Yesterday a new survey about baby names started floating around the internet. The most disliked baby names out there… While there were some seriously bad names on the list (personally I am not a fan of the name Nevaeh) I was really surprised at some of the names that landed on there.
Most surprising to me? The name of my four day old daughter Addison. Why did it surprise me? Well mostly because of all the compliments we have got over the past couple days since she was born (because we didn’t tell anyone her name until she was born) but also because at one point in time it was one of the most popular names in the country. Certainly not the reason we picked it though.
But ya know what… I don’t care if most of America or the world hates the name we picked for our daughter because ya know what? It isn’t their daughter, and it wasn’t their decision. If I picked names based on the opinion on ever person I came in contact with while I was pregnant, or since we found out we were having a little girl, her name wouldn’t be Addison. Hell, she probably still wouldn’t have a name!
Do parents put too much thought into what other people think about parenting choices today? Of course! Should they let other people and silly internet polls dictate what they name their children, or discourage them from using a name they really like, or think would be perfect for their child? Of course not!
If something feels right, go for it. Don’t bother to care what outsiders think… can you imagine if the criticism of strangers impacted our every decision in life? We would really be a miserable society as a whole.
So, nope… I don’t care if a group of polled people don’t like the name Addison… my husband and I like it, and of course that is all that matters. I am sure Addison won’t have a problem with it either, until she hits 14 and starts to want to be called something for whatever her social phase of the week is.