|BC's Top 20 Girls' Names in 2012, made on Wordle.net|
I recently read a post on Laura Wattenburg's blog, The Baby Name Wizard, about what makes certain names popular. She has a sort of formula which make a lot of sense, based on the community you live in, as well as the more subjective psychological factors that determine what we think is popular or not. Read the rest here.
If you're interested in names, or needing to come up with one sometime soon like us, Laura publishes a great site with tons of resources for researching the popularity, geographic variation & associations with various names. The site is all based on US Social Security information, however. It doesn't include data from Canada, or any other countries. You can find her 'Namipedia', 'Name Voyager', etc in the drop-down menu on the top left: Basic Name Tools. She also offers more tools by subscription access too, if you are really keen. For more info on the Expert Name Tools, I'll be posting a review of them tomorrow here on Spokesmama!
For more local data on name popularity, I look at BC's Vital Statistics Agency site. They publish a list of the top 20 most used baby names in the province in the past year. You can also scroll down from the girls' & boys' top 20 lists to see the frequency of any other names given to at least 5 children that year. Sprout's real name, Linnaeus, doesn't appear on the list, as there were fewer than 5 babies given it that year. Vital Stats is also getting in on the graphics, so you can create charts to compare the popularity of names over the years here.
If we had a family tradition of naming the kids after their ancestors, this would probably be easier. Despite having a lot of resources at my disposal to help come up with a name from scratch, we're still not there yet. Baby girl is due in less than a week, so the pressure is on!
How did you choose names for your kids (or pets, for that matter)? Did you have a short list or just wait until they arrived? Did you start to call them by their name before you actually met them?
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