Preschool class

Finally we're well enough to go to preschool this year! This is a 2-5 year old class (Mom & Me), with siblings welcome, so a couple of these are in the 5 week to 2 year age group (indicated by *). I've grouped siblings together, oldest child first. I forgot to check the check in board, so I don't know if anyone was absent or not, and I didn't see the 9 o'clock class, so I'll check those next week!

Evie (mine)
Jackson & Cooper
Zackary & Greysen* (b)
Ian & Nathan
Madeline
Grace
Noah, Brooklyn, & Kate* 

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September 27, 2013 1:43 PM

My three-year-old grandson Elliott started pre-school a few weeks ago.  I don't have a complete official list of his three-to-five-year-old classmates, but here are the names he has informally mentioned so far: Zoey, Claire, Vivian and Lola (sisters), Max, Paxton, Cooper, Aurelia, Addie (Adeline? Adelaide? Adele? Addison? Adela? Adelyn? just plain?  something else?).  Very much of the times, I would say.  My immediate assumption is that Paxton is a boy (two syllables ending in -n), but it could conceivably be a girl.  I don't think that's the entire class, so I'll have my ears open for more.

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October 4, 2013 12:37 PM

My son's elementary school had a party last week and I was able to snap a pic of names of three of the 4 kindergarten classes.  We have:

Teacher 1: (List appears to be formal names)
Arlene 
Elena Maria
Tristan
Wilfredo
Solomon
Gabriella
Ana
Jeffrey
Guadalupe
Jazmin
Kyra
James
Anesu (g)
Justyce
Jairon
Aviva
Orlando
Perla
Jayden
Bradley
Ayana
Justin
Yesly

Teacher 2: (List includes nicknames in parentheses)
Christopher
Anna
Shania
Jada
Naitxy
Tannia
Natan
Elizabeth
Stephany
Lilly
Nathaniel (Boyd)
John
Jaden
Caden
Karmen
Richard
McKylan
Sophia
Maurice
Margaret (Maggie) 
Morgan

Teacher 3: (Names decorating door, names the kids go by)
Jordan
Chelsey
Mariama
Alana
Leyu
Amanda
Ethan
Christian
Chris
Gavin
Jaquelin
Breyonna
Jack 
Andrew
Monserrat
Amber
Mirabel
Caroline
Lam-Dat
David 
Kennedy

Process of elimination - kids from his Pre-K class last year who aren't listed above:
Binisha
Ramon
Domonique
Harper (b)
Camila
Alexis
Estefany
Jusiyah
Jules
Miles
Natalee
Daniela
Victoria 

(Edited for typo) 

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October 4, 2013 2:05 PM

Ok--guessing you are in a high Latino population? I love some of these names, but they'd never fly with my hubby. He wouldn't be able to pronounce them. :-)

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October 9, 2013 3:26 PM

I tried to look up the census data, but the site is down due to the federal shut down.  :-/  But the GreatSchools website seems more useful, anyway.  It says: 

Hispanic: 39%; Black: 28%; White 22%; Asian: 8%; 2+ races: 2% American Indian/Alaska native: 1%; Hawaiian native/Pacific Islander: 1%

I think it's particularly interesting because the high school is far less diverse, so it must be something about our little neighbohood(s). The high school has White: 40%; Black: 35%; Hispanic: 17%; Asian: 7%; 2+: 1%.  I was also surprised the Asian population isn't higher, but then I realized my kids' Indian friends are all in private schools.  

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October 17, 2013 2:06 PM

This is VERY similar to the demographic of my son's elementary school. Fascinating. My daughter's middle school is less diverse and the high school is the same way. I don't understand why that should be, but there you have it. (The elementary school is about 35% Hispanic, 20% African American, 30% white, 10% Asian, with the rest being bi-racial or from the Middle East.) I so look forward to getting the year book every year! The names are just amazing.

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October 7, 2013 4:38 PM

I love the diversity! What an awesome set of lists.

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October 7, 2013 11:19 PM

Wow, your lists point out just how un-diverse my daughter's preschool really is, at least in names -- even the kid who's being raised bilingual Chinese-English is named Caleb...

Your Teacher 2 list is particularly contrast-ful: Naitxy (what sort of name is that? How on Earth do you say it?), and then ...Richard and Maurice? On kindergarteners? Oh, my.

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October 9, 2013 3:39 PM

I have no idea how to pronounce it, but I look forward to finding out! I googled to find out more about the name and the only hit as a name turned out to be a poor-quality PDF really saying "Nancy."  The other hits were English+gobbledegook, Portuguese, or Slovak.  There's a distinct possibility that it was a typo or I mis-read it, as well. 

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October 20, 2013 2:26 AM

This is a diverse list!  My daughter is in kindergarten too.  The only names I've gathered so far are Garrett, Victor, Darren, Judy, Leia, Xaio, and Jojo. For some reason my daughter plays with kids but never gets their names.  :). 

