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Florence. Is it really THAT popular?

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Swishyswashy Sun 05-Jul-15 21:43:38

Just that. It's my current favourite. It seems a bit different from most of the popular names at the moment, more grown up and less cutesy. But is it everywhere? I know very few and know a lot of under 6s.

Pancakeflipper Sun 05-Jul-15 22:08:39

There's 6 in our infants and there's a few at the local nursery.
But none in the Junior school, so it is on the increase in our area at the moment.

CruCru Sun 05-Jul-15 22:08:51

It seems to be a very popular middle name among people I know.

inmyshoos Sun 05-Jul-15 22:09:38

I love Florence. I don't know any and I have 3 dc under 10. Think it depends where you live.

Raveismyera Sun 05-Jul-15 22:10:28

No I don't think so. My friend has just had one and everyone who asks says how unusual it is and how their great gran was named Florence. It's lovely

NormHonal Sun 05-Jul-15 22:11:32

It was on our shortlist for DC2 (who was a boy in the end) so my Florence-radar is "up" and has been for the past few years. I've still yet to meet a single one.

Cumberlover76 Sun 05-Jul-15 22:18:57

I have one aged 3 but have not met any others.

reuset Sun 05-Jul-15 22:46:23

It's in the top 30 and still rising. Check stats in August for another rise. I haven't met a new Florence for a couple of months, they must be hiding under rocks because they do exist grin

I know a few 60+ too (now that is anecdata)

reuset Sun 05-Jul-15 22:47:22

So, a yes in answer to your OP. It's an elegant name though, I wouldn't worry about popularity.

Ludways Sun 05-Jul-15 22:48:10

I know just one, she's 5.

RiverTam Sun 05-Jul-15 22:48:19

I don't know of any, but I never know of any of the really popular names, I think I live somewhere where people bend over backwards not to give their child a popular name, especially for girls.

Cuppaand2biscuits Sun 05-Jul-15 22:49:02

It's lovely, I know of 3 they are all under 18 months old.

dietcokeandwine Sun 05-Jul-15 22:55:36

I know five little girls named Florence, all aged 4 and under, so it's clearly popular round where we live.

Still had it on the list for DS3 though, it's a gorgeous name (though I hate nicknames Florrie and Flo) and suits baby, toddler, little girl, teenager and adult IMO.

I wouldn't let popularity put you off if it's your favourite, OP. Name fashions come and go but if you love a name then use it.

Sophronia Sun 05-Jul-15 23:12:20

I think it depends on where you live, it seems to be quite popular in London.

artyone Sun 05-Jul-15 23:24:11

I know of 2, one aged 20 months and one aged 9 months, I'm based on the Surrey/Hampshire border.

BrambleBee Sun 05-Jul-15 23:25:10

I have one and know a couple of others locally. I don't think it's anywhere near as popular as the likes of Eva/Evie/Isabelle/Emily

Florrieboo Mon 06-Jul-15 04:11:51

I have one and she is 3, we live in Sydney and have never met another one, and always get compliments on her name and how unusual it is (and how much it suits her)

Canyouforgiveher Mon 06-Jul-15 04:20:32

I think it is a classic name and getting more common in recent years (still I was in school with a Florence years ago - very very cool girl).

I do think it is a name that could possibly soar in popularity. That wouldn't put me off a name if I loved it though. My own daughter's name is an old classic name that went slightly out of fashion for a while (as in everyone knew someone with the name and it wasn't a "granny" name but still no one was giving it to their daughters) but I notice it is now rising up the charts. Doesn't bother me or her. I loved the name for its sound, meaning, history, associations.

NeverHadHaveHas Mon 06-Jul-15 05:18:37

We have a Florence who is under one and we get loads and loads of compliments on her name. We have met one other baby Florence on our travels through various baby groups but there isn't another one at her nursery and there isn't a Florence in dd1's (large) primary so it isn't that popular around here.

GrumpyOldBiddy2 Mon 06-Jul-15 05:33:19

I know one Florence, she's 14. It's lovely, go for it!

Florrieboo Mon 06-Jul-15 08:35:23

Also you know what, I had all these threads back in 2012, I was afraid it would become overly popular and all those sorts of things, and guess what, now that she is 3, I couldn't care less she just is Florence. I am glad I didn't go for something more obscure just for the sake of it.

MamaLazarou Mon 06-Jul-15 08:39:59

I don't know any Florences. There are none at DS's school and none at the schools I work at.

Iliveinalighthousewith2friendl Mon 06-Jul-15 10:13:41

It's seems very well liked but in my experience still quite underused.

SmileAndNod Mon 06-Jul-15 10:22:12

None in DCs primary school. Never met one at baby groups / swimming either. Kids range from 7 down to 2.

Lovely name, but I may be biasedwink

charlyn Mon 06-Jul-15 12:58:06

My friend has a 2 year old Florence and Ive met one other. Its fairly popular atm but not in the same league as all the Ava/Lily/Islas

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