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post #141 of 156
Oh, and we know some people who do use mostly family names. Their kids are Anne, John, Cora, Thomas, Mary, Catherine and Henry.
post #142 of 156
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Originally Posted by karina5 View Post
You don't ever see names from the 70's or 80's anymore. Think about it...people think nothing (as they should) of naming their child Henry or Hazel or Beatrice or Clementine or George or Eleanor or Imogene or Pearl or Olive or Emerson or Owen or Silas, etc.... (by the way, I like several of those names very much....).

But you don't ever meet a brand-new baby Jennifer or Melissa or Kelly or Kimberly (can you imagine a baby "Kim"!) or Julie or Tammy or Dawn or Wendy or Stacey or Kathy or Pamela or Brenda or Lori or Linda or Christy.

Boy names haven't changed *as* much but I would be surprised to hear of a baby Jeffrey or Todd or Scott or Dave (not David but Dave) or Mike (not Michael but Mike).

Wouldn't that be weird??
That's because their time hasn't come yet. You need to wait 10-20 more years and then they might be back in.
post #143 of 156
I used family names for #1, 3, and 4 for the middle names. And a combo of 2 names for #2's middle name. #4 has a family name for her first name too.


I think it is fun to have a story behind the name. You were named after...etc.
post #144 of 156
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Originally Posted by harleyhalfmoon View Post
My little girl is Katherine, sometimes called Kathy... her best friend is Julie, called Julia... my son is Gary... there was a little boy in my preschool class last year names Oscar and a little girl named Shirley... and I like all those names better than most currently popolar names.
My 60+ mom is named Shirley Ann. I know one other Shirley and she is in her mid 30's.
post #145 of 156
I know a girl who named her LO Melissa.
post #146 of 156
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Originally Posted by Jannah5 View Post
My 60+ mom is named Shirley Ann. I know one other Shirley and she is in her mid 30's.
A very close friend of mine has a younger sister (around 11 oe 12 years old I think) who's name is "Anne Shirley". I love that name for a little girl.
post #147 of 156
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Originally Posted by Qestia View Post
Have you seen this? http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html you can see the trends in the form of a graph, jeffrey and jennifer definitely peaked in the 70s.
great, thanks. Now Im obsessed with this thing
post #148 of 156
I was *just* thinking today how I would be shocked if I met a baby Kelly or Michelle. But I have about three hundred friends with those names who are my age. (I'm in my 30s)
post #149 of 156
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Originally Posted by theatermom View Post
I agree w/those who have said that many of those names are just too close to us. Trends take awhile to repeat.

I also think that our naming pool has broadened considerably over the past 15-20 years. We grew up with so many people who shared names, and now that we have a wider range of choices, we're taking advantage of it. We reach across cultures, religions, and decades to find names that speak to us, but seldom are tempted to reach into the limited naming pool of the 1950's-1980's.

We're also much more cautious about "taking" names from others -- we spend a lot of time and energy naming our children, whereas people from other decades really didn't. It used to be extremely common for cousins to share names, for example, and now we're worried if there's another kid on the same block with the name we're considering.
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post #150 of 156
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Originally Posted by mclisa View Post
That's because their time hasn't come yet. You need to wait 10-20 more years and then they might be back in.
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I think it's cyclical. That name chart thing is cool.
post #151 of 156
I haven't seen those names on a newbie either. With my kids, I wanted their names to mean something so popularity never came into play.
My DD's name is my mother's maiden name and my ex husband's mother's name hyphonated and her middle name is my grandmothers and her dad's grandmother's first name (both the same)
My son's name is the last name of the woman who took care of me much of my childhood and his middle is my dad's name (and my step father's, my cousin's and my step brother's for that matter lol)
post #152 of 156

I just did the Baby Name Wizard graph

what fun!

My middle son's name (Harry) peaked around the turn of the century.
post #153 of 156

I'm in love with the name wizard!

My name peaked in the 50s. Figures. I've never really liked my name.

What about:
Donald
Gerald
Sharon
Shirley
Helen
Janet
Claudia
Carl
Sylvia
Ralph

It makes me wonder what names will NEVER come back...
post #154 of 156
It's intriguing to me that Emily is number one! It's been popular since the 1800s, with a low dip to #251 in the late 1950's. Heh.
I thought it would have faded in fashion by now... hmm... I only know of one little girl named Emily, all the rest are Emmas!

Oh, and to the pp, I know two little boys named Carl! It seemed strange when I first heard it........
post #155 of 156
Yeah...Elizabeth has yet to drop out of the top 25 even I think in like 200 years too....lol
post #156 of 156
I had fun posting my favorite names for future children into the NameVoyager thing. I want less common/trendy names for my children (someday).
Amos, Margaret, and Miriam are not surging in popularity.
Abijah, Hendrik, and Amity were not popular enough to show up. Adelaide, Elias, and Simeon are ones I like that are becoming more popular, even if not exactly common.
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