love the name harry but seems very popular,so many about.three in my childs class.would you call your child an over used name if you liked it?

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racheael76 Fri 05-Apr-13 19:08:58

what do you think to the boys name harry.do you like it even though its extremely popular (its like the new john).i love the name harry but unsure now it is so popular.lots of people must like it thats why its so popular.

Coffee1Sugar Sat 06-Apr-13 16:40:09

Go for Harrison or Henry as a first name then and nn Harry if you want. Fwiw dd is Chloe Grace very "charts" but I love it and the only one at her nursery.

everlong Sat 06-Apr-13 16:08:30

Harry is fairly popular but who cares?
If you like it cool. That's what counts.

In ds's yr2 there are no Harry's.

difficultpickle Sat 06-Apr-13 15:37:31

I named ds a name that is always in the top 5 and usually top or second. I had no idea as I never looked at name lists before I had him. He has always been the only one in his year with his name despite its apparent popularity. I would choose whichever name you like and not overly worry about popularity. It will be a name you say umpteen times every day so it should be a name you love rather than one you settle for.

TheWave Sat 06-Apr-13 15:31:55

I wouldn't. It's not just about the local area, nursery class etc. Later they might be living or working elsewhere and there will be Harry in accounts, Harry who works in the canteen, Harry who supports Man U and so on.

StellaNova Sat 06-Apr-13 13:47:01

I think that generally you can't tell what name is going to be popular - all the mums of Isabels and Isabellas I know thought they were being incredibly original and they were not to know everyone had that idea at the same time! Lots of names I have liked, have suddenly become really popular, like Grace and Rose.

Having said that however I personally would not call my child a name that was already really, really popular. I love the name Jack but wouldn't use it for that reason. There were about 9 Sarahs in my year at school, I think it takes away from the loveliness of the name when it is so much in use.

Especially if you have a relatively common surname. There were two Paul Smiths in my year at college and I know two Sarah Edwards.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Sat 06-Apr-13 13:00:07

I had a very common name and hated it, especially at secondary when there were two of us with the same first and surname and we had to use our middle initials to differentiate. So when DD was born we scoured the name charts and deliberately avoided anything in the top ten. Fast forward a couple of years and DD's name shot into the top five. So even if you pick something you think is unusual, it might get more popular, these trends are hard to predict, and as long as you love the name I don't think you'll regret using it.

Trills Sat 06-Apr-13 12:25:37

I was in a History class in secondary school with 6 boys called Chris. Two of them were Chris P.

I've just looked and Christopher was the #1 boys name in England and Wales for the year I was born.

I never knew any of them to have a problem with there being other people called Chris in the world.

50shadesofvomit Sat 06-Apr-13 12:21:35

My 12 year old Jack has never been in the same class as another Jack. My 6 year old Harry has never been in a class with another Harry.

There is a search engine where you can search the most popular name In your postcode last year.

Trills Sat 06-Apr-13 12:15:48

If you are worried about your child being one of many in his class then you don't need to worry what current 5-year-olds are called, you need to worry about what the currently-pregnant people are calling their babies.

And if there are lots of 5 year old Harrys then maybe they will choose not to call their babies Harry.

Pancakeflipper Sat 06-Apr-13 12:13:43

If I really loved it and it had a sentimental/family meaning then I would use it.

NumberOneNumpty Sat 06-Apr-13 12:06:12

I would give my child a popular name if I liked it but only up to a point. Top 10 names are definitely out and Harry is number one! If you like it why not call your DS Henry (which is about no. 50) and use Harry as a nickname?

doyouwantfrieswiththat Sat 06-Apr-13 11:09:37

I have a stand out name & hated it, constantly having to repeat myself & know people wondered what my parents were thinking. Everyone now seems so hung up on making their kids stand out when that's the last thing most of them want.

I chose 'ordinary' names for my dc that have variations they can use when they decide which they like, in the same way that someone called Susan projects themselves to the world by being known as Susie or Sue.

KindleMum Sat 06-Apr-13 11:03:19

Personally I wouldn't pick a top 10 name for the same reasons as bedhog. There were 9 Sarahs in my year of 100 at school and it did mean they were referred to as tall Sarah, Welsh Sarah, Fat Sarah etc, even though most of them had unusual surnames. Here in the under-5s Euan seems to be the "new John".

ByTheSea Sat 06-Apr-13 11:02:31

It is very popular. Seven of the sixty children (more than 10%) in DD2-10's Year Six class are named Harry.

forgetmenots Sat 06-Apr-13 10:55:53

I have a very common name. I don't dislike it but I did when I was younger. I didn't even get any of the perks of a common name as there's more than one way to spell it.

I'm going for relatively common (top 100 in Scotland) names but wouldn't go top 10, if I'm honest that would be off putting for me. I do think though that there is more variation in names now, so there will never be any names that are quite 'the new john'!

Longdistance Sat 06-Apr-13 10:55:51

What about Harris?

ByTheSea Sat 06-Apr-13 10:55:15

It is very popular. Seven of the sixty children (more than 10%) in DD2-10's Year Six class are named Harry.

HDEE Sat 06-Apr-13 10:49:05

I tend to choose popular names. I have a Harry, a Jack and an Amelia.

I don't care if they are popular. My children have a daft surname that is forever going to be commented on, so they deserve a normal first name.

BedHog Sat 06-Apr-13 10:44:49

I wouldn't. I'd prefer my child to be called by just their name and not Harry F, Harry S, Small Harry, Fat Harry, Wierd Harry, Smelly Harry etc., which inevitably happens when you have a lot of people with the same name.

It would also feel a bit like painting a room magnolia and wearing a fleece and bootleg jeans. And driving around in a Ford Focus. Just a bit dull. There is so much mystery and excitement in life, go find a name that is really special to you!

IJustWoreMyTrenchcoat Sat 06-Apr-13 10:37:17

It would put me off to be honest. There are so many other names out there that are underused but not too 'out there'. I know it's a bit pathetic, but I dread the names I've chosen getting too popular, and guard them like, the holy grail!

I do think it's worse with names that spring out of nowhere overnight though. In my area for example there are loads of little Lexi's, there will be a massive concentration of them, then no one will use it and it will seem really dated. At least with Harry it's maintained popularity so won't date as much.

Southeastdweller Fri 05-Apr-13 22:25:10

No, because I think there's alot to be said for having a slightly unusual name (like mine grin).

I used to like Harry but there's so many of them about, same with Jude and Jacob.

itsnothingoriginal Fri 05-Apr-13 22:18:50

There isn't a 'Harry' at my kids school fwiw! I think it's a nice name smile

itsnothingoriginal Fri 05-Apr-13 22:15:55

I guess names are popular for a reason - because a lot of people have the same taste so that shouldn't be an issue if you love a particular name.

For me, I wanted something more unusual for my kids names but I'm sure they don't float everyone's boat otherwise they would be popular wouldn't they!!

bigbluebump Fri 05-Apr-13 21:54:28

Sometimes we forget why we name a person - to identify him/her. In our Cub Scouts group we have 4 Harrys two of which share the same surname! Can be a little confusing at times....

wigglesrock Fri 05-Apr-13 19:38:55

I have an Olivia wink I've never regretted her name at all. She's 5 and fwiw she's the only Olivia in her school year

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