So I’ve been going nuts picking a name for my second born and I really don’t want a name in the top 100 or really top 200 if I can help it. Another non-baby-name message board I’m on we just had a huge discussion about name popularity and I was the ONLY one who cared how high a name is on the popularity list.
Everyone’s argument was: “my kid’s name is [name]Aidan[/name] and I have yet to meet any other babies by that name, so what does it matter that it’s #1?” or “My kids are [name]Ethan[/name] and [name]Aidan[/name] and they are 6 and 8 and are the only Ethans and [name]Aidan[/name]'s in their school”
I work in a very small elementary school (under 100 kids) and I have 3 Kaylees all in 5th grade or lower. I looked up [name]Vermont[/name]'s social security on the popularity of the name [name]Kaylee[/name] in the year these girl’s were born and yes, it was in the top 100, but not awfully high on the list, like in the 50’s. So. . .it seems you can pick a not-that-popular name and your kid could still end up in school with several others of the same name.
So, how much stock should be put in popularity charts? What do you say to people who say, “I only know 1 other [name]Emily[/name] in the world and she’s 30 years old”
Thanks, looking forward to your opinions on the matter!