Monday, April 6, 2009

Baby Names

Ever since I rescued my mom's baby name book from the garbage, I've been in love with thinking up baby names. The thing that never ceases to amaze me is how everyone always thinks up the same names at the same time no matter how creative they think they are being. For example I've been bugging Dwight to like the name Dylan for our new baby, but last week my neighbor had a baby boy and guess what his name was...Dylan of course. For my last daughter I had my heart set on Sophie from day one, but as I watched the name Sophie soar to number # on popular name charts I went off in search of something else. My mother knows this well as she picked my sisters name early on and sure enough the neighbor who had a baby girl a few months earlier picked the same name! A few years ago we had baby blessings two months in a row for babies named Bailey. Anyway, I think its more important than anything else to love the name you pick than to be exotic. My son's name was the most popular name in the country the year he was born and I always tell him, I gave him the very best name there was, nothing less would do. My daughter's name was relatively unknown six years ago and now it is in the top ten on one of the coolest baby name websites, it is in the top 50 on all the sites.

Here are the names that were popular on Nymbler in February 2009:
Top 10 favorite names:
1. Ava (Same)
2. Ella (+1)
3. Charlotte (-1)
4. Jack (Same)
5. Claire (+1)
6. Grace (+3)
7. Amelia (Same)
8. Avery (+2)
9. Benjamin (-4)
10. Finn (New)