Post # 1
Hello bees! I’m a regular lurker coming out of the woodwork.
I’m expecting and am curious…does anyone you know share your baby’s name? I chose a pretty name that I love for my baby girl (Elise). I like that it’s not too common, but I knew an Elyse in high school and actually, my brother dated her for a few months! I am worried that everyone in my family will associate this name with her, even though we haven’t seen her in years! I’m also imagining a lot of people we went to high school with would think of this person when they hear my baby’s name.
It seems almost impossible to avoid this unless you pick a really unique name. What are your thoughts?
Post # 3
@shnookums: I wouldnt care what others thought about the name as long as you and your SO are happy with it. I had a close high school friend named Rachel and my first daughter’s name is Rachel and when she found out it was no biggie and we even joked about it.
Post # 4
We picked our name out of a baby name book and I didn’t know of anyone with that same name. After we decided for sure I was telling the girls at work about it and one of them has a niece with the same name. If you like it, go for it! I think Elise is very pretty and it’s not common where I live.
Post # 5
Dd’s name is Sophia Alysse. I knew not a single sophia when I was pregnant. And wasn’t aware that it was even remotely popular. People would say “like sophia patrillo?” Lol. Now that she’s 4 we know lots of Sophias in her age range 4 & under. Honestly I don’t care, I’m expecting now & wouldn’t care if anyone had our babys name.
Post # 6
I am not pregnant but it’s pretty much a done deal that if I do get pregnant we’d use family names. So we’d name a boy after FBIL and we are still up in the air about a girl. So yeah, we would know someone with that name.
Names are strange, a movie popularised my FI’s name in the 1995 so we know quite a few young people with his name, though it wasn’t so popular in the 80s.
Post # 7
I knew a Connor in middle school, and when my son’s father suggested it as a name for our son I was totally on board. He was the only one I had ever met and was a nice guy. Now my son is 5 and just at the daycare I work at, there are like…. 4 Connors. They’re all younger than him so I like to think I started a trend 😉
My daughter’s name is Delaney and I don’t know anyone with that name.
Post # 8
@shnookums: I adore the name Elise. I’ve only known three. We are naming our son Collin. My husband and I have only known three in real life which says a lot, since I’m a teacher. I think it must not be popular in our area. When choosing names, we steered clear of anything in the top 100.
Post # 9
We chose a name for our DD that has never been in the social security top 1000 – Mirabelle. I’ve never met anyone with her name.
Post # 10
Honestly who cares, if you like the name, no one including strangers on the internet to people you know should stop you from naming your child that.
Post # 11
I’m not PG yet, but I’m pretty averse to using names that have a clear connection to someone else for me. I just want it to be unique (to me, at least) and not have associations with anyone else I know. DH doesn’t really care about this, but I do. So, for example, he’s suggested names of my cousins, which I for sure can’t do, and I don’t tend to like any names of people I’ve been friends with or students of mine (I’m a college instructor).
Obviously, if I excluded names of anyone I’ve ever met, that narrows the pool a bit, but I don’t want to pick names of anyone we know well.
Post # 12
I don’t personally know anyone with my daughter’s names. Even though Olivia has been in the top 5 for years, she has never had another one in any of her classes.. I have occasionally been out shopping somewhere and hear a mom call to her daughter Olivia- but that is a stranger. My other daughter is Tabitha. I have never met anyone who shares her name, although people do ask me regularly if I named her after Bewitched.
Post # 13
g w bush’s granddaughter has the same name as my daughter. its kinda funny but her name is becoming more popular.
Post # 14
DD1 has a really common name and it’s also a family name so I have a few cousins with the same name. It’s never bothered me and I don’t see that it will ever.
DD2 hasn’t got a name yet, she’s still brewing. I’m 22 weeks 🙂
Post # 15
my son was born in 1985. his name was not at all popular. the name has now become very popular over the past 5 years or so. even his unique spelling.
i guess i was way ahead of my time.
Post # 16
Nope. But we chose Ryder which is a “newer” name. It’s #100 on the Social Security top 100 list for 2012 so I’m hoping it’s common enough that people will spell it correclty but he won’t have 5 other Ryder’s in his class. We wanted something not common but not weird, kind of a fine line these days…