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    Quote Originally Posted by jennykins View Post
    I try to go a tad unique and all of my kids name are not in the top 50!
    All your kids names? I thought you only had 2 kids

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    I think use the name you love, & don't worry about where it sits on the list. I am a teacher & can often see 2 or 3 children with the same name in a class, even if it is an uncommon name. I taught in a christian school where you might have 3 Abrahams in the class for example, so I do agree it depends on location.
    Also, I tend to think if it is a more common name, such as top 100, there is good reason - people like to use it because it is a good name!

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    I was one of 5 of my name in my grade in primary school and my name was #1 in the year I was born. For this reason, my daughters name wasn't in the top 100. However our favourite girl name for baby #2 is Charlotte which is either 1st or 2nd depending on which list you're looking at. I really don't want a name that is that popular but I think I love it enough to subject my child to being one of twelve Charlottes in her grade. The kids only saving grace will be if it is a boy

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    ITA location plays a role. Our school has a huge mix of backgrounds and SES and it is evident in the names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Squared View Post
    All your kids names? I thought you only had 2 kids
    Yes you are right! All of my kids name = 2 kids

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    Quote Originally Posted by teenie View Post
    I never thought about the top 100 names but DH and I had our own criteria. We are both teachers, and agreed that we didn't want to name our kids a name of any child we'd ever taught. We wanted our child to just be them - not anyone else (even a good kid!). Clearly this narrowed things considerably.
    My cousin is a high school teacher and she had the same view as you and your DH - she found it really hard to name her children for this reason!

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    Default How popular is too popular?

    Both my boys have highly popular names (Noah and Jacob) but there are no other Noahs or Jacobs in their childcare rooms.

    ETA and it wouldn't bother me if there were.

    Personally I would have preferred growing up with a more "ordinary" name than the one I have which most people can't pronounce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    Both my boys have highly popular names (Noah and Jacob) but there are no other Noahs or Jacobs in their childcare rooms.

    ETA and it wouldn't bother me if there were.

    Personally I would have preferred growing up with a more "ordinary" name than the one I have which most people can't pronounce.
    Same - I have a unique name and everyone was always pronouncing it and spelling it wrong.

    When we had kids I had to be sure that they would be able to get that personalised stationary stuff you see in news agents (with the correct spelling)

    My Dd has a popular name that could be spelled differently and I actually checked several stands to see which spelling was easier to get those things lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meld85 View Post
    Same - I have a unique name and everyone was always pronouncing it and spelling it wrong.

    When we had kids I had to be sure that they would be able to get that personalised stationary stuff you see in news agents (with the correct spelling)

    My Dd has a popular name that could be spelled differently and I actually checked several stands to see which spelling was easier to get those things lol
    You can still get normal, correctly spelt names that aren't so common or popular. Just because something isn't in the top 100 doesn't mean it's a strange or unique or differently spelt name

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    My daughter is Reese until she was 2 we hadn't met any other little girls with the same name but then bam in one year we met 3! But honestly it's never worried us or her she loves her name. DS1 and DS2 (Cameron and Charlie) weren't common names for boys when we picked them but seem to be coming out more and more and still doesn't worry us. As long as you and your DH love the name then that's all that matters.
    P.S I have been following your pregnancy diary and can not wait to see what you are having

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