Baby Names: Unique or Common?

Author: PeopleFinders on May 19th, 2020
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It makes sense that you’d stress a little bit about your baby’s name. After all, your baby’s name will follow him or her throughout life. This makes choosing the perfect name to sometimes feel like a bit of a balancing act. A kid with a very common name may feel safe, but somewhat generic, like he or she isn’t able to stand out from the crowd. On the other hand, a kid with an incredibly unique name may get compliments for its uniqueness, but also get some weird looks upon introduction.

Which one is better? Here are some things to think about while deciding.

Unique Names Can Be Tied to Your Heritage

Think about it: The name Risa is incredibly common in Japan, but it’s considered unique in the United States. It’s usually easy to find a name that’s closely tied to your personal heritage but sounds unique in the area where you live. By choosing this kind of name, your child will stand out, and can easily explain the name to anyone who’s curious.

Something you may also want to take into account when choosing a cultural name is its ability to be pronounced in the local language. For example, Tadhg is a beautiful name common in Irish culture. But an American would probably have a difficult time pronouncing it (“Ti-gue”).

You probably don’t want almost everyone to mispronounce your child’s name upon first hearing it. But you still love it and its sense of culture. What’s more critical to you? It’s important to weigh the pros and cons.

A Common Name Can Be Spelled Uniquely

Sure, Sophia is one of the top baby names in the United States. However, you can make it more unique to your child by putting your own twist on it and spelling it a little differently. Consider, for example, “Sofia,” or something even more out of the box, like “Safiya.” You may also want to do a little bit of research into the name you’re considering. That way, you can see if there are pre-existing variations on the name that you can use. Sophia is related closely to Sophie and Sonya. Both names carry the same feeling as Sophia, but are a little less common.

The biggest potential issue here is the likeliness for your child’s name to be misspelled. If you decide to go for an extremely unique spelling that you make up on your own, such as Sofeya, it’s unlikely that people will spell the name correctly on the first try. Again, it is up to you to decide if this is a problem that’s significant or not.

Your Immediate Surroundings May Give You Inspiration

Different places tend toward different names. Of course, these tendencies are most noticeable across different countries. But they vary even on a much smaller scale. Even different American states have names that are more popular there than in other states. If you want to find out popular and unique names in your area, you may to have to use some unconventional methods. One of the best methods involves using a people search like PeopleFinders.

Brainstorm some ideas for your child’s name. Then, use PeopleFinders to perform a people search for your choices. You may be able to see if there are a lot of people with those names in your town, how old they are, and even if they have any criminal background. To avoid any name duplication, you may also look to see if there are people in your area who have both the same first name you’re considering, and your last name.

To get more ideas about naming your child, read about “How to Choose the Right Baby Name.”


There are pros and cons to both unique and common names. Unique names are very popular and can give your child a sense of individualism to take through life. However, people are also much more likely to mispronounce or misspell unique names. Common names are easy to spell and don’t cause a fuss, but they can feel a little bit bland if they’re too common.

To find the right name, whether common or unique, it’s all about talking to your family and friends. Determine what feels right for your specific situation. Then, look up the name you chose on PeopleFinders, to see if the name is connected to a criminal or overused in your area.

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