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Scarlett, Amelia, Evelyn or Caitlin? Worried they will become "dated" names.

(29 Posts)
Ihatechoosingnames Sat 18-Jul-15 13:04:11

I would like opinions on these names for my DD! I worry that all of them will "date" IYSWIM?

My DP likes Scarlett the most. I did really like it but I am worried it sounds harsh and will date the most.

Amelia I like but it is the top name in the UK so we will come across many Amelias.

Evelyn I like but I prefer the short NN Evie - obviously there are loads of little Evies around these days.

Caitlin I like but I am just unsure.

Any opinions or suggestions? Thanks smile

PenguinInTheFridge Sat 18-Jul-15 14:51:32

No one can really tell you what name to use for your child. Do you want your child to have a name that would be unique (ish)? Or are you happy if your child will be in class with other kids with the same name?
I think all 4 you're asking about are really lovely. Personally, I would not hesitate at either. In fact, I would find it hard choosing one of those.
Whatever you choose, have some other names in mind. Sometime you have a name chosen for years only to realize that your child that not look like that (if you know what I mean). You just look at her and you can say that she does not look anything like Scarlett.
You can watch tv and make notes of names that crop up, write it down and see if you like it. Seeing it written down can also help you choose.
Good luck. smile

Ihatechoosingnames Sat 18-Jul-15 19:42:53

Thanks Penguin I am not sure if I want more unique name or a popular one! With my son I really liked his name and it was so easy to decide, with girls names I have gone through soooooo many lists and I like all the ones above but I don't love them IYSWIM.

I suppose I can keep my shortlist then decide on the final name once I see her smile

TwilightMad Sat 18-Jul-15 19:46:42

They're all lovely names, especially Evelyn but I think this name may become dated before any of the others, me personally I think Amelia is a beautiful more modern name closely followed by Scarlett.

StrawberryMojito Sat 18-Jul-15 19:48:15

Just go with the name you love the most.
Fwiw I don't like Caitlin or Evelyn (or evie), Scarlett is ok and I love Amelia.

Hobbes8 Sat 18-Jul-15 19:53:23

I don't think it matters if names date. I'm in my late 30s and know a whole load of Claires, Rachels, Allisons and Kates. All very much names of the 70s, but as we are all on our 30s together it doesn't really matter.

All of those names are lovely. I particularly like Caitlin, and I think you're most likely to come across a lot of Evies and Amelies or variations of.

reuset Sat 18-Jul-15 20:25:31

Scarlett will be the most likely to date there. Amelia and Evelyn are more classic, and safer even when popularity wanes.

RedToothBrush Sat 18-Jul-15 22:22:34

Evelyn and Scarlett will date most. But Amelia will also scream a certain decade from its sheer popularity.

I think I'm inclined to say if you don't love it, you haven't found the one yet. One will eventually just feel right.

swimmerforlife Sun 19-Jul-15 06:05:00

Caitlin is already quite dated IMO as it was a very popular name in the 90s and early-mid 00s.

My favourite is Evelyn, lovely name!

dangerrabbit Sun 19-Jul-15 06:44:02

From your list, I'd say Evelyn is the least unlikely to date as its a classic name, although the NN Evie is very of its time.

Amelia is too popular and will very much link to a particular decade like Jack or Olivia 10 years ago.

Caitlin is a lovely name, I've never met any Caitlins over the age of 10 and met many younger so another popular name of now but seems like a quite classic sounding name.

Dislike Scarlett, to me it just sounds made up although it is another name which is very much in vogue.

Ihatechoosingnames Sun 19-Jul-15 10:32:56

Thanks for all your opinions, it is very helpful. I have been thinking so much about names my brain is all a scramble! Helps so much to have other views.

BothEndsBurning Sun 19-Jul-15 11:21:52

Are there any similar names that you like, that are less now?


I share your unease with Scarlett. There's just something a bit off that I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps it's the 'scar'.

CrispyFern Sun 19-Jul-15 15:09:46

Caitlin / Caitlyn might jump in popularity due to Caitlyn Jenner being in the papers all the time.

swancourt Sun 19-Jul-15 16:48:54

I think Evelyn is the most timeless of your names. They're all nice though smile

BothEndsBurning Sun 19-Jul-15 17:56:49

"Caitlin / Caitlyn might jump in popularity due to Caitlyn Jenner being in the papers all the time"

You think so? I reckon it would have the opposite effect.

resipsa Sun 19-Jul-15 18:00:17

Mine's an Amelia and about to start school. None other in her class so don't be put off by perceived popularity. 'Tis beautiful (biased grin).

HuftysTrain Sun 19-Jul-15 18:30:07

Caitlyn. Bruce for short.

PallasCat Sun 19-Jul-15 19:10:38

I'd vote Evelyn or Caitlyn.

Mynd Sun 19-Jul-15 19:19:12

Personally I like Scarlett. It's maybe past its peak, but that's not really a bad thing. Means you won't have any in her peer group. I think Vivian Leigh so it's a positive name for me!

CrispyFern Mon 20-Jul-15 12:12:59

I think people will see it more and it'll be more in the public consciousness!

BothEndsBurning Mon 20-Jul-15 13:42:11

It's already quite a popular name though, in various spellings. There's a Catelyn in Game Of Thrones.

PrincessOfChina Mon 20-Jul-15 13:44:54

They all scream early 2000's to me. I wouldn't call any of them timeless.

But as someone else said, there are always names which giveaway the decade of birth of the person so don't get too hung up on that.

ephemeralfairy Mon 20-Jul-15 13:54:11

Evelyn is a beautiful name. My grandma was called Evelyn, I don't think of it as a 'current' name at all!

Junosmum Mon 20-Jul-15 15:24:55

I think Caitlyn will date least. But all names date. I'm Jennifer, it's just sooo 80s, and my school friends, Emma, Sarah and Michelle, ditto. My mums friends, Dawn, Karen and Tracy, no doubting their age ranges!

ItMustBeBedtimeSurely Mon 20-Jul-15 15:29:46

Yep, they all will date. I'd say Caitlin is already dated. Not a disaster though, unless you're trying to be original.

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