Will Aurora go top 10?
I was wondering about everyone's gut feelings about the name Aurora. It's on DH's and my short list for our yet-to-be-conceived baby, but I'm curious if it will keep climbing meteorically or if it has more or less settled/peaked in the medium popular 100-200 range on the SSA lists. We'd probably still use it even if it was top 50, but I'm interested if anyone has any predictions/insights/intuition about it.
Other names we like are Penelope, Rosie, and Clementine. DH loves Clover. I love Annabel but DH had a difficult roommate by that name so it's out, sadly.
What do you guys think of the top 10 potential for Penelope or Annabel in the future? I feel like Penelope will ultimately be held back by the "pee" ending, despite being a Kardashian, and Annabel by its multiple spellings. (Though I could see Annabel being like Madeline and ending up very high on the list when they are all tallied.)
My guesses for eventual top 10 status include Charlotte, Avery, Harper, Aubrey (unless Aubree splits the tally too much), Amelia...not sure what others. Maybe Lila.
Sorry...this post kind of went all over the place! Insights, anyone?
P.S.-- I guess I wonder about Aurora becoming a top 10 hit because of its similarity (to my ear) to names like Sophia and Olivia. Sophia in particular because they share Ancient Greco-Roman roots and gentle vintage style.
I also like Athena from that category.
I don't think Aurora will ever be in the top 10, I do think it will settle as you've said in the 100-200 range. I think it's a bit princess-y for most people, and from what I've seen from forums, some people seem to have trouble pronouncing it? Plus there was the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, but I'm not sure if that's turned any people off of it.
I don't think that Aurora will hit the top 10. It might climb higher, but not much, I think. It's a pretty name, but I think it's kind of a mouthful for some people. I love Penelope and Clementine too. Annabel is nice, but if you're worried about popularity, I think it might be up there with all the "belle" names. What about Annabeth? It's familiar, but not even in the top 1000.
Aurora is mine and my DBF's favorite name too and I really don't see it being in the top ten. I do think that Penelope and Annabel are going to keep skyrocketing, though I'd be a little surprised to see them in the top 10.
I think Aurora has the potential to hit the top ten, but I'm doubtful that it ever will. I feel the same way about Penelope and Annabel- they have the potential, but I really don't think they'll go that high up in popularity. I think the name Athena will probably go up to about 200, but never will breach the top 100.
I definitely don't think that Aurora will become a top ten name, I don't know anyone who has an Aurora or even has it on their list. One of my daughters is named Isla which I hesitated to use because I think it will one day be a top 10 name (as a replacement for Emma & Ava) but given that you can't predict the future it seems silly to me not to use a name you love because it 'might' become a top 10 name. I am not positive on this but I believe Charlotte is already a top 10 in Canada and yet whenever I meet a little Charlotte I still think it is a beautiful name. I think it is more like an Elizabeth or Catherine that even when it becomes hugely popular it retains it's beauty because it is a classic. I think Penelope, Rosie and Clementine are all too quirky for the masses for any of them to hit the top 10. I think Annabel could because Anna is already hugely popular and I think it is a natural extension of the name that will appeal to many.
I'm asking more because of curiosity than anything else. I'm pretty sure we would use Aurora no matter where it landed on the charts if we decided it was the name.
Maybe Aurora is one of those names that's very geographical? I know a handful of Auroras under the age of 5-- more babies named Aurora than Sophia for example. I also know several small girls named Lucy, Lila, and Scarlett. I'm based in NYC so maybe it is more of an East Coast urban thing. Also, as always, there's just random chance involved.
ajh, I agree to a point-- but fifteen years ago, wouldn't one have said something similar about Chloe? Without a doubt Chloe and Zoe were both "quirky" names well into the late 1990s/early 2000s. Layla/Lila, too. It's so mysterious how some names go mainstream and others never quite make it.
I agree with this, although I do think that just maybe, Annabel will hit top 10 when all of the different spellings are taken into account - though I do see it more often as a middle name than as a first.
Originally Posted by aj_bear
Anytime I hear an American saying this name, it seems like they're "eating it". The pronunciation seems to be quite tricky, so I don't see Aurora in top10...
BTW, see http://upswingbabynames.com/the-next-popular-names/
I know it's only a prediction, but it's still cool!