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Monday, December 03, 2012

Motherhood Mondays: What are your favorite baby names?


Want to hear the top 100 baby names of 2012?


Sophia and Aiden are still at the tippy top! And the big names from my childhood—Jennifer, Lisa, Kristen—have disappeared. It's funny how quickly the popularity changes.

What are your favorite baby names? Do you care if your child's name is popular?

P.S. The top 100 baby names of 2011, and the Blind Date Test for baby names. And congrats to Will and Kate!

(Top photo of me as a baby; list from BabyCenter)

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Sara said...

we have a top 10 and a top 20, but realized their names where that popular when we picked them. As a triple citizenship family (husband one, me another and our kids a third plus each of ours) the priority were names that would be understandable in all potential languages.

Corrie Anne said...

Those names are very popular with my piano lesson students. I don't see our dogs' names on there -- Pippa & Boyd. :)

Erica C. said...

My husband already has his favorite boy and girl names picked out, and we actually agree! It'll be a couple of years before we start trying for kids, but it's fun to daydream. They're not on the top 100, and that's perfectly OK with us! :)

Diana Mieczan said...

I love Blanca or Klara for a girl and Leo for a boy:) I also like Mila or Ella:) Happy Monday.

Angry Asian said...

i've always liked the name Jacob.

and moxie.

Lindsey said...

My favorite girls' name is Phoebe ... was all set to use it for our second baby, but then he turned out to be a boy. His name is Whitman, which is not common (it's a family name). Our first child is Grace (my husband's pick, overriding my choice of Eloise) ... she's one of two in her grade. I think she'll always be Grace R. Sigh.

Nikki said...

I love Molly, Matilda, Norah and Iris for girls.

i regularly dream that I'm pregnant with a boy and I'm panicking over what to call him (I don't seem to like any boys names!!) the last boy I gave birth to in my dream was called "Marvin-Trevor-Gingerbread-Super" - lucky it was just a dream ;)

Lauren said...

As a teacher, I learnt so much about kids'names. I don't know whether children's names make them what they are (remember that song about a boy named Sue?) or whether they are a reflection of parent's style and therefore a reflection of how the kids will be. Example: you call your kid Eugene - he's gonna be ever so slightly geeky. It just happens.

That said - I always hated that when I called people pre-caller ID I'd feel the need to say my surname even if I knew them really well because I knew they would know a hundred Laurens. My nieces have quite obscure names and I envy that they never need a surname!

christie elkins. said...

My kiddos' names are never on this list (daughter, Eden, and two sons, August and Titus), but I LOVE our names! Glad we went with unique names. My parents thought spelling my name "Christie" was unique. Oh, mom...;)

Nikki said...

Oh and there is an Astrid Lindgren character, who has the name Marikken in the Norwegian translation, don't you think that's pretty?

Mallory Recor said...

We've got a little boy coming in January, and he's going to be named after his grandfather - but Owen is making a comeback in popularity (which totally bugs me) so we're going to call him by his middle name. I always loved being the only Mallory I knew, so I want unique names for our kids.

Anne said...

We chose a name for our daughter that is not very common, it was important to us. It's not very special to have the same name as two or three other children at school, we figured.

Jenn D said...

My name was really popular growing up and I hated the fact that I always had to have nicknames unrelated to my name just to know who was talking to who! I don't have names picked out for my future family, but I will definitely be consulting the top names before doing so!
Jenn
With Luck

Brandy said...

Verity is definitely the top name on my "girl" list ( aside from a not-so-secret love of Wendy Moira Angela Darling. . .I always loved reading her name!). My husband's top pick is Beatrix. Boys. . .well, we just usually talk about girls names :)
How about you, Joanna? If baby number two were to come along, what names top your list?

Emily Stivers said...

Ah! I have a long-standing love of the name "Wendy Moira Angela Darling" too! I've never met anyone else who has ever referenced it before :-) I can see myself naming a daughter Wendy or Moira based on that.

unopened envelope said...

It's funny to contrast this to UK top 100 lists. My friend recently had a baby boy called Kepler! Two other friends have just had baby boys - both called Harrison.
I love Amelie for a girl and Joshua for a boy - uber popular, but if you like the name and it goes well with the surname then I don't think it matters.

Anne said...

I agree, boys names are so hard!! Our first born turned out to be a girl (we wanted it to be a surprise), and I was kind of relieved, because I liked the name we picked for a girl so much better than the one we picked for a boy. :)

Jennifer said...

If our little boy Owen had been a girl, we were going to name her Harper Eve. It doesn't bother me too much that its a popular name, I just don't want it to sound too trendy. So now we'll have a little more time to mull it over before we name our next kid and see if we still like it then!
~Jennifer

barbara said...

I'm italian but it's funny that the top ten is almost the same here (sometimes with an italian spelling). My baby girl's name is Zoe but we added a second name to create one unique one for her (and we call her with both): Tiare, which in Rapa Nui language means "flower". It's a piece of one of the best trips we've ever done!

somedayisnotadayoftheweek said...

We have an 8 year old son named Spencer and two year old b/g twins - Coen and Harper. We went with names we loved and them not being on the tops of any list was just an added bonus.

Not your goddess said...

George, Samuel and Ella :)

Anne said...

Beatrix... it's the name of the queen of The Netherlands. You might want to google her picture and show it to your husband. He might just change his mind about Beatrix. ;)

Sarah said...

I loved how popular my name was growing up. It was fun to share a name with other kids and I never minded having nicknames or last initials.

Jess & Bryan said...

i'm about six weeks out from having our first (it'll be a surprise) and have been dead set on making sure our names are not popular. my name jessica, was number one the year i was born so i always had a last initial tacked on to distinguish me! i will say its hard to find names that arent too out there but also arent rising in popularity. were likely going with Arthur for a boy (my grandfather and uncles name) and Fiona for a girl (but we tend to go back and forth as the due date approaches ;)

Sofia said...

My name is the most popular of the year! weeeee :)

Of course you guys use it with a "ph" and mine is with a "f"... but still it's my name! :)

An my 2nd name (don't ask me why but in Portugal in the 70's/ 80's it was very commun to give a 2nd name...) is number 75.

Yes, I'm "Sofia Alexandra"!

jackie jade said...

I think it's so interesting how "old-fashioned" names have been making a comeback. When it's time for me to have kids (and thus name them) I'd like to pick something that's classic, but hopefully not too too popular.

Lindsay Poulin said...

I love classical names - Margaret, Rose, James, Oliver. They still sound so pretty and strong. I think it's interesting that the boy's list is still dominated by more classical/Biblical names, but hardly at all for the girls.

