April 21, 2005

Am I On The Cutting Edge Or What?

Slate had a couple of articles last week about the economics of names -- here and here. Since I'm such a baby name nut, I was interested in these and thought it particularly interesting to see that I'm really on the cutting edge for popular names. The name of one of my girls is on their predicted list of popular girls names for 2015 and so are several of the other names we considered. I'm such a trend setter.


The more I read about Freakonomics, the more I want to buy it.

Posted by: Janis at April 22, 2005 08:12 AM

I'm glad Nora's not on there... I still hope to use it some day!

Posted by: Lenise at April 22, 2005 11:15 AM

I thought you were hoping for Honoria, Lenise. Would that be Nora for short?

I had no idea any of the names I've picked could ever be trendy ones, but if The Girl's name really does hit the big time, I guess that will always mean people will think she's younger than she really is. She can age slowly.

Posted by: Jordana at April 22, 2005 11:31 AM

I love names too. A lot of the names we have considered are on that potentially popular in 2015 list.

It is weird though how when you pick a name out no one seems to have it, then a few years later it is everywhere. I had that happen with 2 of my kids.

My oldest son was going to be named Forrest, then right before his birth the movie Forrest Gump came out and sort of ruined the name for us.

Posted by: chris at April 22, 2005 01:42 PM

Hey! We almost named Susanna "Flanery", after my husband's grandmother's maiden name.

We could've been cool. 10 years from now. Oh well.

Posted by: angie at April 22, 2005 11:01 PM

Jordana- yup. I actually started from Nora (my great-grandmother, short for Norena), but the only form/variant Paul liked was Honoria. Compromise is a good thing =]

Posted by: Lenise at April 25, 2005 08:46 AM

I'm obsessed with baby names and am wriggling with excitement at the thought of perusing these links. I found a cool name-related blog today and a tool that shows a name's popularity over the course of the century. Very interesting: http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html

Posted by: Kristin at April 25, 2005 03:53 PM

Yikes, there are some really cool names on that 2015 list. Makes me worry that whatever awesomely odd name I choose will become ridiculously popular in the not-too-distant future.

Posted by: Kristin at April 25, 2005 03:56 PM

I guess anything has that potential. My daughter's name that is on the 2015 list isn't even in the top 1000 baby names in the country at the moment. I'm not too worried about what will happen in 2015. My main concern was that there wouldn't be tons of kids running around on the playground with the same names as my kids.

I didn't even do so well at that. My son's name is not at all uncommon and there is another little girl in town with the same unusual nickname as The Girl, even though they don't share the same name.

Posted by: Jordana at April 26, 2005 08:21 AM