(Closed) What baby names are you “over”?

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Post # 92
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My favorite boy’s name is Ethan but we won’t be using that because its so popular. It’s so weird how these trends work – everyone thinks they thought of it first!

Post # 93
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

OK…in my social/work circle…the name KEISHA seems to be really popular!! I know 4. I have never known a Keisha until about 2 yrs ago…and now I work with two Keishas and actually I work with a Leisha. so it gets confusing when someone asks for one of them on the phone!So I guess the “eisha” names are pretty common!

Post # 94
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Helper bee

I would probably agree with a lot of posters about overused names, but some of them I still think are beautiful.  

I’m glad that our favorite boy and girl names haven’t been on the most hated lists yet, but something I’ve learned through this whole baby naming process is that “to each his/her own.”  I kinda feel the same way about wedding dresses- there are about a thousand options and many of them I really would never choose for myself but to each her own.  

I also think that if you are trying to pick a name that isn’t popular but not too abnormal – chances are a bunch of other moms/dads are doing that same thing and your choice name which wasn’t on a popularity list, ends up being really popular as your child is growing up.  And maybe some of those really popular names now will be dropping down the lists and your child will be an original.  You just never know – and I really hope bees who read this blog don’t get offended by all of our opinions because I think you should name your child whatever you want to, because ultimately you are the one yelling their name for their whole life :).

Post # 95
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@bunnyfoofoo  Ashley was orginally a boys’ name though.  I’ve not read it, but I think it is a (male) character in Gone with the Wind.  The name has a strong historical tie to the South.

Tracey comes from Gaelic, meaning warlike, and again, was originally a boys’ name.

Kelly was originally a surname, which was then appropriated as a boys’ name, long before it was a female name.

Post # 96
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Helper bee

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@piglet_625:haha, rylee is my female dog’s name.  i’ve seen it spelled 85 different ways!

Post # 97
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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@MightySapphire: Speaking of “Unique”, I went to school with a girl named…Unique.

Post # 98
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

There are way too many Aidens and Braedens, of various spellings!! Most importantly (from a teacher’s point of view) don’t change the spelling of a traditional name to make it more “unique” – it will be a nightmare for everyone later!! 🙂

 

 

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@thelovecats:  TOTALLY agree with you on “Nevaeh” especially when the parent misses the point of the name and spells it “Neveah” hehe!

Post # 100
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

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@staying_ms_shaw: Yup, Ashley was definitely a male’s name.  The man Scarlett O’Hara spends her life lusting over was named Ashley Wilkes (played by Leslie Howard…yet another name that was traditionally for males but now is mostly used for females). 

Post # 101
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@jennifera: in my sisters kindergarten class there was a girl named “imunique”. 🙂

Post # 102
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

On the topic of male names that are now female names- Lindsey was a man’s name as well…

And my husband has a name that used to be a male’s name (and still is in other countries) but is now used for females in US, and he hates it.  :/  There are lots of names that are popular that were traditonally male.

Post # 103
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

And a lot of today’s unisex names that are edging towards girls:

Hayden/Haydon (Hayden Christensen vs. Panitierre); Arden; Jordan; Charlie; Micah/Mika; Riley; Rory; Ryan; Cameron; Bennett; Bailey; Taylor; Logan; Quinn…

I might tread lightly with some of those names for boys, like Taylor, which looks like it’s going the way of Kelly and Leslie and Kim–names that were originally for boys that became more for girls. I know a guy named Morgan who hates that the 80s happened.

Post # 104
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It’s fun reading this… the trends are so different here. I know of a couple of little Aidans, but mostly they’re 40+, as it hit its trend back then. A lot of older Irish names are back now, as during 2000-2010 a lot of fancier names were doing the rounds. Now Jack is the most popular boys name, and I think Ava is for girls – albeit with an Irish spelling. (Aobha) Trotting after them are a lot of tradtitionally obscure irish names, now overused: Sorcha, Caoimhe, Saoirse.

I was twelve before I met another Rachel: of course so many of them now are Friends era.

I may be opening a can of worms saying this, but a lot of the poorer moms I know, either directly or as friends of friends, are the ones picking the overdone names – the Jaydens and Ashtons and Kayleighs.

Very surprised to see Rory and Ryan as possible girls names! They are confirmed boy names here, and I have to say a girl with one of those would prob have a tough time of it.

I’m running a big risk with one of the names I want – Sadhbh has become kind of popular lately, but the spelling does tend to put people off, even though everyone knows how it’s pronounced ( Sighve) – very old irish name. It’s funny how when I was growing up, there were loads of Claires and Siobhans and Sineads and Seamus’s and Shanes and we kind of didn’t notice how lovely they are, because there were so many!

Post # 105
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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@aunt pol: “I may be opening a can of worms saying this, but a lot of the poorer moms I know, either directly or as friends of friends, are the ones picking the overdone names – the Jaydens and Ashtons and Kayleighs”

The guys who wrote Freakanomics have a whole section about socioeconomics and their effects on naming, including the phenomenon you’re talking about, which is when names become popular among higher-income people and then “trickle down” to lower-income populations. Their explanation is that it’s essentially a form of “acting up” or emulating wealth.  

Post # 106
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That makes sense alright. Some of these women would be very impressed with the lifestyle they see on MTV Cribs etc…

 

The Unique thing did drop my jaw, though. That’s bad.

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