How Popular is TOO Popular for Baby Names?

I’m always intrigued when I talk to parents about their baby naming strategy.

Some people simply pick a name without regards to popularity—and are often very surprised when they find out that the name they thought was so original was in the top 5 names for that year. (The mom of one of the three Olivias in my daughter’s class said she was shocked that there were so many.)

And then there are others who won’t pick a name if they know it’s in the top 1000—even though, quite honestly, if you avoid the top 10 names for your state, you’re probably golden. I’ve even been asked by readers to remove references to their beloved baby names from blog posts or stories, as if my single blog post is going to be responsible for breathing life back into the name Louisa. (Honestly, I wish I was even close to that influential!) This crew is also more likely to choose creative baby name spellings to make a their child’s name stand out—even though Aydyn is still pronounced exactly like Aidan.

Personally, I’m more in the first camp. The names we picked for our daughters were picked to honor beloved family members, and if those family members were named Sophia or Olivia or Isabella, that would have been that, popularity be damned. But if we’d chosen another baby naming strategy, simply picking baby names that we loved or ones we thought had a lovely meaning, we may have been more conscious of where they sat on the charts.

So where do you stand on this issue? Would you choose a top 10 name, despite the fact that your kiddos would likely find others with the same name in their class? Or would you consciously try to avoid those above a certain point on the popularity list? I’m intrigued to see where you all draw the line!

Still looking for the perfect baby name? Try our Baby Name Finder, or email me at lamilbrand@gmail.com with your dilemma, and we’ll try to solve it on this blog.

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Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?
Baby Names: Is It Too Popular?

 

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Royal Baby Name? The Bets Are Already On!

British bookies are already laying odds on what name the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (AKA Prince William and Kate) will pick for the fourth in line to the British Throne. (Never mind the fact that the big royal baby news was just announced—and it’s still way too early to find out if it’s a future prince or princess!)

The current front runners? Depending on the bookie you bet with, it could be James, Arthur, Alexander or Henry for a future prince, and Elizabeth, Catherine, Alexandra and Victoria for a future princess.

Because royals tend to be confined to names with historic precedence within their families, there’s a relatively small pool of names to choose from. (There will be no Princess North or Prince Buddy of England!) Last time around, I guessed Alfred Charles Philip James for a boy, and Eleanor Diana Victoria Elizabeth for a girl. But Prince George only got three names, all on my list of alternates—George Alexander Louis.

This time around, I think they may pay homage to dearer family members. My guess: Henry Arthur James for a boy, and Elizabeth Victoria Diana for a girl.

Tell me what you think the royals should name their baby! If you’re still looking for a name perfect for your prince or princess, look no further: Check out my lists of royal baby names for princes and princesses. Not feeling so formal? Our Baby Name Finder can help you find names a little more off the beaten path (and give you the scoop on all the classics, too). And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names!

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You Won’t Believe Who Gave Kim Kardashian Baby Naming Advice…

So who exactly gave Kim Kardashian and Kanye West the thumbs up on North West as a baby name? You won’t believe it—but it was vaunted Vogue editor Anna Wintour!

According to a recent article in Us Magazine, Kim and Kanye were having lunch at New York’s Mercer Hotel when two luminaries stopped over separately to give them the thumbs up on North West, which had been rumored to be their name of choice. First came Pharrell Williams, who said it was the “best name.” Then later, Anna Wintour stopped at their table to tell them that “North is a genius name.” And apparently, when Anna Wintour gives the thumbs up on your baby name, you’re going with it.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Pharrell named his son Rocket—and Anna’s daughter, while given the classic name Katherine, goes by the nickname Bee.

That still doesn’t quite change my opinion of their baby name choice, but it helps me understand why something that started out as a joke ended up becoming their daughter’s actual name.

Tell me: Did anyone else’s opinion sway your choice of baby name? And would you let Anna Wintour name your baby?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or find your perfect A-list name with our Celebrity Fame Name Generator. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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Baby Names: Avoid Baby Naming Regret
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Celebrity Baby Names: Scarlett Johansson’s Daughter

Scarlett Johansson and fiance Romain Dauriac welcomed their first child—and gave her a sweetly old-fashioned name, Rose Dorothy.

Rose is, of course, the classic floral name that’s never totally gone out of style—it’s never been out of the top 400. It’s currently on an upswing, and placed at #224 last year for girls. (If you include girls given that name in the middle spot, the numbers would probably rise even higher.) It’s shown up all over pop culture, from a character on Downton Abbey to Kate Winslet’s heroine in Titanic. (And it was even the name master namer J.K. Rowling picked for Ron and Hermione’s daughter in Harry Potter.)

Dorothy hasn’t aged quite as well as its floral counterpart. It hit rock bottom, at 996, back in 2006, but is slowly making a comeback (it’s currently nearing the top 800). The name means “gift of God,” and is most notable for the ruby-slippered heroine of Wizard of Oz and noted writer Dorothy Parker. (Though Scarlett and Romain announced that they chose it in honor of Scarlett’s grandmother.)

I assume that wasn’t the inspiration behind the name, but Scarlett and Romain also picked two names from the old-lady sitcom Golden Girls—including the character played by celebrated comedienne Betty White.

What do you think? Is Dorothy ready for its comeback? And do you like Rose better in the first or middle spot?

If you’re still looking for a perfect baby name, our Baby Name Finder can help you in your search—or if you’re really stuck, send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com for some more personalized advice. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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Celebrity Baby Names: Alyssa Milano’s New Daughter

It’s a girl for actress Alyssa Milano and husband David Bugliari! Joining big brother Milo is daughter Elizabella Dylan.

Elizabella is a mashup of Eliza (a short form of Elizabeth which means “pledged to God”), and Bella, which means beautiful. It’s never been in the top 1000 (in fact, only 35 girls were given the name last year), but given the popularity of the two names smooshed together in this one name, it’s probably only a matter of time before it hits the limelight.

Dylan is a unisex name that means “son of the sea,” and is currently still more popular for boys than girls (it’s top 500 for girls, but top 30 for boys).

It’s a really intriguing name they picked: Still very timeless and classic, but offbeat enough that they’re guaranteed there’s no other Elizabella in the class. And they have a whole bevy of nicknames to pick from, if they want to go that way: Eliza, Bella, Belle, Liz, and more. Two thumbs up!

Tell us: What do you think of the name Alyssa and David picked for their daughter? Would you consider it for your kiddo?

If you’re still looking for the perfect baby name, check out our Baby Name Finder, or send your dilemma to me at lamilbrand@gmail.com. And don’t forget to like In Name Only to keep up with the very latest in baby names.

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