All I can say? Thank goodness I didn’t name my daughter Isabella, Sophia or Emma. Why? Those are all perfectly pretty and lovely names but they also happen to be officially – the three most popular girl names of 2010. On Thursday, the Social Security Administration released their lists of the most popular names for last baby boys and girls last year to the delight and disdain of parents everywhere.
When we came up with our daughter’s name (Annabella) back in 2005. It ranked in at 687. Today? It’s at 310. It more than doubled in popularity. And I have to say, that kind of annoys me. I liked that had selected a name that was classic and traditional yet a little bit unique. But how do the parents of the most popular named children feel about not just being 310 like us but in the top 10?
First, here is how the top 10 played out:
And the top boys’ names are:
What did moms of Sophia, Anthony, Daniel, Abigail, among others say about their popular name choice?
Gina, a mom of a Sophia said, “I don’t care but I’d prefer it if she was one of the only Sophia’s out there. But when I was growing up I hated being one of the only Ginas. I could never find one of those little license plates with my name on it.”
When I alerted Famecrawler’s Maria Lianos of the new list she came back with “No way! When I named my boys Anthony and Daniel, they weren’t on the top lists… I’m annoyed actually! I liked that their names weren’t so common… I’m actually surprised that they’re in the top 10!”
A mom of an Abigail and a Mia said, “Ugh I have two on the list! Oh well, I knew it was going to be popular. It’s so much pressure to name a child. I am still happy with my choices because I think the names are beautiful and classic. I would rather have names that are popular but are still timeless- rather than choose a really different, out-there name and regret it later.”
Michelle over at Family Style shared that,” When I named my son Noah it wasn’t all that popular, and than the next year it shot up out of no where. Now I see baby Noahs everywhere. And after he was born we decided our next son would be Henry – which is now the baby name of 2011. I guess we just like trendy names – although both of them are classic, so they aren’t like Aiden or Jayden or Cayden. It doesn’t make me mad though because I can’t imagine another name for him. But it is a little frustrating, only because I really didn’t want a top 10 name.”
But not everyone is annoyed.
Famecrawler’s Wendy said replied that “My daughter’s name is Sophia, and I’m surprised it’s so high on the list… neither pleased nor annoyed, because what can you do?” A sentiment shared by Family Style’s Jamie Morrison Curtis, “My kid’s name is not on the list, but Scarlet (or Scarlett) is becoming more popular and I don’t care. It’s not something you can control, so why stress it. Uniqueness in a name is a strange beast, no one likes a name that is too weird but no one wants a name that is too popular. Those are all lovely names, isn’t that enough?”
Famecrawler’s Shell said that, “Mine aren’t in the top, but I know that 2 of mine are climbing in popularity. I’m not really annoyed by it because I chose classic names, not something totally off the wall, so that I knew it was possible that they would end up in school with other kids with their same name. Though, I’m happy that my Jack has decided that his name is Jackie so that he doesn’t have to go by his last name, too!”
This raises the question, do these lists turn some parents off of a name? Do they love the name Sophia but then decide not to go with it since it’s number two on the list? But then there are names like Emma, Emily and Ethan which seem to be on the lists year after year. So perhaps there is some comfort in a name that approved of socially.
Does your child have one of these names? If so? How do you feel about that? Annoyed or pleased?