And something I've often wondered: why do we refer to them as "baby" names? Aren't they just names? Certainly you can change your first name as an adult, but that rarely happens. It's always seemed funny to me.
-Lindsay

Brandy said...

Sarah, I briefly enjoyed the popularity of mine as well. My best friend in high school was also named Brandy, and we would run around double hugging people and call out "Brandy Sandwich!"
You have a much more lastingly classic name; luck you :).

Jennifer Wubbels said...

Being a Jennifer born in the 80's, my name was always popular, which was annoying at times, but overall wasn't that big of a deal. We named our first daughter India, because it was so meaningful to us (my husband and I dated and got engaged while living in India) but I loved that it wasn't a popular name as well. We're now having a second daughter and the name I keep coming back to is in the top 10, which was bugging me until I read this article http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/05/babynames/ and discovered that even the most popular names nowadays are only used by about 1% of the US population. I think that if you really love the name, it doesn't matter how popular it is anyway.

Lauren Ashley said...

It's so fascinating how and why things like names become trendy - when I was little all the girls were named Jennifer, Ashley, and Emily, while all the guys were named Zach, Chris, and Shane. Am I dating myself?

Becca said...

Having our first in May and neither of our choices (not finding out if boy or girl) are on this list. Whew! I like to be original, but of course when you name a child after a character from "Loneseome Dove" how original are you really?

Liron said...

I like Ella and Lily for a girl and Adam for a boy. We named our little girl Eden because we have three nationalities in my family and it's a name that works for all three. We'll have to do the same with our other kids and let me just say that it's not an easy task! :)

Zoë said...

Oh my! I have such mixed feelings about seeing my name (Zoë) way up there in too 10!! It was so unpopular growing up and I was constantly correcting people ("Zoë, rhymes with Joey....not Zo") but I loved it. now I've met so many little Zoës. My little girl born last Valentine's Day is named Rowen and my boyfriend is Lowell so I officially have the most common name in the family!

Allyson said...

I'm loving Hadley for a girl and Lennon for a boy right now. I also like Jude for a boy... I wonder if people will associate both of those names with the Beatles? My husband and I are trying for our first, so I'm sure i'll change my mind a few times before we make a decision! I definitely don't want a name at the top of the popularity list, but I wouldn't mind choosing one that is a little further down.

Brandy said...

Ha! Anne, he enjoys it because the definition assigned to it is "voyager through life" (and because he confuses it with Bellatrix- female warrior :) ) and in his mind there lives a brown pig-tailed pixie holding a guide book in one hand and a plastic battle axe in the other, making the worlds cutest, least scary warrior face and demanding a Rick Steves bedtime story!

celesteandpearl.blogspot.com said...

I love seeing these every year - thanks for publishing! It almost makes me sad when I see the names I've loved for so long, like Isabella or even Ruby, climb to the top, because then every girl in your daughter's class will have those names! Family names are still the best way to go, even if they're not popular. Also love Lila!
xox Liz {celesteandpearl.blogspot.com}

Jacki said...

My stepson's name is #3, and I think it was #1 or #2 the year he was born. (His father's name was #1 or #2 in his own year of birth - 1982 - and is still in the top 20 today.) My own name never makes the list, certainly not my spelling of it, which is fine with me! My middle name SCREAMS "1984" - Kristi! Matt teases me that my middle name is wearing leg warmers and a side ponytail ;)

If I have a daughter I'd like to give her the middle name Vaughn after my late grandmother, who passed when my father was 7; it was her maiden name. Priscilla, her first name, is another choice for a middle name. First names I love are Zoe, Emily, Tristan (for a boy or girl), Finley, Devon, Olivia (can't use it, but love it), and more. If I have a son I'd like to give him the middle name Robert, after my father.

LadyTurz said...

Fiona is beautiful! I have a niece named Fiona who is 8, she is so sweet.

Ana F. said...

Good thing my top two baby names are in neither list!!

LadyTurz said...

My 6 month old daughter is Nora... wow, it really jumped a LOT of spaces in the last year! I don't think it was even in the top 100 when we picked it! It suits her perfectly.... her name was almost Scarlett!

Jessie said...

Ugh, growing up with the name Jessica and having at least one other Jessica in every single class/organization etc. is terrible. I am not a big fan of popular names. My sister in law is named Olivia and it was so unpopular when she was born so she was unique -- until the past two years! Crazy.

Meadow said...

I like more traditional names. I used to love the name Isabella, but everyone and their cat is named Isabella.. and it sounds stupid with my guy's last name, so that one is nixed. I'm now considering Violet for a girl, and William for a boy. Looks like both are in the lists you posted. I don't want something mega popular (I too grew up with 5 Ashleys and 5 Jennifers in all my classes), but I don't want something too obscure either. I also hate the new, made up sounding names that a lot of people give to their kids. I just don't see Skyllar Jaden Smith being a CEO, you know?

angharad said...

My pet peeve: surnames used as first names. Jackson, Parker, Cooper, Carter, names like that. You don't see it so much in England, & I can't even explain why it bugs me! Also any name rhyming with Aiden. Hayden, Brayden, Jayden. Toooo annoying. Sorry to any parent who has given their kids these names - please don't take it personally. I have the world's worst name myself, so I am hardly one to talk!

Fionnuala Power said...

I have a little boy called Sam and love the name Ella but could never use it now as Sam and Ella just don't go together!!

Meadow said...

I would definitely associate those with the Beatles. And Hadley is a pretty common last name. Reminds me of Tony Hadley, though (he's a singer from the 80s band Spandau Ballet) - so maybe not a bad thing since I love their music :)

Sarah said...

I totally agree with you!

Barefoot Golightly said...

My daughter is Cecily...happy to see that didn't make the list! but my son's name is in the top five. He's nine and worries his sister has such an uncommon name. He is a pack animal and enjoys having a common rather than unusual name.

Was dying to name him Julian but my husband nixed that.

asiajane said...

I love some of the classics-- Emily, Emma, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Henry, James-- that will always be in the top 100. My husband (Todd) was adamant that we use unusual names for our kids (Nuala and Anastasia). I'm surprised Milo isn't in the top 100; I have a 30-year-old brother with that name and we laugh about how EVERYONE is using it for boys these days (and pets :)

Sophia said...

My name is Sophia...Funny how it really isn't as popular in the UK, compared to in the US - I've hardly met any Sophias!

Sarah said...

I have a very popular name, but I have always liked it. On the other hand, I chose Blake for my son, and I'm glad it's down at #64! Hope it stays there. I'd prefer he be the only Blake in his class, and not 'little blake' or 'blake o'.

Meredith said...

Did you know that J.M. Barrie made up the name Wendy for Peter Pan? That always was so cool to me!

K said...

