Baby Center announced its top ten lists in baby naming 2007 this past week. I am not happy. Sophia has now overtaken Emma as the number one girl name in America. And since we all know just how long Emma held the title (3 years, with another several years in the top ten), I can only assume that my baby, who I hoped had been named somewhat uniquely, will have a million other Sophias in her Kindergarten class.
Joel and I were disappointed enough when the list came out last year, 5 months after she was born. Sophia was in the top ten. Number seven to be exact. I had been a bit worried because after we named her we kept hearing, "oh, my [insert relationship here] named her baby that." On the other hand, when we named Chloe, we knew her name was in the top 30, but we have such a struggle with girl names (seriously, we have so many wonderful boy names picked out) that there really wasn't another choice. Her name has climbed steadily the past five years, but still hasn't made the top ten list.
Bria has been the only one of our chosen names that has remained totally unique. As far as I know, her name hasn't even broken the top 500 list. She loves that there is never another Bria in her classes at school and church, and that everyone tells her what a pretty name she has. She does have problems getting called Brianna or Brianne (since those names have most definitely had their stint in the top ten), but she's cool with it, and she adores her name.
So, why do I even care? Why does it irk me so much that I've chosen popular names for my kids? It might have something to do with having a fairly unique name myself, and being quite proud of that fact. Lara enjoyed a slight surge in popularity in the late 60s and early 70s because of Dr. Zhivago, but it was still only #360 on the list the year I was born. My middle name, although an alternate spelling of a top ten name, was #472.
But, the fact is: Popular or not, I love the names I chose for my girls. Not only do I love them, but Joel loves them too. And if you only knew the incredible discussion and deal-making and begging and pleading that went into the actual choosing of the last two names, you would tell me to shut up already, because do I really want to go through that again?
Besides, their names suit them perfectly.