Is your baby’s name suddenly popular?

Even though we didn’t know what we were having back in 2010, one thing was for sure: when our January 2011 baby arrived, he’d be named Henry if he were a he and Charlotte if he were a girl. As January became February, and our baby took his time, we held steadfast on that.

Our bouncing baby was born in early 2011 and we went with our favourite name: Henry. As we slowly met other families in our neighbourhood with babies around the same age, we noticed more and more Henrys.

Then we started daycare. There was our guy, Henry A, Henry B and Henry McC (and eventually another Henry – who gets called by his full name). A B AND C.

We wanted to pick a name that was far less common for our second baby and when we found out it was a boy, I dug way deep into old Galic/Irish and Scottish names. Matt suggested Lachlan. I hated it. “We can call him Lucky!” he said. “I’m not having a dog,” I replied.

But then the baby was born and the name suited him perfectly and worked so well with Henry, so he got saddled with this big, old Scottish name.

Since opening up my shop (This Little Piggy), we’ve met all kinds of people, and now, I’m seeing more and more babies being born who are being given my baby’s name. Lachlan. Another was born just today.

And I’ll tell you, I’m partially super flattered that people liked my baby name and partially annoyed. We worked really hard to pick names that weren’t popular, but were also easy to spell, say and remember. Maybe it’s our neighbourhood, or the people that hear it. Maybe we are just that good at setting trends.

I was lucky. I only ever met one other Katrina in my school days, so everyone always knew who I was. We tried to get that for our kids but it failed.

We do want one more baby, and I’ve said repeatedly that I’d get to name the next baby (we agreed on H, Matt picked L) but Matt insists all his names are “winners.” Maybe I’m too hung up on this individuality thing? Maybe I just need to think, “Hey, you picked a good name, too!!”

And for some reason, I am way more OK about this with Henry’s name than I am with Lauchie.

So, of course, self-discovery again.


What about you? Did you meet a lot of “copycat” kids after your baby was born?

  • Tristaria

    We chose Bruce after going through every Bruce we could name and realized that they were all funny, strong, intelligent and secure men. It just so happens that apparently it’s not a common name and we’ve only met one other Bruce so far. What we are hearing is surprise over choosing the name because people see it as a “manly” name. What’s so wrong with that?

  • kda

    Lachlan is becoming a relatively common name. My daughter has two in her class, and I know of another in her school, all older then your child. I think that as parents we just become more aware of other people who have used the same, or a similar name, after we decide it “belongs” to our child. Lets be honest, this is the age of “original” names…and for that reason, nothing is actually original.

  • jossee

    Unfortunately you do not own the name Lachlan ;) it has become a very popular name I know quite a few and they have never been to your store to steal your babies name. Also Henry has been a top 10 baby name for nearly 30 years. No names are unique anymore . Except mine never met another jossee before

Become an
Baby Care Tips Member

for exclusive contests, articles and promotions!

Featured Bloggers

Baby Care & Parents Information - Oh Baby! Magazine Canada