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blondie72 Thu 14-Jun-12 13:44:31

My daughter is 3.5 and we chose a really popular name for her and I regret it every day. My husband thinks I'm mad but It's driving me crazy. Anyone else feel the same? Is there anything I can do?

MJandherdog Sun 07-Oct-12 18:34:48

Olivia is an absolutely beautiful name! It isn't faddy, it's just popular because it's gorgeous. I like all of the associated nicknames too- Livi, Vivi, Oli...I really wouldn't worry x

sparklechops Sun 07-Oct-12 11:05:08

Olivia is a lovely name! Don't regret it. I have the opposite problem....regrets over an unusual name. Sometimes I wish we'd gone for one of the more popular ones on our list. Like you, OP, I am a chronic worrier and probably just need something to focus my thoughts on.

LauraPalmerPlusOne Sun 07-Oct-12 10:30:38

Vivi is an adorable nn for Olivia (which is a lovely name OP!)

purplehouse Sat 06-Oct-12 23:39:00

Olivia is a lovely name. Doesn't matter if it's popular. Statistically even the top names on the list will only be used by something like 1 in 50 or 100 babies - not like it's 1 in 10.

Anyway remember why names are popular - people like them, lots of people like them because they are really, really nice names. I thought that Olivia was actually the very top of the list recently - that's because it's the BEST name !

Do not worry about this any more !

Bumpstart Sat 06-Oct-12 23:31:19

For daisy do

Bumpstart Sat 06-Oct-12 23:30:33


kilmuir Tue 19-Jun-12 20:57:21

I have a 5 year old and a 4 year old, no Olivias in their classes. Beautiful name.

PetitRat Tue 19-Jun-12 20:51:10

But Olivia is such a lovely, timeless, classic name. I thought you were going to confess to calling her something very "now", very transient. You haven't - you've given her a beautiful name which just happens to be popular now - big difference.

IvanaNap Tue 19-Jun-12 20:47:34

Ben and Olivia were two of our top 5! Both timeless, both lovely smile

strawberryswing Tue 19-Jun-12 20:43:44

don't worry about it! she may love having a name that is popular, i know growing up i wished id had a name that wasn't so un-common. and its a beautiful name smile

wigglesrock Tue 19-Jun-12 20:42:03

blondie72 Oh both your childrens names are beautiful together. My husband always wanted Benjamin but 3 girls later he can just put that idea to rest grin

FriskyMare Tue 19-Jun-12 20:36:27

Love Liv like Liv Tyler!

blondie72 Tue 19-Jun-12 20:29:52

Thank you for all your comments. I feel much better about it now. It's funny because we named DS Benjamin, another very popular name, but somehow that hasn't bothered me as much. My husband has a popular name for his age and we know lots of other men with the same name and he has said it has never bothered him. Like I said, he thinks I'm bonkers!

suburbandream Tue 19-Jun-12 17:57:07

My DS1 has a v.popular boys name and we didn't realise at the time - we didn't read any of the baby name charts/books, just chose it because we liked it. When we realised how popular it was, DH and I were both quite upset - there seems to be about one boy in every class at school with this name. I've come to like it again now, and the way I see it is that when he is out in the big wide world he'll be coming into contact with people from all places and with all ages, so he won't be surrounded by his namesakes IYSWIM. I grew up in the 70s and there were hundreds of Sharons and Traceys about but now I don't know any smile.

ThisAintKansas Tue 19-Jun-12 17:49:21

Lots of names are popular because they are lovely. Olivia is one of them.

Btw, I think Olivia was re popular about 10 years ago. I dont know any little Olivias.

savoycabbage Tue 19-Jun-12 11:33:52

There are 438 children at my dd's primary school and only one Olivia.

MarySA Tue 19-Jun-12 11:25:06

It's a really pretty name. And I only know of one Olivia and she's about 10 or 11. I wouldn't worry about it.

ExitPursuedByABear Tue 19-Jun-12 11:06:45

I am in my 50s. In my class of 30 at school there were 7 Catherines - all spelt differently and all with a different nickname and strangely we always knew which one was being referred to. My DD now has several friends called Kate/Katie.

What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;

hefner Tue 19-Jun-12 10:58:41

I agree Olivia is a lovely name and I don't think it matters that it is popular. It has loads of nice nn so even if your DD does end up in a class with another Olivia she will be able to use a different nn if she wants to. I gave my daughter a name that is apparently very common, although I haven't come across any others at baby groups or nursery so far. My DD's name is also loathed by mumset (apparently a drippy name, a dogs name, too cutesy for a grown woman and just a nn not a proper name) but I don't care! As long as you like the name and it suits your DD that's all that matters imo.

SingingSands Mon 18-Jun-12 13:49:18

Olivia is a lovely name, and even if she goes to school with 4 other Olivia's it doesn't matter. She isn't going to spend her entire life with those 4 others!

Where I work there are 4 Julies, 3 Sarahs, 4 Susans and 3 Laurens and 2 Charlottes - that's just my small department! I don't stress about other people having the same name as myself, I don't even think about it!

I have an 8 year old daughter with a popular name. I didn't know it was popular when I picked it because I didn't have much to do with other kids back then. My FIL rang up to tell me it was the most popular name in England for baby girls and had been for years. So what? Does every child have to have a unique name? How about we just award new babies a barcode and a reference number! Sorry, this is turning into a rant blush

blondie72 Mon 18-Jun-12 13:40:15

Thank you all for your messages! I'm feeling much better now!! x

winkle2 Sun 17-Jun-12 23:53:59

Lovely name.

I like the suggestion of Vivi as a nn.

Might steal this for my list!!

shattereddreams Sun 17-Jun-12 22:43:56

How about Lollie as a nn?
The boys top ten names covers tens of Thousands of boys. The girls top ten covers much much less.
We seem to use more variety of girls names than boys.
So even though it's top 5, there are a lot lot less than total of top 5 boys

cece Sun 17-Jun-12 22:37:48

Actually I agree, having a popular name is no big deal. In fact they are popular for a reason - because they are a nice name!

In my own case I started out with a more unusual name for first DC (funnily enough it is now quite popular) and with each child chosen more and more popular names! LOL And I really don't care, as I love their name and I love them iyswim.

yellowraincoat Sun 17-Jun-12 22:27:49

Not sure why it's such a big deal to choose a popular name. It's a name. Not that big a deal.

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