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Baby Names, Then and Now

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What you choose to name your baby is the most personal decision you may ever make.  Of course everyone has their suggestions for you, if not demands.  But bottom line, your baby’s name is your decision and that of your partner.  One can only hope that both of you agree!

The Amazing Differences in Baby Names from Then to Now

When I was pregnant with my first child, I was certain I wanted to name him Christian Alexander if he was a boy.  From there my husband and I discussed Greek names of his family (Efstathios?  Really?) and Italian names in mine.  Neither one of us could agree.  Until we came upon David.  I felt it was a strong traditional name.  My husband?  “Well, I watch David Letterman and was raised on David Avenue, so I guess that would be alright.”  Mars and Venus, don’t you agree?  Today I look at my son David, whose friends call him “Dave,” and I can’t imagine him being “Christian.”  The name would not have fit.

Times change, as do names.  Twenty years ago the top ten baby boy names of 1990 were Joseph, Justin, James, Andrew, David, Daniel, Joshua, Matthew, Christopher and number one, Michael.  The top ten 1990 names for girls were Lauren, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Stephanie, Sarah, Samantha, Amanda, Brittany, Ashley and number one, Jessica.  Most of these names wouldn’t even turn a head today, twenty years later.  But what about today’s popular baby names?  Will there be heads turning twenty years from now?

The most popular baby names in 2010 so far for boys are Anthony, Noah, Jayden, Daniel, Joshua, William, Alexander, Michael, Ethan and number one, Jacob.  For girls the names are Mia, Chloe, Abigail, Madison, Emily, Ava, Sophia, Olivia, Emma and Isabella.  Some of these are very traditional, while names like Jayden, Mia and Madison are a little more unique.

The surprise is today’s fastest rising girl’s and boy’s names.  Some are unusual, some beautiful and most are absolutely unique.  For instance, fast ranking girls names include Tenley, Navi, Sookie, Mhairii, Ever, Briella and Maelle.  And the boys?  Zion, Dorian, Mikah, Callan, Aarav, Eoin and St. John.  Will these names continue to make it to the top?  And how will the children feel as adults with these currently unusual names?  Perhaps they will be as common as the last name Smith.  Personally, we can’t wait to find out!

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