I never knew choosing a name could be so hard! When I am looking for baby names, I look for names that are uncommon, but not unusual. Take “Sadie” for example. I have never in my life met anyone named Sadie. The only Sadie I know is Adam Sandler’s daughter, and I doubt we will ever cross paths. There have been Sadies in movies, like Knocked Up and Licence to Wed, but none in real life. So I think that name would be perfect.
The one name that Denny loves is uncommon too – Colby. We don’t know any Colbys, and if I have my way, we won’t have any daughters named Colby, either. It just reminds me of cheese, which is my favorite food, but still. It’s cheese.
All my life, I was the only Megan at my school, at church, everywhere. I never met any other Megans until a few years ago. (And now Denny’s best friend is marrying a Megan next month. What are the odds?) And Denny has been and still is the only Denny that he and I have ever known. We like having names that aren’t shared with tons of other people.
Then there are my brother and sister – Michael and Makayla. Both are very popular names, especially Makayla. I’m around small children almost every day, and there is almost always a Makayla or two in the bunch.
That is exactly what I don’t want for my child. I want her to have her own name. Something original, something that she won’t share with 10 other girls in her school some day. So when Denny and I (almost) decided on a name, which one did we choose?
The #1 girls name in the U.S., of course! We didn’t know it at the time, but as soon as we went to Baby Name Wizard (awesome site, by the way), we were floored when we saw this name at the top of the list. That’s just my luck. All I can say is that I don’t know anyone else with this name. Nor have I taught any children with this name. But I am going to go one step further and use my connections at the health department to find out how many children have been born in the last few years with this name, and then we will decide if it’s a keeper or not.
Wondering what the name is? Go see for yourself. It’s only the most popular name in America, so it shouldn’t be hard to find!