Many people don’t like names that are very popular (meaning that they rank high on the SSA list), but I tend to not like names that are overly trendy, as in they define a generation. I do think there is a difference, even though obviously there is considerable overlap between the two categories. For instance, [name]Emma[/name], [name]Olivia[/name], [name]Ava[/name], and the likes that are at the top of the 2008 SSA rankings are not trendy in my opinion (unless you call girly names ending in -a a trend, which I don’t), but, by nature of the number of parents who choose them, they are popular. I think popular is within the top 50 or so names, but you could limit it or widen it depending on your style. As for trendy, these are the names that define an age of naming - a generation. For instance, names of the 90s are names such as [name]Megan[/name], [name]Lauren[/name], and [name]Jordan[/name], [name]Jessica[/name], and [name]Lindsay[/name], whereas names of the the 50s and 60s may have been [name]Donna[/name], [name]Karen[/name], [name]Susan[/name], [name]Linda[/name], [name]Nancy[/name], and the likes. A few years ago, perhaps at the dawn of the 2000s, the trend was [name]Hailey[/name], [name]Bailey[/name], [name]Kailey[/name], and their various alternate spellings (the birth of the yooneek time period, in my opinion). However, keep in mind this isn’t necessarily reflected in the popular names, as [name]Emily[/name] and [name]Hannah[/name] were at the top in 2000. Nowadays, many of the trends solidified in the 2000s are active and thriving, with parents choosing names with alternative spellings (changing S to Z, -ly to -leigh, -a to -ah, and so on…), yet there are also many savvy parents, like those on Nameberry, who are starting to change the trends toward names popular in the 1900s, 1950s, and newer trends such as the surname name, unisex name, nature name, color name, nickname name, place name, etc. The naming scene is more varied now than I think it has ever been! I guess the point of this story is that it is the trend that counts, not the number. Classic names like [name]Sarah[/name], [name]Elizabeth[/name], [name]Margaret[/name], [name]Catherine[/name], [name]Henry[/name], and [name]James[/name] will always be rather “popular” by SSA standards, but they are certainly not trendy. I hope this makes sense, and I wish you the best of luck in finding that one perfect name!