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To wonder why you would pick a name in the top 10?

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FreckledFrog Fri 22-Sep-17 21:46:32

So the latest top 100 baby names have been released this week. It has prompted me to wonder why on earth you would pick a name in the top 10-20 names.

There are thousands of beautiful, unique names out there, yet so many people are happy to pick the same names despite knowing their children will go to school with multiple Olivia's, Noah's, Amelia's or George's.

Do these people not desire some originality for their children?

Am I being unreasonable? I have a very very unusual name and have picked less common names for my children and I wonder if this clouds my judgement?

TeenTimesTwo Fri 22-Sep-17 21:49:25

Surely, until you start mixing with lots of people with children (which often only happens once you have your own), you don't realise what is very popular. So you hear some names, think 'they're nice' and then use them?

Fluffysparks Fri 22-Sep-17 21:49:27

YABU... Others may judge you for having an unconventional name! The names could hold special meaning to a particular person, or be a name the parents have loved for a long time, or may have been the only one both could agree on. Most of the names are clearly quite pretty if they made it into the top ten!

PsychoPumpkin Fri 22-Sep-17 21:50:03

You know you are being unreasonable.
A name doesn't make a person any less individual.
I picked top 50 names for my children (at the less common end) but my daughter still ended up in a class with a child of the same name, two very very different girls though.

elQuintoConyo Fri 22-Sep-17 21:50:54

Of my generation ther are millions of Emmas Claires Janes Sarahs... So what? Maybe they like the name? Maybe, despite being popular, it's the name of a favourite aunt or something. Or it is international, easy to pronounce, easy to spell...

Each to their own.

Ellendegeneres Fri 22-Sep-17 21:51:30

My son chose my baby's name. It's in the top 20. I don't care, it's beautiful and suits him 🤷‍♀️

opheliacat Fri 22-Sep-17 21:51:41

It is quite interesting because subconsciously, when you name your child, you are putting out a message about who they are and who ypu want them to be. Most people are ordinary so it isn't a surprise that that is what they aspire for their child, too.

Crunchymum Fri 22-Sep-17 21:51:46

One DC has a top 10 name and we've not come across another one at school / clubs.

He has always been the only one of that name in his class (in fact it's 2 classes and he is still the only one out of 60 kids)

Other DC has a more original name, outside of top 100 and we met 2 of them within a week!!

Caselgarcia Fri 22-Sep-17 21:53:22

Surely you pick a name because you like it, whether it's in the top 10 or not?

humblesims Fri 22-Sep-17 21:53:27

It took us two weeks to find a name we both liked for my first DC and had no idea until afterwards that it was such a popular name. Top name for a couple of years and top ten for last ten years or so. It bothered me but not massively. Second DC got a very unusual name to compensate. Both kids happy. Its no biggy.

implantsandaDyson Fri 22-Sep-17 21:56:31

My dds (all 3 of them) have very popular names, one of them even has the ubiquitous O name wink. I love their names, I picked them because when I was pregnant they were our favourite names at the time, they still are. Each of my kids are the only ones in their school year with their name, it's luck of the draw. I know two kids with the same more unusual name who are the same age, live two streets apart and will probably end up in the same class, tbh both sets of parents are ripping that another parent had the temerity to use the name.

Onetedisbackinbed Fri 22-Sep-17 21:56:53

It would have put me off if my dc names were top 10. I like to be different

loobybear Fri 22-Sep-17 21:57:01

I don't get this current trend to find a 'different' name purely for the sake of being different (as opposed to just because you like the name)and getting bothered if the name you like is popular or a few other children have it. It doesn't make the name any less special because someone else shares it with your child.

Muddlingalongalone Fri 22-Sep-17 21:57:02

I didn't know dd2's name was top 10 popular until I met another 2 in the first few weeks of having her. She is very likely to be in a class with another one as i know a sibling of a child the year below dd1 is also called the name and there's about 4 months between them.
Tbh I would probably have used her middle name as a first name if I'd realised but I still love the name and it's her name. She's at the toddler stage where she uses her full name anyway and it's unlikely that anyone shares first middle & surname with her!

BakerBear Fri 22-Sep-17 21:57:19

Dd has an unusual name. There are only around 50 girls named it every year in england, scotland and wales.

I ve always loved her name however i ve had a fair few nasty comments about it.

With ds i decided i would go for something not really popular but definitely heard of as a name! However i never realized how many people have made up their own spelling of it and nobody spells it the traditional way anymore. I have to spell his name out every single time someone is going to write it down.

Dd is called Devon and ds is called Zachary

NinonDeLenclos Fri 22-Sep-17 21:57:33

I totally agree. I have an unusual name, so my children. I don't want to be Sarah C. It can't be made up though.

FuzzyOwl Fri 22-Sep-17 21:57:49


In England and Wales there were 696,271 live births last year and 5017 of them were girls called Olivia (the most popular name) and I am sure there are many more schools than that, so plenty of room for little contact with someone who has a similar or the same name.

These days so many people use a whole range of names that even the most popular ones aren't used that much.

FenceSitter01 Fri 22-Sep-17 21:58:14

Unique names. Therein layeth the problem.

headintheproverbial Fri 22-Sep-17 21:58:23

YABU. And I can't take anyone seriously who uses a greengrocer's apostrophe.

Emilybrontescorsett Fri 22-Sep-17 21:58:53

The thing is you cannot predict if a name will become opilar or not.
When I was a child I remember a distant relative having a baby called Oliver and thought how lovely and unusual it was, he was a gorgeous baby. I didn't know any other Uber's then. Now it's the most popular name.

TriJo Fri 22-Sep-17 21:59:05

My DS has a name that's around 200th here but top 5 in Ireland. We liked it and it goes well with our surname which is a bugger to match names with. Simple really.

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Fri 22-Sep-17 21:59:16

Moon Unit?

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Fri 22-Sep-17 22:00:26

That wasn't in response to you TriJo grin

Emilybrontescorsett Fri 22-Sep-17 22:00:34

Olivers not Uber's.

wheresthel1ght Fri 22-Sep-17 22:00:41

Dd has double barrelled name, both parts are within the too 50 names.i frankly couldn't give a rats. They were picked because they had individual meaning to us. We adored one name and the other was picked for a very specific reason. She is no less unique or individual as a result of this.

You are being utterly unreasonable. Who are you to judge?

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