Questions on Emily and Audrey

[name_m]How[/name_m] tired are the names [name_f]Emily[/name_f] and [name_f]Audrey[/name_f]? I know that everyone is pretty much in agreement that [name_f]Emily[/name_f] is overused, boring, and not “imaginative”, but I was wondering if that would change in a few years? I haven’t met an [name_f]Emily[/name_f] under the age of 15 and all the ones I know of are in their late 20s or mid 30s…I actually don’t even really “know” an [name_f]Emily[/name_f], more I know of one through friends, etc. I have never encountered an [name_f]Emily[/name_f] before. I’ve known two Audreys in my life, but neither have left me with any negative associations. What about [name_f]Audrey[/name_f]? [name_f]Do[/name_f] you get the same vibes from [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] that you do [name_f]Emily[/name_f]?

I ask because FI and I were discussing names and he said his long favorites have always been [name_f]Emily[/name_f] and [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] and he would love to use them one day. I immediately cringed and tried to explain how popular they were–but he didn’t care, he truly loves them. He will find other names here and there, but [name_f]Emily[/name_f] and [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] always, always come back into the fold. Neither are “trendy” so I don’t worry about their popularity fading fast or their names becoming “dated” in any way.

I think both are gorgeous names and together I think they make a lovely, complimentary sib-set…but I would be too afraid to use them. They both fit in with my tastes, so that isn’t the issue, it’s just how popular/boring they are. I love classic names like [name_f]Olive[/name_f], [name_f]Matilda[/name_f], [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f]…names that are classics you recognize, but ones you don’t fear very often.

So, thoughts and opinions on [name_f]Emily[/name_f] and [name_f]Audrey[/name_f]?

There is no doubt that both names are popular but [name_f]IMO[/name_f] [name_f]Emily[/name_f] is way more popular and way more boring than [name_f]Audrey[/name_f]. [name_f]Emily[/name_f] is top 3 I think and [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] is #32 (I just looked). Although both up there, the gap between 3 and 32 is so great that I think there are away more [name_f]Emily[/name_f]'s out there vs. Audreys. I then add in all of the Emmas/Emmelines/Emersons/Emmetts and then you’re really talking big numbers of [name_f]Em[/name_f]'s.

People always say, “oh [name_f]Ava[/name_f]'s popular but I don’t know any.” I think that’s a fair statement if you’re an elementary school teacher or something, but if you don’t have kids/work with kids or meet kids daily you probably won’t have met the Avas. It’s when your kid enrolls in school and she’s one of 3 [name_f]Emily[/name_f]'s that you’ll meet them all because they’ll all be born in the last 10 years:)

Anyways I’m rambling but in summary I think that [name_f]Sophie[/name_f]/[name_f]Ava[/name_f]/[name_f]Isabella[/name_f]/[name_f]Emily[/name_f]/[name_f]Emma[/name_f] are in a popularity class on their own pretty much. Anything under those mega-names may be over used but i dont think you’ll hear people complaining about being sick of the name.

I’m quite tired of [name_f]Emily[/name_f], I prefer [name_f]Emmeline[/name_f], [name_f]Amelie[/name_f], [name_f]Emilia[/name_f] or even just [name_f]Emma[/name_f]. [name_f]Emily[/name_f] seems to always have it’s phases where every few years, half the girls you meet are called [name_f]Emily[/name_f] and then you don’t hear of any for a while.

[name_f]Audrey[/name_f] I like better. It seems classier and stronger.

I like them both, to the point that I wouldn’t care about popularity: they’re not trendy or suddenly repopular, they’re just well-loved. Frankly, [name_f]Emma[/name_f] comes across as trendier, even though it’s just as classic. I love [name_f]Emmeline[/name_f], but it definitely has a different feel. And while I know a few children named [name_f]Emily[/name_f], I don’t know any Audreys.

Basically, if you both really do like them, then go for it.

I love [name_f]Emily[/name_f] despite its popularity. And I’m not tired of it. I know at least four Emmas between newborn and about 3 years old, but no little girls named [name_f]Emily[/name_f]. It has always been one of my favorites–so beautiful and classic. However, it is popular enough that there might be more than one [name_f]Emily[/name_f] in her class, and there will almost certainly be more in her school. Such things don’t really bother me, though, as long as we’re not talking about 4-5 in the same classroom. That seems unlikely with [name_f]Emily[/name_f].

[name_f]Audrey[/name_f] is very sweet and seems to be rising in popularity, but doesn’t seem trendy. I don’t think you could go wrong with either name.

[name_f]Audrey[/name_f] seems the better choice at the moment as [name_f]Emily[/name_f] is a little overdone. I’ve never liked the name [name_f]Emily[/name_f] anyway and I think there is much better alternatives - [name_f]Emilia[/name_f], [name_f]Emmeline[/name_f] etc. I’m shocked that [name_f]Emily[/name_f] has been in the top 5 since 1996 in the UK and it’s still at number 3! I only know 1 [name_f]Emily[/name_f] under the age of 1 but the rest are a lot older.

I think [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] is absolutely gorgeous. It is one of my top picks. I think [name_f]Emily[/name_f] is a great name as well, but is overdone. [name_f]Emily[/name_f] and [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] is a lovely sibset style wise, but they sound somewhat matchy. I wonder if you could convince your SO of [name_f]Emilia[/name_f] instead? [name_f]Emilia[/name_f] and [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] is just as lovely as [name_f]Emily[/name_f] and [name_f]Audrey[/name_f], just not as matchy.

