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  1. #31
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    I like less common names. For me, it's not about % and I don't care if other people know someone with the name. Actually, I love hearing that someone knows a Lotus or a Shea. I don't like names because they're uncommon. I've never met a Madison so while it's uncommon to me, I've never cared for it. Madison, along with most Top 1000 names, were never on my favorites list to begin with. They just aren't my style. Even if/when they didn't rank I still won't like them.

    Fox * Shea * Jade * Azure * Eden * Greer * Arden
    Lotus * Tallulah * Noor * Jasper * Blaise * Linden

  2. #33
    I have not downloaded the extended social security lists, with all the outside the top 1000 names. However, I noticed last night the number of invented names, or kree8f spellings on the top 1000. Much like the -ayden craze, I noticed an -aylin craze on the girls side. Also lots of what I call "fell asleep on a keyboard" names. So you end up with lots of people naming their daughter Taylor, but spelling it Taiylure. Much like Amberleigh-- people just make a hodge-podge of sounds they like from other popular names, and make something up. I'm beginning to notice this kind of kree8f-ity is becoming increasingly common.

    I wonder if names like Brylee and Bryleena and a million other created spellings of common names plays in to the statistic that roughly 1/4 of parents give their kid an outside the top 1000 name. I'm sure, if we added up all the spellings of McKenzie (I've seen Mahkynzie or Mackenzeigh or whatever...) it would probably end up in the top 10.

    From what I recall as a child, there was ONE way to spell popular names. Then along came Megan and her million and one spelling variations. Sure, you had the occasional Gennifer, or Kym, but Jessyka would have raised eyebrows. I look at the top 1000 and see soooooo many spelling variations of top names. Hold on, folks-- Madison, Maddisyn, Madysynn, whatever-- it's all the same name, only Madison is straightforward, and the others... well, I have no nice things to say about those. Looking back through 1980s & prior, these misspellings were not all that common. Now it seems like the norm!

  3. #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbowbright908 View Post
    I wonder if names like Brylee and Bryleena and a million other created spellings of common names plays in to the statistic that roughly 1/4 of parents give their kid an outside the top 1000 name. I'm sure, if we added up all the spellings of McKenzie (I've seen Mahkynzie or Mackenzeigh or whatever...) it would probably end up in the top 10.
    I don't have the link to the google doc anymore (maybe somebody else saved it), but someone put a lot of work into doing exactly what you described.
    I can't cut and paste the whole spreadsheet, but here's the top 10. It pulls Zoe and Chloe into the top 10 and moves Elizabeth and Mia out.

    Some countries actually organize their official lists like this (which I think is a fabulous idea!)
    Though there will always be dissenters who complain that Olivia and Alivia are "obviously" pronounced "completely differently!" how dare we pretend they are the same!

    Mackenzie (and her various spellings) are #28 on the list, rather than #71 as the 2012 list reflects.


    1. Sophia (22158), Sofia (7767), Sophya (58), Sofiya (46), Sofiah (20), Sophea (19), Sophiah (19), Sofija (19), Sophiya (18), Sophiea (15), Sofya (12), Sofhia (11), Soffia (9), Sophiyah (8), Sohpia (6)

    2. Isabella (18931), Izabella (1957), Isabela (458), Izzabella (183), Issabella (87), Izabela (85), Ysabella (79), Esabella (45), Yzabella (34), Ezabella (29), Izabellah (29), Iszabella (23), Isabellah (20), Izsabella (11), Issabela (11), Isobella (10), Izybella (8), Izzibella (7), Izibella (7), Izebella (7), Izahbella (5), Ysabela (5), Isbella (5)

    3. Emma (20791), Ema (136), Emmah (56)

    4. Olivia (17147), Alivia (1676), Alyvia (308), Olyvia (95), Aliviah (68), Oliviah (45), Olivya (27), Alivya (26), Alyviah (24), Elivia (21), Olivea (20), Alivea (17), Aliveah (16), Olyviah (12), Oliwia (12), Oliviya (10), Ahlivia (10), Oliveah (7), Aliviya (7), Aliviyah (7), Alivyah (6), Allivia (5), Olevia (5), Oliviyah (5), Olivyah (5)

