Back in 1974, Susan was the 27th most popular girl name. Hazard a guess at who took the top spot? Jennifer. Makes sense because Jennifer crushed the competition on my Facebook friend list. The Social Security Administration Baby Name Tracker is a delightful time waster. I wonder if you will type in as many as I did…my sister Margaret #111 1977, my husband Doug #34 1969, my college bestie Stephanie #9 1975 and on and on and on…
The top 10 boy names for 2011 are Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Jayden, William, Alexander, Noah, Daniel, Aiden, Anthony. For the girls, there’s Isabella, Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Madison, Chloe, Mia.
Selecting a name for your baby is one of life’s greatest priveleges. This honor comes with great responsibility and sometimes much hand wringing. You hold the ultimate magic wand and can choose or create whatever you desire. The derivation of a name is so intriguing. Did the parents give a shout out to pop culture such as a sports figure, entertainment star or character from a popular book/movie/television? Is it a family name that has been handed down for generations? From the bible? Geographic significance like after a city or country? My parents were family namers and I was named after my paternal and maternal grandmothers.
When we named our children, we used family names. My daughter is Ella James. Ella was my paternal great grandmother and my husband’s great aunt. James is my paternal grandfather. My son is a junior and goes by his middle name, Clay. My husband is the only son of an only son and the Bowman name was in danger of being obselete. Clay was my husband’s paternal grandfather’s middle name and paternal great grandfather’s first name.
We were “name tellers”. We decided quickly and shared with anyone that would listen. Others keep the name shrouded in secrecy. I totally get that because people say the rudest things and you also have to watch out for name stealers.
Smarties, how did you choose names for your children? Did you consider the “family factor”? Were you a name teller or not?