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(26 Posts)
ShowMeTheWayHome Tue 10-Jan-17 22:11:14

Choose a name you 'really like' even though it's very popular at the moment and risk there being 2/3 others in the child's class with the same name


Choose a name you just 'like' that isn't at all popular at the moment?

Thanks x

Raines100 Tue 10-Jan-17 22:13:03

I chose the name I loved.

strawberrypenguin Tue 10-Jan-17 22:14:09

Choose the name you really like. DS1 has a name that's pretty much always top 10 and there isn't another in his class. There is in his year but DS goes by a shortened form and the other doesn't.

Staranise123 Tue 10-Jan-17 22:47:37

I'd probably continue to find a name I really loved. And that would probably be a less common name as I seem to love unusual names smile Also, it would be great if the name can identify (without having to add surname initials or other adjectives)

DramaAlpaca Tue 10-Jan-17 22:51:14

I'd go for the name I really liked.

One of my DC has a name that's been in the top 10 forever and I still love it.

PointlessUsername Tue 10-Jan-17 22:52:56

The one you really like.

shaggedthruahedgebackwards Tue 10-Jan-17 22:56:05

I'd pick the name I liked best

Just because it's top 10 doesn't necessarily mean there will be others with the same name in your DC's school class

MarmiteDoesYouGood Tue 10-Jan-17 23:05:03

I'd choose the name I really liked. The number one name (Oliver) is only given to 1 in 50 boys each year, so being 1 out of 2 or 3 in a class is statistically very unlikely. And that's the number one name. The number 10 name (Oscar) was only given to 1 in every 88 boys.

BackforGood Tue 10-Jan-17 23:11:14

Decide if you can cope with 'shortenings' ( or sometimes even 'lengthenings!). If there are 3 Daniels in the class, one will be Dan, one Danny and one Daniel - it won't be you that decides.
Now, I'd take that into account anyway when choosing a name, but you get plent on these threads who want to call their child 'Bartholemew' but cant stand 'Bart' <--- made up example.
Also, 'national' popularity lists for names don't always reflect the fashion where you live - it seems quite localised.

Sophronia Tue 10-Jan-17 23:15:25

The one that I liked best

Abetes Tue 10-Jan-17 23:17:09

Go for the one you love.

RNBrie Tue 10-Jan-17 23:17:44

Choose the name you like.

Dd1 has a top three name. No others in her class.

Dd2 has a name nowhere near the top 100. There are two of them in her class.

ShowMeTheWayHome Wed 11-Jan-17 07:58:42

Thank you, that's a great help smile

wundringnow Wed 11-Jan-17 08:32:33

Name you like!

You can never predict what the hot name will be in your particular demographic and school when your child starts school.

MiniMaxi Wed 11-Jan-17 08:58:57

Choose name I really like

Who cares about popularity! In my primary school class there were three Laura's and two Rosie's. Don't think any of them hated their name!

Cosmicglitterpug Wed 11-Jan-17 09:11:21

Always the name you love.

LemonBreeland Wed 11-Jan-17 09:15:59

I accidentally picked a top 5 name for DD. There are no others in her year, 2 class intake. The other name she nearly had was outside the top 50 an she has friend with that name, so you just can't predict really

WildCherryBlossom Wed 11-Jan-17 09:34:39

I had always loved the name Isabelle and imagined I would probably use it if I ever had a daughter. But by the time I got pregnant there were quite a lot of them around so I put it on the 'middle name list' and spent time thinking about other names. Late in pregnancy another name occurred to me. Absolutely beautiful. I'm so glad I chose that name for her. I still love the name Isabelle but there are at least two in each of my children's school years.

ASqueakingInTheShrubbery Wed 11-Jan-17 10:02:31

Name you love. You can't predict who's going to be in her class at school. DD has a relatively unusual name, about number 300-odd the year she was born. A week after she was born there was another DD-name in the local paper's birth announcements and another one at a baby group we went to.

GreenTureen Wed 11-Jan-17 12:56:13

I have an Oliver. He's the only one in his school of 200...even the most popular baby names aren't really that common on a population basis. I only know one other Oliver who is in his 40's.

Ilovewillow Wed 11-Jan-17 13:03:55

Go with the name you love! My daughter is in yr 4 with a three class intake (90 children), and even though many of the children have popular names there are only:
3 girls with one name
2 girls with a other
2 boys with the same name

You can always look at it as you are not alone in your good taste in names!

ClaryIsTheBest Thu 12-Jan-17 07:52:32

Name you love smile

Congrats smile

AuntieStella Thu 12-Jan-17 07:57:13

Choose the name you love.

Because sod's law will intervene if you discard one name for being "too popular" as then you will find 2 or 3 of you unusual name in your class (and that's way more noticeable)

Staranise123 Thu 12-Jan-17 09:17:58

Maybe also think about what your child might prefer?

CwtchMawr Thu 12-Jan-17 09:27:53

I chose the name I liked. Was no 1 the year DD was born, she's never been in nursery, preschool or school with another!

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