    5. Emily (13550), Emely (782), Emilee (548), Emilie (376), Emmalee (331), Emmaleigh (115), Emalee (108), Emeli (57), Emaleigh (55), Emileigh (47), Emiley (41), Emilly (36), Emalie (36), Emelie (36), Emili (33), Emmily (25), Emmalie (24), Emmaly (24), Emylee (17), Emmely (16), Emaly (15), Emillie (14), Emmalea (14), Emilea (13), Emelly (13), Emmalei (9), Emali (8), Emile (6), Emaley (5), Emylie (5), Emelee (5), Emyli (5)

    6. Ava (15418), Avah (325), Ayva (202), Ayvah (83), Aiva (50), Aeva (31), Aivah (13), Eyva (8), Aavah (6), Aava (5), Aevah (5)

    7. Chloe (9595), Khloe (4292), Kloe (161), Khloee (133), Kloey (104), Khloie (93), Chloee (91), Khloey (85), Cloe (83), Chloie (76), Chloey (70), Khole (68), Chole (66), Kloie (54), Cloey (50), Kloee (37), Cloie (34), Khloi (29), Klohe (10), Cloee (8), Klhoe (8), Khloei (8), Klohie (7), Kloi (7)

    8. Zoe (6383), Zoey (7411), Zoie (509), Zooey (192), Zoee (115), Zoei (59), Zoi (39), Zowie (35), Xoe (28), Xoey (26), Xoie (17), Zhoe (15), Zoiee (14), Zoii (14), Zoeii (10), Xoi (8), Zohie (8), Zhoey (8), Zhoie (7), Zoeh (7), Zoeey (6), Zoiey (5)

    9. Abigail (12583), Abbigail (456), Abagail (222), Abbygail (208), Abigale (199), Abigayle (162), Abygail (156), Abbigale (94), Abigael (80), Abbygale (47), Abbigayle (42), Abbagail (32), Abigal (23), Abygale (20), Abigaile (20), Abbygayle (18), Abegail (17), Abbiegail (15), Abigaelle (13), Abaigeal (12), Abbiegale (11), Abiageal (11), Abagale (10), Abbigal (8), Abygael (7), Abegayle (7), Abigayl (7), Abbygaile (6), Abygayle (6), Abbeygail (6), Abbigael (6), Abigial (6), Abagayle (5), Abiegail (5), Abigel (5), Abbegail (5), Abbagale (5)

    10. Madison (11319), Maddison (903), Madisyn (765), Madyson (479), Madisen (77), Madysen (74), Mattison (73), Maddisyn (62), Maddyson (49), Madisynn (28), Madasyn (19), Madisson (18), Madyn (13), Maddisen (12), Mattelyn (10), Madisun (8), Madysin (8), Mattisyn (8), Madesyn (8), Madysyn (7), Madisin (7), Matison (7), Matisyn (7), Mattisen (6), Maddysen (6)
    Olivia/Livia/Livy/Liv : Thessaly/Darah/Bethel : Noelle/Eve
    Benedict/Eli: Jude/Zane: Luke/Darius : Levi/Phineas/Calvin


  4. #37
    http://nameberry.com/blog/playground...l-top-50-names

    This was a fabulous blog post. I do, however, disagree with a few of them. I'd commented that Leila is not always pronounced "Layla"-- in fact, I've known 2 Leilas who pronounce it Lee-la.

    I think *truly outside the top 1000 names* are not really going to 25% of kids. I'd imagine at least a quarter or more of those 25% are your Emmahs and Yzabelles and Addiysynnes. Also, a name like Bryleena, while it may be "unique" really isn't when you hear of so many babies with names like Timberleigh and Ambryella and whatnot.

    One of my friends commented on some of the names in her daughter's daycare. There's a Reagan spelled something like Raygen and a Kennedy spelled Kynnidi or whatever. She named her daughter a top 5 name because she didn't want an overly complicated name, wanted something with a straightforward spelling/ pronunciation, and always liked the name she chose. She assumed there was only one way to spell it... LOL. (And yes, she went with the accepted spelling). When I see Soafeeya or something, I just go, "HUH?!"

  5. #39
    Thanks, @kala_way! That's exactly the kind of thing I was going for.

    Many of those misspellings of Emily end up outside the top 1000, even though it's the EXACT same name to our ears, just spelled in a way that will create constant confusion. I think the cut-off for outside the top 1000 for baby girls was roughly 250 girls receiving a particular name. Those numbers you posted begin to give some credit to my theory ;-)

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