What caught my eye about this article was the Wordle of the top 50 baby names (both boy and girl) by decade, from 1890 through 2008. Here’s the one from 1890:
But according to the article, we parents don’t like overused names. This is true for me! I’m a bit of a traditionalist, and choose “normal” names (ones that might be used at any time from 30-300 years ago), rather than trendy names (ones that gained in popularity more recently, like Nevaeh or Parker), and would choose typical spellings instead of alternate ones (Victoria vs. Viktoria, as an example — I’ve had to spell both my maiden name and my married name every time I give it for all of my life, so I don’t want to give my kids first names that they will constantly have to spell).
While I don’t want my kids to have such a totally unique name that nobody can spell nor pronounce it, I don’t want to have my kids be one of ten children with the same first name in their class. I am planning on homeschooling, but they will likely go to college. When I went to college, there was at least one Jessica and Jennifer in every class, and sometimes more than one. In naming my children, I did actually check to make sure that their names weren’t in the top ten, nor even top 25, in an effort to avoid that. Apparently I’m not the only one, with many people deliberately choosing non-trendy names.