Man, there were a million Katherine's when I was growing up -- now it's not even on the list!

When I first got out of college, I worked as a school photographer. It was a great way to survey names of kids! My biggest pet peeve was people who took a simple name like Abigail and made it "different" by spelling it Abby-Gayle. And kids named Dakotah were always trouble.

As someone who grew up with a very common name, I think it's important to remember that a name doesn't define us.

nuxvomicant said...

My parents named me Quinn in 1982, and I have yet to meet a woman my age with the same name as me. Never thought I'd see the day when my name broke the top 100 baby names for girls!

thedirtyknitter said...

Neither of my kids' names are in the top 100, Oskar & Tallulah. I wanted them to have unique names, not the same as 5 other people in their class in school! Hopefully it stays that way :)

Milda Val said...

I ADORE kinda strange names like Milda or Mild. Neya, from popular names i love Sophie ( mine 2nd name and i am very happy for that) also Isabella is beautiful name. Actually, i believe, that every name is beautiful and gorgeous, because it depends on person. :) (I HAVE NO IDEA FOR BOYS NAMES :DDD)

Kiley Kate said...

The alternative spelling of my name is number 46 but I remain an original, which I have always loved. I want my children to have unique names too and according to this list it looks like I'm in the clear!

Aline Tavares said...

Funny.. the most popular names are from artists, actors and actresses!

colebern said...

Sara- I just read a book, My Berlin Kitchen, where the author was named Luisa because it was the same in English, German and Italian which were the languages of her parents and the country they lived in.

Nina said...

I loved having a less common name growing up. My son's is in the top 100 but we don't hear it much and the meaning is what mattered to me happy friend of god his first and middle so I would go with that even if it were top 10, I think.

Tania said...

My name is never in these lists lol. My parent's named me Tania in the early 80s and I didn't meet another until university. My favorite baby name for a girl is Persephone and I don't have one for a boy. I don't have kids, not do I want them, therefore, there will never be a mini-me called Persephone. But, my husband and stepson's names aren't in the list either, Marc, Maxime and Félix. I think Félix should have been there, it's such a nice boy's name. My cat is there though at number 69. Mila, the purr machine.

Lindsey said...

I'm bummed that names I've loved since I was little are so trendy now. Here's hoping they drop in popularity again before I'm having any little ones! On the other hand I'm a Lindsey which was fairly popular for awhile but I like the name and didn't encounter too many Lindseys growing up.

BEL said...

We are expecting a boy in February and are really struggling to find the right name. While travelling in italy we came across the french name "guerin" (sounds like "garin") and love the spelling. It seems fitting because my husband's family is french and his dad's name is "guy", which we could use as a nickname for our little guy.
Just a bit worried that the pronounciation will be butchered and i'm sentencing him to a lifetime of "gwwwerin??" hehe

diana guerguieva said...

My top are: Sophia, Clara, Nora and Zoe for girls. Noah, Oliver, Elliott, Max for boys.

Kiana said...

I hate that Isabela is in the top five. Ever since I met my husband (10 years ago), I've wanted to name our daughter that since it's my mother's name AND his mother's name. I thought it would be so beautiful. But now, I meet Isabela's all the time and I would hate for my baby to be Isabela E. Groan.

Nicole said...

My friends have a baby girl due in April-- they are doing a "March madness" style bracket game for all of their friends and family to contribute to on facebook. Its so much fun! They have four brackets- one is names inspired by historical figures, one is literary/fictional characters, another is artists/musicians and the fourth is simply "normal" names. Every day they post the matchup and at the end of the day tally the votes on each of their facebook walls. For instance, yesterday was Rosemary v Lily. Rosemary won by a landslide :)
I've never heard of any one doing something like this before, and it doesn't seem that risky. Firstly, the brackets are loaded with their top four favorites top seeded. Secondly, they aren't bound to using the winner.

Unknown said...

I'm kind of obsessed with names! Right now my favourite names all seem to be more vintage like Edith or Edgar.

One note though, the Babycenter list of most popular names is not always the best place to look for how popular a name is. It is compiled from parents who send in their children's names so it is biased towards the internet-saavy parent. If you want the true indication of popularity you need to wait until well into 2013 for the SSA to post the list.

sumslay said...

So funny, I guess it's a generational thing: I remember loving the names Sofia and Liam when I was in high school. Now I'm 30 and it looks like my classmates agree!

Rebecca Frascone said...

I can't believe that my son's name is on the list!! We chose Easton because it was my mama's maiden name...I had never heard it as a first name before I had him, and as soon as he was born I met about 10 Easton's (or people who knew an Easton). My little E was born in 2011. Everyone MUST have copied ME.... :)

Becs said...

We're having our first in March. We have a boy name picked out (Kieran) but are struggling with girl names. My husband has an uncanny ability to foretell the nicknames she will get in high school. Me: "How about Aurelie?" Him: "Orally? You want to name our daughter Orally?"

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Huh. I didn't think my daughter's name would be on the list (Edith), but I'm surprised my son's name (Eric) wasn't there!

tragicsandwich said...

Where does this list come from? The Social Security list doesn't come out for several more months--and 2012 isn't even over yet!

Baguette's name has almost never been in the top 100, and we're fine with that.

lisacng @ expandng.com said...

I don't care much for these lists, though my boy's name is in the top 10. Actually, I haven't met another boy with his name, so good things others are paying attention and NOT naming their boys with popular names ;). I'd rather choose one that has a nice "ring" to it and fits with the last name.

Madeline said...

The baby center list is fun to look at, but the very best list comes from the Social Security administration on Mother's Day Weekend :)

goose and bear said...

I felt the same way as a Jessica - I always had to distinguish myself from the other 3-4 Jessicas in class. And my mom thought she was being original! So I took "Jessi" as a nickname, thinking the spelling could be kind of unique anyway.

Dana Britt said...

LOL I love that 'MarvinTrevorGingerbreadSuper'...you know you'll never forget it even when you have a boy and name him what you want! ;)

~

~ Faith said...

I grew up never meeting another girl with my name, although I did meet Hope, Joy, Grace, but never another Faith. My husband's name, Heinrich, is apparently fairly common in South Africa where he's originally from, but here you never meet any man under 60 with that name. We wanted our daughter to have an equally original name and after much searching we went with Eshné. Now to figure out a name for baby #2, a boy due in April!

lilybeemiller said...

growing up I never met anyone else named Lily, and now I swear I've met dozens of little under-3 lilys! I'm hoping this will help with everyone misspelling my name and I will never again have to utter the sentence "No, not l-i-l-l-y, its l-i-l-y, thanks!"
On another note, whenever people do posts about baby names I always quick word-find my top name and make sure its not getting too much attention in the comments section! I'll do everything I can do protect it until after he/she is born! (the gender is a surprise and the name is the same either way)

goose and bear said...

