The new Sharon and Kevin?

(168 Posts)
lumpasmelly Tue 08-Dec-09 16:32:29

Just wondering what all you MNers think are going to be the new "Sharon/Kevin" type names for our kids generation (i.e. names that will become dreadfully common in the future, and the subject of sketch show stereotypes!)

BTW - please don't take offence if you are a Sharon or a Kevin....there are lots in my family and none of them are common, but they DO get a lot of stick for their names!!!

BonjourIvressedeNoel Tue 08-Dec-09 16:36:02

Sienna, Alfie, Jayden, Tyler?

jellybeans Tue 08-Dec-09 16:36:23

Alfie and Evie?

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 08-Dec-09 16:38:38

Sorry to be a complete Pollyanna but these type of threads do not go down well - not nice for the mums of Evie, Tyler et al to see this.

I'll blow a raspberry at myself, don;t worry.

Fimbo Tue 08-Dec-09 16:41:49

Chardonay and Algernon

LizzyLordsALeaping Tue 08-Dec-09 16:43:12

<<Clicks hide in case any of her family's names are mentioned and she gets cross>>

Although we do have impeccable taste, obv grin

MamaLazarou Tue 08-Dec-09 17:09:45

Jayden, Cayden, Brayden, Schmayden, etc.

(I LOVE the name Sharon, always have done - think it's smart and pretty)

hugothegreat Tue 08-Dec-09 17:15:39

Schmayden lol!!!

Flightattendant Tue 08-Dec-09 17:20:27

I like Sienna and Evie and Alfie.

The most common names I have heard among 'fashionable' people are Kyle, Lee-Jay, Lee-James, Jayden and for girls, Kyla and Chelsea.

bellissima Tue 08-Dec-09 18:30:31

Sharon is a really pretty sounding name. And Kevin is fine if you are an American actor for some reason. I have a cousin Tracy thus named because her mother thought High Society was really classy.

In that not too judgmental vein then it's Amelie ('the Kylie of the noughties' - another MNer not me!). Oh and Thomas. ten tons of em.

eandh Tue 08-Dec-09 18:38:36

Well DD1 is Ellie and we know quite a few Ellie's so I'd imagine it will be a bit of a 'Sarah/Jane/Nicola' (ie popular and almost everyone I know knows someone called Sarah/Jane/Nicola/Louise or Daniel/Chris/James etc as these were popular in late 70's/early 80's) So think her name will be the same for her generation (ie will be popular and more than likely at least 2 in each year of her school life)

DD2 has an unusual name and we have never met another (know a few mumsnetters have dc with similar name)

mumoftoomany Tue 08-Dec-09 20:06:59

Names that become popular very quickly are at risk of dating badly... whereas the more classic names outside of the top 50 are less likely to be linked to a specific era.

comeonbishbosh Tue 08-Dec-09 21:28:58

Not sure why that's such a bad thing. I'm a Clare, which I now realise is a good 70s name. But hey, I'm a woman in my 30s. Most people who meet me know that, it's hardly a state secret. I like the name, but I probably wouldn't choose it if I were to name a child now.

I also think it's a bit of an illusion that you can avoid fashion, I doubt there's any name that is consistently averagely popular over the last 50 / 100 years. None of us are completely immune to what's around us.

LynetteScavo Tue 08-Dec-09 21:31:44

Well half the children in this town are called Ellie or Joshua.

Both very nice names, there just seem to be loads of them.

LynetteScavo Tue 08-Dec-09 21:33:59

bishbosh...you're right about avoiding fashion. I gave DS what was at the time an unusual name....now every 3rd person how has a boy baby seems to use it.

rasputin Tue 08-Dec-09 21:35:36

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AT42 Wed 09-Dec-09 01:21:47

Jack and Chloe surely? Given they were the top names for about 10 years or something and Jack still is I think.

In terms of names that people will see as "common" in a bad way, I agree Alfie, Archie, Evie, Ellie etc al. I'm also starting to wonder about Oscar - there are loads of them!

LoremIpsum Wed 09-Dec-09 01:41:23

Thing is, it takes more than popularity to turn a name into a stereotype. There are plenty of names from the same period as Sharon and Kevin that were also popular but haven't been tarred with the same brush.

So working out which names will be the future equivalent has to rely on more than popularity, it requires making a judgement about who uses and carries the name in question.

It's impossible to have a thread like this without hurting someone's feelings. Beyond the fact that it's pointless trying to work out something like this, the possible hurt alone is enough to not do it.

bellissima Wed 09-Dec-09 09:19:52

Agree LoremIpsum - but then, equally, the constant search (as seen on this forum amongst others) for a name that is both 'lovely' and - above all - 'unusual' is equally ridiculous. And it is those parents above all, I believe, who become annoyed when their 'unique' choice turns out to be not so distinctive. It's very easy to snigger at the Jaydens and Tyrones of this world but then don't turn around and get mortally offended if someone says that Oscar or Amelie are 'common' in the sense of being ubiquitous.

And I have an Ellie too. It (or rather Eleanor) is my grandmother's and indeed great-grandmother's name (she obviously ran out of inspiration for her youngest daughter!). That's just the way it goes with names that come in and out of fashion. I still love it.

PetrusPoo Wed 09-Dec-09 09:30:03

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MamaLazarou Wed 09-Dec-09 09:41:14

The world will always need cheeky cockney East-End barrow boys, PetrusPoo.

Belissima, why do you think it is ridiculous to seek a name that is lovely and unusual?

PetrusPoo Wed 09-Dec-09 09:42:07

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bellissima Wed 09-Dec-09 10:09:42

By all means seek a name that is lovely and unusual mama - but don't then get upset if lots of other people (inevitably) go for the same name.

I suppose, tbh I notice this because one nursery mum was actually a bit cold towards me for weeks and then later admitted it was because my DD's (not the Ellie!)'s name was somehow an even more unusual variant of her DD's name, which had obviously been picked to be 'different' but, as these things inevitably go, had become slightly fashionable. My DD is actually named after her (foreign) godmother. I suspect that there is, in the striving for a unique and distinctive name, a certain 'look at my distinctive child' egoism which tells you far more about the parents of course than the innocent child and, equally, which leads to a certain resentment when that feeling of distinctiveness is dashed. Obviously if a major criteria for choosing a name is that it is 'unusual' one is going to be rather bitter when it isn't.

bellissima Wed 09-Dec-09 10:10:23

PS - I'd rather have a barrow boy son than an estate agent!

sophiesmummie Wed 09-Dec-09 12:14:27

Names that have have become very popular in a short period of time, I think, will date much more than more classic names.

I'd have to agree with Alfie, Archie, Ellie, Evie - they just sound so 'now','trendy' and have become so, so popular recently.

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