Popularity would be a consideration for us because we have a super common last name, so I don’t want my kid to be one of, say, 10 [name]Olivia[/name] [name]Jones[/name] that she knows. That said: my husband has a fairly traditional and therefore fairly common first name, and he’s never complained about it, and the mix-ups that he’s had were few and kind of funny. So while I don’t think I’d use a name on the top 10 or top 20, I also wouldn’t let popularity stop me from using a name I really, really loved.
Also- there are so many things we can control about a name- rhythm, flow, spelling, meaning, etc.- but popularity and public image really isn’t one of them. Stuff just happens- the name could jump 100 places on the list, people with that name could become overnight celebrities, people might use that name for a character in a book or a sit com. We can predict, but we can’t guarantee that our kid will grow up to be the only Domyneeque [name]Jones[/name] that she knows.