Regret is common after any big decision, and few prenatal decisions these days are as open to debate as picking a child’s name. Rare are the parents who haven’t invested in a small library of baby-name books or trolled the Internet for a name unique enough to be usefully Googled, but not so weird as to cause ridicule.
“Today, there’s this perception that naming a child is almost like naming a product — there’s this huge national drive now to not be like anyone else,” says Laura Wattenberg, author of “The Baby Name Wizard” and founder of the blog BabyNameWizard.com.
That may be one reason some parents have second thoughts when they realize they’ve picked the present-day equivalent of Jennifer or Justin.
I work with kids, and because of this I am perfectly familiar with the popular names of children. When I worked in the inner city area of Dallas, the names were of a certain variety. I won’t share examples; but let’s just say there weren’t a bunch of names like Pierce or Kaitlyn. In Lubbock just about any girl names that start with the letter K are popular; as well as any variation of Alyssa (and trust me there are about 100 different way to spell that name.) My favorite are the names that are spelled incorrectly for how they are pronounced. I will NOT be listing these names in case I offend any interested party…