Not a fan of either but [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] sounds like an old-woman’s name, to me. I’ve met so many old women called [name_f]Audrey[/name_f]. [name_f]Emily[/name_f] is a bit boring but I do prefer it out of the two. I agree with above, [name_f]Emilia[/name_f] is lovely.

While both [name_f]Emily[/name_f] and [name_f]Emma[/name_f] are lovely names, they are just too overused. I much prefer [name_f]Emilia[/name_f] and [name_f]Emmeline[/name_f]. [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] is a beautiful choice. I love [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] and [name_f]Emilia[/name_f]!

[name_f]Emily[/name_f] to me is young and sparky but [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] is dull and old and lifeless. I think [name_f]Emily[/name_f] and her variants will last a long time and [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] will fade into granny-ness again.

I have never met an [name_f]Emily[/name_f].
I have never met an [name_f]Audrey[/name_f].
[name_f]Emily[/name_f] is not one of my favourite names, but I do find it strong and classy, and pretty as well. [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] I’m not very keen on, but that’s a personal opinion only.

I personally love the name [name_f]Emily[/name_f] but I may be biased since that is my name LOL.

As a child I would be annoyed when there was other [name_f]Emily[/name_f]'s in my classroom. I always ended up being [name_f]Emily[/name_f] (last initial) and I hated it. But you are right there isn’t as many [name_f]Emily[/name_f]'s anymore. I have worked with a preschool for 4 years and in that time I have only had two Emilys that enrolled.

[name_f]Emily[/name_f] I still find over used. I used to nanny for an [name_f]Emily[/name_f] (she’s 2 1/2 now) and I feel like we met other little [name_f]Emily[/name_f]'s anywhere I took her. What makes it feel even more common is how many [name_f]Emma[/name_f]'s and [name_f]Emmeline[/name_f]'s there are (my sister-in-law’s sister-in-law has a one year old named [name_f]Emmalyn[/name_f] too). So personally, I find [name_f]Emily[/name_f] a bit boring although it is a nice strong name with history, and it doesn’t make me cringe or anything.

[name_f]Audrey[/name_f] on the other hard, I do not find boring. Probably because I only know one [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] who is in her 50s. It is a classy, beautiful name and I don’t hear it mentioned much.

I know 3 Emilys and at least 5 Emmas but they’re all my age (30s). I don’t know any little girl Emilys. It’s a nice name but not really that special.
I love the name [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] - it’s my husband’s grandmother’s name and one of his cousins also used it for her little girl, now aged 5 or 6 but they’re the only two I’ve ever met. It was on my list for our daughter but I reluctantly shelved it due to the existing [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] as above.

Both are beautiful names. [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] is way less popular. It feels elegant while [name_f]Emily[/name_f] feels sweet. For classic names, there is a reason they are popular.

I think both names are totally usable! I never had a problem being [name_f]Katie[/name_f] G, but maybe that’s just me. I don’t think I’ll ever understand why it’s such a big deal. I personally like [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] more, but if you like them, use them.

I totally get where you are coming from with this. I am hopelessly in love with the name [name_f]Emma[/name_f] (it’s [name_f]Jane[/name_f] [name_u]Austen[/name_u]'s fault really. I’m obsessed), and it is rank 2. Rank 2 in the USA. Ugh. I know so many little Emmas but that doesn’t deter me. So I totally get it.
As for [name_f]Emily[/name_f], most of the Emilys I know are my age (17-18). I know a bunch in my grade. So I see it as a little boring, but I can see the beauty, if I didn’t know so many I’d probably love it. But I have only met 1 little [name_f]Emily[/name_f].
I think [name_f]Emily[/name_f] is classic, like [name_f]Emma[/name_f], and will not seem dated like [name_f]Brittany[/name_f] does. [name_f]Emily[/name_f] has always been a popular name in the USA (I’m assuming that’s where you are), the lowest ranking being 273. So it wont seem dated like [name_f]Brittany[/name_f] which only started charting in the 1970s and zoomed to top ranks.
I’ve never met any Audreys. I really love the name [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] too but can’t use it myself. [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] too has always been in the top 1000 in the USA. So it won’t seem dated in the sense of [name_f]Brittany[/name_f] or [name_u]Ashley[/name_u]. I think you are totally safe.
They are both classic names, more modern but classic [name_f]IMO[/name_f].
I’ll give you the same advice I gave myself when deciding whether to put [name_f]Emma[/name_f] on my list: [name_f]Remember[/name_f], Popularity is not an issue. Choose a name you love. [name_m]Just[/name_m] because a lot of other people love a name, doesn’t make it a bad choice. There is often a reason a name is popular, it’s probably a beautiful name. Your child will be much happier that you chose a name with meaning and a name you loved than choosing a name that wasn’t popular. It doesn’t matter if the name is rank 1 or not ranked. It just matters that you love it.

Where I live, it seems 1 in 4 people are called [name_f]Emily[/name_f]… No kidding. It’s such an overused name in [name_f]England[/name_f] and a lot of people ranging newborn to their 30s seem to be called it. [name_f]Audrey[/name_f], on the other hand, is an uncommon name here. It’s not boring to hear and I’m not tired of it at all.

I personally adore both names! I suppose I like [name_f]Audrey[/name_f] a bit more because it sounds elegant and timeless. I’ve also never met an [name_f]Audrey[/name_f], while I’ve met at least 5 [name_f]Emily[/name_f]'s my age.