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It seems as if in this age of the internet, we are even more local. I run into Ryans and Avas everywhere at my son's school. I teach at a different school and haven't met an Ava yet. While I've had Ryans, the name doesn't stand out in my classroom.
That's a fascinating trend!
I'm a little surprised by the -yns. For me, this reads female. Perhaps I'm a few years behind!
I had a HS student a few years ago with this name who went by Mina. (Mean-ah)
This is a facinating trend to coexist with the don't use the nickname, he's Matthew, not Matt, he's Benjamin not Ben trend.
For me this is why one should give the kid a non-flashy name. If you are named "John" you have nothing to live up to. If you are named "Saint" (or any other of dozens of examples), right away everyone knows you are a celebrity kid and you have to live up to that moniker. But as always, different styles abound! And that's what makes names fun.
I'm in the neutral camp. I have noticed that unless the names are quite short, most of my HS students tend to pick one to use except in the most formal occassions. John Smith Jones or Smith-Jones will tend to be either John Smith or John SJ. Only their diploma and report cards will read "Smith Jones". If either parent is on the outs with the student (usually, but not always divorce), they tend to drop that name altogether.
I am surprised at how many under 15 year old people I've meT with these names. (I teach, so I do get to meet lots of kids). Many of these names are in the "gone but not forgotten" camp.
I think Bartlett is terrific and blends in nicely with Bennet, Beckham and Beckett.
I had an unsual name and common last name for the first 15 years of my life; then Megan exploded in popularity. It is worth trying for an unusal name, but know that times change.
I live in Eastern PA in a pocket of Ryans. (My sons both have good friends Ryan D.) While it didn't make the PA list, it did make the nearby NY list.
Ibrahim, Talu, Kayra and Omur are some of the ones that English speakers will have an easier time with.
Asma Khalid is on NPR all the time if you want to hear her say the name. It does sound more like asthma.
I confess, this has been my issue. I'm more than impressed she transistioned so publically. Caitlyn seemed tired to me when she chose it. She could have gone trendy with Emma or stayed classic with Kate. She found the unhappy medium in my book.
Sebastian was the name that occurred to me too. It just seems to fit.
I can't get past the 57 varieties! I knew there were LOTS of spellings of this name, but holy cow! I thought the Megans were out of control, and I'm only aware of a small handful.
I wonder what is the most re-spelled name? (Very hard to know how people intend to say a name, so I realize it is almost impossible to quantify). But I wonder if the variety of spellings makes Caitlyn the "it" name of the early 2000s.
I had to track down my Grandmother's birth certificate to get a college scholarship. (It proved she had a Scottish parent, thus entitling me to the scholarship). Discovered her birthdate and name had some fudging/blurring along the way. Her younger brother only knew that he was two years younger, so his age eventually got altered (in usage) too. The precision just wasn't so important, but nicknames to distinguish which Jane or which John you were had great importance in my family.
I had a student rename himself Leif, because of the nod to the word "leaf". It worked well for him.
I personally know a Jane Ann, and rather like it for doubl-barrel names. That said she's always called Mary Jane or Mary Ann because those two are so much more common.
We swore our Timothy would be "Tim" not "Timmy". When he was 3, he decided he did not like having just Tim written on his sippy cups at daycare and coached me to spell the name with the MY at the end. He still uses both Tim and Timmy. (And of course, Timothy when he's in trouble or at Catholic school!)
What about Max from "Where the Wild Things Are?" Or Alice from "Alice in Wonderland" (Or Maurice and Lewis as a nod to the authors). Those characters go on terrific adventures. I like Max, because he goes home to a warm loving dinner.
I do wonder what names will be the 20-teens names.
Nevaeh? Creatively spelled names? -ayden names?