We're expecting our first in June, a baby girl, and I'm completely second-guessing our name choice! Our last name is P-truso and our chosen girl name is Adalyn. We had never heard the name until it was used on a shelter dog, named by a woman who had also never heard the name before. I didn't know of its popularity until I brought it up to a group of out-of-state friends, one girl knew several baby Adalyns and said it was too trendy. Now I'm concerned about popularity, not so thrilled for her to be one of many Addys, and to be super trendy like Addison/Madison and one of many in her class,so we're trying to come up with alternatives but none are as appealing to us as Adalyn, so we need help!
Names we considered:
Elise - love the nickname Elsie but something about the S in both names wasn't working
Natalie - but she called Nat, so had to nix
Lydia - love it, but seems everyone is naming their babies Lydia this year, and my husband wouldn't commit.
Elena - I loved everything about this name but my husband has an aunt with a similar name and adamantly refuses to use it
Katelyn - a bit, boring.
Caroline - there's two pronunciations for the same name and for Caroline I like the ine like nine pronunciation, would be annoying to constantly have to tell people how to pronounce it.
My husband also likes Haley and Madison but I prefer more flowing, girly names so have to find a girly name he also likes.
We're still thinking about sticking with Adalyn. We've been calling her Adalyn for almost two months which makes it hard to switch. We've also gotten mostly really positive reactions from friends and family, compared to other names we've liked. I like Adalyn for its similarity to Madelyn which is a name I love but refuse to use any M names, it has three syllables which I usually prefer, and my husband would actually commit to the name. I'm a Lauren of the 80s and it never bothered me to have two other Laurens in my graduating class of 180, and I still really like my name. I've been stalking baby boards and haven't seen anyone planning to use the name Adalyn (or similar spellings) but I've seen several Lydias which is my next favorite name, and we live in Ohio where according to SSA the name isn't even in the top 100. I'm just seeing conflicting info about how the name is trending, on some sites it seems the name already peaked, just lots of concerns.
Other factors to consider are that for a middle name we both really want Anne. It may be a bit boring, but my mom passed her middle name to my older sister, and I would to do the same with our daughter. Won't use any name that starts with an M or a P. Even though we have a longer last name I tend to prefer longer first names, and also like cute nicknames. Lastly, if our second child is a boy he will be Cameron Joseph and called CJ, two family names that we love.
Hope you can help!
One thing that makes the popularity of Adalyn so difficult to figure out is all its many spellings. Here are some of them, along with the number of baby girls given that spelling in 2010 (according to the Social Security Administration):
Adalyn - 1261
Adelyn - 825
Adalynn - 686
Adelynn - 458
Addilyn - 260
Addelyn - 134
Adilyn - 133
Addilynn - 123
Addalyn - 118
Adilynn - 105
Addalynn - 62
Adalynne - 45
That's only 1,261 Adalyns, but 4,210 when spellings are combined. And I wouldn't be surprised to see a big leap up when the 2011 data comes out in May. I see that in Ohio, Addison and Madison are both in the Top 10 (nationally, only Madison is Top 10, though Addison is #11); if I had to guess, I'd think this will likely make Adalyn popular there too as people search for less-popular alternatives.
Another thing that makes it challenging is what you've already noticed about the similarity of Adalyn to popular names Madison, Addison, and Madelyn (themselves names with many spellings), and the current abundance of the nicknames Maddy and Addy. These things can make a name feel even more popular than it is. A classroom containing a Kylie, a Kyla, a Kayla, a Kyler, and a Kyle is going to make all those names feel as if they're EVERYWHERE, even though the popularity of each name alone isn't so bad.
In your case, the issue that catches my attention is that for a boy you would want to use Cameron: Adalyn and Cameron don't quite rhyme, but they come very close to it. On the other hand, they go together very well in style and in popularity, and the rhyminess is significantly less if I say it Cam'ren instead of Cam-mer-ren. On balance, I think this is a point in favor of Adalyn.
I can think of other names that seem similar, but they have their own issues. Evelyn, for example, is similar in rhythm and sound to Adalyn, and similar in style to Lydia---but it too is getting popular, and it's not a great style fit with Cameron. Emlyn is rhymier with the Cam'ren way of saying Cameron, and Em- names are very popular. Adeline has longer roots than Adalyn, but it still has the Addy nickname, and the style isn't as good with Cameron. Juniper has the right rhythm and style, but the repeating P-sound with P-truso is choppy.
Violet is possible: the style isn't quite right with Cameron but it isn't a clash either, and Vi and Cam is cute---if a little evocative of Viacom.
If you wanted to go cutting edge, the popularity of Hadley makes me wonder if Hadlyn could work. But it still fits into that group of names that seem more common than they are.
Ellery comes to mind, and Ellery Anne is adorable. But the El- names, like the Em- names, are right up there with the Addy/Maddy names.
Linnea (linn-NAY-ah) might work. It's similar to Lydia and Elena; it goes fine with Cameron; it has the cute nickname Linnie; it's not a bit trendy.
But if you want to stay with Adalyn, going into a name with eyes wide open is much different than if you're surprised by issues later on. (And perhaps you could set the nickname Lynnie up early on, to avoid Addy.) Every name will have its own downsides, it may be worth it to take the "popular/trendy" downside instead of the "not our favorite name" downside.
Name update! Lauren writes:
Sorry so late but I wanted to give an update! Our Adalyn Anne was born on June 26th and is the happiest little girl around! Surprisingly everyone we know and even nurses at the hospital commented how unique the name was! I've considered using nicknames but I preferred Lynnie and my husband liked Addy, so we just stick to calling her Adalyn, or A or Abug :) I still love her name and she seems like an Adalyn to me. Thanks for all your help!