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    My name peaked at 99 in the late 80s/early 90s when I was born, but now its at 342. It's never been that popular, but it sucks because my parents decided to be unique and spell it weird, and people never spell it correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moka-Ananas View Post
    Speaking of names, a friend of mine used to do an internship at a local grammar school and the kids' names were just gross. Numerous Shakiras, Jasons, Justins etc.
    Well, Shakira's certainly overly trendy, but what's wrong with Jason and Justin? Jason is a mythical Greek hero, and Justin (Justinius) has roots in the Roman Empire. If I was a boy, I would've been Justin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceJunkie View Post
    My name peaked at 99 in the late 80s/early 90s when I was born, but now its at 342. It's never been that popular, but it sucks because my parents decided to be unique and spell it weird, and people never spell it correctly.
    Mine peaked in the late 1890's. It's a nice name, though, not really sure why it isn't more popular.

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    Success! My son's name is in the top 100, but no where close to the top. We discussed using Liam, but now I'm glad we didn't.

    I have an 80s name. Oh the shame. :

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    I just checked out my niece's name -- I knew that it wasn't very common/popular now, but I didn't realize that it had such a short and dramatic trajectory! I wonder if the 1962 film David and Lisa accounted in large part for the spike in the 1960's. My niece was born several decades after that and was named for her two maternal great-grandmothers (her middle name had almost the reverse trajectory and is still near the top).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moka-Ananas View Post
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    Where parents give their children names like Sönke, Justus, Uwe, Wiebke, Tabea, and Heike.

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    My name just barely made it into the top 100 once in 1987 (I was born in 1986). I like my name, I've only met a few others, but it's not uncommon enough to be weird and is spelled exactly like it sounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveRinger View Post
    I thank my mother everyday for my name. It's not super common, but common enough that it's not overly misspelled, mispronounced, and I don't cringe when I hear it. That's the important thing--remember that the name of a child should go further than fads, trends and fashion. And for the kid's sake, make sure its something that everyone can spell and more importantly pronounce. I am sure all of the teachers here would agree.
    I'd love to smack each and every person who pronounces my name like care-in (Karen). It's not - it's Karin, pronounced car-in, like car-in-the-garage, like my friend Alex likes to say. "Karina" is actually a nickname that came from my Spanish-speaking ex-bf, plus my surname begins with "A" as well.

    I was named for my mother's cousin Karin, who was born in Norway and was a young girl during the German occupation in the early 1940's. During the entire time of occupation, my grandmother (who emigrated from Norway in the 1920's) could not get any news as to whether her family was alive or dead. My mother, out of empathy for her cousin, said that if she ever had a daughter, she would name her after her cousin. That turned out to be me.

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    Whenever I hear the name Bella, I always think of the uber-feminist Bella Abzug...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bella_Abzug
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karina1974 View Post
    I'd love to smack each and every person who pronounces my name like care-in (Karen). It's not - it's Karin, pronounced car-in, like car-in-the-garage, like my friend Alex likes to say. "Karina" is actually a nickname that came from my Spanish-speaking ex-bf, plus my surname begins with "A" as well.
    Hey, don't smack me, lol!

    I have to admit that if I saw your name written somewhere, I would assume that it's pronounced like Karen...
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    Volunteering in an inner-city hospital, we'd see some unique ones. My favorite was "L-a", pronounced "Ladasha".

    I like Anna and Lily a lot. But the names of my hypothetical children have changed a whole bunch of times and I'm sure they'll change more once I get around to actually having kids. My own name peaked in popularity ~15 years before I was born, and I rarely had any others with my name in school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan5 View Post
    I just checked out my niece's name -- I knew that it wasn't very common/popular now, but I didn't realize that it had such a short and dramatic trajectory! I wonder if the 1962 film David and Lisa accounted in large part for the spike in the 1960's. My niece was born several decades after that and was named for her two maternal great-grandmothers (her middle name had almost the reverse trajectory and is still near the top).
    I believe I read somewhere once that Lisa Marie Presley's birth pushed it up the charts in the late 60s. My cousin's name is Lisa. Only slightly less popular than my name!

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    I seem to recall that the babycenter website compiles their list of top names based on what the uses of their site are naming their kids, listing as favourite names etc.

    The actual list of most the most popular names in the US is released in May on Mother's Day by the Social Security Administration.

    http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobalina77 View Post
    Ugh.. it makes me so mad because I've liked the name Isabella (Bella) for the longest time (pre Twilight) and now I'm scared to use it because people will think we're Twilight fans.
    What about Isabel? I think it's prettier than Isabella and it wouldn't be associated with Twilight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falling_dance View Post
    "Addison" (#9 on the girls' list) will always make me think of George Sanders. It's not that I object--I don't--but I wonder what accounts for its current popularity.
    Addison? Is a name?
    As in Addison's disease?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squibble View Post
    Where parents give their children names like Sönke, Justus, Uwe, Wiebke, Tabea, and Heike.
    Haha yeah but the thing with names in Germany is the following: Peple from the lower social classes or from the former GDR (they have lots of Chantals and Kevins) tend to give their children foreign names they heard on TV or whatever and they even pronounce them wrongly. There are for example many Jacquelines who are called "Sha-kke-lee-neh".
    There's a German family which often appears on TV and they have I think 8 kids whose names are Estefania, Sarah-Jane, Calantha, Jeremy-Pascal etc. Video.
    That's why many Germans are annoyed with these "foreign" names and make fun of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgobluegirl View Post
    What about Isabel? I think it's prettier than Isabella and it wouldn't be associated with Twilight.
    I like this option! You could shorten it to "Izzy" instead of "Bella" if you wanted a nickname.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moka-Ananas View Post
    Haha yeah but the thing with names in Germany is the following: Peple from the lower social classes or from the former GDR (they have lots of Chantals and Kevins) tend to give their children foreign names they heard on TV or whatever and they even pronounce them wrongly. There are for example many Jacquelines who are called "Sha-kke-lee-neh".
    When you live in the U.S. long enough, you'll see that things are not so different here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Moka-Ananas View Post
    There's a German family which often appears on TV and they have I think 8 kids whose names are Estefania, Sarah-Jane, Calantha, Jeremy-Pascal etc. Video.
    What beautiful names!

    Those are a heck of a lot better than Sönke, Justus, Uwe, Wiebke, Tabea, and Heike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgobluegirl View Post
    My own name peaked in popularity ~15 years before I was born, and I rarely had any others with my name in school.
    My name was not at all popular when I was born; it was considered very old-fashioned. I knew only one other person with my name when I was growing up and only once did I ever come across my name on something personalized--it was a hideously ugly orange and blue thing, but I had to have it because it was MY NAME. On something! From a store!

    In the 80s and 90s, my name suddenly became popular, hit the top 10 list and was EVERYWHERE. Alas, I no longer get a thrill from seeing my name on decorative, girly pencils.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squibble View Post

    What beautiful names!

    Those are a heck of a lot better than Sönke, Justus, Uwe, Wiebke, Tabea, and Heike.
    The best name I ever stumbled over on tv was the name of a 7-year-old boy: Rambo Ramon Rainer.
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