Husband now loves Piper- Too popular?

Hello again my Expectant Namer Friends! My husband decided today that he really loves the name Piper. I was pretty sure we were going to go with Cosette, as mentioned on a earlier post, but now this has thrown a wrench into any plans. I think it's cute, but I do think it is too popular. It's listed as 147 in 2009 and 110 in 2011, but what does that really mean? Any thoughts are welcome =)


October 31, 2012 9:06 AM

There is certainly a big difference between Cosette and Piper in terms of popularity. A Cosette may go her whole life without meeting a single person who shares her name. A Piper will probably meet other Pipers every year. Keep in mind, however, that today's #1 doesn't even approach the heights that Jennifer reached in the 1970s. My children's elementary school has 650 students. There is one Emily, one Hannah, one Isabella, and five Kimberlys (go figure). And one Jennifer, but no Pipers. So if you can get on board with Piper, I wouldn't worry at all about the popularity.

By mk
October 31, 2012 12:45 PM

I like it. I wouldn't worry too much about popularity if you really like a name. I don't consider Piper very popular.

My name was #6 the year I was born, and I didn't meet anyone with my name until college. You just never know. I just looked at the top 100 names for my year, and there are a lot of names I never would have guessed would be that high.

October 31, 2012 1:05 PM

As far as numbers go, it's not hugely popular. But, I'd be a little more worried about the meteoric rise it's seen recently. Look at the graph.  Usually when names rise that quickly, they fall just as drastically, which means it might be date-stamped in 20 years.  It's not a huge deal though because she will fit in with her peers.  I say if you both love it, then choose it.

October 31, 2012 1:53 PM

I'm not a fan of surnames as given names in general, but...

Piper probably actually hits a style sweet spot nowadays: it fits right in with all the tradesman names (Mason, Taylor, Harper, etc.) that are currently popular, but it isn't given to so many babies that your child would be likely to encounter more than one or two others in her entire school career. (Like we keep saying around here, "popular" is not what it used to be -- at #110 in 2011, Piper was given to fewer than 700 babies in a million in the U.S. That's less than one baby in a thousand!)

The one issue with Piper is likely to be datedness. Do you want your child to bear her generation's equivalent of names like Doreen or Janet? If you don't mind the possibility, and you can both get on board with the name, then by all means go for it. Otherwise, Cosette (or better yet, Cosima nicknamed Cosette) is probably a better choice -- no name starting with Cos has ever been in the top 1000, so there'd be no issue of over-popularity or datedness, and yet they're recognizable names.

October 31, 2012 2:38 PM

I think it *really* depends on your region where you are. In the PNW, Piper is wildly popular right now. I can count 7 of them off the top of my head in ages 0-6 right now just in my close friends/acquaintances. It's actually completing with Harper in my circle right now.

November 1, 2012 12:18 PM

My impression of Piper is that its popularity is regional.  I don't know any where I am, but I have friends in the west & south who say they are surrounded by Pipers.  It does also strike me as being a potentially dated name as it fits a lot of current trends.  Tradesman, surname as first, 2 syllables, er ending, unisex.   I am not generally a fan of this type of name, especially for girls, but I have always had a soft spot for Piper & Harper.  

My biggest concern about Piper for you is that its style is so different than Cosette.  If you plan on more children, you might want to decide what you want your dominant naming style to be.  If you use Piper now, would you feel comfortable using Cosette later?  One sister with a fairly popular unisex name and the other with a super girly & very rare name might not be what you want.  What are some other names you & your husband like?  If the majority are more in the style of Piper, then I say go for it.  However, if most of your names are more like Cosette, I'd suggest rethinking Piper.   Of course, some people really like the idea of an eclectic set of sibling names, and that's fine too.  I just think you should think about that now, before you risk potentially feeling trapped in a name style because you picked an outlier for your first child.

November 28, 2012 7:38 PM

So, this baby actually does have an older sister already named Macy Kate. My husband totally picked her name too. Piper and Macy do go together better than Macy and Cosette, but it is so funny that you mention about picking an outlier for the first child and then having to follow it with another similar name or not because that is exactly what I'm dealing with!! Macy is the outlier and now with this second baby I have to figure out which direction to go. You hit the nail on the head for sure. All that being said- I still don't know what to do? Seems like you understand how I feel very well- what would you do in the same spot?

November 1, 2012 3:36 PM

I agree with what the previous posters have said. I don't mind Piper, it fits right in, it's not hugely popular (although may depend on your region). But, it's very trendy, is likely to be date-stamped and it's very different in style to Cosette.

If you love it too, go for it. If you don't then maybe see if you can find something that bridges the gap between Cosette and Piper?