Does your name fit your generation? I’ve met Amys and Jennifers born well before the 1970s peak, and Susans and Allisons who are much younger than you’d guess. And, of course, I’m three decades older than the average Abby – but I named myself, so there’s that.
My theory is that we’re happiest with our names when they’re ahead of the curve; that is, when they’re more popular in the years after we’re born. Because when that happens, it means that our names strike others as fresh and new. We’ll be the only Everly in our high school class. But, because lots of people have nieces and neighbors and friends-of-friends who name their daughters Everly in the years that follow, it sounds like a normal name – at least by the time we’re old enough to be aware of such artificial distinctions.
But if you’re a Madison born today, the opposite is true. It’s a well-used name, the kind that no one is surprised to hear. Your babysitter and soccer coach might share the name. It doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it, of course. But it might seem too ordinary, at least to some girls.
And if you’re a Brittany born today? That might be even tougher, because that name is falling fast.
The same goes for revival names. Better to be a Louisa than a Barbara, at least if you’re born in 2018. Though I tend to think that classic names feel more trend-resistant.
Does this feel right to you? Would it apply for your name?
- Some of these medieval names could be mistaken for modern innovations.
- A new book series featuring a hero named Arlo. Just one more reason to consider this name for a son!
- Cat or kindergartener? The most popular cat names could be both … Well, mostly. I’d be surprised – but not stunned – if I met a kid named #7.
- Love Liam and Finn, but want something less common? This list makes a good start.
- These came out a few weeks ago, but as winter begins, I’m looking at the storm names again …
- “Beware of chasing the dragon” – yes! – love the way Duana talks about our worries around using a potentially popular name. Not a known Top Ten name, mind you – just one that might be catching on fast …
- Interesting thoughts on a Swedish princess name from Nancy.
- Ayesha Curry talks about son Canon’s name. Apparently they’ve been saving it for years – how sweet! I think it’s a good choice for her and Steph, but the idea that it means young wolf in French? That has me stumped. Any one recognize the reference? Canin is canine in French, so maybe there’s something there …
- “We will find a name. And I know we’ll all love it.” Lots of good thoughts, as well as an upbeat approach, on the challenges of naming your second child.
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!