The great baby name debate is so fun! But it really is quite a debate. Do you prefer popular "top 10" name charts, or vintage names, or family names, or quirky names, or creative unique names that are likely to be one of a kind?
My personal favorite names are classically recognizable, pronounceable, and easy to spell. My favorites are old fashioned names...yet may have fallen slightly out of main stream favor.
I knew that I wanted to name my baby Ella since forever (no no...like FOREVER...before it was a Top 10 phenomenon...before there were Ella's everywhere...I swear.) I have a grandmother Marcella, and a grandmother Eleanor and a little sister Ellen. I knew Ella was the perfect way to honor these women and give my little one the sweetest name imaginable. Obviously, Tommy approved - with the addition of Jane as a middle name. (Jane is a family name in both of our families...so it was going to be perfect....Ella Jane.)
However, the name Ella took off in popularity in recent years. I lit-er-ally know 24 little Ella's. Twentyfour. Or twentyfive...after so many I sorta lose track. The popularity of the name made me rethink the choice. AND to be totally honest, Ella never ever broke the top 5 most popular name category - just think of alllll the Emma's out there, and Isabella's, and Sophia's...such sweet names of course everyone would want to use them!!
As much as I adore Ella...I know that if that's the name I give our girl, she will be in class with multiple Ella's (my name is Jessica, remember, a crazy popular name in the early 80's so there were always 2 or 3 other Jessica's in every class I was ever in!!) Therefore, we will not be naming our little one Ella - but it will be a name I'll always love.
Has this happened to you or anyone you know? Where you loved a name, but found that it had exploded all over the place? Did you care? I know a couple friends who didn't care that it was intensly popular, they loved it and went with it anyway - so that's something to think about too. Am I thinking too much about this!?