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July 3rd, 2012 08:07 PM #1
What's really going on with Leo?
Our boy list is extremely short. Leo has been the top choice for a long time now, as it is a family name on both sides, (and one of the few boy names I don't hate.) But I'm a speech therapist who works with young children, and much to my frustration, I've started seeing a Leo here and there, along with some Lees and definitely some Liams. We DO NOT want a trendy name. I've looked at all the data out there, (behindthename.com says it's currently #167 and has generally been trending upwards the last few years.) But really, what do those numbers mean? I just don't want little Leo to be one of 3 Leos in his class.
Do I need to be concerned?
What are you seeing/hearing in your neck of the woods? What are your thoughts?Raphael David
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July 3rd, 2012 09:06 PM #3
I don't know any Leos in my neck of the woods (Southern California). Unless the name is a lot more popular in your area than the U.S. as a whole, I can't imagine that popularity will be a problem.
My first son's name is Daniel. Unbeknownst to me at the time, his name was #8 the year he was born. We are very fortunate that he was the only Daniel in his class all the way through elementary school. (There were about 4 Daniels in the school of about 600 students.) Currently, Daniel (who is now in high school) says he knows of "two or three" other Daniels. So, with Leo at #167, I believe it has a very long way to go before you need to worry about your son being one of several in his class! My family does not know any Leos. Leo is a great name. Since it has family significance, I hope you use it.Mother of three teenagers: (1) Daniel Glen, (2) Timothy Austin, and (3) Rebecca Jane... all middle names honor family... 3rd generation mn Jane. (A second girl would have been Susanna Eve and a third boy, maybe Isaac...)
July 3rd, 2012 09:09 PM #5Junior Member
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It's definitely following the current trend of boys' names of a similar style, but I don't think you need to worry about it being trendy--trendy to me screams fad. Leo is a classic name. I was worried about the same thing with Jasper (DS2's name), but we're yet to meet another one.
You'd be better off looking at SSA's list to see where Leo sits in your state (though they only include Top 100 by state). I know one Leo, and he's 6 and in my 1st grader's class at school. My first son's name is Adrian, and it's been between 16-20 on the SSA list in Cali every year since his birth--we have not met or come across another one.Bee ~ Writer & mama to Adrian (06) and Jasper (08)
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July 3rd, 2012 09:33 PM #7
Boys' names are hard for me too, so I wouldn't let go of one you love just yet.
I've told this story before, but my name was #12 in my birth year. I think I had another Rebecca in maybe one or two of my classes throughout my entire life. And my high school was around 600 or 700 people maybe? Hard to remember. I am getting old
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July 3rd, 2012 10:15 PM #9
I think it is still low enough. Sure there is a chance of 2. I have had 3 Jacks and 3 Rileys in a class, and 3 Caitlins. Even popular choices sometimes don't appear: this year I don't have any of the Top 10 names for girls from the matching year they were born: Isabella, Ella, Emily, Chloe, Mia, Olivia (taught 1 last year), Charlotte, Sophie, Sienna, Jessica (taught 1 6yrs ago).
Boys: Jack (taught 3 -2yrs ago- none this year), William (1), Joshua, Lachlan (1 this year, 1 last year, 1 year before),Thomas (1 year before), Riley (taught 3 in one class), Cooper (taught one), James, Noah, Ethan
As you can see some of the MOST popular names I have never taught at all even in recent years. So I think Leo is unlikely to have 3.Current favourite boy names: Cormac Flynn Nathaniel (Nate) Oliver Alexander Henry Liam Hugo Isaac Leo Hugo Micah Bennett Nikolai Reid Edward nn Ned Gus Tobias Austin
Current favourite girl names: Phoebe Kiara Skye Phoebe Sophie Charlotte Eliza Violet Annabelle Ruby Cleo Elodie Rose Tessa Kate Brynn Felicity Grace Seraphine Jade Shelby Eloise Belle