is a beautfiul name, I've always liked it.
I wasn't quite as much of a trendsetter as you, when I named my DD Isabel
it was not really everywhere, and actually has not really moved too mcuch, but it was not NEARLY as popular as Isabella
, and I didn't really pay attention to how quickly Isabella
was rising (at the time it was in the 50s maybe?), and NEVER imagined it would do anything but fall since it was a 4 syllable name and I figured all the kids who got named Isabella
would be going by Bella
anyway (which they often do, but still). Plus I just saw it as a different name from Isabel-so I didn't give it much thought. Since I am a Caroline
and had to struggle with being called Carolyn
but felt that was such a different name, I as prepared for the problem-Unfortunately, most people see Isabel/Isabella as interchangeable though-ugh. I knew it would be an issue for her (the confusion, correction) but I never imagined Isabella
would get so popular that she would ALWAYS be confused with Isabel
I do agree with you about the flattering aspect at least, for most of the names that have become uber-popular are that way for a reason-pretty, easy to say, a classic style or history to them (though there are always the strange outliers of ugly names whose popularity I can't seem to figure out)!
Plus, I just wasn't as savvy about naming my first child, I compromised on a traditional name I liked, as I had not yet gotten my feel wet in the naming process.Oh well. She can rename herself later but seems happy enough with it. Sad
thing is, I almost named her Lorelei
which my husband vetoed, and then my sister went on to use it 3 years later, agh.
As we are still in the works of renaming/nicknaming this child, it's why I've veered away from using her mn of Violet
and am even awaiting the results on Delilah
, I'm ok with semi-popularity but if a name shoots up the way Sophia
did, I'd tend to steer clear.
FWIW my Isabel
often wishes she were named Victoria
And I have a friend who named her daughter Harper
9 years ago in reference to To Kill a Mockingbird, poor woman!