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October 20, 2013 8:56 PM

Ok--the actual preschool (not the Mommy & Me class)-

2-3's:

(boys)

Levi
Lucas
Tristin
Tristan
James
Grant
Cylas
Cooper
Sebastian
Marco

(girls)

Addison
Evi
Malie
Krisha
Julie
Jordan
Jasmine
Emily
Ella
Alivia
Olivia
Lacie
Nataliah
Samantha
Dakota
Lily
Melanie

3-4's:

(boys)

Grayson
Sklyer
William
Karter
Miko
Jonathan
Isaac
Nathan
Palmer
Lucas

(girls)

Haylee
Cassidy
Kiki
Isabella
Vincie
Lily
Rylynn
Mia
Hope
Jordan
Emily
Alexandria
Olivia
Abigail
Kylie
Macy

Notable names to me as dated names: Julie & Melanie

Surname names (mostly boys): Grayson, Palmer, Cooper, Karter

Interesting to see a Tristan and a Tristin, also the Alivia and Olivia. I'd love to know if Vincie is a nickname (Kiki too--she's a blonde!). Wondering about the Evi (no e on the end?) and the added h on Nataliah. Rylynn just confuses me. I wonder if dad is Ryan and Mom is Lynn or something?

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October 21, 2013 8:59 AM

Very interesting! It surprises me that you hadn't seen Rylynn before. I know of 4 Rylynn's off the top of my head; the oldest being about 12 and the youngest being 2. Funnily, they all spell them differently and each parent has told me that they "made up" the name on their own.

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October 21, 2013 12:44 PM

I know tons of Riley/Rylie/Rylee combos, but never a Rylynn.

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October 21, 2013 3:14 PM

I live in the south where I believe there are more "hybrid" names, so that would probably explain it!

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By Coll
October 23, 2013 3:48 PM

My son just started a daycare 2s class last month and here are the names I remember:

Boys:

Simon (my little man)

Rafa

Isaac

Nathaniel

Harrison

Mateo

Tomas

Ben

Girls:

Gillian

Delia

Ivy

Fleur

Josephine

Sachi

Stella

Elowyn

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October 23, 2013 5:31 PM

Swooning over Fleur. I wish I could convince DH, but alas, he won't go for it. I also love Josephine (used by family) and Ivy and Gillian for the girls. Mateo (although I like Matteo slightly better), Nathaniel, and Simon!

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October 31, 2013 11:04 AM

The Harvest Festival yesterday finally gave me a chance to get all the names from my daughter's preschool. It actually came in handy that I have been paying attention to the labels over their coathooks, because the other 3s teacher didn't label her kids, and I had to write their names on their art projects based on 3-year-old pronunciations in a loud classroom (and I'm deaf in one ear). I've added a little obscuring punctuation, just 'cause I feel a little weird about writing down an entire preschool's roster (even if it is fewer than 50 children total).

4s, classroom 1:
J.ulius
Q.uinn (pink Barbie backpack)
J.immy
K.aylee
E.than
E.mma
J.ackson
C.helsea
A.ravind (empty hook)
A.bigail
C.onnor
K.risten
C.amryn
L.ucy

4s, classroom 2:
H.aiden (plain dark grey hoodie)
M.acy
L.ibby
S.kylar
T.ristan
A.va
B.raiden M
J.oshua
L.ily
B.raden R
W.illiam
E.mily
S.ienna
E.lijah

3s, classroom 1:
T.itus
J.ude
M.acklin
L.achlan
S.carlett
B.illy
M.ary
N.ico
K.aitlyn
B.rennan

3s, classroom 2 (ours):
C.assidy
E.malee
L.ana
N.adja
J.ulianna
B.rendan
C.aleb
F.oster
J.acob
K.ean

The ones that surprised me in the other 3s class were Billy and Mary -- that part of the roster could've come straight from a 1950s schoolroom. Lachlan and Macklin gave us a bit of sound-alike trouble, but Brennan versus Brendan didn't arise, because the latter was home with a double ear infection. (Which is why I was there instead of his mom.)

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October 31, 2013 11:42 AM

I find it interesting that Braden and Braiden use initials, despite having different spelling. Another reason that I've always liked my name's spelling is that in school, I never needed to use an initial to differentiate myself from the Karens.

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October 31, 2013 11:00 PM

Spelling differences are enough when the context is written, but in preschool, the kids don't really write yet -- what matters is that the names sound exactly alike. I suppose it wasn't strictly necessary to include the initial on their coathook labels, but it does make sense that it's there, as a reminder if nothing else.

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By EVie
October 31, 2013 3:31 PM

I find Mary (by itself, no compound names) so charming on a little girl these days. We have friends who recently named their daughter Mary Rosalind, and I thought it was fantastic.

I'm a fan of Julius and Titus! And I assume Cassidy is a girl?

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October 31, 2013 11:04 PM

Yes, Cassidy is a girl, often called Cassie. And I, too, find Mary by itself refreshing on a little girl.