Yup, I knew an Aurelie in high school - she turned out to be an exceptionally (emotionally) strong woman. It is a beautiful name, though.

juliakleiner said...

I've always loved James - but only for a girl, ha! My German grandmother, with whom I was super close, was called Gertrud, so I'm thinking of calling a baby girl Trudi (either first or middle name) should I ever have a girl.

Anna said...

Jubilee and Anderson! 3 yr old daughter and 6 month old son we call Sonny :)

Not your goddess said...

I considered that when I named my children... so I usually say Ella and Sam :)

Betsy said...

My niece is Beatrix and she goes by Bix.I love it!

goose and bear said...

We have a Maryn and a Lucy. I've never met a Maryn with the same spelling, although I've met a few Marens. What clinched them for us were the meanings - with middle names they are "sea of grace" and "clear light."

Missing Tercy said...

Becca, "Call" is our boy name for the same reason. That book completely and unexpectedly blew me away. Glad to see another female felt the same.

Torino Style said...

In Italy top names are Sofia and Giulia for girls, Alessandro e Francesco for boys

So R. said...

my name is sofia (i am mexican so no PH) and i am 27 years old, i guess my parents were ahead of their time haha :) your baby picture is just sooo cute!

Claudia said...

Etienne is my favourite boys name, but my husband simply HATES it ;) I also like Ellery for a girl.

Siany said...

I lost count how many David I know, but it's not even in the list. I like the name Philip , but it's not there either..

Siany said...

It was you eating the baguette! What a lovely little girl!

Rossie said...

Because if you called it just "names" than you'd have to count anyone who has a name, not just people being given names in that year (i.e., babies). You would have to count all the adult Susans and Lynns and Anns alongside the babies and you wouldn't know what names were popular choices NOW as opposed to in years past.

Alyssa said...

I'm excited that the two names I love best (one for a boy and one for a girl) for my future children..at least as of right now...are not on the list. I like them because they are actual names but they aren't overused.

Mariclare Cole said...

I'm one of those people who doesn't want kids, but that doesn't seem to stop me from deciding on names. I like the idea of naming a boy after my father: Kenneth, or Kenny for short. For a girl I'm partial to Beatrice.

Lejla said...

I find it so interesting that my name (pronounced like Layla)became so popular in the US. It is arabic and means very dark night. Lovely post, thanks!

http://lejlatravels.blogspot.com/

Unknown said...

Well, I guess a list of the most popular names would have to include ALL the names currently in use so it wouldn't really be a barometer of what's popular that year. Baby names assumes that that we're only talking about names given in 2012, so gives you a better idea of whether your little Sophia will have five more like her in first grade!

Justin + Liesl said...

My first girl's name will be Sophie and my first boy's name will be Ty. I'm in love with these names.

xoxo
Liesl

woodsy-soiree.blogspot.com

tammy h. said...

I've always loved the names Sophie and Olivia, and am amazed at how quickly those names caught on (especially together!). I'm not a huge fan of super popular names (like top 10) so I might have to rethink names. Right now, I'm leaning towards Margaux or for a girl, Hugo for a boy.

Zoë said...

Zoë - I feel the exact same way! I grew up in a California city with a few other Zoes and lots of interesting names, but when I lived in Oregon and Idaho, people thought it was made up or always pronounced it Zo. I love my name and in a way, I'm glad to see it up there because it means that people get it now! I also love the name Rowen, so cute :)

Eliot Davenport said...

For a girl, Meriweather. And for a boy, Joel or Rufus.

Bonnie said...

I'd actually prefer my kid's name to be a bit original (although it's hard to do that and still have a name that isn't too off the wall). That said, I grew up never finding my name on anything as it's not popular where I live (Scotland). It was even worse for my sister, Gaye, which I think is a beautiful name and it also looks pretty written down but soon after she was born Gay entered common usage and she took so much crap in high school- even one teacher who refused to call her by her name and only called her Gayle, total asshat that man.

Katie Kanda said...

I love that my children's names are not popular! Maxine ( max for short) and Van

Hannah Hosh said...

Call me crazy, but I actually LIKE that my kid's names aren't on the list, except for Asher. But it wasn't when he was born almost 7 years ago!

alice in nomansland said...

Darn it! My name is on there for the first time ever, but still #94 --Paige

lc | rebuild said...

I'm one of the hundreds of Laurens too :) Luckily, I was always the only one in my schools until college.

I've also worked as a teacher, and having doubles--and even triples-- of the same name each year is pretty much a given. So the kids go by first name + last initial. Eli O., Eli D., Sarah O., Sarah F., and so on.

Sara G. said...

I was always 1 of 5 Sara(h)'s in highschool and still go by my last initial/nicknames: G and Sarina (a nickname I picked up while studing in Italy) even though now I'm the only Sara in my group of friends. I think also need to start running aroud giving Sara sandwitches. Haha I like that.

Maywyn said...

I hope Maywyn will be on the list in the next couple of years. My present favorite names are Hudson and Cyrl for a boy, and Harvard and Wynn for a girls.

Melanie said...

I purposefully picked names that would not be the most popular. I don't think my son's names (Hurst and Graham) will ever be on the top 100 lists and that's fine with me. There is nothing worse than being at the playground and listen to five different moms yell Max or Jack all afternoon. It must drive the kids nuts!

east end girl said...

I was surprised to see my son's name, Tristan, on the list. I don't hear his name out there very often and he's never had another Tristan in his classes. My daughter's name, Amélie, wasn't on the list but the English equivalent, Amelia, is #20.

Amanda C said...

Our daughter's name is Tommie Evelyn... LOVE! My other favorites are Audrey, Jackson (so upset that it's so popular), Harper, Silas, and Tennyson. I actually prefer names that aren't very popular, just because, as an Amanda, I was always surrounded by other Amandas in school and it was so aggravating! I still hear people yelling out for "Amanda" while I'm out in public, and I can't help but to turn and look!

Bonnie said...

I like Verity from the novel The Crow Road and how cool would it be to be named after Wendy Darling? I keep looking for inspiration from novels/films (I'm not even pregnant!) because I wouldn't like to name them after something they hated- I'm named after the little girl in Gone With the Wind and I found this a bit alarming as a child...
Another favourite is Lyra from His Dark Materials who I'm pretty sure the model Sophie Dahl named her daughter after.

Jimmy said...

For those still having kids, or who hope to one day, here is my naming advice: Don't share the name with everyone before the baby is born. Pick a few people you trust, and keep it to that.

