We named one of our horses Bella when she was born in 2007. She was born in April, and it took months to finally decide on a name for her. She's a mostly-white pinto with two blue eyes and long wavy white mane--a unique kind of beauty, since a white face with light eyes isn't always flattering. We ended up narrowing it down to Bella (for beauty) and Lily (she was born at Easter), and settled on Bella. One of my cousins was dead set against Bella because of Twilight, and I had never even HEARD of Twilight at the time. Her name really suits her, and I imagine she will outlive the Twilight craze as well.
I've always liked the idea of using family names, but imagine hurt feelings could be caused by having to leave some names out. My dad's mom was named Katherine, and I've always thought if I had a girl I might use some variation of that without using the exact name. I didn't know my dad's dad at all, and my mom's parents are named Mabel and Herman, which I would not want to bestow on a kid born in modern times.
Oh, in one of the classrooms we had a little Hermione...her fasmily had just gotten to the US from Mexico, so I always assumed that they named her after the Harry Potter character. The combination of Hermione + very Mexican last name always amused me.
My name dropped off the popular name lists 2000 going forward. It doesn't even appear in the top 500. In another 20 years, it will be like your Otis and Leon. Only people "of a certain age" will have it. Ack!! Another reason to name your child with a classic.
What would Jenny do?
Since I'm expecting twins (17.5 weeks along) baby names are in my mind constantly. My son is Milo Alexander, my daughter is Violet Genevieve. If I'm right, I've got a boy and a girl in here and would love to name them Silas Elliott and Willa Caroline, but I suppose I'll need to include DH's thoughts, huh? He refuses to discuss names until we know gender... Sigh...
I've always liked the name Piper for a girl. First I ever heard of it was Piper Laurie, an actress popular in . . . I think it was the 1940s. ETA: Nope, I'm off -- more like the '50s through the '80s or '90s! It's not like I saw her in many films -- I just liked her name.
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I was totally when I realize what a popular name Bella is for dogs though. My name is very common and I hate it. There were never fewer than 4 of us in any class growing up. If I'd had kids they would have been named something like Xytherium, Delphinia or just Xyz.
@ Wyliefan: popular italian names now are Maria (but that has always been used a lot), Anna, Francesca, Giulia, Luca, Marco, Matteo, Andrea.
I love english names similar to the italian ones, such as Julia, Marc (with a "K" or a "c"??), Luke.
My name is Laura and I love that it's used in english countries too...but I was wondering if it's a popular name there. I've never met an english or american girl called Laura
One of my sisters is named Laura. And i went to school with a Laura. I don't think it is popular here now though.
I can think of 3 Lauras I know off the top of my head, all Canadian, and I've got a combined 7 Lauras and Laurens in my Facebook friends (all Canadian or American).
Of course there are also a lot of variations. In my high school with had many Lauras, a Loura, a Lara, a Lora (who ended up combining her 1st and middle names to become Lorae - luh-RAY - which I loved) and a Liora.
ETA: I'm not even including the Laurie/Lori/Lorry/Llory variations and the Laurens
ETA: The popularity of the name Laura over time:
Definitely has dropped in popularity over the past 20 years or so.