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#1 of 156 Old 04-28-2008, 09:13 PM - Thread Starter
 
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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??
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I have a Silas over here!
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I have a Silas over here!


I have a young Silas in my life, too! I'm saying that you *do* find little Silas's. But you don't find a young "Jeff."
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Yeah, I know what you mean. I can't imagine a baby Jeff or Dawn ... those names belong to my 35 yo cousins!
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I asked my daughter if she knows anyone with any of those names, and she does know a Catherine who goes by Cathy. That's it.
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I know two young Jeffs- 1 year and 6years old. But I agree that mostly we just don't hear those names.

I assume it is because those names are owned by the current birth-giving generation. We are probably less likely to name our children after the kids we knew in school than we are to name them after our grandparents...

We have a Catherine but she isn't a Cathy.

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I asked my daughter if she knows anyone with any of those names, and she does know a Catherine who goes by Cathy. That's it.



Catherine/Katherine is popular these days but "Cathy/Kathy" is not. Most little Katherine's go by Kate or Katie.
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I met a little Jennifer.

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I think it's because all of us who grew up in the 80's and are now having kids probably know 10,000 Jennifers and Mikes and want something "different" for our kids, yk? We want our kids to be unique... it's sort of the opposite of the "retro toys from the 80's being popular again" phenomenon. Like, we want our kids to play with the same cool toys we did, but not be named after all our old friends
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Henry or Hazel or Beatrice or Clementine or George or Eleanor or Imogene or Pearl or Olive or Emerson or Owen or Silas
It's so funny that you posted this. My area is overrun with these sorts of names, it's definitely the trend. I'm not sure why - I know people of MY generation certainly weren't naming their kids after grandparents. I think it's more aspirational. Those names seem not just old-fashioned, but prosperous (and very, very Caucasian).

I'm not immune. I just had a baby and most of the name that I considered were straight of the 1920s-1940s. But in the end I named her ...... DARCY. A name from my 1980s childhood. I bet she'll be the only one in her class!
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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.

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Two of my cousin's kids are named Mike and Brad. Not Michael and Bradley, just Mike and Brad.

It's not my style, but I guess those really are unique names these days!

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I named my DD Jessica- I get the "it's popular" comments, and I simply point them towards the social security website- it's not that popular anymore- she may well be the only Jessica in her class, unheard of in my schools!

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But in the end I named her ...... DARCY. A name from my 1980s childhood. I bet she'll be the only one in her class!
My son is named Darcy. We frequently hear "Darcy... I haven't heard that name in a long time".
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DARCY. A name from my 1980s childhood. I bet she'll be the only one in her class!
Did you have the Darcy doll?
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it's because those names are so dated and WAY overused. People tend to want to name their kids names that they haven't heard all there life. When a name gets so overused it loses it's appeal.

But BTW I know a brand new little girl named Kimberley..it fits her good. No one calls her kim though. I know a little jennifer too, and my name is Stacy! lol
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I have thought about this as well. When I was in school there were tons of girls named Jenifer, Christie or Nicole...Not to mention boys named Mike, Jason and Justin.

I have Owen and Silas!!
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I named my DD Jessica- I get the "it's popular" comments, and I simply point them towards the social security website- it's not that popular anymore- she may well be the only Jessica in her class, unheard of in my schools!
I was JUST thinking of this tonight!

Check out the graphs on some of the names mentioned here:
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Isn't the Duggar's newest addition a "Jennifer"?
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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.
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.

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Yeah, I was sadly "Little Debbie" as a kid, to differentiate me from the older Debbie in the next class up in Hebrew school. I even changed the spelling to Debi in high school just to be different! And then I was "short Debi" as a camp counsellor, being only 5' tall. Now I play in a band with a woman named Deborah, and people decided to call her Deb, which she hates, or "banjo Deb," which I imagine she hates even more.

That is why my daughters have "weird" uncommon names. I got tired of someone picking a random qualifier to go with my name! My Ronni (Veronica) and Sammi (Samara) are the only ones they know with those names. I'll bet Sammi runs into some Samanthas, but probably not too many Samaras. And we've only met one Veronica so far -- and none who go by Ronni. *whew*
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I just met a baby Heather, and I thought that while there were a million Heathers when I was growing up, I hadn't heard of a new baby Heather in a long time. She'll likely be the only one in her class.
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DD1 has a friend named Heather, they're lots of nice and old names in DD1's classroom, there's another girl in her classroom with the name Blanche, and i know a Cathy and she's 2!

What about Ingrid's? or is that just a rare name?? lol (btw, my dd2 is Ingrid)
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Probably because people with those names are the parents. And a) most women don't name children after themselves b) men are seemingly less likely to do so and c) we're all able to remember being "Kelly M." or "Dave G." etc. and therefore don't want to bestow that on our children. We are more likely to name after our parents or grandparents, or to come up with a completely new name.
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My Silas is due in July. It's still not that popular though, which is one reason I chose it. Of course, I'm sure it will be gaining.
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Catherine/Katherine is popular these days but "Cathy/Kathy" is not. Most little Katherine's go by Kate or Katie.
Yes, our Katherine is Kate, but a couple of older Kathys have said, "oh, we're all Katherines!" Incidentally I told my husband "no Kitty," but he'd never even heard of Kitty as a nickname for Katherine. I know several, so I'm assuming that's regional!

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DARCY. A name from my 1980s childhood. I bet she'll be the only one in her class!
When I was a child I had a friend named Darcy and I loved and envied her name! (I was born in 1965) Our neighborhood was full of girls named Heather, Holly, Marcy, Chrissy, Amy, Dawn, Lisa, etc. I don't hear these names anymore.

A little off-topic but...I always wanted an 'exotic' name. So when I was confirmed I wanted Felicia or Venetia - but I couldn't find a saint with those names. So, I ended up with Felicity. Now it is a known name but in the 70’s in our area the name was completely unheard of. Half of the church laughed when they read my name out – but then most of the girls chose Mary or Anne!
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If DS had been a girl his name would have been Autumn Dawn.

One reason we have rejected many of the mentioned names is because we know people with those names and we don't want our child named after them.

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i love timeless names
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It's because the names are dated to our ears... they are 80s and 90s names, we have heard them our whole lives and we have associations with the names to people we know, etc. They are boring right now.

Give it time and they will be fresh again.
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