A reader named Sara tells me she had a baby boy in March and named him Simon. She asks:
I was wondering if you know how this name is trending, as I see it on a lot of name blogs/websites but not in wide use (yet). Thanks!
Let’s check out the numbers:
- 2011: 1,345 baby boys given the name Simon (rank: 256th)
- 2010: 1,363 (250th)
- 2009: 1,328 (260th)
- 2008: 1,344 (261st)
- 2007: 1,348 (258th)
- 2006: 1,413 (240th)
- 2005: 1,310 (252nd)
- 2004: 1,299 (254th)
- 2003: 1,418 (235th)
- 2002: 1,394 (242nd)
- 2001: 1,268 (259th)
- 2000: 1,248 (263rd)
Looks like usage has stayed relatively stable so far this century, and I don’t know of any reason it might suddenly pick up.
My guess is that Sara feels like she’s seeing the name Simon a lot because she’s already used it for her son, so that makes her more tuned-in to it. She’s more likely to notice it when reading a baby name blog/site, and more likely to remember having seen it later on.
But who knows–maybe Simon really is being discussed more often than expected online. I haven’t noticed this, but has anyone else?