“Compared with decades ago, parents are choosing less common names for kids, which could suggest an emphasis on uniqueness and individualism, according to new research. Essentially, today’s kids (and later adults) will stand out from classmates. For instance, in the 1950s, the average first-grade class of 30 children would have had at least one boy named [name]James[/name] (top name in 1950), while in 2013, six classes will be necessary to find only one [name]Jacob[/name], even though that was the most common boys’ name in 2007.”
This quote came from the article above. Interesting. As a teacher myself, I do notice that even ten years ago I had more kids that had the same name in my classroom than I do now (I had 4 [name]Sara[/name]/[name]Sarah[/name]'s in one class). The only “duplicate” name I have this year is [name]Andrew[/name] (just 2). Does this make a name’s popularity less of a factor for you when choosing a name?