Yesterday I saw Most popular baby names in Minnesota, 2011 by Jeremy Olson at the Star Tribune. It listed out the top 25 baby names for boys in girls nationally and in my great state of Minnesota. I literally gasped.
My daughter Avery’s name listed at #17 for popular names last year in Minnesota. Wow!
When I was looking for baby names, I had NEVER heard the name Avery before. I found it in a baby naming book and fell in love with it. Everyone I shared it with told me how unusual and pretty it was. I learned it was a name that could be used for both males and females. And occasionally in the first year of her life, I heard of a couple other people naming their babies Avery. Now I hear it frequently.
Using the fun name ranking tool online, I was able to see how her name trended.
Popularity of Avery in MN:
#28 — 2007 (her birth year)
#25 – 2008
#12 — 2009
#11 — 2010
#17 — 2011
So apparently her name was not so popular when I named her (still in the top 100), but has since shot up to almost the top 10, and is now descending again. I had no idea her name was so popular! Great minds think alike!
On the other hand, my son Alex’s name, Alexander, was listed at #14 in 2011.
Popularity of Alexander in MN:
#8 — 2005 (his birth year)
#13 — 2006
#6 — 2007
#2 — 2008
#6 – 2009
#15 — 2010
#14 — 2011
Of course I had heard the name Alexander before I named my son. I really wanted to name my first child Alex, no matter if the child was a girl or a boy. I simply love the nick-name, and would have chosen Alexandra for a full name if he were a she.
There are no other children named Alex in his class, however, but I expect he’ll know plenty of people who share his name growing up.
Parents – How do your kids names rank? Did you care how popular baby names were when you named your children?
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