Three years and six friend babies later, I’m 32 and have numbed to the whole thing considerably. (Note: definitely best to keep the name candidates a secret until after the baby’s born—no name will please everyone and other peoples’ opinions really shouldn’t be part of the process for something so personal.
And when you announce the name after the baby is born, everyone has to pretend they like it to your face no matter what they think, so you’ll end up feeling like everyone likes it.) You’d assume that thinking about baby names is a new thing in my life, but I’ve actually had a lifelong fascination with the topic.
It turns out that sometimes you’re not the only one who loves that fresh, oh-so-pretty name, and a Name Fad happens when millions of Category 3 couples all start to say “Wait I like that” when they hear about someone else making a great Category 3 choice (it can also be started by a famous person—e.g. Suddenly, that name so perfectly placed at #137 on the list of popular names is #86. Benefits: Safe; Hip; Bonds your child with his/her whole generation in a broad sense.
Drawbacks: They’ll have to spell out their name on phone calls 2 trillion times throughout their life; They’ll have to watch people figuring out how to react every time they introduce themselves; They’ll get made fun of at school; It might hurt their chances of getting job interviews; If the kid isn’t awesome, the whole thing is awkward; If you were just in a phase and made a compulsive decision, that’s shitty cause the kid has to live with it forever.This category is perfect for parents who are far too thrilled with themselves and are having far too special a child for a Timeless or Top 10 Name, but who also look down upon those who go for a Super Weird Name as annoying or unclassy. I think part of that is trying to wrench individuality from a fad name.(In case you’re wondering, most of my friends went with Category 3.) But let’s focus on something I mentioned in the drawbacks: The Name Fad. The fad is heightened by another large category of parent choice— Examples: Anything from the current Top 20.A Your Mom’s Friend’s Name name happens when lots of middle-aged people have a name that no young or old people have.A few decades after that, Jennifer can look forward to having an Old Lady Name, which happens when a name belongs to lots of old ladies, but no one under 75.Emma is Top 6 in Ireland, Finland, Norway, Canada, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany.