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    Would you rather....

    From a discussion with my husband this morning...

    Would you rather be named a super popular name for your generation or an old lady/old man name that hasn't made it back to cool yet (just makes you look like you're 30/40/50 years older than you are)?


    And, as a second question, do you think the answer might differ for boys and girls?
    Mom to Jacob, Colin, Maxwell, and Henry.

    Proud to be the mom of 4 little boys.
    (But it is nuts. )

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    It would depend on the name! There are some super popular names that are perennially classic and wouldn't date, but I'm guessing that's not what you meant. Hmmm. I'd have to go with the old name, because I love old names and think it's pretty cool whenever I meet a child that changes my perception of a "dated" name!
    Formerly @classicbookworm

    Runa Solace
    Lyra Firefly/Simeon Peace
    Mabel Cornelia Violet/Rowan Isaiah Loyal
    Seren Eva Frances/Felix Evergreen Truth

    Clara Dandelion/Ida Lavender/Jane Wildflower/Madelief Lilac/Silvana Rhoswen

    Zuzka Ferelith/Laelia Madrigal/Sarika Dragonfly

    Erhi Wilhelmina/Ahlai Magdalena/Zsoka Eloise

    Temporarily(?) switching old combos around
    Gwyneira Lace and Cressida Iris
    Winifred Hazel and Eliza Opal
    Mirabel Pearl and Raven Araminta


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    Hmm depends on the name? My own name is on the top 10 for generations and counted as an old lady name at the same but, plot twist it's actually a boy's name

    Almila Sereday & Balamir Ömer
    Mila & Bö


    Ayla Mariye | Delsy Rihem | Erva Mizago
    Iris Alara | Liva Solin | Magdali Rey
    Mavera Liri | Suzidil Alev | Talia Opal

    Çağrı Aslan | Ender Ayas | Erdenay Suavi
    Erem Talu | Leodore Samson | Mahmud Hüdai
    Musa İnanç | Osman Talha | Rua Andariman
    Sophio Diakamós | Sudeka Ardow | Zağnos Mikail


    asoiaf favorites ; Olenna Redwyne
    Lady Greenhand & Queen of Thorns


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    I agree that it depends on what it is. I agree on trendy vs classic, but also the sound of the name itself can date it. I'd rather be a Marie than a Mildred.

    On the thought of sound, I think it depends on if it fits into current name trends. Bertha was #8 in 1885, and Ida was #9. I'd rather be an Ida than a Bertha, because Ida sounds similar to names that are popular right now.

    It's different for boys vs girls because boys' names don't go in and out of style the way girls' names do. On the other hand, boys' names that do go out of style are usually names that would be much harder to live with (in my opinion) than girls' names, because they sound way more dated and have more era-specific sounds, like Ronald or Gary.
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    Walter ~ Richard ~ Martin ~ Joseph ~ Edgar ~ Ezra ~ William

    Edith ~ Matilda ~ Karen ~ Eleanor ~ Mehitabel

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    I agree: it does depend on the name. It's purely down to personal preference for me.

    My name, Amelia, was #21 in England and Wales the year I was born and I don't mind it at all. I suppose you mean something a bit more popular than that? #1 that year was Emily, which I dislike due to personal association and thus would hate to be named. In fact, I dislike all the top 10 names for my birth year bar one (Lucy - #7). I really love old-fashioned names, though, and wouldn't mind having one.

    A name I go by online often is James, which is what I'd want to be named if I were a guy (#4 in my birth year). I also love Jack (#1) and Thomas (#3). In that case, I think I'd prefer a popular name, just because my favourites and preferred names for myself were all - and still are - popular.

    However, I'm more likely to meet a Jack my age (with 9037 births) than an Emily (5423), so that could be something to take into account in terms of name popularity based on gender.
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    Arthur Theodore Jack & Matilda Violet Ebba.
    Rue & Lola.


    edmund valentine grey ۰ percy frederic winter ۰ kit lysander poet
    emrys hyperion fenrir ۰ hugo barnaby wilder ۰ caspian asa lupin
    eddie ۰ paddy ۰ kip ۰ remy ۰ bono ۰ lupe

    sybil beatrix plum ۰ maeve wilhelmina solace ۰ ada marigold lyra
    beatrix alma luna ۰ elspeth cordelia rose ۰ pandora winola yasmin
    sybbie ۰ winnie ۰ ada ۰ lula ۰ essie ۰ dora

    maybe:
    caspian fox ۰ remy saturn
    arthur peregrine ۰ hugo nightingale

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