Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A rose by any other name???

Over the past year I have noticed that my name has become super popular. I'm not talking about for kids, but for adults. Stacey reached a popularity peak in the 1970s, no coicidence that I was born in that decade (ah hem, late in that decade). According to Social Security, Stacey ranked its highest in 1971-1973 at #41. In 2006 it was 977.

I suppose it makes sense that now I'm seeing all of these women named Stacey (or Stacy or Stacie) in the news or at my company in leadership positions. Most of us with that name were born in the 70s so now we are becoming successful in our careers and are more likely to be mentioned publicly. I did hear a Stacey on the radio who was a cop and that kind of threw me. I just don't think of women with the name Stacey as being cops. Of course Stacey Keech might disagree seeing as how he played many cops but he's a guy and an actor so it doesn't count.

So what does Stacey mean exactly? Well, according to Wikipedia it is a unisex name (although only 7.8% are male) and can mean either "bountiful grapes" or "resurrection." Stacy is the most common spelling (I have a friend who spells it that way. Hi, Stacy!) which was frustrating when I was a kid because I could never find the correct spelling for all the personalized chatchkis (sp?) that I absolutely had to have.

I'm happy to see women in my company in leadership positions with the name Stacey. It gives me hope that I am on my way up! Of course, then I might be confused with all the other Staceys. Which raises the question about picking baby names. Do we pick something unique (Apple, Rumor, Kingston) or more common (William, Thomas, Katherine)? I don't want my kid to hate his or her name. I never did (thanks, Mom!) but I also never felt like I had a cool name. I read an article a few months ago that talked about how people with more common names (like Lisa) were perceived initially as being nicer than people with less common names. It's such a difficult choice! Of course I like the most common names in 2007. Check them out:
  1. Jacob, Emily
  2. Michael, Isabella
  3. Ethan, Emma
  4. Joshua, Ava
  5. Daniel, Madison
  6. Christopher, Sophia
  7. Anthony, Olivia
  8. William, Abigail
  9. Matthew, Hannah
  10. Andrew, Elizabeth

Picking a baby name has to be one of the most stressful things to do. I bet more fights come up over names than anything else. What do the rest of you think? Any particular reasons your parents picked your names? Did you decide on a common name for your kid(s)?


Theresa said...

I am loving your posts, Stacey, you make me laugh! As far as baby names, my parents, being good Catholic parents and all, named me after a saint. I strongly dislike my name, especially when I go to Starbucks and the baristas spell my name wrong on the cup. So, I see myself going with a very common American sort of name, nothing ethnic, and if it happens to be a saint name, it will only be coincidence :-) Big fan of Jack, Emily, Olivia, Zack and Henry right now.

G. said...

Hi Stacey - loving your blog too! I actually didn't like my name when I was younger - the only other Gretchen I knew of was a dacsund. BUT, as I got older I really appreciated having an unusual sort of name. I think my parents picking it was dumb luck (they were looking for a G name and I was going to be Geoffrey if a boy).

Helen said...

You thought Stacey was uncool? I was most definitely the only Helen ever in all my school years, who wasn't a 60 year old teacher! (Side note- there is a little girl named Helen in 3rd grade. I've been all over her since Kindergarten. She's my buddy- I let her call me Helen- we have to stick together, you know)

All I ask (as a teacher) is that you don't go with a "creative" spelling- don't add extra vowels that don't belong, and don't go with an invented name- like Caden or something

I'm going to have a heck of a time someday when I finally have kids. You see, there are so many names that are out because I have actually pain in the ass children attached to them!

Bonne chance, mon ami!

Anonymous said...

I like "classic" names. Yes, that means they make the Top Whatever list. But to me there is a difference between popular and trendy. Jacob is popular; Connor is trendy. A classic name will never go out of style or be a dead giveaway that a person was born in a certain decade. Hence we came up with Joshua (#3 in his birth year, 2004) and Alexander (#12 in his birth year, 2007).

I agree with Helen about "youneek" spellings... Ugh. Can't stand it.

Good luck! I'm sure you'll pick something great!

Helen said...

I forgot to tell your adoring audience where my fabulous name came from (well, like the one person, Lori, who doesn't know:)

I am Helen Birmingham, named technically for my mother's favorite aunt who died right before I was born. However, my mother is also Helen, and so was her mother- Birmingham is my mom's maiden name- thus, I have no identity. I am "Little Helen" or "Honey". Helen was a "big" name for a little person growning up. Do I think I've grown into it? Yes. Do I more appreciate it's uniqueness as an adult? Yes. Will I be naming my daugher Helen? Probably not. It's rare these days to find a "Junior", but I can tell you as one, it isn't easy.

"My namesake" (as my mother calls me) was supposed to be Penny as I was forcing Mommy Esq to give her my name as her middle name had they lasted one more week till my birthday!

I like family names- and I know that is a Dye/Jenkin tradition, so I vote for a cool middle name with some history behind it, Stacey.

Natalie said...

well obviously you have to go with sophia if it's a girl!!!!! Just look at my picture!!!! Picture it, Charlotte, Spring of 2009, a new Sophia enters the world!