Everyone has an opinion, and before the baby is born they don't mind sharing that opinion with you. Tell the whole world, and your going to hear about how your mother-in-law hates it, or your college roommate dated a stripper with the same name. Then you're stuck with knowing that.

Once the baby is here, only a jerk would criticize its name to your face.

lc | rebuild said...

Ha! That's hilarious about Aurélie. Too bad-- it's such a beautiful name. My French baby names always get shot down, too.

Eva / Sycamore Street Press said...

I love talking baby names... always have. We have a little girl named Ingrid and are expecting a little boy, whom we've already named Lars. They're both family names and go well with our Scandinavian last name: Jorgensen. We also wanted names that were familiar to American ears but still uncommon. I purposely read the top 100 lists to make sure that the names we pick are NOT on them. :) It's weird to me that my own name (Eva) is now in the top 100. Growing up, I never knew a single person with that name besides my Swedish great-grandmother, for whom I was named.

Mia Stizzo said...

No one had my name growing up and I could never find one of those nameplates or key chains with Mia on it. So weird to see it become such a popular name. Number 9?! Wow!

lc | rebuild said...

My favorite for a little girl is old-fashioned and not on the list-- and I hope it stays that way! I don't want my kids to be prey to the first name + last initial epidemic in classrooms today :) Looks like our favorite boys' name, Harrison, is gaining popularity. When Dexter and Rita (on Dexter) decided on Harrison as a name for their child, I remember thinking, "Nooooooooo!"

Sara said...

I hated how popular my name was growing up, so giving my child a unique name was very important to me. Our son's name is Pfeiffer, a tribute to mine and my husband's favorite place on earth. If a little girl comes along, we're torn between Paloma and Aurora. xo

Kristin Dennis said...

My daughter's name is Mary (after my husband's grandmother), and while it was the most popular name for decades, have yet to meet another Mary her age. Meanwhile, there are TWO Scarlets in her class! Gotta be careful when "unique" is the driving force in naming your kid!

katilda said...

I feel safe posting my future baby names here where none of my close friends will see and steal! Girls: Daphne and Ramona. Boys: Jude and Emmett. I would also like to use the name Atticus somehow, maybe as a middle name (shout-out to To Kill a Mockingbird!) I love the idea of using literary or music (Jude!) references in names.

E said...

We want to name our daughter Yoshimi and call her Yoshi (after the Flaming Lips song/album). It's unisex, old-fashioned (in Japan), and means 'to take pleasure in truth, justice and beauty' (as a Libra, I especially love this!)

My friends and family balk at the notion, the consensus is that it's weird, basically because it's Japanese (and a SNES character - cool points in my book). But if we Americans name our children Michelle, Hans, Sofia, why not Yoshimi?

sofia.romps said...

I kind of hate that my name is the most popular! Though I spell mine Sofia. When I was growing up I didnt know anyone with that name and everyone associated it with Sophia from the Golden Girls:)

Thriving Wives said...

All the things you hate, I happen to love haha. For arguments sake, who is to say those 'last names' aren't really first names? My maiden name is a mans first name as well, so to me they are all interchangeable.

Thriving Wives said...

I had loved the name Sophia for so long, without even realizing how popular it was, and now I'm so upset that it is. I don't want to use it because I'd hate for my kid to be one of a million sophia's in school. Need to come up with plan b.

Strive to Thrive,
Nic
www.Thriving-Wives.com

Stephanie said...

I'm actually a bit irked that the name my husband and I chose for our daughter (due in February) has been growing in popularity. It moved up something like 10 spots from last year, and it's in the top 1/5 of that list. (We're not revealing the name til she's born though, so I'm not going to say which one!) But we both really, really like the name, and we don't want to change it just because we want to be different. So we're sticking with it, and hopefully it won't become *too* trendy of a name. ;-)

leanerbythelake.com said...

my first name is Eileen and my middle is Ragan. growing up i hated both of them. i would have told you so, too. both were always shared with "old people", as i pointed out to my mother often. there were never any cool key chains at the souvenir shops and all the other name stuff that kids love. around college was the turning point when i started appreciating the history in my names. my first name, Eileen, comes from my great aunt who my father adored and my middle name, Ragan, is the last of my maternal grandmother's maiden name. these days, i treasure the fact that my parents chose names with a history behind them, even if those souvenir key chains are still hard to find (except in Ireland!)

super long winded way to say that if i chose to have children, i'd name them something with a history and connection to our family - Ragan for a little girl or maybe Geraldine, since that's my dad's mother's name - she passed away when he was 7 and i've never met her.

www.leanerbythelake.com.com

Ali said...

My son (4 months) is Eamon. No one knows how to say it or spell it, but I wouldn't change it for all the money in the world...it fits him perfectly :)
ali

My sweet boy:
http://40tasks.blogspot.com/2012/11/it-wasnt-turkey.html

michelle said...

Both of my daughter's names are on this list (between 51-100) but they weren't even in the top 200 when I named them (they are now 5 and 3). Funny how fast things change.

Erin said...

My husband and I took ages to figure out our son's name, born in January 2012. We needed a name that would sound good in Spanish and in English, and wanted something not too common. We finally agreed on Ivan Geronimo, and I love it. Even so, I started calling him Boogie the day we brought him home from the hospital (I have no idea why!), and Boogie he remains, even now to all our family and friends. Best laid plans...

kaity said...

well crap, Kaitlyn is #23...I'm starting to wonder if my name is ever going to be uncommon.

Callie Glorioso-Mays said...

my husband and i went round and round while naming our son (four months old today!!). We finally settled on Hadden Elijah (hadden rhymes with madden like the football guy, NOT like hayden) and we love it! We wanted something unique, but still easy to pronounce and spell.

Lisa said...

We have a little guy named Oskar. So cute.

Alison Pearldiver said...

My Favorites are, Julian (b) or Julienne (g) more boy names Dylan, Henry, Elliot, more girl names, Lucienne, Farrah, Zara

Michelle said...

The Social Security Administration has the real data (from birth certificates) http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/

You can also graph the popularity of your name over time on that site. It's cool to see!

Sara said...

My husband and I have a six-month-old son, and we didn't want a common name. When I saw your post today, I called him and said "air high five!" over the phone for our unique name choice! :)

I also agree with a previous commenter - we kept our chosen name a secret from EVERYONE - only our dog and our four-month-old nephew knew, and they weren't telling, haha - and it was WONDERFUL to reveal the name to everyone once our little guy arrived. :)

Jennifer Beaudet said...

So many great names, it's hard to choose! I like Julia or Ruby. I'm glad I don't have to decide! But this does bring back memories of choosing my daughter's name. We were going to call her Hannah but chose Haley. I love her name...Haley Anna; so pretty. She's in her third year of college now!

Bonnie said...

