How vehement are people about "not in the top 10"? Or 20, or 50, or what-have-you?
I'm curious because I did a little mulling over our vacation. DH and I both like the name Sophia - we're not sure exactly how in love with it we are - but it translates well in the necessary languages, as well as many others. I was initially hand-waving it off saying "No, no, no! Top 10 name in the USA!". Then I looked at numbers...
And out of 4 million babies (let's just say 2 million girls)... less than 25,000 were given the name Sophia. So suddenly my visions of Sophia A., Sophia R., Sophia W. in class go out the window - because then we get 25,000 baby Sophias divided by 50 states (assuming equal balance, which we know it isn't) and get 500 Sophias in any one year in any one state. Assuming all Sophias were born in the 15 states in which it was a top name, that's about 1,667 Sophias to a whole state - and none in 35 states. And this is all using inflated numbers.
Suddenly, while the idea of naming a baby Sophia seems... less horrifying, after I throw the math around. I know some people are adamant about "not in the top (whatever)", but I'm curious on *why* that vehement passion is there... I know why it was for me (wanting to avoid Name + Last Initial), but I'm starting to re-evaluate that based off of these rough math workings.