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For this week’s baby name news, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel picks theÂ nine newsiest names, but looks at why it’s a plus to pick a popular name ahead of the curve, what the hottest new nickname is, and when some names have run their course.
Letâ€™s say you named your daughter Stella back in 1999.Â Your Stella is now in her teens, but somehow every friend-of-a-friend is using your name for their new daughter, and it isnâ€™t just your imagination.Â Stella barely registered in the US Top 1000 back in 1999, but today, it is a Top 100 pick â€“ and rising.Â You find yourself thinking unkind thoughts about Tori Spelling, and wondering why other parents canâ€™t be just as creative as you were, back in the day.
While parents might find it irritating, I suspect that the kids who grow up with ahead-of-the-curve names probably like it just fine.Â I know a 30-something Mackenzie, a 20-something Hannah, and a recent conversation about a teenaged Sophia made me think: is the happiest of occurrences to receive a fashionable name early in its rise?
It is a tricky feat to pull off, but if youâ€™re lucky enough to be the parent of a 6 year-old Harper or a tweenaged Lucy, congratulations.Â Your child will probably grow up sharing her name with attractive fictional characters, as well as the kids she babysits.