I loved this Guardian piece by Hadley Freeman on her namesake: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/mar/10/hadley-freeman-richardson-ernest-hemingway

Ellen said...

We named our boy Abimael Bastiaan, but we call him Bas ( sounds kinad like boss) He is Puerto Rican, American and Dutch. Our Puerto Rican family and Dutch family love the name, but Americans just kinda say huh..... It is a hard name for a little guy but he will grow into it and he was named after two strong, kind, adventurous men. My husband and uncle. I hope he grows up being proud of his name and heritage.

half-asleep-studio said...

Yay, I'm still cool! (Natalie)

Bonnie said...

I get that, I hated my name when I was younger because it was something you'd call a teddy bear but as I got older I saw academics/journalists with the same name and I realised there was something very cool about having that kind of name but being the opposite of what is associated with it. Like if Peaches Gelfdoff was an nobel-winning physicist or something!

Jenny Rosenthal said...

Thanks for this list! Our son is due in 3 weeks, and we still haven't cemented our decision. Yikes!

Shelley said...

Unless you're planning to get pregnant right now, then you should be happy that the name you like is popular at the moment :)

It just means there will be some older cool kids at school with their name but probably not in their own grade.

No one was ever ever named Shelley. I got called Shelby or Sally all the time haha. People would ask me if I loved sea shells - really original! I was also usually asked if my name was really Michelle but it's not. I was named after Mary Shelley, my great great aunt, who wrote Frankenstein.

I like family names for boys - Penn, James, Nathan. I also like Aleph and Liam

For girls I like Noelle, Reagan, Hanneli, Mona, and Brenna

Bonnie said...

Can I ask what his name is? (I have a secret name stashed away for a boy too)

officiallyobsessed.net said...

I'm genuinely curious about those who are upset that their kids' names are popular. Granted, my name, Abby (actually Abigail) is super popular for little girls now but wasn't when I was growing up, so I never had another Abby in my classes.

But on the other hand, our girl Zoe already has two other Zoes in her daycare (which has, like, 15 kids tops), so they call her a nickname instead. And it doesn't really bug me -- the name just fits her so well and she's such a unique personality already that I can't imagine she doesn't feel special and herself. Am I missing something that will reveal itself as she grows up? I personally think it's great that others share our love of the name -- just like when I find others who also love my favorite bands or restaurants.

PS the daycare also has three Leos. Which is also a name I love -- guess I have popular taste!

Sarah D said...

My favorite names are always classic, timeless names. And, always, always spelled the original, classic way! I hate when people get "creative" with spellings! Names that could just as easily fit someone's grandmother, mother, self, or daughter.

I'm generally not a fan of the "trendy" names. Like the current trends of old fashioned names and last names as first names, and all the boy names that end in "en" sound. On their own, I like many trendier names, but when it becomes the big thing for everyone to do it, and everyone always seems to think they are being so unique and different... that just bugs me.

I had a very popular name growing up, but I've always loved my name. Its not trendy or tied to any one era, like many of the other popular names from my childhood.

AcanthusNichole said...

My son's name, Liam, was like #30 in 2010 when he was born and all of a sudden it's number 4 and I'm bummed! We tried not to have a super popular name and it was hard enough to find a boy's name we agreed on.

I blame Liam Hemsworth and his increased popularity. Prior to him the only other Liam's we could think of were Neeson and Gallagher.

Emily Parker said...

I once had a dream that I was pregnant with a baby boy and in my dream decided to name him William Wilder. Ever since I've been quite obsessed with the name Wilder for a baby boy. Remember Little House on the Prairie? The books were hands down my favorite as a kid which may explain why the name Wilder popped up in my dream.

To what extent, I wonder, does a child 'live up to' his/her name? Would a kid named Wilder be a wild child? What do you guys think?

Ich said...

Claudia for girl and Ciro for boy

Liz said...

We have two names in the top 20 and our girl's name isn't even in the top 100. It didn't matter to us about the popularity although with our first son it surprised us how popular the name is.

igotclucky said...

My daughter's name is "Sylvie" which is perfect for her, but everyone thinks we say "Sophie" due to the popularity of that name. Sylvie was my #1 girl's names although my husband wanted Vivian ("Vivi"). In the end we just knew when she was in our arms that she was a Sylvie. We don't plan to have another child, but I love the names River, Rowan, and Mabel. These will likely be the name of chickens or other animals on our farm. ;)

Sarah D said...

I don't think kids "live up to" their names in that way. But, I do think that often names say something about parent's personalities and priorities and can have an impact in that way. For example, Wilder might be a child of someone who is into literature (such as your case w/ it based on a favorite book), so the child may be brought up in such a way that would lead to being "bookish" or academic. While someone who names a child b'c the name reminds them of an athlete or feels outgoing might lead to a child more sporty or active, since those may be priorities in that family.

Nicolette said...

I named my son Ryan and it's #11 on the list. I didn't want him to have a popular/common name but I also decided I wasn't going to let popularity dictate what I chose to name him. I chose Ryan Charles after my brother and father. I figured I'll never regret a family name even if it is a popular one. Naming your kids is hard! So much pressure!

Kathy Russo said...

I love the names of our little boys, age 1 and 4; Cole and Cade.

margaux said...

our daughter's name is Remember. we sometimes call her Memma or Mem. we found it in a book about the Mayflower crossing; there was a little girl passenger named Remember Allerton. the name also felt appropriate b/c we've lost several close friends and family members since my husband and i have been a couple. Remember felt like a way of paying tribute to all of them. anywhoo, she has two somewhat traditional middle names, so if she hates her first name, she can always go with one of those.

i don't have a problem with popular names, but it was important to us that our daughter have a unique name; something to make her own, i guess. if we just LOVED sophia, however, we would've gone with it. there are just so many these days, it's lost its appeal. my husband and my tastes squew towards the unusual, so i think it makes sense that our name choices would too.

other names we like: Fife, Plum, Olympia or Cecelia for girls; Cassius "Cass" and Gilbert "Gil" for boys. also liking Lorenzo or "Zo" for short.

Neja LovelyFood said...

Joanna, I love your blog!

Zsófia said...

HOw funny! Most of the names are popular in Hungary (Europe) too.
My son has 2 names: Nimrod Samuel. The first is a special, hungarian name.
Favorit girl name: Abigel, Adel ... wish i have a baby girl soon...

I am Zsofia (it's Sofia), and it wasn't a popular name, when I was a child :)

Kristi said...

my 3 kids are Emery-girl, Jesse-boy, Hadley-girl. I don't think they are that unusual but they never make the lists. :)

Brandy said...

