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15/01/2014 at 20:26
15/01/2014 at 20:33
If it was 'the one' I'd go with it even if it was number 1 on the list. If not the very most loved, popularity would be a negative factor for me.
15/01/2014 at 20:34
If I really really loved a name I would use it. And I'm the sort of person who scours the bottom end of top 5000 names lists to find ones that no one uses! It shouldn't matter really, if you love it that much.
15/01/2014 at 20:42
Popularity means nothing to me if I love a name so I'd still use it x
15/01/2014 at 20:48
We went with Jacob last time, so though popularity does put me off, it's not a deal breaker if we like the name more than others.
I cant work out if im being stupid or not. Popularity didnt bother me at all with p, its weird how it does this time. Name in question isnt top 10 but is top 15. Its actually about the same popularity as p. Hmmmmmmmm
15/01/2014 at 20:53
If it’s your favourite I would go for it regardless of popularity.
15/01/2014 at 20:57
Obviously with my name choice for O you know it doesn't bother me....it was one of the very very few boys names we both loved and for me love was better than just making do :-)
15/01/2014 at 20:58
Popularity doesn't bother me per se, but fad names do. So I wouldn't choose one that is top 25 now but wasn't even in the top 100 ten years ago and probably won't be in 10 years time.
That said, I think second time round I was more bothered by popularity, but more because I knew so many more children and some names cropped up time and time again, so when H suggested them they didn't feel like 'our' name.
15/01/2014 at 21:00
We actually decided against a name I'd loved for years because it's now in the top 5 (or 10- can't remember now!) It wasn't that it was popular that put me off, but the fact I was hearing it more and more and it lost its appeal IYSWIM. But if I still absolutely adored it and nothing matched up to it I would probably still have wanted to go ahead with it.
15/01/2014 at 21:02
I think thats to do with it BG. I know so many more small people now. Interestingly that shows uo when people without kids suggest names and its often the very popular ones and then tbey are surpirsed when I say too popular. Im the same with fad names, this one is definitely a classic though.
15/01/2014 at 21:12
In that case, go for it.
Would you regret not using it?
15/01/2014 at 21:23
I dont know. There is another one we also both love which is less popular and I think itll come down to the 2. H originally wasnt keen on the less popular one so it slipped off the radsar a bit but he's now announced he can really see us with it. Its rare we feel the same about a name, even if the more popular one has always been my fsvourite boys names.
16/01/2014 at 08:10
I've never been bothered by popularity, H always used to say things like 'oh but I know someone with that name and he/she is really annoying'. It took me a while to make him realise that when our baby was here, we'd only really associate the name with him/her (hope that makes sense!)
16/01/2014 at 09:37
Nope I would still use it. If there were a few 'even' choices, then popularity would sway me, but if I'd loved a particular name for years and it became popular, I know I would regret not using it just because of that.
16/01/2014 at 11:09
16/01/2014 at 11:15
Popularity would put me off.
If J was a girl, he'd have been Darcey. I am so glad I didn't get to use it, as it seems to be very popular ATM.
16/01/2014 at 11:22
Yes, popularity does put me off some names. I think particularly with boys names the ones I liked were top of the lists and I wouldn't have used them for that reason. But even if you choose an uncommon name you can find everyone else has hit on it at the same time. So if you really love the name then go for it.
I suppose its because I have an uncommon name myself so I was the only child at my school who had that name and even now I would find it strange if someone started at work with the same first name. Whereas my H has a very popular name so he's used to there being others with the same name.
16/01/2014 at 12:03
I have to say we have 'the one' which is quite popular (top ten). Everyone expects us to pick something random as my OH loves Hamish for a boy and has gone on about it from the start, but I hate it. Thankfully we're having a girl so his argument is nullified. However we both love this popular girls name. We've spent months looking at other names, and the fact is they just don't match up. So I think we're resigned to using it or regretting it.
Having said that I looked on one of those baby photo competitions with thousands of entries and less than 20 of the babies had 'our name' as their first name, I compared this to my cousins child who has is a name a lot lower down the popularity list and there was 12 of them. So maybe everyone picking unusual names make them popular quickly.
16/01/2014 at 12:52
At the end of the day, you could have a name like mine which is very very unusual in this country... and then I ended up going to secondary school with a girl in my class who had the same name (just spelled with a double letter at the front where mine is single). Or you could have a 'popular', 'normal' name like my cousins both do, and be the only one in the year, which they both were. So I'd say, if you love the name, go for it.
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