(Closed) Would you pick a really popular name for your baby?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you pick a really popular name for your baby?
    Yes- all that matters is I love it : (80 votes)
    45 %
    No- she will be lost in a sea of Amelia's, Isla's etc : (96 votes)
    55 %
  • Post # 62
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    1341 posts
    Bumble bee

    I was against using a popular name to begin with, my hubby was in the “who cares” camp. Turns our 3/4 names in our top list are in the top 100. BUT when I looked into it further, in AUS the top 100 names, some only have like 100 or so kids born with that name in the grand scheme of things, so it really isn’t THAT many anyway. For eg, Lillian which we were considering, but now aren’t, is number 86 but only had 149 occurances. If you look at NSW, some of the top 100 names have as little as 60 occurances. This really put things into pespective for me and I got over it. 

    Post # 63
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    3236 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    TheGridMonster:  don’t lie. Your baby’s birth certificate would read “Grid Jr.” 😘

    Post # 64
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    2535 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2017

    I like the name Ummealeea for a girl because I like speschul spellings for speschul names! 

    Lol

    Post # 65
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    1059 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

    happytobemrsg:  we purposefully picked a name well out of the top 100 for our daughter, Odette. If you like it, then go for it. For me personally, and this is strictly my opinion not judgement, I feel her name should be special to her and set a foundation for her where her life and personality can develop from. I don’t want her to be “trendy”. I want her to feel confident being unique while also recognizing the name for its classic history. Now that may be more thought than most people put into their name selections, but as someone with a fairly common name it was important to me and my Darling Husband. 

    Post # 66
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    My name is Elizabeth. It’s been awhile since it’s been super popular but it’s always up toward the top of popular name lists. The great thing about Elizabeth is that there are SO many nicknames for it! So even though I know quite a few Elizabeths, most I meet go by a nickname anyway. But it honestly never bothered me that other people had my name.

    If I really love a name I’m not going to avoid using it just because someone else loves it too. And as a teacher, I love it when I get a class full of names I actually recognize and know how to say. It’s awful the first few weeks of class when I have to keep asking students how to pronouce their names.

    I don’t think the names Fiance and I currently like (Juliette, Chloe, and Claire – we struggle agree on boy’s names) are super popular right now. But in 2-3 years they might be but I doubt it will effect our decision one way or another.

    Post # 67
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    Worker bee

    It entirely depends on the name itself. If the name is classic and has been consistently popular for generations (e.g. Elizabeth, Anna), then yes I would use it. These names won’t date and you can picture them on people of any age – 80 or 8 months.

    Would I use a name that skyrockets into popularity from oblivion (i.e. Harper, Madison, Nevaeh)? Hell no. What comes up must go down. Those names are going to be the Bertha, Joyce and Ethel and of this generation.

    Post # 68
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    144 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: Home

    I would avoid anything that’s super popular where they would have several other people of the same name in their class. Think the Jessicas, the Katelyns, and the Ashleys of the 90s. I grew up with 4 different Katelyns in my classes and something like 3 Ashleys. I think it would suck to have to go by Katie A. all the time. 

     

    Also, if your friend is finding out the sex of her baby soon and finds out its a little girl, I would give her Amelia and look for another name. In my mind she is able to “claim” the name sooner than you waiitng till you have the baby to name him or her. 

    Post # 69
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    happytobemrsg:  to be honest, the popularity would make me consider other names but I don’t think I would let it change my mind totally. I recently saw something online for 2016’s predicted most popular baby names, and both our top boy and top girl names were on it. Which is funny because we don’t know anyone who have their children with the names locally! 

    Post # 70
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    Bumble bee

    hikingbride:  plus popularity varies not just by countries but states too. In Ausrealia Chloe is in the top 10 and I believe it has been for a while. 

    Post # 71
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    1974 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK

    happytobemrsg:  I know 6 girls names Amelia born in the last 5 years. I did like the name but I wouldn’t choose it now. Nor would I choose Harry or George as I know so many. 

    I think about 5% of the girls in my year at school were called Amy and another 5% called Emma. I wouldn’t pick a really obscure name but I wouldn’t want my child to have the same name as a lot of his/ her friends.

     

    Post # 72
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    We chose a top 20 name.  We went to our first mommy and me class this week and sure enough, he was 1 of 2… out of 6 babies! 

    They will be in the same school in the same year unless their family moves first (we don’t plan on it!)  It is what it is.  I love the name and it suits him.  

    Post # 73
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    2599 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I was given a rare name and I loved that I wasn’t confused with the sea of Emma and Sarah’s. I’m UK too and I’m afraid I agree with your friend about the name Talia, sorry! 

    I think I’d be looking for inspiration elsewhere – there are some beautiful names out there.

    Post # 74
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    7934 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I have an unusual name, and I like it. There’s never another person in class with the same name. Even though no name is completely unique, I would prefer for my future kids’ names to be their own. You can never anticipate if all the other moms end up picking the same “unique” name though. 

    Post # 75
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    8635 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    You never know how things will turn out. The name we picked 20 years ago was slightly more popular than Edith at the time. Now it’s in the top 5 in the US, and #1 in many states. Whooda thunk?

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