Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I found this an interesting and fun read for anyone interested.
A coworker actually passed it on to me because it mentioned my name.
Is your name mentioned?
Would you take these things into consideration when picking a name or did you?
Does your baby’s name fall into any of the interesting categories mentioned?
Post # 3
I do not yet have children, nor is it in my immediate future, but I do know that I do not want to name my children anything that is popular at the time.
For example-I was born in the late 80s. My first name was extremely popular during that time period. I currently work at my part time job with 4 other girls with the same name, one of which happens to be my best friend. I graduated high school with I think 6 other girls with the same name. It really makes life interesting.
My FI also has a very popular first name and he has the same problem.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
@arsing89: Sounds like me! Also very popular 80s name. FI’s name while a common English name, never seems to be super popular. I’ve known a handful of other guys with his same name but never as many as other really popular names.
I like classic names for future children, but I think I too would avoid anything that was listed in the top of the popularity charts for names unless I had a really good reason for wanting the name.
Post # 5
We went old school traditional. Any name that can’t be spelled or pronounced, or would be laughed off the desk of an HR manager was out.
Post # 6
This article is awesome! So interesting. My name isn’t on there, but my daughter’s is. I have a biblical name that became pretty popular in the 80s. My daughter is named Evelyn.
Post # 7
I’ll name my kid whatever the damn well I please wherever it is on the popular list. Er… me and FI, that is. He gets a say too.
There are downsides to literally every name, and I love that this points them out.
Not to mention the Name Fad thing. I love when parents get all pissed off because their special “Nevaeh” suddenly has another “Nevaeh” in class. (Nothing wrong with the name, I just have a friend who is a first grade teacher who had two Nevaehs, and one of the parents was SO UPSET about it they wanted their Nevaeh to transfer into another class because her name was unique and they didn’t want confusion… Yeah, that kind of parents.)
Post # 8
Mine is on there, in one of the red version green comparisions. (it’s red)
Post # 9
Wow, what an interesting article! I’m such a nerd and loved all the graphs. Ha. It was interesting to see the fads and how names come and go, along with the ladies stealing men’s names!
Post # 10
We used what used to be a boys only name for our daughter. We named her Riley, which apparently wasn’t a girls name until the 80s.
Post # 11
That was our guide: If it doesn’t sound like the name of a CEO, it wasn’t going to work for us.
Not that I think you shouldn’t name your kid “Dystinee” (Destiny) or whatever else rocks your boat! But that was our rule.
Post # 12
My name is the name fad name!!! Although I was born in 1986!
Post # 13
My name (Cora) is not on the list but I’m seeing it pop up A LOT recently. When I was little I really only ever met old people with my name, now I’m meeting tons of little baby Cora’s 🙂
Post # 14
I find that article fascinating, and at some point I’m going to spend way too much time looking at graphs about my name, FI’s, some other people’s that I know, and any names we’re seriously considering.
We’re far off from TTC, but solidly in the “weird but not too weird” camp, which are the types of names we have, and we love them! Neither of our names or the name we love for a girl (haven’t found one we both love for a boy yet, but no rush) were on there.
I love the name Luca, but FI doesn’t, and I love the name Evelyn, and that it was popular in California first, but it’s too popular for us to want to use. We wouldn’t throw a fit if our kid had a classmate with the same name though, lol.
Post # 15
Wow, neat. I actually liked all the graphs and data about the names!
Post # 16
@Ms_Purple: I love super weird names, I’d totally name a baby something weird, I’d just make sure it was
1. Easy to spell
2. Lacking weird meanings
3. Adult sounding
Those are my rules.
I like my parents’ rule – it has to sound good at the end of, “Introducing the President of the United States, [NAME HERE].” That rules out a surprising number of regular names in my opinion and I think plenty of oddball names qualify! (I ended up with a normal name that I wish was a little weirder, and I often go by my oddball middle name because of it.)