I [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Mabel[/name], too! [name]Love[/name] it! Yes, I, too, worry about names becoming popular (girls’ names, at least, not so much the boys’ names), and when I think about it, I see that no name is really 100% safe. All it takes is one popular celebrity to use a great name, and then… BOOM! There’s a popularity explosion!
That said, while certain names have a trendier/more mainstream feel ([name]Ava[/name] or [name]Isabella[/name]) and are destined to become overused once they enter people’s consciousness ([name]Isla[/name]), some names will always feel a bit old fashioned, clunky, or musty in feel or sound, which will protect them from becoming the next Avas or Isabellas.
In my opinion, [name]Mabel[/name] is in the second category, along with other names I love like [name]Beatrix[/name], [name]Cordelia[/name], [name]Eloise[/name], [name]Louisa[/name], [name]Rose[/name] (as a first name), etc., and I just can’t see them catching on like, say, [name]Ava[/name] did.
[name]Hazel[/name] has gotten more popular, but it’s still in the mid-300’s in the U.S., and because it doesn’t have the popular -a ending or light feel of an [name]Ava[/name], I highly doubt it will become too overused. ([name]Just[/name] my opinion, of course!)
Best wishes, Dinks!