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To be really annoyed that my all time favourite girl's name is so bloody popular?

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Theicingontop Sat 26-Jan-13 17:54:53


Really miffed. I was convincing myself up until now that maybe it's not that popular, and besides, I'm in love with the Scottish spelling and everyone else goes for the fancy French version, so she'll be a bit different when it comes to school.

Starting to realise that if I don't want my so far imaginary daughter to be one of hundreds of Isobels I'll have to rethink it. Kind of disappointing. I've had it picked out for years.

Anyone else?

pictish Sat 26-Jan-13 17:56:02

Yanbu - it's a gutter for sure, but there's nowt you can do.

middle name?

VacantExpression Sat 26-Jan-13 17:57:26

I had the same situation with DD's name!

mrsjay Sat 26-Jan-13 17:57:46

I liked Erin for years and when dd2 was born 5 erins were born before her <bitter> but tbh Isobel will go as quickly as it became popular it is swings and round abouts with names sometimes,

WorraLiberty Sat 26-Jan-13 17:58:01

Is it popular again?

I'd avoid different spelling if you can...there's nothing more annoying for a child to have to constantly correct people.

Bajas Sat 26-Jan-13 17:58:23

We have a long time family name of Amelia going back generations but no one in my generation has used it yet. I love it and always hoped to use it if I ever have a dd but now every second little girl is called Amelia/ Amelie/ some other derivative so I feel your pain!

kerala Sat 26-Jan-13 17:59:26

Also rather gutting to realise you think the same as everybody else of your generation and are not the interesting quirky outlier that you thought you were <was going to call PFB Olivia until I realised>

Avoid Isobel in any form its been done to death and lost the appeal it once had due to sheer popularity. Every class has a girl with a variant of Isabel. Also avoid Eve btw one third of the girls in DDs class are named this.

mrsjay Sat 26-Jan-13 17:59:29

It isn't here it has been and gone we have also had loads of little bellas but it isn't as popular I think all the little izzies are at school now grin

PhyllisDoris Sat 26-Jan-13 18:00:47

Where are you?
I have an Isobel and its not that popular round here.

nefertarii Sat 26-Jan-13 18:04:24

Isabella is quite popular at moment apparently. Due to the misery face in twilight.

I had similar. Always wanted to call my first dd 'megan' when I met dfh he had a dog that had various health problems. Digestive problems that made it fart and smell like death, a skin problem that made her flake everywhere and a whole range of bad habit. The dog was called Megan and it put me off for life.

Theicingontop Sat 26-Jan-13 18:04:32

Southeast, near London. They're all Isabelle Graces round 'ere don'tchaknow.

SolidSnake Sat 26-Jan-13 18:07:35

I love how some names become popular and then unpopular again. Meeting people the same age as you is really telling about what names were popular the year you were born!

SuffolkNWhat Sat 26-Jan-13 18:09:17

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RooneyMara Sat 26-Jan-13 18:11:42

This was my favourite girls' name from my teens till I was pg at 29 with ds1. Our neighbours called their child Isabella, there were about 100 Isabellas born to friends that year...ds has one Isabel, and Isabella and two Ellas in his class at school. It's crazy popular round here.

I totally went off it as it kind of got a bit - well, boring, hearing it all the time. Such a shame, it's beautiful in its own right but I just can't love it any more.

Angelico Sat 26-Jan-13 18:14:14

Same boat (although different names for us - 2 I loved but were just too popular). Do know a couple of recent Isobels.

On the up side it made us think outside the box a bit and we picked a beautiful, classical, simple name we might have over-looked otherwise.

LindyHemming Sat 26-Jan-13 18:14:21

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catladycourtney1 Sat 26-Jan-13 18:15:48

No. It pisses me off too. I always thought I'd call my daughter Lily, but it's just sooooo common now. I might use it for a middle name, but I couldn't use it for a first name. Not that there's anything wrong with using popular names (after all, that's why they're popular), but it is a deal-breaker for me, I don't know why.

Strangely, when I was about 9 weeks pregnant, I had a really vivid dream that I had a baby girl and called her Isobel. At the time, I was convinced I was having a boy for some reason, but it turns out I am expecting a girl smile

UrsulaBuffay Sat 26-Jan-13 18:18:42


PessaryPam Sat 26-Jan-13 18:19:08

We had an Isobel at junior school back in the day...

Knock knock
Who's there?
Isobel who?
Isobel necessary on a bicycle.

How we laughed.

GlaikitCheiftanOThePuddinRace Sat 26-Jan-13 18:20:07

It's on the up euphemia, in 10 years time you'll be over run with them (I think y are a secondary teacher? I'm not stalking y honest!)

I love it and the reason it's so popular is because its a lovely name. It's a family name for me and that would be why it was special. Eve is also a family name, so I would say it was a classic that will always be around and have a peak once in a while.

GlaikitCheiftanOThePuddinRace Sat 26-Jan-13 18:21:23

Btw Euphemia are you the EuphemiaLennox I've seen around recently or are you different Euphies?

lljkk Sat 26-Jan-13 18:21:27

I have one, named after DH's beloved granny, once i suggested it DH wanted no other name. DD is the only great-grandDD (vs. 9 great-grandDSs) of that granny, iyswim, the only one who could have been named after her. DH & his cousins are all done procreating.

And it is a fine name. Just a bit over-used! I also had thought it was falling in popularity, though. Grace & variations on Emily-Amelia-Milly-Emilia are the rising stars, maybe?

But then I know only one Olivia, & she's 13.

RooneyMara Sat 26-Jan-13 18:21:51

Catlady, you could use a name that means Lily - I think Susan or Susanna does.
I love the name Lily but agree it's way too popular. And lilies don't smell as nice as they should, either - I never realised this till recently!! smile

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