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i was looking at the popular names list, and i don't know anyone with the top 5-10 names.
in your area, do the popular name lists, or ssn lists actually hold true? so far, they don't in my area. :)
I know an Ethan, Aiden, Emma, Ava, Abigail, Madison, Sophia and a Mia from the SS top 10. Just 1 of each, except Ava- 2 of those.
The other repeats in my circles are Quinn (x3) and Taylor (x2) - All girls.
I know a Sophia, an Abigail, an Olivia, a Mason, and a William all born within the last few years. And I don't know tons of kids.
ETA: I also know 2 girls under 2 named Avery, which isn't top 10 but it's getting up there. And a Jack born last year. I guess I know more kids than I thought! And I think my nephew has a friend named Jayden (sp?), but I don't know any personally.
DD born 10/10/07 * DS born 11/25/11
Moreso the girls like Sophia and Emma (I am SO sick of hearing Emma) than the boys. I don't know a single Michael, Daniel, or Alexander under the age of 10.
I think where I live is a decent representation of the top 5-10 for both boys and girls. The only one I don't hear much of is Jacob...which is fine with me because it's on my list.
If you don't know a lot of babies, or young children in general, that could be a big reason why.
I personally don't know a lot of babies, but I do know 2 Emmas, 1 Isabella, 2 Sofias, 1 Ava and 2 Aidens and 2 Jacks all under age 5.
Kids I know under Age 5:
Boys: Mason, Jayden
Girls: Sophia, Isabella, Emma, Abigail (x2) Madison
here are the names of my friends' kids:
evan, rylee, harlee, ruby, isaiah, nathan, tyler, teagan, dylan, sydney, kirahlin, sebastian, ian, toby, maya, cole, hailey, everett, kai, lincoln, atticus, chase, jordan, michael, ryan. all of these kids are under 10.
i know a lillians(not top 10 but lily is), but they don't live in my area both in neighboring states or on the board of my state, an amelia who lives in fl, oliver that lives in a neighboring state.
i feel like i know a good amount of kids. it seems like everyone i nkow is having babies or has them. i just don't know any emmas (except family people who are 35+. i know a 14yr old olivia. 18 yr old jackson.
i just wonder if i use a name like emma, will everyone have it? or am i worrying for nothing?
sarack:i just wonder if i use a name like emma, will everyone have it? or am i worrying for nothing?
Probably. It's extremely popular. I don't think EVERYONE will have it, but there's likely to be at least 2-3 of them in her classes. If this doesn't seem like a huge deal to you, then I say use it. If it's a dealbreaker, try to find names that are similar to Emma, but a bit less popular
You can look up the rankings for your particular state, that helps because it does vary state to state.
I worked at a center with about 300 kids. Out of that I knew 4 Isabellas, 4 Lillys, 3 Olivias, 3 Noahs, 3 Aidens.... but that was it really. Only one Emma. No Sophias. One Jack.
I think it holds true that there's just so much of a variaty of names out there, in my kindergarten we only ever had a double Aiden on time, and a double Lilly another time.
So what I always tell people is that if you truly LOVE a name... don't really get worked up over the "popular" numbers.
Of the boys, I know one Jayden and that's it.
Of the girls, I know of one Sophia, two Emmas, two Avas, one Emily,and one Abigail.
Of the current top ten, these are the names of actual children I know (and their ages):
girls - Isabella (1), Emma (6), Olivia (5), Abigail (10), Madison (7), Mia (1), Chloe (5)
boys - Jacob (1), Noah (nb)