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Malimar, I agree. I would also assert that the internet may also contribute a bit. I feel like in the old days, if you gave your child a name, your only rubric upon which to base the name's popularity would be the immediate community around you. Nowadays, it's easy to research ourselves into a tizzy! Or, alternatively, a name can be relatively obscure when you choose it, but could suddenly catch fire and become a fad thanks to forums, blogs, pop culture, etc. I think having access to that info is, in a way, begging us all to over think it. I'm in that place- a name I picked out YEARS ago (about 8-10 years ago) to name my someday-first-daughter (an underused traditional name- I have a love of "granny" names) was, in the last few years, used for characters in Despicable Me and also Downton Abbey. Now that my husband and I are ready to have kids, I've been obsessively checking the name to make sure it doesn't yet seem to have caught on. So, even though I love the name and have loved it for ages, I'm terrified of it becoming a fad. Combined with what you said, my husband and I aren't planning to have more than 2 kids. It's a tough balance, not helped by the internet's global reach for information and influence!