The names people choose for their babies say a lot more about the parents, than about their children. And naming trends change dramatically over time. And according to the experts, babies born today are more likely to be given unusual or unique names than at any time in history. 

As recently as two generations ago, parents wanted to make sure their children fit in. So, they tended to use at least one of the most popular names of the day. For example, in the 1960s, if your name was Mary or John, you’d fit right in at school because there were so many other Marys and Johns. Today, school kids tend to have completely unique and distinct names. Because parents are more focused on making sure their kids feel special, and stand out from the crowd. 

And part of the reason for the unique naming trend is the internet. These days, parents want to give their kid a name that’s unique, so if someone is doing an internet search in the future, their kid will come up. They want their kid to be able to get their own website using their name dot com. And to be the only Marigold Lomax on Facebook or Twitter. 

But interestingly enough, there’s still a trend to fit in – at least a little bit.   

That’s why there are a lot of variations on the same name, like, Hayden, Jayden, Kayden, and Brayden.