While I was reading another post earlier tonight, I saw that someone was talking about how the name [name]Samantha[/name] was trendy. I immediately thought that I didn’t think it was trendy, but popular. To me, trendy and popular are two very different things.
Trendy - I’d define trendy as a name popular for a decade(ish) but then declines rapidly and becomes a name one associates a decade with. An example would be [name]Tiffany[/name] for girls and [name]Gary[/name] for boys.
Popular - I think popular is more of a name that a lot of people use. Popular could range from a year or centuries. For example, [name]Halley[/name] was only really popular in 1986, because of [name]Halley[/name]'s [name]Comet[/name]. But a name like [name]Elizabeth[/name] has been popular for centuries.
When I look at these examples, I definitely don’t see [name]Elizabeth[/name] or [name]Samantha[/name] as trendy like I see [name]Tiffany[/name]. And [name]Halley[/name]'s not a popular name, except for 1986.
What do you think? [name]How[/name] would you define trendy and popular?