Why Isn't This Name More Popular?
- Perhaps Hartley's mum
Many parents worry about a name becoming "too popular." You're smart to be worried about the reverse — a mysterious lack of popularity. It's like a seeing a product advertised for a ridiculously low price. You figure there must be a catch.
Often, a name that other parents have passed on does have a hidden flaw. Maybe it's the name of a movie villain, or maybe it sounds like some rude slang term you're not familiar with, or maybe it just sounds unattractive to everybody else.
Often...but not always. Every once in a while you'll stumble on a perfectly stylish name that has simply been overlooked. I think you've found one in Hartley.
Hartley has a scattering of cultural associations, but none that should cause any trouble. Style-wise it's a perfect fit with popular surname-based names like Kinley and Hadley, and especially Western-accented choices like Oakley, Paisley and Landry. And unlike those alternatives, it comes with that perfect built-in nickname.
So go ahead and choose your special name. If surnames are hot in your area, your neighbors should swoon over it. You might even find yourself starting a new trend.