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What's in a Name?

A list by Disney Baby reveals names expected to skyrocket in the future.

When I was pregnant with my daughter, our first child, we didn't agonize for months over what to name her.

In fact, we had her name picked out before we even knew she was a girl - Lucy Jane. When I worked as a reporter in Dalton, I interviewed a girl named Lucy, and it really stuck with me because that was the first time I'd encountered anyone with that name. And, since then, I hadn't really heard of any other Lucys, with the exception of one girl in our playgroup. To me, it was the perfect name - classic, something that will be able to grow with her, and not very common. And, her middle name, Jane, after my grandmother Bobbie Jane, made it flow perfectly.

This morning, when I saw a list of names expected to skyrocket in popularity in the future, I was a little sad to see Lucy on the list. I don't want her to have a popular name. I don't want her to be one of several Lucys in her class in school.

What also surprised me was that many of the classic names for girls are predicted to become more popular in the coming years, names like Penelope (which my cousin just named her new baby) and Scarlett. On a list of names on the rise are Alice, which I think is another classic, beautiful name; Isla, which really surprises me because I know only one person who named her daughter that and I think it's really unique; Olive, another classic though not one of my favorites; and Vera.

What did you name your child? Did you see it on the list of names expected to skyrocket? Does the popularity of a name even matter to you? Tell us in the comments!

On the boy's side, Brantley and Iker were listed as the fastest growing names in 2011, neither of which I thought would be popular. Also on the list of boys names sure to skyrocket and on the rise are Declan, Grayson, Asher, Atticus, Archer, Levi and Henry. The last two really don't surprise me as I've been hearing those more and more.

We hope to have baby No. 2 in the next couple of years and, yes, we already have names picked out. We love family names, and our name for a boy is a compliation of our grandparents' last names. Our pick for a girl goes well with Lucy and hasn't made the top 1,000 on the Social Security Administration's list of popular names since 1992. And, even then, it was ranked at 989.

At the end of the day, though, does popularity really matter? It's the name that you like that really counts.

Emily Hillstrom Martin September 20, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The boys names on this list scare me! We chose Ayden and chose to spell it a little differently to blend it well with our family. His middle name, Cameron, is a combination of 2 relatives. They say Ayden is vastly popular, but he is (and has been) the only Ayden/Aidan/Aiden in his school for 3 years. We run into more of the rhymes with it - Hayden, Braden, Jaden, etc.
Chip Jacobs September 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
We didn't take popularity into account when we named our sons Joshua and Caleb; we did follow the biblical example of the partnership of Joshua and Caleb in choosing the pair of names. We liked the idea that Caleb would be somewhat rare (growing up as Michael, I had as many as three others in any class), but we've found that others had the same idea because we come across Calebs all the time. The best names are the ones that are right for the family, not the ones people pick off a popularity list.
Pam J September 20, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I'm just happy if I can spell the name! I worked with a woman who's daughter's name started with an "X" and ended with an "A", and a whole lot of other letters in the middle. She got somewhat upset when nobody could spell the name, much less pronounce it! A unique name does not always make your child any more popular.
Cady Schulman September 20, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Pam: I completely agree. Another reason we picked Lucy was because it is easy to spell, pronounce, etc.My full name is Cadence but everyone calls me Cady, and no one can pronounce either of those names. I can't imagine having a name that's even harder to say!
Cherrie Clements September 21, 2012 at 01:43 AM
We went with a older traditional name for our daughters first name, Katherine, and a more popular name for her middle, Olivia. I've always loved the name, and being one that had a very odd name, I swore my children would have normal names.

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