I’m occasionally shocked by the names which are popular in the US but not the UK- for instance [name]Axel[/name] is a name that I NEVER hear over here. Similarly Elius; never heard of one.
Across the board I didn’t expect [name]Penelope[/name] to become popular- I always thought it was too ‘clunky cool’ to be appealing on a mass scale. Positively shocked on that front…
I’ve also heard of a few Daphnes recently, born to non name obsessives. I have the same surprise there- I think of [name]Daphne[/name] as an acquired taste too I guess. The ‘Daph’ sound in the first syllable, maybe?
On the boys’ side [name]Pip[/name] is number 80 in the 2011 popularity charts over here. DID NOT see that one coming, and have no idea what brought that to mass appeal. Surely not [name]Pippa[/name] Middleton?
[name]Pip[/name] is a pet love of mine, so I’m both happy but curmudgeonly about it becoming such a ‘household name.’
Any names which surprise you by surging up in the charts?