When the Baby Name You Chose Starts a Trend

Some parents purposely avoid a popular name for their baby. So, they pass on names they’ve heard often and may even check the Social Security website for popular baby names. But, sometimes the name they choose for their baby ends up being the start of a name trend.

I recently read Laurie Notaro’s The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, where she writes about this problem…albeit with her dog.

The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death by Laurie Notaro

One thing I did know, however was that I wanted to name her [the new puppy] something that I was sure every other dog wouldn’t have engraved on a tag around its neck in a year. When we brought Bella home, she was the only Bella we knew of, but by the time she died, every dog I ran into was named Bella. Now, it’s not like I invented the name, but it sorta sucks when you think you’ve found something pretty, nice, and uncommon, then the next thing you know, it’s in the top ten, right under Buddy, and you can’t say your dog’s name in the waiting room at the vet’s without six others answering you. Ask any mother of an Ashley what she would do if given the chance again in 1989, and you get the picture.

Notaro has done the work of equating naming a dog to naming a baby, even though I think the leap from fur child to human child is an easy one to make.

I wanted unique names for my children. And, yes, like Notaro, I worried about their names being popular at the time. While it hasn’t happened, if their names start trending, I won’t be upset, because ultimately, my husband and I followed our hearts. This is the last step I list in my baby naming guide, Choosing the Most Perfect Name for Your Baby. As with most aspects of parenting (and life), you can do your research, plan, and do the best you can do, but sometimes it doesn’t work out the way we think it will. Some kid will be one of three Mias or Masons in their kindergarten class. By that time, though, a parent would probably realize that, yes, they followed their heart when they chose the name, but also that changing the name would be ridiculous because it suits their child perfectly!


Choosing the Most Perfect Name for Your Baby is my short e-book that lays out the groundwork parents can do to discover what type of name they want to give their baby. It describes the different types of names and details different evaluations parents can do as they sift through their baby name list. By following some or all of the process described in this guide, parents can find the most perfect name for their soon-to-arrive bundle of joy while listening to their hearts! Choosing the Most Perfect Name for Your Baby is available at Amazon.com*.

Choosing the Most Perfect Name for Your Baby: Demystifying the Naming Process & Honoring Your Heart by Theresa Budnik Combs

*Of course, I earn money with each purchase of my guide, because I wrote it. I appreciate your support and I hope that my guide helps you select the most perfect name for your baby!

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