(Closed) Just for fun: do baby name popularity rankings impact the names you like? [POLL]

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How does popularty ranking influence the names you would choose?
    The popularity of a name would not persuade me in either direction. : (45 votes)
    21 %
    I prefer popular or semi-poluar names : (10 votes)
    5 %
    I prefer unpopular names : (155 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 46
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    Buzzing bee

    I hear Khaleesi is wildly popular for girls! And it is better than “tlhaw’Dylus” which is queen in Klingon LOL. 

    Post # 47
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    4260 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    Yes, I am Jennifer, born on the 80s.  So I seeked out uncommon names.  But you can’t always get away from it.  I named my first Dear Daughter Aria before it was even in baby lists.  No one had even heard of it before.  Then that show came out, 2 or 3 years later, and now in our small town of 3000, there is another Aria…  And another one the next small down dwon the road, lol.   So I would just pick your favourite name.

    Post # 48
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    3571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m one of those 80’s kids who’s parents weren’t very creative.. I’m a Jennifer. There were lots of Jennifer/Jen/Jenny’s in school, but I don’t recall it ever being a big deal or bothering me. My husband also has a very common name (Joe). While we didn’t dismiss really popular names we definitely tried to find other options when naming our daughter. Her name isn’t weird or spelled odd, but it’s not a super common name (she was born in 2015, that year it was #286 according to Nameberry.)

    Post # 49
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    2523 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    My husband and I both have popular names for the year we were born, and neither of us were the popular kids in high school.  We learned not to respond to our name because we always assumed it was another more popular kid who shared our name being called.  We want our kids to always want to respond to their name, so we want to pick all unique names- nothing in the top 100 names for sure.  We also want a name that is not crazy hard to pronounce.  We have found most of our favorite names by looking back in our family history and choosing names (even though 20s names are really popular, there are some in my family that haven’t gotten picked up again).  

    Post # 50
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    6442 posts
    Bee Keeper

    skylar84 :  I like those names.  We picked out a semi popular name for our daughter, but it was a family name, my grandfather’s mother’s name.  And for our next if it’s a boy we will be picking another name, however it will be a surname, which I know will sound sooo weird in our family, but I love the meaning behind it.  But if we were to have another girl it would probably be a less popular name, but still up there.

    Post # 51
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    9811 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I don’t mind common names.  You are right that since so many people are purposefully trying to find uncommon/unpopular names (or spelling then “unique” ways) that even the #1 name today is nowhere near as popular as the #1 name in the 80s (meaning there are less people with the #1 name nowadays, by actual number).  So you probably won’t run into the Jennifer/Ashely situation as much anymore, even if you pick the #1 name.

    I like more classic names, so being common or popular don’t really bother me at all as long as they’re classic.  I.e. William, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Noah, Thomas, Luke, Catherine, etc.  What I really don’t like are “trendy” names- i.e. made up names or names that have never existed before until the past couple decades.  I wouldn’t mind an unpopular name either if it was classic.  I just avoid the trendy (i.e. new) stuff.  My Dear Daughter was in the top 20 but not top 10 and this boy will probably be a top 10 or 20 name.

    Post # 52
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I’m a Katherine/Katy..born early 80s. My whole life I’ve been surrounded by Katies/Caitlins/etc (in fact my best friend growing up with also Catherine/Catie and same middle name of Ann).

    SO – I definitely don’t want a popular name but we are not wanting a trendy/unusual name or spelling either (Katy was enough of a pain with my spelling of Katy and being called Kaddy or Kathy). Name choices we have may not be super common but have been heard of for sure.

    I just looked up the one girl’s name we have so far (because of first movie we saw together) and it falls in top 50 but I really don’t know many…it’s definitely not an Olivia, Emma, Ava, Mia which I know many.

    Our boys name choice isn’t even in the top 1000 of any year (BUT it’s because it was his grandfather’s name…I’d never heard it until I met him but I love it)

    Post # 53
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    929 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    i LOVED the name Charlotte way before they named the princess Charlotte. It was a modern name with an old twist and the only girl name my husband and i could agree on. Now…. there is no way i’d name my possible daughter Charlotte. Everyone would think she was named after Princess Charlotte. We loved Noah too. but everyone started naming their son Noah and i lost all interest in that name too. 

    Post # 54
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    1341 posts
    Bumble bee

    I thought I would care, but the closer we got to having our girl the less I cared. In Australia turns out the number one name is under 2000 and by the time you get below top 50 you are talking only a few hundred. That put things into perspective for me and I stopped caring. 

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