Names that you don/t understand how they are so popular?

What are some names that you don’t know why are really popular?

I always kind of known that [name_f]Luna[/name_f] was popular, but I really do not know why! Probably cause of [name_u]Harry[/name_u] [name_m]Potter[/name_m] or something, but still, there are no Lunas, Rubys, or [name_f]Stella[/name_f] in my school, so I really don’t get it.

[name_f]Ava[/name_f]. I prefer names with lots of nn possibilities.

[name_f]Olivia[/name_f]! Sorry to offend anyone :woman_facepalming:t3:

Honestly I’m just really not into [name_f]Olivia[/name_f] I don’t like how the prominent O sound rolls into the via it’s just awkward. I don’t mind names that are a mouthful my daughter is [name_f]Lilia[/name_f] (that’s a mouthful) but I just find [name_f]Olivia[/name_f] awkward to say and I don’t understand how that sound is so appealing to people. I also find [name_f]Olivia[/name_f] so obvious everyone and their wife is called [name_f]Olivia[/name_f]. I don’t mind popularity but for me I don’t understand why everyone loves [name_f]Olivia[/name_f] and why she is soooooo popular!!! I’m really not a fan. I also find it annoying when people pair [name_f]Olivia[/name_f] with a basic middle name like [name_f]Rose[/name_f] or [name_f]Grace[/name_f]. [name_f]Olivia[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] is so expected and I don’t know lacklustre to me I know so many [name_f]Olivia[/name_f] Rose’s including my OH niece. I obviously love my OH niece but her name isn’t my thing.

Whereas I do really like [name_f]Olive[/name_f] & [name_u]Oliver[/name_u] it’s just [name_f]Olivia[/name_f].



I don’t mean “omg what a terrible name!” I mean, what made it so popular? You mentioned [name_f]Luna[/name_f] and it completely make sense that the HP generation grew up bestowed it on their daughters. There could be other reasons obviously but it would make sense.

[name_f]Nevaeh[/name_f] just seemed to come from nowhere and then it was everywhere! Was it in a movie? Did a celebrity use it? I have no clue. People always point out the “heaven spelled backwards” bit but that doesn’t explain the popularity.


[name_u]Grayson[/name_u] & Brooklyn/Brooklynn

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I usually understand even if I wouldn’t use the name personally. Some peoples tastes are different! I am, how would you say…surprised, that [name_u]Brayden[/name_u] is as high as it is. Mostly because it means salmon, but also because of the way the sounds go together. I wonder what sent that name skyrocketing! Maybe a film connection? Who knows.


[name_f]Eliza[/name_f], like I kind of get why bc of [name_m]Hamilton[/name_m], but it’s just not my favorite nn for [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f], or as a full name bc it looks in complete with me, where as [name_f]Beth[/name_f], looks complete to me, I have no idea why.

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sophia. it just doesn’t appeal to me. i don’t think it sounds particularly nice or looks pretty on paper. it’s just boring to me at this point, because i know so many little sophias. it’s ok, i don’t hate it, but i don’t get why it’s so much loved.

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In the UK, Teddy and Sonny. No offence to anyone who likes them, but to me they sound like “little boy” names rather than names that would suit an adult man. I have no idea why they’re in the top 100. Celebrity babies?

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from the American charts:

girls: [name_u]Addison[/name_u], [name_u]Avery[/name_u], [name_f]Eliana[/name_f], [name_u]Genesis[/name_u], [name_u]Kennedy[/name_u], [name_f]Kinsley[/name_f], [name_f]Mila[/name_f], [name_u]Skylar[/name_u], [name_f]Stella[/name_f]
boys: [name_u]Brooks[/name_u], [name_m]Colton[/name_m], [name_u]Easton[/name_u], [name_u]Jackson[/name_u], [name_u]Landon[/name_u], [name_u]Mason[/name_u], [name_u]Maverick[/name_u], [name_u]Parker[/name_u], [name_u]Wyatt[/name_u]

as you can see, I’m not a particularly massive fan of a lot of modern surname names!


I think [name_f]Luna[/name_f] only started getting really popular lately, so the [name_f]Luna[/name_f] wave is probably just starting preschool or kindergarten around now. Give it 10 years!

For me, it’s the slightly old-fashioned classics (if that’s not too much of a misnomer!)



For the record, I like all of these names. But they’re all Top 100 and I never ever meet any of them!

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[name_f]My[/name_f] biggest beef is when a girl’s name becomes “popular,” parents then have to go out of their way with bizarre spellings.

[name_f]My[/name_f] daughter was named [name_f]Caitlin[/name_f] for a number of reasons, including Celtic heritage and a family member named [name_f]Katarine[/name_f]. After DeGrassi High, the US became full of Caitlins, all with weird spellings.

As a teacher, I can’t tell you how many varations of [name_f]Brittany[/name_f], [name_f]Briana[/name_f], and Ashley/Aislinn I have seen.



I still don’t understand why [name_f]Kaitlyn[/name_f] is such a popular spelling. I see it way more than any other spelling.

[name_f]Caitlin[/name_f], I understand. It’s classic. And I can understand [name_f]Katelyn[/name_f], since it’s just [name_f]Kate[/name_f] + [name_u]Lyn[/name_u]. But [name_f]Kaitlyn[/name_f] just seems like a weird middle ground that isn’t quite as good.

I have a lot of names that are worthy of criticism so I hope I don’t tick someone off.

I don’t get the popularity of [name_f]Elle[/name_f] / [name_f]Ella[/name_f]. It’s so…plain? I don’t know. I just don’t get the appeal.

Maeve, Violet, Astrid and Hazel for girls. I don’t think they sound very appealing.
Axel, Atlas, Grey and Onyx for boys.

Some of these aren’t actually high on naming charts, but I hear them mentioned a lot as trendy names.

[name_m]Matteo[/name_m]. It’s extremely popular where I live, and I don’t understand why. I don’t particularly like it, but apart from that, I genuinely don’t understand the appeal. What’s wrong with [name_m]Matthias[/name_m] or [name_m]Mathis[/name_m] (also popular, but [name_m]Matteo[/name_m] has overtaken them both). Maybe it’s the -o ending.

And for girls, [name_u]Marie[/name_u]. It sounds so old-fashioned and inelegant compared to [name_u]Maria[/name_u]. I don’t understand why so many people prefer it.

For girls I think [name_f]Mila[/name_f] is the biggest ones that I just don’t understand. It doesn’t sound appealing to me personally, I’m not sure if people are just big fans of [name_f]Mila[/name_f] Kunis or if I missed something where this became pop culture relevant?

For boys [name_u]Ezra[/name_u] and [name_m]Enzo[/name_m] I just don’t find appealing so not sure what made them so popular

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Names that are mostly vowels. I’m waiting for AEIOU to become a #1 hit!

Give me some good strong consonants any day!

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[name_f]Amelia[/name_f] and [name_u]Piper[/name_u]. I know so many Amelias and two even share the same middle name. I’m not a fan of frilly names and since some of the Amelias I’ve known carry a pretty negative vibe I just cannot get behind this name at all.

As for [name_u]Piper[/name_u] I just really don’t like the sound, and I don’t know why it suddenly gained so much popularity.

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