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  1. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Southeast, USA
    Never. If I like it, I like it. Popularity be darned. Most of the names we like are in the top 20, if not top 10. Don't care. I still like 'em.
    Girls - Abigail, Georgianna, Anne, Charlotte, Claire, Genevieve, Annette, Eliza, Felicity, Hannah, Noelle, Eugenie, Grace, Phoebe, Philippa, Cecilia, Cecily, Elizabeth, Hollis, Piper, Lorelei, Vivienne, Paige, Carolina, Isobel, Lucy, Molly, Georgia, Victoria, Naomi

    Boys - Bobby Sparklefritz until H can offer suggestions. Ones I like: Rory, Owen, Tyler, Ian, Elliot, Alexander, Ephraim, Levi, Jacob, Reid, Avery, Nathan, Miles, Jasper, Spencer, Toby, Dean, Philip

  2. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Top 1000 ideally, but I think 500 is a good rule of thumb, too. Two of my girls are outside of the Top 1000, the other is in the #250s now but wasn't when we named her, and we wouldn't have if it had been. I still love the name and don't regret it at all, but I like distinct names. If there are going to be ten other Charlottes in her class, why bother? This is just my philosophy on naming, so no offense to anyone who doesn't care about popularity, but I feel like naming your daughter Sophia now is like naming her Samantha in 1990.

  3. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    New England
    As long as it's not in the top 10-20, it's usually not a factor for me. I'm not out to find a super-rare name...just one that I like.
    Speculative fiction writer and mother to Charles Theophilus (2.5 years), Corinna Melisande -- nicknamed Cora (13 months), and the Tiny Girl (due Feb. 2014). Lover of studious, ancient boy names and sweet, intelligent girl names with a touch of fairy-tale beauty.

  4. #12
    penguin Guest
    If my last name wasn't so common, I'd be happy with anything not in the top 100. But since I do have a common last name, I feel it can't be in the top 500, perhaps even lower.

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    New York City
    Very interesting responses! I wish I could just go with a name that I loved, regardless of popularity. But I find myself falling in love with a name partly due to its rarity, and not liking a name as much when I find it is more common than I like.

    I suppose I might feel differently when I actually am pregnant or TTC.

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