Jennifer, the Name Fad

I named my website, blog and business Another Jennifer so that I wouldn’t have to constantly include my last name initial when I refer to myself, as I’ve had to all my life.

Think I’m kidding? A third of the girls in my high school class were named Jennifer. And until I started working for myself, I’ve always had co-workers named Jennifer.

Another Jennifer works for me. But it may only work for so long.

According to a recent article on Huffington Post, Jennifer is considered a Name Fad and destined to become and Old Lady Name. Lovely. 

From the article, “How to Name a Baby”:

Between 1965 and 1985, everyone named their daughter Jennifer, and now, no one does. So Jennifer was officially a Name Fad. What this means for all the Jennifers of the world is that while they’ve enjoyed spending most of their life so far with a cute, hip, young girl name, they are on their way to having a Your Mom’s Friend’s Name. A Your Mom’s Friend’s Name happens when lots of middle-aged people have a name that no young or old people have.

A few decades after that, Jennifer can look forward to having an Old Lady Name, which happens when a name belongs to lots of old ladies, but no one under 75.

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photo source: huffington post

Is that a witch’s hat?

Read the article How to Name a Baby on the Huffington Post by Wait But Why and see if your name’s mentioned.

Do you have a popular name? Can you relate?

Most Popular Baby Names of 2011: Sophia and Jacob

The Most Popular Baby Names of 2011

Sophia and Jacob are the most popular baby names of 2011, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Yes, the SSA. They lure people over to their website to see the names hoping  they stay to learn about other services.

Back to the names.

Sophia apparently beat out Isabella, which was the most popular name the previous two years.

Isabella was one of my favorite names when I was pregnant with my now 3 1/2 year old. He turned out to be a boy, so I dodged a bullet there.

Being named Jennifer, I cringe every time I hear about another popular baby names list coming out. I just hope my boys’ names aren’t on it. According to the SSA, Jennifer ranks as the fourth most popular girls name between 1912-2011.

It gets annoying when you have a popular name. You always have to use the first initial in your last name.

Thus, the name of this website – another jennifer.

Matthew, my husband’s name, is ranked 13th among the most popular boys names.

Our parents weren’t very original.

So far, I haven’t seen my boys’ names in the top 20. Phew.

The sad part about the list? The name Mason jumped to number 2 on the boys side, possibly due to the fact that reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian’s son is named Mason. Also, the fastest riser on the girls’ list may come from Briella Calafiore, the blonde reality star hairdresser from cable TV’s “Jerseylicious.”

Yikes. I think we should stick to the biblical names. It’s much easier to explain the origin.

Who knows. Maybe we’ll see a website pop up in 35 years called another sophia.

Do you have a popular name? Where do you rank?

The Decline of Jennifers?

i heart jenniferMy friend, Jenny, sent me an article in the mail. It was written by Jennifer Graham with the title “The rise and fall of Jennifers.” I chuckled at first because only Jenny would send something like this to me. She totally knew I would appreciate it.

In the article, Graham talks about the popularity of the name Jennifer, particularly between the years of 1969 and 1985. She described the name as being synonymous with youth and vacuity.

That, apparently, was back in the day. Today, Jennifers seem to be popping up in the obituaries, at least in Graham’s observation. Though the Jennifers in the obits she found seemed to be young, it was a weird observation to see the name pop up so many times.

Back in high school, about a quarter of the girls in my class were named Jennifer. I was always Jen I. Jenny and I also hung out with Jen T, which would confused the heck out of our friend Mandy’s parents.  So, you’re going out with Jen, Jen and Jenny tonight? Today, as a Jen B, I am constantly confused with Jen G and Jen M at work, though they do very different jobs than I.

What happened to us young and vivacious Jennifers? Graham contends that there are no mass extinctions of Jennifers just yet. I agree that we still have a lot of life in us. As I celebrate my 35th birthday this week, I’d like to think that I have at least another 35 – 45 years to use my last name every time I introduce myself.

Maybe later on in life my grandkids will think the name is unique, youthful and full of life again (kind of like the name Sophia right now).

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