By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain
You’ll never guess the name that repeats in my son’s third grade.
It isn’t Alex. Despite having a Top 20 name, he’s never had to share. His friend Matthew is also one of one, and has been since kindergarten. The same is true for Chloe and William.
The name that repeats? Micah.
It’s one of the new realities of baby naming. In our quest to avoid calling our kids the 2014 equivalent of Jennifer and Jason, Ashley and Josh, we skip over the Top Ten and even Top 100.
But that’s no guarantee that our relatively uncommon choice won’t be shared. My kids know more than one Lucia and a couple of Finns, two Jareds, a Skyler and a Skye, a boy Jordan and a girl Jordan, a boy Seamus and a dog Seamus.
So it isn’t really a surprise that the high profile birth announcement name to repeat this week wasn’t Ava or Isabella, but Bodhi.