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Is Grace too popular as a first name?

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MillieM1979 Tue 12-Nov-13 08:42:23

It's the only name DH and I can agree on..

daughterofafarmer Tue 12-Nov-13 09:05:45

I don't know any small Grace's (under 3)


DrankSangriaInThePark Tue 12-Nov-13 09:07:17

No, it's a default middle name though. Name+ insert Grace/May/Rose.

I think most Grace-as-first-names are probably about 15 now. (Or 95 obviously)

Littlecherublegs Tue 12-Nov-13 09:17:57

I know of 2 Grace's - aged 1 and 11.

harryhausen Tue 12-Nov-13 09:32:40

I know no Grace's. I know one Gracie aged 10. It's Gracie on the Birth cert. She named after Gracie Fields.

Go for whatever name you like.

I have a dd whose name was in the top ten when she was born and a few (rude) people told me they were surprised about me choosing a 'normal' name that was quite common. She's now the only one with that name in the whole school.

Also, I have a Harry. He's named after a much loved relative but we very very nearly didn't choose it as we knew it was so popular. However, in the end, the way I saw it was that I have one of the most popular girls names of the early 70's and it's never held me back!

I've also had a friend who went out of her way to chose a name for her ds she was convinced was unigue, only to find another boy with the same name in our baby massage group. She was beyond upset. It just seems a bit too much trouble to me.

So, always go with what you like. Unusual or not. Grace is beautiful.

Sorry that was epic.

NarwhalKnickers Tue 12-Nov-13 09:44:24

I know a Grace who is 4. And lots of X-Grace! Including three Amelia Graces!

Grace is a beautiful name which I would definitely use if my cousin hadn't got there first!

monkeyfacegrace Tue 12-Nov-13 09:59:48

I have a Grace (surprise surprise) grin

Minty82 Tue 12-Nov-13 12:32:32

I wondered this - it was also the only name DH and I were both equally enthusiastic about but I was slightly put off by its popularity. But we went for it anyway and I still think it's absolutely beautiful and have only come across one other in nearly two years of playgroups, nursery etc - don't know any others properly.

In 2012, when my Grace was born, it was ranked 14 in the UK, and 3,188 babies were called it. Which, given that 807, 776 babies were born that year, I can live with. There are definitely more than 3,000 people my age with my name and it's never remotely bothered me.

Rhubarbgarden Tue 12-Nov-13 13:19:38

I know one pre-schooler and one teenager. It's not all that common. Oh I do know a Gracie too.

sherbetpips Tue 12-Nov-13 13:22:00

My MIL is a Grace, lovely name and I dont know anyone else with it.

Diddle82 Tue 12-Nov-13 13:55:25

I think it is very popular so just depends if that bothers you

Spaghettinetti Tue 12-Nov-13 14:57:30

I know 2 under 10.

WhiteHairReally Tue 12-Nov-13 20:45:49

I've got a Grace too, but she was a little ahead of the wave as she's 19 now. You do hear 'Grace!' shouted at smallish girls in supermarkets quite a bit round our way (East Anglia).

Our Grace was rather miffed when 'her name' went shooting up the charts, but now she acknowledges that she likes her name a good deal and, for her, the fact there are a good number of younger Graces means that in the future people may assume she's younger than she really is...

MrsNormanBates Tue 12-Nov-13 22:21:57

I'm not keen on it. It's very popular/common and I find it rather dull.

Tikkamasala Tue 12-Nov-13 22:42:53

I also wondered about popularity for this as it is higher on the charts than I expected, I don't think it seems that common for a first name, just a middle name. I do think it is a lovely name.

Mutteroo Wed 13-Nov-13 00:34:49

Grace was very popular twenty years ago when I had DD. She has at least 4, probably more friends with the name. It's a very elegant name which suits all ages & doesn't appear to be as popular at the moment. Personally I prefer the name Gracie. Always prefer those twee names though.

grizzabellia Wed 13-Nov-13 09:22:05

I think Grace peaked in about 2008 ( when I think it was in the top 5) but is now in decline. Don't actually know any Graces though (just one baby Gracie. There are probably fewer babies now and more 4-5 year olds. It's a nice name, I would just worry in case the child wasn't very graceful!

Mouthfulofquiz Thu 14-Nov-13 19:29:44

I know two under two and one as a middle name - I actually think its very beautiful!

jellybeans Thu 14-Nov-13 19:37:02


sleepingbeautiful Fri 15-Nov-13 04:36:41

I know one baby Grace and one 10 year old Grace, and an 8 year old Gracie, so I don't think it's super popular to the several in a class level. I know a lot more Emily, Amelia, Sophie/Sophia, Olivia.

Annakin31 Sat 16-Nov-13 19:28:12

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CoffeeChocolateWine Sat 16-Nov-13 20:09:30

No I wouldn't say it's too popular...I don't know any little Grace. I know a Grace in her 30s and a little Gracie, but no Grace. It's more popular as a middle name.

Personally I'm not a fan of someone who was a tall, slightly clumsy tomboy, I'm not sure I would have liked being called Grace, but so what?!

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