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Is Our Favorite Baby Name Too Popular?

I'm having a boy soon and need help! I love the name Maddox and that's the one name that my husband and I can agree on. But is it too common?

–Mad About Maddox

"Too common" is in the eye of the beholder. Maddox is not a top-100 name in the U.S.; on the just-released official Social Security Administration list, it is ranked #143. That still means it was given to fewer than 3000 new babies across the U.S. Maddox ticked up just three places from the previous year's list. Names as varied as Eric, Santiago, Ezekiel, and Damien all ranked higher than Maddox on the 2016 list.

It's true that you might find geographical pockets where Maddox is more commonly used. And there are also little boys answering to sound-alike Maddux, as well as cousin Madden.

But is that all so bad? Many expectant parents have a fear of popularity, but think about what it really means. Will you occasionally meet another Maddox? Sure. That's a normal part of living with a name. Most kids actually think it's fun when they run across a name buddy. And the same thing could—and probably would—happen even if you chose a more unusual name. Purely by coincidence, your Judson or Achilles or Seamus could end up in the same classroom with a similarly named kid, and they'd both survive.

Isn't choosing a name you love—and the one name and your spouse agree on—the main thing? You've found a name that makes you happy: Rejoice!

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June 8, 2017 1:19 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Name Lady is on it. :) Be confident and don't keep track of the popularity... or be haunted and always interpret such things and worry. Choose the former.

June 11, 2017 9:16 PM
By Sabby (not verified)

I have 2 young kids and I don't know any one named Maddox. I don't think it is as popular as you think. Either way it's not so bad. I think boys don't mind as much as girls.

June 13, 2017 12:10 PM
By Cali (not verified)

We are looking at a common name for our baby girl due in December: Avery. My son, Chase, born in 2006 was a top-50 name at the time and he has, surprisingly, never had another Chase in his classroom (he's going into 5th grade now).

I recently read an article that people with more common names are actually more successful. There are more common-name CEO's than non-common-name CEO's. Same with Presidents. Sounds good to me!

June 19, 2017 10:46 AM
By L. (not verified)

I have friends with an Avery Elizabeth, and they thought Avery would be too common so they call her Ellie! I think Ellie is the most common little kid name I hear, and it sounds like many other popular choices, like Ella, Leah, Eli, Liam, Eliana...

June 19, 2017 5:00 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

"Too common" as the most important reason to pick a name is getting out of control as a trend! Why can't we think more about name associations and difficulties in pronounciation and spelling, or how it will affect their future career prospects or attitude, or whether they are likely to get a name change??? I'm pretty sure a generation from now kids will be laughing over this talking about how much grief their name gave them, and then rolling their eyes over the fact that their mom had a meltdown when someone had the same name...this is getting insane. I like a stylish name as much as the next person, but I don't like the style is no one else in the world has that name, that's a little too much.

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