10
Feb

The Popular Name

When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I tortured ourselves with picking a name. It’s no small decision really. This is the way everyone will know this little baby for the rest of time. So, while Candy is an adorable name for an apple cheeked two-year-old. It’s not ideal for the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. We didn’t want to be pushy parents with overly lofty aspirations for our child’s career, but we did want to make sure she had every option open to her.

In the end we chose a nice, classic name. Something in fact so classic that most people we met said “Oh! So nice! That’s my grandmother’s name!”

It didn’t matter to us. At the very least, we figured, she wouldn’t be one of many with the same name in her class, and, more importantly, no one could accuse us of choosing a name from the pop culture files. Amazingly it remained that way for the last five years.

Last night, with comical horror painted on our faces, my husband and I watched as two characters from a popular TV show decided to give our daughter’s nice, traditional, original name to their unborn child. And just like that her name moved from the classic file to the pop culture file.

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Did you or a friend of yours ever pick the perfect name for a child only to have it “stolen” by pop culture?

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  1. agirlandaboy says:

    Hi Jessica! Check your email! I’m trying to get in touch with you. :)

  2. Just Heather says:

    Oh no! We carefully selected our girls’ names too so I can imagine how you feel about that. Of course, we went the opposite direction with our youngest and took her name right out of pop culture. What can I say? I love Gilmore Girls!

  3. heather says:

    Well, sort of…we named our son Jack…just Jack…and thought it was different enough that no one else would actually name their kid that. Like it might be a nickname but no one we knew had ever named their kid Jack…and then we started daycare, and the school and here we are 7 years later and he is one of at least 3 Jacks in every class! With my next two, I just did n’t even worry about it!

    So what is your daughter’s name? :-)

  4. Jennifer says:

    I was mortified when the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills started a few months after my son was born and there was a wife named Kyle, the name we had chosen precisely because it was one of the few boys names not yet snapped up in the ‘let’s give our baby girl a boys name’ craze. I’m expecting that the kindergarten class of 2016 will have a female Kyle or two now.

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