: ITA with isosmom. Trendy-popular is totally different from classical-popular. There's a reason
that some names withstand the test of time, and some names...don't.
We have chosen a more "thematic" method of naming our children. Their first names are biblical names and their middle names are family names. Thus, popularity doesn't matter much to me....it matters more who they are named after, and the character traits of their namesakes, KWIM? Elisha is not at all "popular" (although "Elijah" is similar and growing in popularity), whereas Andrew is pretty high on the charts. Oh well. Both are strong, meaningful masculine names which we associate strongly with the biblical characters--and the character traits that we hope to instill in our sons. As for Magdalene--not much chance of coming across too many other young girls with her name!
Her nickname, Maggie, is more common (esp. seems to be a common name for pets, LOL!
) but not suffocatingly so. It strikes me as funny that upon first hearing her nickname, many people misunderstand it as "Maddie" short for Madison! Now there's a trendy name!
I think the biggest deterrant for us in using a name we like would be if a close friend or family member were to use that name. After my sister named her son Aaron, I took that name off our list of future possibilities. Friends from church recently had a boy they named Josiah, and it is unlikely that I would use it, unless we (or they) were to move away. This especially holds if the children who would be "sharing" the name are close in age....if my friend's son was a teenager, I probably wouldn't hesitate to use Josiah. Another friend has an 8 yodd named Abigail, and that age difference is enough that I'm still considering it as a possible girl name.
Having a hard time finding a name for this babe that feels perfect though. I'm having a feeling that s/he may be nameless for the first few days/weeks!