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  1. #16
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    Re: Is Sadie the next Emma, Madison, Sophie, Olivia, etc?

    I know an adult Sadie, I don't know her well enough and no longer have contact with her to ask if she got teased - she is part American Indian and comes from Oklahoma. I don't know any baby Sadies yet.

    I also some years ago really liked the name Cassidy for the Grateful Dead song. I pitched it to my boyfriend at the time and he said "that's what hippies name their dog." My niece's middle name is Cassidy after the song, but my grandmother and my parents can't get over the cowboy association, Hop-along Cassidy. Neither really associates with the Giffords' daughter. It's still a nice name, I think, but now it is for me "what hippies name their dog." Oh well, it's already used in my family anyway, so that's ok.

    I don't think Sadie is a dog's name though. I think like Max and Sam and Jake, and Molly and Katie and Chloe, it's not unusable just because it's also a popular choice for pets. Polly seems to be coming around also. How many people have parrots anyway? I doubt they are all going with the cliche. Someone asked about Elsie, which is the name of a cow mascot for a brand of cheese. These were names for people before and are still. Animals are our friends; animals are friends we can name! No wonder it is popular to bestow friendly names to them. Our children also need names, I don't think it's really anything to worry that some pets have people names.

    Edited to add:
    The claim on this site: http://www.bowwow.com.au/category/index.asp
    "It may be surprising, but more than half (50%) of all Pet Names are either human names or nicknames. People largely name their animals as they would name themselves.

    "Another fifth (20%) of names are based on the Pets appearance or personality. A black cat becomes Blacky or Midnight, and active dog Comet or Dash."

  2. #18
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    Re: Is Sadie the next Emma, Madison, Sophie, Olivia, etc?

    I feel compelled to point out that OPRAH'S new dog is named Sadie. Is an A-list celebrity choosing a name for their pet the same as choosing it for their baby? I know this because a friend was recently considering Sadie for her new puppy and asked my opinion and I told her I thought it was kind of trendy, but she didn't believe me. Then, Oprah.

    On its future popularity, my call is that it IS trendy, for babies as well as dogs -- hovering around the Top 100 is not exactly obscure, and in stylish cities and suburbs, I bet it's a lot more common than that. But I don't think it's ever going to be up there in the Top 10: too quirky.
    Pam Satran
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  3. #20
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    Re: Is Sadie the next Emma, Madison, Sophie, Olivia, etc?

    Quote Originally Posted by pam
    hovering around the Top 100 is not exactly obscure, and in stylish cities and suburbs, I bet it's a lot more common than that. But I don't think it's ever going to be up there in the Top 10: too quirky.
    Yeah, it is near the top 100.. Of the current top ten, I would call Madison and Chloe "quirky" choices, at least when you started hearing about them. Madison of course rose quite fast, Madison at 107 in 1992 became a top 20 in 3 years. Interestingly, Sadie and Madison were almost the same rank (630 and 628) in 1985, the year that Madison appeared. Chloe took 8 years to become a top 20 name from the position of 109, where Sadie is now.

    Sadie has, I still say, the same appeal or family of names as Emma and a few other names that are currently higher on the list, like Katherine for Katie - which is 45 and the most popular Kaitlyn spelling is at 53. Sarah is exactly at 20, for which some may be called Sadie or it could be the popular nickname. Sadie is a quirky name by being a nickname, I think, and most people want a formal name and slip the nickname in there. But it's not too quirky for a nickname of a formal name. If you look at a lot of the top 100 names and think how many of them are due to fall off the charts hard, anything from 100 to 3 or 400 could take a couple or a dozen years to get to the top ten and stay there a while. Most won't.

    I often check my own name, and see when is the last time you met a baby named Karen, it is still in the top 200 - but it took 3 years from a position below 100 to become a top 20 name and lingered for 3 decades. Picking from among the names that aren't on the way down, which ones will become the radically appealing ones, and which are always going to be a little less usual.

    From 1970, Amanda (#108) was around the same position as Sadie and became top 20 in 5 years, stayed for 24 years - I bet it accounts for a lot of those Amelia and Emma sounding names just sounding a lot better and newer to most people. Veronica (#110) managed to budge up to the top 70 by the 80s, bobbing slightly up and down for a while and then went back down, and as interesting a choice it seems right now, it continues to drop in popularity. Kristine at #109, equal to Sadie in 2008 was an alt spelling of Christine at #14 - which is actually where that name peaked. At least statistically, it wasn't as popular with the SSA as it seemed to be in my school.

    Not for nothin', I used to be pretty good at math, this is something I can finally start to wrap my head around about statistics that's interesting to me, and the sociology of it, as well as the evolution of names as part of the language.

    I do think that Sarah at #20 could account for a lot higher popularity of Sadie in her school than it appears on the chart right now. Cute nicknames seem to be trendy overall, but not as one's official name. Sarah might even climb a little because it finally has some excitement after many years of being Sarah, just Sarah.

  4. #22

    Re: Is Sadie the next Emma, Madison, Sophie, Olivia, etc?

    Well, my mother just told me that she'd be pissed if we named the baby Sadie since it's a nn for Sarah, which is my stepmother's name. Even though the baby would not be named Sarah. And my stepmother has never gone by Sadie.

    Lovely.

    This is why I should keep my trap shut and tell people the name once the baby is born.

  5. #24
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    Re: Is Sadie the next Emma, Madison, Sophie, Olivia, etc?

    I really don't think so, at least not until your daughter will be in her late teens/early twenties.

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