I get what you are saying - I do - but I don’t think you are looking at this the right way. Maybe there will be more [name]Nora[/name]'s than you’d like, but that doesn’t make the name less special. It only matters if the name is special to YOU, and if you love it, then it probably is. Popularity shouldn’t factor into that, I don’t think. But, I’ll take a look at your names!
[name]Nora[/name] - I do think [name]Nora[/name] is getting more popular, but she won’t be the next [name]Emma[/name]. [name]Nora[/name] is an accessible, seemingly common choice because she is easy. [name]Nora[/name] is simple to say and spell, it has a nice meaning, and it has a fairly nice image. To me, the name is a bit bland, but I think it is the “ora” sound. I like something with a bit more melody (i.e., [name]Lydia[/name]), but it is a matter of personal preference. So, though [name]Nora[/name] is used as a nickname for names like [name]Eleanor[/name], [name]Eleanor[/name] is on the rise whereas [name]Nora[/name] remains a vintage classic waiting for its second coming.
[name]Rose[/name] - Today’s mega-popular middle name seems to have taken over for 1990s [name]Anne[/name] and 2000s [name]Grace[/name] in the middle name race. However, when applied to a little girl as a first name, it takes on a whole new life! [name]Rose[/name] isn’t a name that I see coming back into vogue in crazy numbers - it isn’t destined to the same popularity that [name]Violet[/name] is - and it has a soft, romantic, wholly feminine image that is just so appealing. I think it is one of the sweetest names that can only get a bit more sultry when formed as [name]Rosalind[/name].
[name]Lucy[/name] - Now, [name]Lucy[/name] might be the most popular choice on your list, I’d say. [name]Lucy[/name] is a longtime favorite of many, because of its light, fun sound, pretty meaning (ironically, “light”), and feminine, playful image. [name]Lucy[/name]'s also a great saint to honor (patron saint of the blind), and many more religious parents often pay homage to her. [name]Lucy[/name], short and sweet, is just a nice name. I might say it is a bit young in sound, but then again [name]Lucille[/name] feels a bit dowdy and washed-out. I think [name]Lucy[/name] sounds freshest when used as a middle name, myself.
[name]Ruby[/name] - I’ve got a special place in my heart for [name]Ruby[/name] because it was my great grandmother’s name. [name]Ruby[/name] is definitely on trend, partly because it is a vintage classic with a fun, light sound (similar to the ‘trendy’ [name]Kirby[/name]'s and [name]Kylie[/name]'s, but with more substance), and partly because it was recently used by a celebrity couple ([name]Tobey[/name] [name]Maguire[/name]'s [name]Ruby[/name] Sweetheart). I don’t see [name]Ruby[/name] hitting the mega-popular numbers that other jewel tones have enjoyed ([name]Crystal[/name], I’m talking to you!), but it does have the vintage quality that many parents are returning to. [name]Ruby[/name] might be the next [name]Charlotte[/name], but she isn’t the next [name]Olivia[/name] in my opinion.
[name]Ramona[/name] - Well, [name]Ramona[/name] and Beezus is coming out, so maybe she’ll see a rise! I think [name]Ramona[/name] is one of those underused names from the vintage collection that really hasn’t hit its stride. I don’t ever see it hitting the big numbers on the naming charts, despite the fact that it was recently chosen by celebrity mom [name]Maggie[/name] Gyllenhaal. It has a sweet, fun sound that isn’t overly feminine, which is a perfect fit for many little girls. In that way, it is very appealing, but I don’t see it climbing up the charts unless there is a temporary increase after the release of this upcoming film (in the US, at least).
[name]Josephine[/name] - [name]Josephine[/name] is like [name]Charlotte[/name]. Each takes a boy’s name and makes it into a girl’s name, though not a very girly one at that. These are the no-nonsense names that really make sense for many girls. They are elegant, sophisticated, and adult, yet young, playful, and sweet. [name]Josephine[/name] opens up a world of nickname potential, from the tomboy [name]Joey[/name] to the girly [name]Josie[/name]. I think it is a great, unusual, choice for a baby, and I don’t see it getting too popular. I wouldn’t say [name]Josephine[/name] quite fits the vintage trend, which is more [name]Violet[/name] and [name]Hazel[/name] (the nature set), [name]Matilda[/name] and [name]Harriet[/name] (the whimsical set).
[name]Lorelei[/name] - This one is a bit different, as it isn’t quite vintage, but it isn’t at all modern. I think this is more of a 1950s-1960s name, certainly “vintage,” but not in the naming sense. It hasn’t hit its 100 year stride, and I don’t think you’ll meet another little (or big) one for miles! It’s an interesting, bold choice that is really a hit or miss, but I definitely couldn’t say it is boring!
Okay, I’ve only got time for your girl names, but they aren’t boring at all. I think [name]Lucy[/name] is your most popular name, but [name]Nora[/name] and [name]Ruby[/name] are most likely to climb the charts, in my opinion - I don’t predict very high spots, though. Names like [name]Josephine[/name] and [name]Ramona[/name] are great choices, and I see them as fitting in with today’s (and future) trends, so they aren’t unfamiliar, but they don’t seem poised to take over. [name]Rose[/name], a name familiar to most, is a refreshing choice as a first name that really isn’t too popular in the US - I can’t speak for [name]Canada[/name] or Europe - and may be overlooked in favor of more “unusual” nature choices like [name]Violet[/name] and [name]Hazel[/name]. Though [name]Rose[/name] will always be on the naming radar, I think [name]Violet[/name] and [name]Hazel[/name] will see more growth over time, leaving [name]Rose[/name] a comparably safe choice. [name]Lorelei[/name], on the other hand, is one I think you’d be safe choosing in any time period, as it never really had a burst and certainly isn’t poised to have one any time soon - as I said, it is a bold move that traps you into a style (or time period), but it could pay off in the end! (In case you are curious, my favorites are [name]Rose[/name], [name]Ruby[/name], [name]Josephine[/name], and [name]Ramona[/name].)