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There’s a new generation of mom names, not the midcentury Kathys and Sues that are fast becoming grandma names, but the names of young moms today, born for the most part in the 70s and 80s, their names acquiring a more grownup image as they’ve grown up themselves.

This blog was inspired by the discussion of mom names over on the forums.  On that board, berries are discussing their own moms’ names plus the names of moms they know who have young children.

Of course, not every name of a twenty-or-thirty-something mother qualifies as a mom name.  What does?

Names that are emblematic of the decades when those moms were born and that have since faded from popularity. Names that immediately conjure the image of a woman of mom age.

It may be startling to realize your own name has become a mom name.  You’re no longer one of five Jessicas in your middle school gym class; now you’re one of five escorting your toddler to Gymboree.

What does this mean if you’re searching for a baby name?  These names, while appealing in many ways, are perhaps past their baby-giving prime.

Here, what we see as the new mom names:

Alyssa

Allison

Amanda

Amy

Amber

Angela

Ashley

Brittany

Caitlin

Chelsea

Christie

Christine

Courtney

Crystal

Danielle

Dawn

Erin

Erica

Heather

Jamie

Jennifer

Jessica

Joanna

Julie

Katie

Kayla

Kelly

Kerry

Kimberly

Kristin

Lauren

Lindsay

Lisa

Megan

Melanie

Melissa

Nicole

Rachel

Rebecca

Shannon

Shelby

Stacy

Stephanie

Tiffany

Tracy

Wendy

Whitney

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