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Thread: "Jennifer Effect"
August 18th, 2013 06:26 PM #16Senior Member
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I named my daughter off of the top 1000 and because of that I would most likely stay off the top 500 or so for future daughters. For future sons, John and Francis are favorites, so popularity matters much less. In fact, traditional & simple is what I love in a boy name while whimsical girl names interest me more.
At the same time Jennifer is an interesting name to bring up because I am crushing on it a lot lately. I think that despite it's popularity in my era it feels refreshing for a baby of today. I think trend cycles are getting shorter & shorter. A lot of 80s & 90s names are sounding good to me and in all things fashion/music/ect 90s nostalgia is trending so Jennifer feels so perfect at the moment.
I also thing that trendy doesn't only apply to the top names, a lot of trending types of names like word names, nature names, quirky vintage names, ect aren't in the top 10 right now and they don't have the tryndeigh vibe that nameberry hates, but they are trendy in my opinion, cause they're obviously trending right now! So in that way names like Arrow, Magnolia & Hazel feel trendy, cause they are so very right now. They might be rare (rank-wise), but it would be much less shocking to meet an Arrow born yesterday than one born in 1989, cause it's so fitting with 2013 trends. In that way, meeting a girl named Arrow in 2013 born to young/hip parents is less surprising than meeting one named Jennifer despite the rankings of these names.
August 18th, 2013 07:07 PM #18Raquel-22 year old who loves names, books, and languages
Ladies: Clara Josephine, Amelia Juliet, Louisa Genevieve, Rose Caroline, Charlotte Rosamund, Eleanora Winter, Marina Adelaide, Emmeline Margot, Alice Primrose,Annabel Frances
Gentlemen: Frederick Arthur, Nicholas Hugo, Henry Oliver, William Grey, Matthew Isaiah, Thomas Alaric, George Everett, Edmund Tobias, Asher Benjamin, and James Raphael
August 18th, 2013 07:53 PM #20
The reason I shy away from some popular names is simple: boredom. Sophia, Olivia, Aidan and Noah are all great names with meaning and history--two things important to me in a name--but I have simply heard them so many times in the past five years that they bore me now. Not all names are like that; James has been one of my favorite boy's names for years. And I can honestly say, when I meet another little Sophia or Isabella, "What a pretty name!" But there are certain popular names I wouldn't use, even if I think they're pretty/handsome and meaningful, simply because I've grown tired of hearing them."He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names."
Tobias Rory Benjamin ~ Crispin Isaiah ~ Ransom Horatio ~ Lucius Olórin ~ James Deliverance
Una Marguerite/Oona Sylvestra ~ Jessamyn Agnes ~ Branwen Evangeline ~ Alice Emmanuelle ~ Christiana Linnet
August 18th, 2013 08:00 PM #22
I don't hate popular names, I just can't get excited about them is the issue.
Like, I think Chloe (which is in the US top 10) is a lovely name. But does it feel special? Not so much.
For my own children I'll go for names I feel strongly about. The number doesn't matter so much, but I'd bet that the ones I use will be less popular because of what I just explained using Chloe as an example. Certain names stand out more, in a good way.
August 18th, 2013 08:04 PM #24
I think Isabella is a beautiful name, and I might use it because it's a name my family does like and has some family importance. I think sentimentality and family definitely trumps popularity.Catalina // 17 // college student // volleyball // math nerd
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