Sunday, 5 May 2013

What's in a Name: Part 2 of 3

What is your little one's name and why?

As world communities are becoming more and more individualistic (emphasis is placed on nuclear families, fending for one's self, etc.) so too are the names of our children.  At the turn of the 20th century, one fifth of children were named either John or Mary, yet in today's society, parents seem to be opting for names which are a little more distinctive; names which are perhaps a little "cooler".  It seems as if us parents are choosing names which might define the individual rather than opting for traditional family monikers.  In 1931, the top names were very traditional - Mary and Robert - whereas in 2011, the top names were a little more trendy, a little more a la mode (Sophia and Jacob).  Parents seem to be choosing names which are somewhat a little more outside of the norm.

What was once a relatively straightforward choice (merely sticking with traditional family names), has now become a trend; a new way of expressing who we are as parents and who our little ones might become.   

The top baby names for 2012 can be found here.  Where are you on this trendy are you versus your children when it comes to names?  This year, my name ranked a cool #4953... whereas the year I was born, it was sitting pretty at #937.  Yip, my level of coolness is in massive decline *sigh*.

How "cool" are you?  I bet you are more trendy than me as far as names go (another great big *sigh*!!).

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