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Old 09-28-16, 12:36 PM
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It must be different being an elementary school teacher today. When I was a kid, "Nick" was an unusual name in a sea of Peters, Davids, and Chrises.
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It must be different being an elementary school teacher today. When I was a kid, "Nick" was an unusual name in a sea of Peters, Davids, and Chrises.
I once had a class with six Michaels, five Christophers and seven Jennifers.
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I always assumed kids named Addison had Cubs fans for parents.
nope, it became popular as a girls name, and long before he debuted in 2015.

Maybe it will be popular as a Chicago boys name now.
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I once had a class with six Michaels, five Christophers and seven Jennifers.
Lamest class ever!
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I thought you must be wrong, and checked the SS website. I cannot believe that Jennifer is at #252! Wow.
You can actually download all of the SS raw data that counts for each name by year all the way back to 1880-something. It's pretty slick. I have spent some time playing around with the data. Alternatively, you can use this little gadget that uses the same data and this uses some questionable analytics to also predict how popular the same name will be in the near future:

http://time.com/93911/baby-name-predictor/

Here is "Jennifer":



Considering I have probably met (and in two cases had relationships with) about a thousand Jennifers in my life, it is weird to think that the name is all but dead among young children.
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I once had a class with six Michaels, five Christophers and seven Jennifers.
In 2008, I worked at a single-grade elementary school where we had seven positions to fill for the new school year. We filled them all, but six of the seven just happened to be named Jennifer.

That's the year everyone started calling everyone else by their last names, because with almost a quarter of the staff named Jennifer, things got confusing really quickly.
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Old 09-28-16, 01:32 PM
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My wife and I are right in the middle of this conversation now. It seems that I, at 45, am about to have a daughter. She and I are having a very difficult time agreeing on a name. So far, her rules on a name appear to be as follows:

1. Nothing that is really popular right now. She wants it to be very unlikely that she has a classmate with the same name. No Emma, no Charlotte, no Sophie, etc.

2. Nothing that people would possibly pronounce wrong when the saw the spelling. That put the kibosh on my suggestion of "Saoirse".

3. Nothing that I like or suggest.

The only name that we have kind of agreed on as a possibility is "Sylvie".
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My wife and I are right in the middle of this conversation now. It seems that I, at 45, am about to have a daughter. She and I are having a very difficult time agreeing on a name. So far, her rules on a name appear to be as follows:

1. Nothing that is really popular right now. She wants it to be very unlikely that she has a classmate with the same name. No Emma, no Charlotte, no Sophie, etc.

2. Nothing that people would possibly pronounce wrong when the saw the spelling. That put the kibosh on my suggestion of "Saoirse".

3. Nothing that I like or suggest.

The only name that we have kind of agreed on as a possibility is "Sylvie".
How about Jennifer?
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How about Jennifer?
Mentioned that jokingly, see rule #3. She also knows about my prior Jennifers, so the unwritten rule #4 also probably kicks in.
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Do you happen to be a family of dwarves?

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Bring me little water, Sylvie....bring me little water now......
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Considering I have probably met (and in two cases had relationships with) about a thousand Jennifers in my life, it is weird to think that the name is all but dead among young children.
That happens with every generation though. I knew a lot of Dennises, Scotts, Troys, Brians, Susans, Karens, Debras, and Kimberlys growing up, but those names were all but dead by the time my age cohort had kids too.
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That happens with every generation though. I knew a lot of Dennises, Scotts, Troys, Brians, Susans, Karens, Debras, and Kimberlys growing up, but those names were all but dead by the time my age cohort had kids too.
That's a good list. All of those have plummeted also. However, I do have to point out that Jennifer, at its peak was about twice as popular (well over 4%) than any of those.
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My generation probably Linda was our Jennifer.
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Wow, was it ever:



Over 5.5%, meaning well over 1 in 10 girls born at peak was named Linda. That's insane. The top name for either gender in 2015 (Emma) was only 1.05%, less than one fourth of Jennifer at peak and less than one fifth of Linda at peak. Only two names last year, the other being Olivia, were even north of 1%.

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Bring me little water, Sylvie....bring me little water now......
I had to Google that.
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Wow, was it ever:



Over 5.5%, meaning well over 1 in 10 girls born at peak was named Linda. That's insane. The top name for either gender in 2015 (Emma) was only 1.05%, less than one fourth of Jennifer at peak and less than one fifth of Linda at peak. Only two names last year, the other being Olivia, were even north of 1%.



I had to Google that.
I actually like Sylvie, the French form of the name, better than the classic Sylvia. Leadbelly made the song famous, but you can find other renditions of it on youtube. I'd suggest the US Navy Band a capella women's group. Theirs is beautiful harmony.

As for Linda, Jennifer, et al ... part of the reason those names were so ubiquitous is that especially in the conformist fifties, people tended to give their kids names that didn't stand out. Nobody wanted to induce neuroses. The parents who give kids "rediculous" names now are the ones responsible for the lack of yesteryear's "every third girl a Linda or Jennifer" thing.
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I wonder what triggered "Linda" to be so big.

Was Irie big in 1948?
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I wonder what triggered "Linda" to be so big.

Was Irie big in 1948?
Before Linda, the most common girl's name was Mary.
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sea of Peters
Tee Hee.
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For a while there were entirely too many Davids and Bobs. (not Robert, Bob)

So, we used ur-names. "Red Dave", "Big Dave", "Klyster Dave"
"Little Bob", "Dirty Bob", "Stoner Bob","Dead Bob" etc.
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That name tracker doesn't seem to recognize the name Bing.
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I once had a class with six Michaels, five Christophers and seven Jennifers.
In my freshman year there were 14 (14!) guys named Michael on my dorm floor. We all got saddled with nicknames.

I was BFM (for Big Fat Mike). At least mine had Mike in it.

Hmm, should I request a handle change to ABigFatGuyNamedMike?


Huh, it appears that if you were a boy born from about the mid-50s through the late naughts you were most likely named Michael. Yikes.

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My wife and I are right in the middle of this conversation now. It seems that I, at 45, am about to have a daughter. She and I are having a very difficult time agreeing on a name. So far, her rules on a name appear to be as follows:

1. Nothing that is really popular right now. She wants it to be very unlikely that she has a classmate with the same name. No Emma, no Charlotte, no Sophie, etc.

2. Nothing that people would possibly pronounce wrong when the saw the spelling. That put the kibosh on my suggestion of "Saoirse".

3. Nothing that I like or suggest.

The only name that we have kind of agreed on as a possibility is "Sylvie".

You seem to have a French name fetish, so...

Elodie, Anaïs, Léa, Océane
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Cocksmel for the win. How can anything beat that?

BTW, is this a boy or girl name?

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This is the site I like.

http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager

You can enter the initial letters, or a whole name. If you don't enter any letters, you can hover on the fattest bands and see just how many babies in the 1880s were named John, James, William, and Mary. There's nothing like them today.
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