25 January 2007

Ava a passing fad?

Well I did some research on the popularity of Ava yesterday, and it is quite a phenomenon! I'm trying to decide if this is a good or bad thing. The Social Security website has it as the #9 name in 2005 (06 numbers aren't out yet), while it was still only #24 in Oklahoma in 05. Nationally, it skyrocketed between 2000 and 2005, from 180 to top 10! I think part of the explanation could be that Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe's daughter, whom they named Ava Elizabeth, was born in 1999. Unfortunately, Babycenter.com's 06 poll, which includes more than 350,000 BabyCenter members, ranked Ava as the #3 name. Yikes! I've been saying all along that I don't want a name that is trendy or or so popular that she'll run into other little girls with her name all the time. However, Ava seems the perfect combination of the traditional, two-syllable, "a" ending names I like, Hannah and Anna, with a bit of the spunk and sweetness of more "now" names like Olivia and Claire.

Still thinking...


Audrey said...

Oh my! You are reading way to much. Go with Ava Claire. I don't know any other Ava's do you? I knew of no other Carson's until after he was born and then I kept hearing of them all over. So, I don't think it is possible to find a name that no one else has but, isn't to weird. But, of course you don't want to regret it either. UGH!

Anonymous said...

Go with what you want and who cares what's popular; besides didn't you say you would call her Claire?

Cristy (I don't have a login)