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Do you wish your own name…..?

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Do you wish your own name was more unusual…or more popular?

The general trend of taste in baby names these days is toward the unusual — many of us are looking for names that will help our children stand out in the crowd.

This is borne out by statistics, in the ever-growing number of sheer names in common use and the shrinking number of babies given the top names.

But how does this relate to your feelings about your own name?  Do you wish you had a more unusual name yourself, and if so, why?

And if you have an unusual name, how do you feel about that — now, and when you were younger?  Are you happy you have an unusual name or do you wish you had one that was more standard-issue?

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What Names are Common in YOUR Neighborhood?

popular baby names

There are the names that are well-liked on Nameberry: Imogen and Finn, Charlotte and Declan.

Then there are the baby names most popular in the US —  Sophia and Jacob, Isabella and Ethan — along with those that top the lists in other parts of the world, from Olivia and Oliver to Niamh and Noa.

But what about the names that are common in your little corner of the world?  The names you seem to hear all the time in the neighborhood playground, at the pediatrician’s office, in the classroom?

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Today’s guest blogger Kristen, aka Swistle, confronts the question of popular baby names–and explains why it’s okay to use them.

More common than the name is this naming concern heard from parents: “We don’t want her to be one of five  in every class.”

We know they don’t need to worry about that: even the name Jennifer, with its impressive peak usage of 4 out of every 100 girls, didn’t achieve such a feat—and today’s #1 name can’t compete at just over 1 girl in 100.

But another issue is this: Does it make sense to avoid names just because they’re common? Sure, if there really were five children with the same name per classroom, but what if there aren’t? It depends on our naming goals, but here are some reasons we might want to use a common name:

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