Natalie

Please feel free to leave comments on why you like or don't like this name. Does it sound a bit uncommon or rare? Have you met any Natalies? Where were they from? 

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October 4, 2017 9:13 AM

yes I know a couple of Natalies here in Australia.  It's fairly uncommon,  but lovely

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October 4, 2017 10:37 AM

Good to know your opinion, thanks. The good news is that it's not weirdly unfamiliar out there or has bad associations.  

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October 4, 2017 9:53 AM

I know a five-year-old Natalie. Her seven-year-old sister is Julia, and the way we met involved a picnic table with three Julias and a Julianna sitting at it, so Natalie's name never became a topic for conversation, somehow. The family is typically peripatetic American: they've lived in something like four states in ten years, on both coasts and a few stops in between.

If you're looking for uncommon or rare, though, Natalie ain't it, or not in the US: it was given to more than 6000 babies in 2016, for a rank of 31st. This doesn't actually make the name _common_, really: just sort of middling, neither super popular nor particularly rare. This puts it firmly in Holy Grail of Baby Naming territory: everybody has heard of it, most people like it, but not everyone is using it.

I like the name just fine. I can't get particularly excited about it, except as a welcome antidote to surname-names and boy's names on girls, but this is mostly because I have no personal connection to it.

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October 4, 2017 10:55 AM

Thanks for the story, I think Natalie and Julia make quite a good pair. 

And wow, I hadn't looked into the statistics of that name, means Natalie is actually more common than, say, Diana. Means that it's not purely associated with Russia any more. 

Actually that was my fear-I didin't want the name to be too rare or uncommon. So Natalie might be a good option to consider. 

 

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October 4, 2017 11:05 AM

I know quite a few Natalies who are college/late high school age. It feels like a very every-girl kind of name to me, but a bit fresher and a little more feminine than, say, Rachel or Nicole.

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October 4, 2017 11:26 AM

Probably true, it's not royal or upper-class or anything. 

On the other hand, if we again take Elizabeth, it IS actually royal, but also a quite "every-girl" type of name.  

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October 4, 2017 1:43 PM

I don't think anyone would consider Natalie Russian. Natalya, maybe...

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October 5, 2017 6:19 AM

I like Natalie. I'm not excited about it because there were a few in my classes growing up (80s babies), but I agree the sound is crisp and nice.

I like Natalia too though, and if you are looking for something with a nod to Russian heritage I would probably suggest that. Although much less used, it is universally familiar due to its similarity to Natalie.

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October 5, 2017 9:32 AM

I don't think Natalie ever had any association with Russia. If it has any foreign association, it's with France, not Russia. Natalia or especially Natalya are the versions with Russian associations.

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By EVie
October 6, 2017 1:03 PM

Although, I've known a number of girls of Russian heritage named Natalie (as well as Natalia/Nataliya). I think it's a kind of crossover name for Russian parents in the U.S. who want something that feels American but still has a connection to their culture. Not Russian per se, but popular in that community.

Natalie strikes me as a very timeless name. I went to school with a bunch, but it's clearly going strong amongst the toddler set as well. In my mothers' group when my son was born, there was a mom named Lydia with a daughter Natalie. I had a lot of trouble remembering which was the mother and which the baby.

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October 4, 2017 10:27 AM

I like the name Natalie. I think it has some spunk and it is cute without being cutesy to me. I don't know too many Natalies of any age. I can picture it on any type of person, as well!

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October 4, 2017 11:36 AM

I have a cousin named Natalie, close to my age (she's probably close to forty). She's from Idaho. I also had a college student named Natalie who graduated a couple of years ago, so in her early or mid-twenties now. I can't remember where she's from other than the US, but most of our students are from the upper-Midwest or Colorado.

I've always thought it was a very pretty name, with what I think of as a good "mouth feel": I like how it feels when I say it.

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October 4, 2017 12:23 PM

Because it's much more common than my usual taste, I'm always surprised by how much I like this name when it's discussed. There's just something about it that feels pretty and pleasant and timeless. Maybe Natalie Wood influences that. I've known a few Canadian Natalie born in the 1980s over the years but the name doesn't feel dated to me like other names from that era. I agree with nedibes that there's something about saying it that is pleasing to the mouth. 

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By mk
October 4, 2017 1:22 PM

Natalie is a common name and the ones I know are from all over the U.S.

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October 4, 2017 2:01 PM

I like Natalie. I'll agree with all the people who said that there's something nice about saying it, and it feels happy to me. I also like the nickname potential it has and that it's sitting at that well-know-but-not-super-popular place. You might also in that case like Naomi. 

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October 5, 2017 8:06 AM

I knew a Natatalie or 2 in my  age group, now 40ish, and a sweet 6 year old now. The name reminds me of the post on "Angela", not in sound but in the fact that it isn't jarring to hear of a woman with the name, no matter her age.

Incidently, Angela is the name of the 6 year old's grandmother. Her sister is Elen@. The names fit in their bi-national family. 

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October 5, 2017 3:55 PM

I know one little Natalie and two adult ones. I was surprised to see it so high on the SSA list!

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October 7, 2017 9:59 AM

I have a 9 year old niece named Natalie. We all call her Nattie more than using her full name. I also know someone in their 30's named Natalie. I think it's a strong name, and not one that would sound dated or time stamped.