So, we are about a month out from having our son (#2), and choosing his name has been all-consuming (for me. I contemplate names in my sleep…) and difficult. We originally thought to honor my husband’s mother with her maiden name (which she has expressed regret at not keeping), Finlayson. We would drop the “son” and name him [name]Finlay[/name]. Our last name is McMaster.
However, I do not exaggerate when I say [name]Finn[/name] (in all its forms) has become a very popular baby name in the last 3 years in the little place where we live. So popular, in fact, that though we both really love [name]Finn[/name] (and have trouble finding another name we both really love), we basically have ruled it out for the past 7 months. It was only when we broached the subject with my husband’s mother this past weekend–and she was so delighted–that I began to contemplate using it despite its popularity here. And in general, began to contemplate that fascinating subject of why popularity of a name deters some parents from using it and others not in the least. I’d love to hear some of your thoughts on this topic.
In our case, the cons:
- feel unoriginal, even sheepish to introduce our [name]Finlay[/name] to other Finns’ moms (I’m not close friends with any of these)
- possibility of many Finns in this one’s classes. (suppose he could go by [name]Finlay[/name] there though)
- wonder if it’s a ‘cop-out’. (this could be because I’m a writer and like to come up with original wording/phrasing?)
- we both love the name
- it is, after all, a family name of someone we want to honor, which somehow justifies it more?
- according to the statistics [name]Finn[/name] isn’t yet as popular in the big picture as it seems to be here. And who knows where the future might take us (or all the other Finns on this island:). In fact country-wide statistics rate it it less popular than the name of our older son, [name]Wyatt[/name]. (we didn’t know any other Wyatts, here or otherwise, when he was born).
Thanks for any input, either on the subject of name popularity or on our case in particular. Our other son as mentioned is named [name]Wyatt[/name] [name]Patrick[/name] (My father’s name), if that’s of help for the larger naming picture. I also really like the name [name]Sawyer[/name], possibly more than [name]Finlay[/name], but husband is not yet sold on this name.