Post # 1
A lot of people worry about naming their kid a popular name according to name lists because of what may happen when they enter school with a common name. However to ease your mind, the situation in the subject line, actually has never happened, to my knowledge. I’ve been teaching elementary school at the biggest public school in our state, for 14 years and I rarely see any duplicates in the same class. (We combine kids among only two classes because we are a multi-track school so there are really no options but to separate one in my class and the other kid in my partner teacher’s class.) I personally have only had two kids with the same name two different occasions. I just asked one of the children go by another name of their choice (almost all have nicknames). It really is not a big deal. Maybe because Hawaii is so diverse, we don’t have a lot of repeater names or it’s just a unwarranted fear. You wouldn’t know Ella, Bella or Riley are popular names around the country, according to my class population. More likely to have a Christian, Jaden or Noah in my class though.
Any ‘regional’ favorites you see frequently that may have not made it to the main baby name lists?
Post # 3
Funny thing is I was looking at the top list for 2000 earlier and I’m pretty sure all three of the names you mentioned as being common – Christian, Jaden or Noah – were listed.
My name is Michelle, but until 6th grade, I went by Missy. Pretty much every year there was a Michelle, Misty or Missy in my class. Now at work, I work with several Michelles (which was popular because the Beatles song, I came in at the end of that wave of popularity, but there are a lot of Michelles a little older than me).
Post # 4
I graduated in a class of 200, with 9 Jennifers, 6 Nicoles and 5 Ashleys.
I’d be curious to see nowadays what percentage of the populaton holds the current #1 most common name in any given year compared to back when these names were popular.
Post # 5
I would definitely agree that the diversity here plays a big role in this. We also see a lot of names here that you don’t really find anywhere else. How many “Malia’s” or “Kalani’s” do you know, for example? I know a few. haha.
My friend who is a first-grade teacher at a private school in Seattle has 8 boys in her class, and 5, yes FIVE of them are some form of “Aiden.” How crazy is that?!
Post # 6
My high school class had about 235 kids. I can’t even begin to count up all the girls named Katherine, Katie, Kat, Kaitlin or some other variation. I would estimate about 15 girls with some variation of that name. As a result a lot of those girls went by nicknames.
Post # 7
I work inside of a elementary school and this actually is a problem in our school. There’s 6 kindergarten classes- some of which are two classes combined and off the top of my head I can think of 3 of them that have multiple names in them. One class has 3 Baileys (2 boys 1 girl), one has 2 Aidans and one has 2 Rileys (1 boy 1 girl). I think its a valid concern but not something I’m gonna base my decision on.
Post # 8
In my experience as a teacher, I’ve never had more than two of the same name. They were:
Sarah, Alex(ander), Sam(uel), and Rebecca. That was in Canada.
Post # 9
Name list from 2000? Yep, I teach/have been teaching 4th graders who turn 9 years old– so that would explain why I have one in my class almost every year, recently.
Yes, within the same school, I agree there would be multiple repeaters, I see that. But not so much in the same class. Back in our generation, I don’t think parents were so imaginative so LOTS of duplicates/mainstream names back in the day (Chris, Jason, Jennifer). Now there’s a lot of ethnic heritage identity and creative risk-taking in naming kids so much more of a range these days.
@littlemissmango: I’ve only had one Kalani and no Malias–though I heard it’s on the rise. Maybe 9 more years for my class. Kai is popular in the mainland too but only had one before.
Post # 10
My name is Jennifer and you wanna hear something really crazy?? There was only ever 1 other Jennifer (in 1st grade) in my class and she is my BFF still to this day. Im not counting college classes cause I obv didnt know everyones name 😀
Post # 11
I remember having classes with 2 kids with the same name all the time. I dont recall three though. Often they would go by a nickname but if they did not want a nickname then their last initial would be addeded to their name. Christina C. and Christina G.
In college I had 3 friends by the same name all living in the same apartment. And they had an additional friend with the same name that would hang out all the time. Kinda weird.
Post # 12
@mrscandy: Let me guess was the common name Kim, Kelly or Kris?
By The Way: my actual name is very uncommon but my nickname is super common
Post # 13
My name is Courtney and I’ve seriously only met a handful in my life. Courteney Cox was my fave when I was little because she was the only Courtney I knew…hehe
Post # 14
I’m 25, and when I was in elementary school (3rd grade I believe) I remember having 2 boys named Chris, 1 Kris (girl), 1 Kristin, 1 Kristen & 1 Christine in my class. That was pretty crazy.
There were always 2-3 Mike’s in any class. Matt was also popular.
Post # 15
there were 3 Micheals in my class from jk(age4)to grade8. Since they all liked to be called Mike our jk teacher quickly diffused the confusion and called them by first name last initial, i.e.: Mike R, or Mike L etc.
Otherwise regionally speaking Ashley was really popular where I grew up as was KaylaKaeleeKylie varieties– there were a sh!t ton of really similar names like that in my year.
Post # 16
I think my case is a little different, because I went to a Dutch school, so the names were more ‘limited’. We had 3 Johns in my music class alone, let alone the rest of the grade. There were many Lisa’s (at least 3), and a couple of Karins. 2 Lindsays, and 2 Amys.
And I went to a small private school haha.