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Doe your DC's names "match" in terms of popularity?

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soundsystem Mon 05-Sep-16 14:19:30

DD has an unusual name. 10 girls were given that name in England and Wales in the year she was born, with the majority of them - I suspect - in Wales (it's a Welsh name, and we're in England).

I'm pregnant again with a DS and current favourite is Dylan. It's number 34 on the 2015 list, and I've heard of a few little Dylans where we are (although none in DD's nursery).

I'm quite keen that we go for names that are likely to be the only one in their class (although I know that's never guaranteed) and Dylan seems too popular for that. I also don't know if it's weird to have one really unusual name and one really common one. Will one DC feel hard done by?

Anyone else's DC have names of varying unusualness?

katiegg Mon 05-Sep-16 14:29:17

only one child so far, but currently pregnant so similar situation to you. ds has an uncommon (but well-known) name. he was named after a family member and there were less than four children given that name the year he was born. Figures are similar for the last ten years.

The two boys names were are considering for dc2 are both in the top twenty (possibly top 10). The girl's name we've picked is less popular, but not as uncommon as ds's name.

To be honest, it doesn't bother me how popular a name is. What matters is that we both like it.

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stiffstink Mon 05-Sep-16 14:33:11

DS's name was top 100 in his year of birth 4 years ago but there are no others in his school and the nearest in age that I know of is in college. People comment on how unusual it is to hear the name on a child.

DD will be in next years figures but in 2014 it was about 1290 in the table, dropping to around 1400 in this year's table I think.

I chose on the basis of 1. Could they be serious professionals 2. Would they sound cool in a band 😎 3. Could they be professional surfers.

Bigfam Mon 05-Sep-16 14:40:55

We've got two relatively popular names which are Lilly (which isn't as popular as being spelt with 1 'L') and a danny (boy)
Then we have a little patsy (which I know a lot of people dislike) and also a Josie. I've yet to come across any other children with those names.
Expecting another girl due in december and she'll be called Romy (which will probably give her the most unusual name in our family yet!) smile

kimlo Mon 05-Sep-16 14:44:53

Dd1s name averages about 15 babies a year.

Dd2s name was in the bottom 200s when she was born but its going up. The short version that she goes by is around about 130 but her full name is lower.

That said I have only ever come across 2 others with her name, once looking around a classroom in another school for her year and it was on the wall, but since they are both local catholic primary schools theres a good chance they will end up in the same year in the same high school. The other one I came across at work today. I have never come across another with dd1s name.

DoItTooJulia Mon 05-Sep-16 14:46:00

I have one ds with a very 'un'popular name and one with a very much of the minute name. I suppose you run the risk of looking like you're trying too hard to be out there if both names are in the obscure end of the scale, or, on the other hand, like you ran out of imagination for the second one.

They're just nice names though, so people can think what they like as far as I'm concerned! Go with what you like the best!

MrsJayy Mon 05-Sep-16 14:47:49

Dds were only ones in their school years not that they are unusual names just not of that year iyswim Dylan is a nice name it depends how unusual you want to go but i dont think children care if a sibling has a slightly exotic name than them.

Blerg Mon 05-Sep-16 14:47:55

Mine don't. Daughter has about 70 a year, son is in top 20. I wanted to match as you say but a name just came for him and it stuck.

theredjellybean Mon 05-Sep-16 14:48:12

Yes my dd1 ( now grown up) was born overseas and we gave her a lovely traditional english name, not heard another one in the country we lived then ( which is in the commonwealth so english names usual) came back to uk and every other child has the name !!! DD2 has very traditional English name ( she was born here in uk) and very very rarely here of another one...she loved to tease her older sister about her unusual name vs her sister's 'common' name....unfortunately dd2's name is now being picked as an up and coming popular name ..she is incensed..

CakeRattleandRoll Mon 05-Sep-16 14:49:55

DS's name was around top 50 when he was born and top 30 now.
DD's name is around 1200 with the celtic spelling we have used and around 900 with the more usual spelling.

Having matching 'popularity rankings' was never a consideration for us (obviously!)

OhFuds Mon 05-Sep-16 14:51:16

My 2 DD's have popular names, my 2 DS's don't (popular in the US tho blush).

MrsJayy Mon 05-Sep-16 15:01:33

I just googled dds name and year born Dd1 was no 20 dd2 was no 10

blibblibs Mon 05-Sep-16 15:08:49

DD has a very unusal name where as DS has a very popular name. Never really thought about it just went for names we liked and that sounded right together.

IneedAdinosaurNickname Mon 05-Sep-16 15:16:10

Dc1s name was 84th most popular in the year he was born.
Dc2s was 3rd

So opposite ends of the top 100 but neither massively unusual

idontlikealdi Mon 05-Sep-16 15:29:21

I've got twins - one has a consistently top ten name, the other one doesn't even feature on the lists! Still no doubles in the school year though even with a top 10 name.

monkeygone Mon 05-Sep-16 15:30:08

A number 34 name is really not THAT popular/common. Chances are high that he WOULD be the only boy in his class with that name.

wigglybeezer Mon 05-Sep-16 15:37:07

Yup, all three boys names in the top ten at the time,. Although DS3's has dropped to low teens now. I am not bothered about being original, strikes me as as a form of vanity ( I may have been affected by Church of Scotland Sunday school).

ThornyBird Mon 05-Sep-16 15:39:10

Dc1, 2 and 3 all have top ten names. Dc4 has a made up name so is probably the only one.

nooka Mon 05-Sep-16 16:19:14

I accidentally named both my children massively popular names. dd's name has been popular for a long time, while ds's went from obscurity to top ten the year after he was born and has pretty much stayed there ever since. If we had stayed in the UK he would have been one of many. But we emigrated and where we live now his name is very unusual. It's not been an issue.

I have a extremely unusual name (never met another, or anyone who has met one either) my siblings have much more mainstream names. I don't believe it's been an issue.

Strokethefurrywall Mon 05-Sep-16 17:00:30

Not sure where either of my boys' names are on the UK list but pretty sure they're somewhere in the late 100's for DS1 and probably somewhere in the late 500's for DS2.

But surnames for first names, turns out DH and I both like them - so they match pretty well.

YourNewspaperIsShit Mon 05-Sep-16 17:45:35

DD was the only one in the year with her name, not sure if any have been born since. (UK) Very unusual.

DS has a really popular name if you're in the US but because we're UK no-one's ever met one grin

I don't think I could use a top 10 name now because they'd actually feel like the odd one out blush

SharingMichelle Mon 05-Sep-16 17:53:44

I always think it's odd when you get sibling whets one has a fantastical name and one has a bog ordinary name ...
Geronimo and Emma
Vivaldi and Luke
David and Septimus
John, Lucy and Stardust-Twinklebum

But if you have two proper Welsh names that 'match' i don't think it matters how popular they are or if there's a difference.

heateallthebuns Mon 05-Sep-16 17:55:35

I would've preferred a more popular name like my siblings had.

HariboBrenshnio Mon 05-Sep-16 17:58:45

My DS's name is always top 5. My DD is much less popular. It was around number 135 last year. I just went with what I liked rather than worrying about popularity.

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