Something I've come to think is that a name is an opportunity. Of course, almost no one, post WWII, wants to name their child. . .Hitler. . .,( and I don't know that I would be able to overcome certain dislikes to test my theory) but if you have a name that belongs to someone hated or whom you do not respect, you have the choice and the chance to turn that name into one that people love. By that I mean that, except in extreme cases, we tend to like the names of people we sincerely admire, and dislike names based on based on our interactions with unpleasant people who possess them. What do you think?

thecreamline said...

My kids' names aren't in the top 100, but they are still classic. I think it's so important to keep in mind that our babies will spend most of their life as adults and need names that will follow suit.

I read a great bit of baby naming advice once: "A girl should be able to grow out of her name, while a boy should grow into his." So true! There's also the CEO rule--could you imagine the name under a Stipple drawing in the Wall Street Journal? Little Heaven, Ocean, or Scout might be adorable on the playground, but those names don't cross over into adulthood very well.

Lilia said...

We do the same with our kids. I am Mexican my husband is from U.S.

Beth E. said...

My rule was just that I was okay with a name so long as I didn't know any pets with the same name. And no mens names for girls or last names as first names. We went with a classic first name and then with family names for middles. My daughter's first name is on there but near the bottom.

slip4 said...

This is weird - my daughter's name is Clair (#44 on the girl list) and my son is Tyler (#44 on the boy list)!

Camille said...

I love Felix and Oscar for a boy, and Nina for a girl...
here in France old names are coming back : Louise, Jules, Lucien...

liapez said...

We named our now six-week old daughter Kathryn Elliot - she's a fifth generation Kathryn on my side (I'm the fourth!). The plan was to always call her by her middle name (I go by my middle name as well), but my husband started calling her Ellie right away and it stuck, so...we have a little Ellie. I'm glad to see neither name appears to be very popular on BabyCenter.

Kristi said...

i love gender neutral names. i wanted my daughter to have a name that could be put on a resume or application and not give away her gender. :) I'm not a feminist, swear! haha. I'm also a fan of family names and all 3 of my kids have a family name as their middle name.

Amelia said...

I love being the only Amelia most people know. I had a crush on a boy my freshman year of college who had two ex-girlfriends named Amelia. What are the chances? That was the fastest I've ever gotten over a crush. I wasn't about to be the 3rd Amelia!

I too find it much harder to think of names for my (future) boys. I've got 4 girls names (first and middle) planned and only one boy. And yes, I want at least that many children!

Jessica and Jake Garrett said...

Interestingly, the name's existence on this list turns me off to it (which is unfortunate because I LOVE Liam and Ethan). I also agree with Kristi - HUGE fan of family names. My husband and I hope to use family/meaningful names for both first and middle names of our children. We'll see how far we get :)

Thanks for posting! You rock Joanna.

Jessica and Jake Garrett said...

Just to clarify my first statement - the names on here are lovely. I just want uniqueness to be part of my child's self-image, and I believe a name can greatly contribute to that self-image from a young age.

Clare Priest said...

My husband and I are both British and our 2 yo is named Imogen. She was born in the US and no-one knew how to pronounce it properly, normally calling her Im -o -jean, not Imo -jen, it was quite hard work explaining the name to anyone who asked. I still absolutely love it and am pleased no-one mentioned it here or on the list and now we're living back in England, I don't feel like she is too unusual!

Greta Gable said...

Plum like the fruit? Fife like the instrument? These are just nouns!
(The rest are lovely ;))

kati said...

i love talking names! i've got a lola olivia and a muller grey. i picked them because of all the vowels and how they look written out (and muller is a special family name). i guess lola has dropped off the list, darn haha ;)

Sherry said...

Our son's name is not on the list. I'm happy for that.
I look every year and hope it isn't. My husband's name is Matt and we currently are in a small group from church that has three Matt's in it.

Ethaney said...

My name is super unique and have yet to meet another Ethaney. Because of my mom naming me something so different, I love unique names more than anything. For my future kids, I love the name Harper and Theo. Harper works for a boy or girl so it's perfect :)

KateK said...

I am nowhere near having children, but I still have names that I like. Sophia, Isabel, and Olivia are my top choices. However, I am not sure if I want my child to have a popular name. Being a Katelyn born in '89, I kinda dislike how common my name is. However, I do like my somewhat different spelling.

CLP said...

I have always loved the name Audrey, it was my grandmother's name and also my husband's grandmother's name but he doesn't like it :(
I have also always really liked my other grandmother's name Eva, but its so popular now. I don't want to go with a name that is super popular. Some others I like: Raina, Maia, Mercedes, Araely. I also have always loved the irish name Niamh (pro. "Neev") but I think it would be a hard name to have. Boys names I like Oliver, Pehr, Nicolas.

Anna said...

I was named an unusual name (not in top 1000) that I hated my whole childhood, despite the frequent compliments I got on it. When I turned 18, I changed my name to a common name and have never been happier. I can't imagine why parents would shy away from well-known and well-loved names for that reason. Having an off-the-wall name doesn't make you unique, it just makes you always feel like an outsider!

isabel said...

i love timeless names, like Jules, my son's name :)

www.mamajulesbrussels.blogspot.com

lizziedoesit said...

some of these names are nice but i love my own kids names, of course! and they're not on the list.... yet. my daughter's name is Luna Elise and my son's name is Niko Rey. I have recently started seeing more and more Luna's, it's catching on!
:)

Courtnay said...

we named our son (who will be one in a week!) Jonah Everett and love it! our criteria for the first name was that it had to be easy so say and spell but not too popular. the middle is my great grandmother's maiden name.
for a girl I have always like Kitely or Emaline. both are family names. but I don't know if I can talk my husband into two names from my side. and that's if number two is a girl. if it's another boy I don't know what we'll do!

lauren. said...

our dog's name is #29 on the girl's list and #79 on the boy's list. i thought it was a super uncommon name, as we combined two words of a favorite band: rilo kiley to form riley. i won't make that mistake before naming children!

Molly S said...

My son is Saul, which I love. We're not Jewish, but everyone seems to think we are when they hear his name. I think it's cool. How many Sauls do you know under the age of 65?

I'm pregnant with #2 due in April. If it's a boy, we LOVE Samuel. I never realized it was so popular! It's one of those names that just sticks around generation to generation. If it's a girl, we're naming her Josephine, after my brother/father/grandfather/greatgrandfather who are all Josephs. I wouldn't name a boy Joseph ... but Josephine, I love!

Villette Jewelry said...

My daughter's name is Clara Violette (born in 2012) and I am actually quite surprised to see Clara on this list. Luckily it's only #93. My husband and I didn't want her to have a totally unusual name but we wanted it to be somewhat unique (i.e. the only one in her class). We also gravitated towards older sounding names that could have been popular in the early 1900s.

