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Is Oscar too popular?

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HairsprayBabe Thu 13-Feb-20 21:43:26

I haven't come across any other boy names I like as much.

Is Oscar crazy popular?

If so please suggest alternatives as I am drawing blanks now!

For more info:

We have already vetoed for various reasons:
Toby, Teddy, Oliver, Noah

Middle name as Falcon (initially a DH family name but I love it) so a more traditional first name would be great.

We don't like anything one syllable and nothing with a D sound at the end as surname starts with D and is one syllable.

Baby will have a big sister called Arabella - husband's daughter not my choice of name, bit on the fussy side for my tastes.

Have a girl's name picked out that we love:
Francesca Hazel

I think Oscar Falcon is a great name but I am worried about the popularity factor, there were 4 of my name in my primary year group and I didn't enjoy it so happy to be told I am overthinking!

Plenty of time to mull this over as baby isn't due till July!

FlamingoAndJohn Thu 13-Feb-20 21:44:16

I teach primary. We are over run with oscars.

Whatsyourflava Thu 13-Feb-20 21:58:59

Numbers of Babies called Oscar have been falling year-on-year since 2014. A lot less now than there was 5/6/7 years ago

HairsprayBabe Thu 13-Feb-20 22:55:05

Sorry I didn't realise how long that was!

That's good to know re it being more popular a few years back.

I'm not bothered about it being younique, I just don't fancy a four in a year group name because of my own experience.

Poppydaisies Fri 14-Feb-20 07:11:25

Yes, very very popular.

Poppydaisies Fri 14-Feb-20 07:12:02

Francesca is lovely and much more memorable and timeless!

Grufallosfriends Fri 14-Feb-20 07:54:52

Love Francesca.

But agree that Oscar is a little overused at Primary age.

WineOrGin Fri 14-Feb-20 08:01:56

We're going with Oscar, the popularity does worry me slightly, but I had a few others in my class with my name and it didn't bother me too much.

Also you never know how popular the name will be in your area. I say if it's your favourite name, go for it.

We have similar taste in names. I liked Toby more than Oscar, but my husband vetoed it

winniesanderson Fri 14-Feb-20 08:03:12

I work in a nursery and have for the last 6/7 years and have only ever come across 2 oscars. One recently and one when I first started.

winniesanderson Fri 14-Feb-20 08:03:51

Ps Oscar falcon is awesome

Whatsyourflava Fri 14-Feb-20 08:09:15

@winniesanderson yeh there’s no oscars in the baby groups round here that I’ve met yet and I’ve been to a lot of baby groups. Here’s a graph of how the numbers of Oscars have declined since 2014

Omashu Fri 14-Feb-20 08:18:39

I have a name that was popular amongst my age group. There were no others in my class but I still hated knowing I had a popular name. I’ve gone by a nn since I was 17 and used to consider changing my name.

That being said, Oscar is lovely and I especially love Falcon!

HairsprayBabe Fri 14-Feb-20 08:45:18

I didn't really you can check ONS by area there were 17 out of 800 odd babies in my city called Oscar last year, I think that isn't crazy popular - thinking the number of primary schools is about 100 so I think we will just go with it!

Ps. Thank you for the name love! DH is thrilled people don't think it is too much!

Bikerider2020 Fri 14-Feb-20 08:47:30

Love Oscar and also love Felix as an alternative!

happycamper11 Fri 14-Feb-20 09:30:30

I don't know that many Oscars. I only have 1 on my 3 class year group and actually it's his middle name as his first name is probably difficult to grasp for English speakers. We don't have an Oscar in our 60/60 nursery classes. I only know of one in DD's school of 600. I didn't come across any in baby groups or nursery Maybe it's more popular in different areas but it's a great name.

ExplodingCarrots Fri 14-Feb-20 09:39:22

I know 4 Oscars and when I started working in a school there were 2 in the class I was in. Very popular in my area grin

Whatsyourflava Fri 14-Feb-20 10:12:33

@ExplodingCarrots yes but the numbers of oscars have fallen each and every year since 2014..

@HairsprayBabe could you post the link to where you got that 17 out of 800+ babies. That’s very interesting. Glad you and DH have agreed on such a gorgeous name xx

Nowayorhighway Fri 14-Feb-20 10:18:51

I think it’s less popular than it was a few years ago.

HairsprayBabe Fri 14-Feb-20 13:21:57

www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/livebirths/articles/babynameswhereyoulivecouldshapewhatyoucallyourbaby/2018-09-21

You have to scroll down a bit and then put the name in you want to check a colour coded map will appear and you can click around it to check your city or area

mamablondie Sat 15-Feb-20 13:33:00

I think it’s lovely, I wouldn’t be too put off. It’s definitely not a ‘trend’ name but classic (I think Oscar Wilde) and he can be Ozzy for short. The names I like are quite popular but I think better to go for what you like than pick something just because it’s less common imo x

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