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a pox upon popularity

We chose the name Aiden for our son for a number of reasons, but popularity was not one of them. In fact, the current trendiness of the name was a pretty big downside as far as I was concerned.

Turns out that the name, at least according to this article, is not just popular, but the most popular boy's name of the year. Even his middle name is #33.

Amusingly, this seems to be a family curse. My parents named me Heather for a number of reasons, but again popularity was not one of them. They were even asked if I was named after the daughter of the mayor of Chicago, who was apparently the bellwether of that trend.

Anyway. *shudder* I'm going to have to apologize to him for the dozen others he knows with his name someday. Or come up with a good nickname and pretend that was the plan all along.


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Dec. 13th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
Neither Anais or Lola is on that list ... yet I keep coming across people naming their kids Lola .. go figure.

Aiden is a very nice name. Don't sweat it. There is a lot of names on there I would never guess would become popular
Dec. 13th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
What is this "Caden" at #13? Blargh.
Now Cade's going to be accused of having a shortened form of some popular name for his whole life. Grrrr. And I thought it was bad when they came out with a Bratz boy doll named Cade right after Cade was born. At least he came with a motorcycle.

...and middle name "Alexander" is at #20. AIEEEE!

Dec. 13th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
I chose my sons name for the simple fact of, he asked for it... though I did pick the spelling and it appears that the spelling is at least somewhat unique... or everyone else thought they were being unique by spelling it with an O instead of an E... (Connor, Conner)

I still get annoyed everytime I go some place and hear the name and realize that it's not someone calling my son. *sighs*

Though I do think I've cornered the market on my daughter's name for originality... (though again not really my intention.)
Dec. 13th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
We were in a kids' store when Aiden was some 3 weeks old and heard a woman calling his name... it was very surreal. Turns out her son was 8, and when she picked his name *nobody* else had it. She seemed somewhat irked at its surge in popularity (though not at us personally).
Dec. 13th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's just me, but... where on earth is the popularity of the name coming from? Do I just not get it? Emma and Aiden? What?
Dec. 13th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Well, names, like fashions, go in cycles; it probably has something to do with people of the median age for parents having a common sense of what names sound like a good mix of unusual with nostalgically familiar. That makes sense to me for Emma, but not so much for Aiden... on some level it's just random, I think.
Dec. 13th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm racking my brain trying to think of a modern soap or popular show that features those characters names.
Dec. 14th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
Dec. 13th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
Apparently Aiden is the name of a character from Sex and the City. *shrug*
Dec. 13th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
I did the same thing - I didn't know anyone named "Aaron" when my son was born, but now I found out it is among the top 10 or 20 names for boys his age.
Someone once told me there was some theory about why this happens, but I don't know what it is.
Dec. 13th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
I think you should start calling him Rob, as in Robin, as in Christopher Robin. Yep, it's silly, but dude, it is totally better than having a bajillion kids with your name.
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Dec. 13th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
Parenting magazine recently suggested my daughter's name as an excellent nature-based *boy's* name.

Even better? My daughter is named after her great-grandmother.

You just never know.
Dec. 13th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Yup.. Caleb was #3 that year. I picked 5 names and J. wouldn't commit to any of them until the rest of the family approved.

We (us plus grandparents) looked at him when he was a newborn, thought about the choices, decided he looked like a Caleb.

These names appeal to us because when we were children they were "cool" due to being rare. Now we are grown up and naming our kids the cool names, and there you have it.

Besides, we create reality, we know how, us magician types, didn'tcha know? You could have named him "Snuffaluffagus" and that would have suddenly become the most popular name!!
Dec. 13th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
There is nothing wrong with having a popular name.


Jennifer :-)
Dec. 15th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
...because I can

Jenny, jenny... who can I turn to?


Just thought lyrics might be appropriate at this point.

(Ducks and runs for cover)
Dec. 15th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: ...because I can
I shall cause it to rain down upon you in great quantit....oh, never mind, you're already *being* punished.
Dec. 14th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Could be worse. My cousin named his daughter Kaitlyn Olivia, that would be #6 followed by #8.
Dec. 14th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
The same thing happened to us -- we thought we were being all old fashioned to choose Olivia, and it ended up on the year's top 10.
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