And I didn’t like Jacob (too popular), Olivia (too popular) or Isabella. I like one-step off the mainstream names, which he absolutely overruled, since he sports an unusual name (sorry, can’t tell you) which he has been spelling for people since he could talk.
Turns out he was a decade early — because almost every name on his list is on the top 2011 names. And I’m so glad that we didn’t name our kids anything on the top ten list (sorry, again I don’t tell my kids names. If you read the comments on some of my MSN.ca blog, you will know why.) Though, I still think my husband won the name game and if it had been my choice they would be a little less classic.
Very recently, I have had a lot of experience of having a common name. As a kid, I was the only Emma I knew, I was constantly having to spell it for people. But now, I can not go to any child-populated event without thinking someone is calling me, rebuking me or just saying Hi. Every party, class, playground has an Emma in it, sometimes more than one. And I don’t like it. I feel like a little bit of my specialness has worn off.
That said, I also have strong feelings about names that are too weird. I’m very against popular-nouns as names. Blue? Sunday? Apple? Ridiculous. Sparrow? Ocean? No thanks. I liked Jessica Simpson’s choice of Maxwell Drew, more than Rachel Uchitel ‘s (is she a celeb?) choice of Wyatt for a girl. But my favourite celeb baby names? Violet and Seraphina. Hands down — walks the fine line between unusual and ridiculous.
One of the thing that confuses me about this whole name business is why do I care? It’s not my business. I am unlikely to be naming another child, these lists and discussions should just pass me by. But I love reading the top ten lists and you probably do too.
Naming your child is one of the most personal and important things that you will do. Your child’s name reflects on you, because you will be judged on it. But when it comes to naming your child, there is no winning. Unless you are my husband taking advantage of birth-induced exhaustion.
What are your kids’ names? How did you decide? What names do you loathe? Love?