Alexandra Fouracre said...

I think a lot of old school 'One Tree Hill' viewers have started having kids....

Sophia (Bush) (no1)
Peyton (no 28)
Lucas (No 7)
Julian (no 69)

Anyone spotted Nathan or Hayley...

I love the name Sophia for a girl... I'm hoping in about 6-8 years time when I plan to have kids its not quite as popular however!

beccainboston said...

I am Rebecca and only ended up with another Rebecca in one or two classes. My sister Jessica however has a few Jessica friends and they have to distinguish themselves with nicknames more often! I definitely like the old-fashioned names coming back. It is pretty funny though to meet a 7 year old named Shirley. All of the crazy spellings and variations on classic names kind of drive me crazy. Like theres a Tariana and an Ariana and who knows how many other variations in one the classrooms at my school.

Caitlyn said...

UGH. My name was relatively (if you can believe it) unknown when I was named - Caitlyn. However, within a few years it's popularity grew and grew until it was #1 on the list when I was maybe 12 or 13? And it has remained on the top 100 pretty much ever since (it's on this list and I am now 28). Mine is spelled differently than most... but honestly that has just led to having to spell it constantly and having to REPEAT lyn not lin (because people stop listening after the first few letters). I HATE it. Not my name per se, just how incredibly common it is. Especially in places with a lot of younger kids - said loudly in a "Mom" voice so it makes me jump - UGH. Of course there is no way to predict what names will be popular when your kid is 10, but I would definitely reconsider a name I had picked if I learned it was on the most popular name list. But it seems almost inevitable that somehow people just pick names and then BOOM everyone is picking the same name - my nephew is a Liam - pretty uncommon when he was born... and now it's #4. My friends just had a kid they named Declan and everyone made them repeat it and said "how unusual" when they first decided on that name... it also made the top 100. So I guess at some point you just have to go with what you like and accept that it may become the #1 name in a couple years.

Sally Mae said...

We named out little guy Edwin! When he is older we hope that people call him Win, but Ed is fine too. I just call him Edwin because I think it's adorable. And his first birthday is today too!

The Mickelsens said...

Well if it makes you feel better, my daughter Eloise is one of two also. Ironically enough, her brother James is the only James in his class.

Lacey in the City said...

I've always loved my name, Lacey, as no one ever had it when I was growing up. I knew if someone hollered "Lacey" down the hall in school, they were calling for me and not another Lacey.

I like really old-fashiony sounding names: Edison and Walden for boys, Theodora (to call her Teddie) or Elliot for a girl. I loved Harper ever since the mid 90s when I read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' but that one is super popular now, so I wouldn't want to use it at this point.

Kara Trowbridge said...

My nephew is named Wilder and though my travels I have purchased him those silly "born to be wild" shirts everywhere I've visited. I love his name and it's so unique!

Faye said...

Angharad and Sarah I have to agree! I am English too so maybe it is a British thing :) I live in Australia and here surnames as first names for boys is so popular..and almost every pre-school boy I have met over the past month or so has a name like Lincoln, Preston, Mason etc. Just doesn't work for me personally!

Lisa said...

We just had a boy named Alexander. It was the only name that we could agree on that also sounded good in German (me) and English (him)!

I have to admit that I really hate Aiden and Jayden. Enough already!

jenny said...

I'm due in 6 weeks but we're waiting until she's born to announce her name! We want to meet her first to make sure it fits. Plus, its nice to have something left as a surprise everyone with since we already know the gender!

Emma Laycock said...

I have a Tobias, who we always call Toby, I just love the name, it's so cute. His middle name is my maiden name and it suits him perfectly. My best friend has a daughter called Lyra (from the Phillip Pullman novels) and I just love that name, it's still not that popular despite the books and films.

I wouldn't like to name my child a name in the top ten, but then I guess it doesn't really matter much.

Mariclare Cole said...

I gotta agree. My name is fairly unusual, and I doubt my parents thought about how annoying it would be for me my whole life to constantly correct people about my name. 99%of the time it goes like this:
Someone: hi nice to meet you, I'm ______.
Me: I'm Mariclare.
Them: nice to meet you, Mary.
Me: (trying not to cringe) MariCLARE.

I am still not sure how to make it clear, even after making sure to enunciate.

Ryan Olivia said...

My mom picked unusual names for my sister and I. My sister's name is McKenna (a family last name) and my name is Ryan but I am a GIRL!!!

Growing up, I hated having a boy's name, especially since I was uber girly. Today, I get so many compliments. It is only hard when I walk into an interview or appointments and people are surprised to see a girl. As a result, I always include my middle name, Olivia, for more formal documents and the like.

Carly said...

I absolutely love boy ams for girls. here are my top choices: Dylan, Drew, Blake, Brooklyn, Parker, and Reese. For guys its a shorter list: Parker, Preston, maybe Bradley.

Adrian said...

In its defense, this is a VERY traditional thing to do in the (American) South. Kids are often named after an ancestor's last name or maiden name (for example, my mother's first name is Patton, her grandfather's last name). But I agree, I feel like it's weird when there is no family connection, and there are WAY too many Jacksons and Coopers out there. I feel like it's spreading just as name trend, not a naming/cultural tradition, if that makes sense.

Carly said...

I absolutely love boy ams for girls. here are my top choices: Dylan, Drew, Blake, Brooklyn, Parker, and Reese. For guys its a shorter list: Parker, Preston, maybe Bradley.

Anna said...

Mariclare! Have you tried "like the magazine" on people?
My former name was a character of a well-known fairy tale, so I'd always say, like ___ (name of story) it was annoying for me but helped people remember!

I know what you mean-- I spent years correcting almost everyone that I introduced myself to, having to explain my name, etc...it was always a big conversation! For what it's worth, I think Mariclare is a beautiful name. :)

Erica @ Acire Adventures said...

It's like reading the sign-in sheet at my son's daycare! Seriously, who knew we were all so typical in our choices? Funny though, both my partner and my brother-in-law's names are in the top 10.

I LOVE my sister's girl baby name: Arabella. How pretty, right? I only have one boy and one girl name: Hawksley for a boy and Isadora for a girl. My partner would never go for that girl name though and I would never go for his girl name: Tessa.

Paula said...

Nouns = person, place or thing

People are nouns :)

Kim said...

I totally love gender-neutral first names + super-feminine middle names for girls. Right now, I'm loving "Ollie" for a girl (maybe short for Olivia - but dislike that it's at the top of the list!). I also like some derivative of "Belle" for a middle name - like "Sabella." My favorite for a boy is "Milo."

Leah Conroy said...

I am obsessed with baby names! Love making lists of my favorites. Thanks for this Joanna!:)

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