Naming Trends and Personal Perception
Does the popularity and public perception of your name change your own perception of it?
For my entire life, I was always extremely embarrassed of my middle name- Alice. I was named after my grandmother, and the name always felt ancient and strange to me. During school I would turn red when my middle name was announced! But recently the name is making a comeback, and an acquaintance (my own age) just told me she's naming her daughter Alice. For the first time in my life, I said "Alice is my middle name" without feeling embarrassed! The recent resurgence of the name has made me see that it's actually a lovely name.
But I've had a backwards experience with my first name, Melissa. My parents picked the name when it was in the top-10. In school, I was always one of several Melissa's, and the name felt completely normal and average. But now that I've been "out in the world" for a few years, I've realized how 80's-trendy the name is, and I'm more uncomfortable with it. I'm very not-trendy, so having a name that is glaringly 80s-trendy feels out of place on me. It definitely makes me certain I won't use a trendy name for my kids- I don't want people to see their name and automatically know "This person was named in the 2010's!"
How has your own name's popularity and public perception changed over your lifetime? Does it make you feel differently about your name than you used to? Will it affect the way you name your own kids?
Thu, 04/26/2012 - 8:55am