Post # 1
I had a co worker lament to me just now- “We named him Aiden about 5 years ago thinking it would be unique….oh well!” This makes ZERO sense to me! In NY state, Aiden was the 24th most popular name in 2008.
This would makes more sense if we didn’t have the internet, but this is something easily researched! It’s one thing if she loved it, but she wanted “unique.”
Post # 3
@princesslettuce14: LOL….I guess it’s totally up to people what they want to name their kid, but you’d think they would research it a little more. Like about 4 years ago my friend named her DD Harper, and since then I swear I have 1 new Harper a week show up in my FB news feed. It’s SOOOO trendy right now. I get loving a name, but to me a name loses some of the appeal when it’s the same as everyone else!
Post # 4
I hate when people say that… . I feel like they are just saying it to avoid judgment lol. Bc there are people (like me) lol who HATE common names. And if they are self conscious about their love of a common name, for whatever reason, they just say something like that.
Post # 6
We specifically crossed names off of our list because they were in the top 10, or close to it. Though, at 24 you might have missed Aiden if you were just looking at top 10 lists.
Post # 7
@princesslettuce14: Sometimes, I think the data to determine what names are popular right at that moment aren’t available yet. I named my daughter something that ended being pretty popular, yet I had only heard it one other time in my life. I don’t regret it though. The name suits her perfectly, and is actually a variation of mine.
It does seem like every other boy that age is named Aiden though.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant
My nephew is named Aidan too! Which I thought was a really cool name back in the Sex in the City days, but now it’s like every other kid is named Aidan. I still don’t judge people who give their kids ordinary names though… there are a lot of very common names that I think are beautiful and classic.
Post # 9
I think it’s kind of like the whole rustic/vintage wedding theme thing… one bride does it and it IS unique, so a bunch of others do it because they heard/seen the theme and loved it.. and it IS unique in their small little family/circle, but on a nation wide scale, it’s NOT unique at all.
Post # 10
@princesslettuce14: If DH and I like a name, whether its common, or not, we are going with that name. We won’t be picking a name based off the popularity list becase we don’t care. we like what we like and thats it lol
Post # 11
Common names aren’t a big deal, I should know since I’m a Kristin. It’s just when I get the “I thought it was unique…oops!”
I don’t understand the lack of research I suppose. You can look up the top 1,000 from the previous year…
Post # 12
i have 2 friends who had boys about a month apart – both named William, which is my nephew’s middle name.
I feel like it’s actually hard to predict what names are going to be popular, although TV shows and movies do impact these things.
I just hope we don’t see an influx of Peeta, Katniss, and Gale!
I’m one of the top 10 names of the 80s – it can be a pain.
Post # 13
Because most people don’t care if other people, especially strangers, name their baby with the same name?
Post # 14
@jenilynevette: Yep that’s what I was thinking. Popularity nationwide is SO different from popularity in your family/friend circle.
I am SO not the first bride to do an undersea theme, *though googling inspiration sure makes it want to seem that way* but no one in my circle had even considered such a theme. Though I’m sure they’ve all heard of beach weddings since we’re about 3 hours away from that.
Post # 15
@j_jaye: Surprisingly, some people really do care about that.
Post # 16
In my fb newsfeed yesterday, there were pictures of someone’s son Aiden (he’s probably about eight years old), and I also met a mom with a young son (who is about three) named Ayden while I was at the library yesterday morning. In addition, I have a friend who has a family member named Aiden.
I also agree about Harper. I had never heard it as a first name until a little more than a year ago, and now I know of three Harpers.
Unfortunately, by the time we start to hear a beautiful name we haven’t heard before, it’s most likely already on its way to becoming one of the most popular (relatively speaking) new names that many parents are considering.