Prior to this past Tuesday when we found out our upcoming addition is a boy(!) we had spent countless hours talking about baby names. Especially girl names. For whatever reason, we’ve been in agreement on a boy name for as long as we’ve discussed the possibility of children, but girl names have been the opposite. It turns out that my husband and I have very different tastes when it comes to baby names for little girls. You see, I have good taste and his is lousy.
We finally found one we both liked and when we told my MIL she went on a 5 minute rant about how awful the name was. She twice mentioned that no child with that name would be allowed over for dinner at her house. I think she was kidding on some level, but I really don’t know. The name was Alice by the way. Not something horrific or off the wall. I mean, my grandma didn’t like it either, but at least her response was a polite “blech.”
(Yes, we are still telling our families our baby names. I know this is insanity, but I would much rather hear the 5 minute rant before the baby is here than when I am recovering from giving birth. I’m not saying that we really care what our family thinks, but we may as well get the ugly out of the way now.)
In all of this naming craziness we have continuously gone back to the baby name popularity lists. And one of the things I love about BabyCenter’s list is that they combine the names that are the same but with different spellings. Like Madeline/Madalyn and Sophia/Sofia that look less popular than they are because there are two of them on every other list and when their powers are combined, they are way more popular.
The top 10 hottest baby names of 2011 are as follows:
BabyCenter’s full list of the top 100 boys’ and girls’ names can be found here.
For us popularity has been a huge factor in our decision. I grew up with such an incredibly common name that I was known by my first name and my last initial for virtually my entire childhood. In fact, in my current graduate program of 94 people, there are 3 other Katies besides me. I really want to spare my child that experience without giving them a weird name.
So naturally our prospective name made a huge jump in popularity this year. It’s creeping dangerously close to being truly popular and it’s given me pause. And it looks like it’s only going to keep getting more popular. The popularity doesn’t change how much we love the name, but it definitely makes me weary. I guess it’s a good thing we still have plenty of time to pour over these lists and make up our minds for good.
How about you- did popularity have an impact on your baby name choices?