Babycenter recently announced its top baby names for 2009. And I am not one bit happy about it, because 2 of my 3 children’s names are on the list.
I pride myself on choosing traditional, pretty-yet-different names for my girls. This probably came in part from being named Susan, a name so common in my day that I had to be named not just “Susan B,” but “Susan BA” to differentiate me from “Susan BL.” My mom had wanted to name me Caroline, which my dad nixed, then Julia, but a cousin was named that, and finally Suzanne, which my dad deemed “too fancy.” So, Susan it was.
Back to the present, “Isabella” is name #1, while “Sophia” is #5. Granted, my girls are Isabel and Sophie, but it’s too close, folks. Too close.
I comfort myself with the fact that these names were not that popular at the time I chose them. I remember reading in Freakonomics that certain names were first chosen by an “elite” group, and then they later gained mass popularity. I remember this because “Sophie” was one of his choices to hit mass popularity in future years. No doubt I’m just an elite :).
It’s true I’ve tended to like names before they become massively popular. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, I loved the name Brittany (I think it’s the European connection). Nowadays, I wouldn’t dream of naming a child that. It totally screams white trash to me (sorry to any of you Brittanies out there!), and I blame Britney Spears in large part for that (speaking of which: “Britney?” what kind of spelling is that?)
What’s your preference in names? Traditional? Unique? Do you like your own name?