it is enough to introduce your child by Isabella usually only once for people to remember, whereas it takes many times for them

to remember Sarifaihata for instance.

- in many cultures there is a believe that a name makes a person and when you come to think of it all Barbaras you know and all Susans and all Stevens and Kevins tend to be somehow .. similar and there is something that the name brings to them that is  in common?

congrats on your baby and happy naming.

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