Call DD Charlotte? When we found out we were expecting in March we said straight away that if it was a girl (we now know it is) we would call her Charlotte Grace, then in May obviously the royal baby was born and named Charlotte. I still love the name but having reservations because I can see it becoming much more popular now, and also dont want people thinking weve just copied the royals. DH thinks it doesn't matter if thats what we want. Any thoughts.
It's been top 10 for a very long time, I don't think the royal baby being called Charlotte will have any impact on that. Data also shows that names become less popular when used by the Royal family. George dropped in popularity (although was a popular name anyway, like Charlotte). I am the same age as Prince Harry and don't know a single Harry (or Henry) my age!
As many people will avoid it because of the Royal connection as those who might copy it, so I don't think it makes any difference.
Charlotte is a perennially popular name. If you had been considering something more unusual (for instance Geraldine or Lavinia) and the Cambridges had chosen that, then I can see the concern. But Charlotte is not in that category.
I've just found out we are expecting in Feb, and if this baby is a girl we'll call her Charlotte. It's really not something I think people will connect with. As previous posters have said, if she was Princess Imelda and you opted for that then I think people would make the connection, but I think Charlotte falls into the same bracket as any other top 20 name and therefore it dilutes it somewhat.
I know a baby George born 10 days before Prince George. New people the Mum met for about the first three months of his life made the connection and then by the time the summer was over it never got mentioned.
My Charlotte is 17mo and the Princess thing is over already. It's a nice connection anyway and a conversation starter. You can just say it's a family name, as everyone says, it's a traditional name that is timeless and classless.
I may be wrong but I don't think it's been top 10 for I while. I have one who's nearly 4 and it was about number 22 when I picked her name. I totally love it, everyone comments on how lovely her name is. Use it if you love it, you'll regret it if you don't.