A 2 year old Herman?

Being a 25 year old Lillian, I was surrounded by Jennifers, Courtney's, and Kimberly's telling me that their grandmother was named Lillian or that my name sounded like an 'old lady name'. It never bothered me, and to my surprise, my name has made it into the top 100! So I was wondering, have you ever met a young person with a name you'd never associate with their generation or an adult with a name youd generally associate with today's toddlers? 

*personally, I don't think classic names or 'old fashioned-trendy' names like Emma, Evelyn, and Grace count. But if you were really surprised to meet a little Charlotte before knowing it was a top 100 name, go ahead and share! :)


December 7, 2013 4:18 PM

I know a 27 (or so) year old named Susan who always hated her "mom name".

My dad's name is Rowan. Basically nobody ever knew of the name until Brook Shields gave the name to her daughter, except for those who knew either Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In or Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean). Now, well, small people named Rowan abound. I'm almost used to the idea, but he still finds it incredibly strange.


December 7, 2013 7:07 PM

I was once engaged to a man (born in 1953) whose father was named Jason (born in the latter 1920s).  Jason was vanishingly rare at that time, although when I met my fiance in the mid 90s, young Jasons abounded.  The first young Jason I ever met was 14 when I met him in 1977.  His father was Greek and very proud of his heritage and so named him after jason of the Argonauts.  Then, of course, Jason took off like a rocket shortly thereafter.

I am a grandmother and frankly it astounds me when I hear people saying that names like Sophie and Sadie are young and spunky.  To me Sophie is Sophie Tucker and Sadie is my great-aunt Sadie, inconceivable on a child, and yet young Sophies are extemely abundant (perhaps too abundant), and there are more than a few junior Sadies (as name or nickname) around.

My reaction to names is often diametrically opposed to the preferences of women who are actually of baby-having/naming age.  I look at some of the choices, and think really?!

December 7, 2013 9:07 PM

I'm younger than your son and have the same reaction to Sophie, Sadie, Sylvia, et al., as you do. They are old Jewish ladies to me... 

December 7, 2013 11:28 PM

Absolutely.  My mother was Sylvia, my great-aunt Sadie, and Sophie was the last of the red hot mamas.

This reminds me--my daughter-in-law's nephew (age 14) has two younger step-sisters named Sophia and Patricia, rather a generational mismatch to my ears: Sophia my grandmother's generation and Patricia mine.   But it's all good.

December 7, 2013 10:43 PM

Funny you should mention Evelyn, because I first heard it on a baby a couple years ago and did indeed think it was an "old" name. My brother has a niece named Kathleen who's about 12 -- when I first met her I thought that too was a surprising option for a young girl.

Miriam's example of Jason is a good one -- when I saw the actor Jason Robards (born 1922) in a movie when I was a teenager, I thought he was so cool for having such a "young" name.

Several TV/celebrity baby names have struck me in recent years as being "old": Mabel, Matilda, Alice, Agnes, Hattie, Pearl ... but all those names are enough in use now that they no longer feel "old" to me (well ... maybe Agnes still does), especially with having fans of such names on these forums, a whole host of names I'd previously considered unusable because of perceived mustiness that now seem viable and even fresh to me.

December 10, 2013 5:46 AM

I think I've said this several times in different contexts, but I know a number of grown men named Ezekiel and Finn, and it's always a little jarring until you realize that the names were selected in the recent past rather than the names they were born with.

December 15, 2013 4:39 PM

I know two adult Ezekiels, both of whom were named that at birth.  Both have always gone by Zeke, though -- which sounds much less out of place, even though it's less common as a legal name.  I think it seems to "go with" names like Zack. 

December 12, 2013 12:38 AM

I've meet a young Norman, Floyd, and Phyllis. All were surprising to me. 

By mk
December 12, 2013 2:34 AM

Not toddlers, but I have met young women named Agnes, Gladys, and Selma. And I was very close to being called Amelia, so seeing it viewed as a "young" or "trendy" name for babies is odd to me. On the other hand, the only Sylvia I know is a preteen. It all works for me.

The most jarring though was seeing the name Dorcas on a recent list of college students.

December 12, 2013 2:41 PM

I wonder if Dorcas's parents were musical fans. I've been in love with the name Dorcas since I was 10, because of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". Nothing made that name seem more glamorous than Juie Newmar! Thankfully, since then, I've realized that no matter how much I love the name, I cannot saddle a daughter with it. (Although the nickname Dorie is kind of adorable.)

December 13, 2013 6:42 PM

I know a 40- something named Violet, an 18 year old Agnes, and a 7 year old Laurie (not a nickname). They all carry their names very well :) 

December 18, 2013 8:36 PM

I am a 32 year old Violet. I was very surprised to see that it had reached the top 100!

December 18, 2013 11:08 PM

Another thread reminded me of a good one. My dad's cousin married a woman named Kayla, who is now in her mid-to-late 60s.

December 28, 2013 12:37 AM

I have quite a few:

A 16 year old Alice (her younger sister is Aileen)

A 17 year old Jane 

A 14 year old Eunice 

A 15 year old Lillian 

A 7 year old Ruth and 2 (!) 7 year old Edwin's

I just recently met a little Angela who looked to be about 4 or 5

A 12 year old Frances

8 year old twins named Helen and Dennis 

A 7 year old Louis (might be Lewis, I've never seen it spelled)


I feel like I know more but I can't think of them at the moment... But I think this will suffice :)

March 20, 2014 1:53 PM

Here in Britain, 'old fashioned' names seem to be quite popular, such as 'Beatrice' and 'Henry' (not just with Royals). 'Nancy' is also fashionable. David Cameron used it for his daughter.

March 24, 2014 7:35 PM

In high school, I knew a Ruth and a Hilda. There's also a little boy who lives on our floor named David, which most would consider a more mature name. But I live in New York City, where the name is extremely popular for men of all ages. My fiances best friend (late 20s) is named Blaine. To me, that sounds kind of young and trendy,

I find it refreshing when adults have youthful sounding names and kids have mature sounding names. It's just the juxtaposition of what we as a society would expect today, I guess.