Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The name game

I should start this post by saying I am not pregnant. For a 30 year old woman who has been married for three years, this is the first question I get every time I am hungry/don't feel good/am tired/wear a non form fitting sweater/cry/am less nice, etc. So I will just answer your question before it forms in your cute little head.
Moving on, MTV posted about names from their hit show Teen Mom influences name trends today. I decided to do a little research and am going to call BS on all of this because when you go to the social security site that keeps track of trending names, you can actually only search up to 2010 and the top names are not at all what the link above shows. While I was there, I looked up the popularity of my own name. It kind of felt like a slap in the face when the page popped up saying that my name has not been in the top 1000 (!) in the last 11 years. It's not that I'm shocked, even. But the top 1000???? That's a whole lot of wiggle room to still not make the cut for over a decade. Ouch.
This hearkens back to the trauma of being a kid in the Christmas Tree Shop, looking for some cheap stamp/magnet/keychain thing with my name on it and never finding it because they only make those for Kims, Sarahs, Donnas and Rachels. By the way, I'm pretty sure those are the  names of 4 of the 5 confirmed readers of this blog:) You guys just wouldn't understand my pain because your names ranked in at 68, 30, 984 and 100 (or 701 if you spell it with the second a) respectively last year. Check, check, check it out.


  1. YOu're lucky to be more original and less boring. Seriously. I think that Sarah has been in the top 10 since the census began.

  2. Also, I always get endless enjoyment from the following:

  3. thanks for the link! from that, i learned that my name peaked at 101 in the 1950s! at least my parents didnt name me gidget, right? or was that the 60s? haha

  4. Jennifer was #1 for most of the 70s and 80s. Next time you meet a Jennifer, ask her what her middle name is. I bet you it's Ann. Having a painfully unoriginal name sucks, too.

    There were no less than THREE Jenn/Jens in every one of my classes growing up (and we're talking a coed class of 20-25 kids). The teachers never got over how "cute" it was when they'd call on "Jen/n" and the whole back corner would pipe up, "Which one?" As soon as I started attending preschool, my new name was "Jenn C."

    My husband's small extended family of about 18 people- spanning three generations- contains TWO Jennifer Ann Roses. Yeah. Try labeling your cup at the barbecue when that happens.