My teen helper for Vacation Bible School was a fifteen-year-old girl named Amanda.
From Tuesday on, we had a five-year-old girl named Amanda in our class.
My daughter's name is Amanda. When she would come to my class at the end of the day, there were three Amanda's spanning 10 years in that one room.
Teen Amanda said, "I've never been surrounded by so many Amandas!"
Amanda had to be Amanda D. for first grade, because there was another Amanda. She's moved away, and I'm not sure if there is another Amanda in her grade right now or not.
I picked her name because it spanned generations--it sounds equally appropriate for a regal old matriarch or a newborn child. I later found out that teen Amanda is named for her great-grandmother, but I found it interesting that she perceived her name as uncommon (or at least not ever common enough to be surrounded by two more in one room).
I like that.
Uncommon, yet not unusual. It was another thing I was striving for, and I seem to achieve it. You never know with names. A friend of mine named her son Cole in the late 90's, and suddenly there were Cole's everywhere.
My parents claim that 50% of all girls weren't named Jennifer when they picked it for me, but the truth is a girl was born between 1968 and 1975, there's a good chance that her name is Jennifer. In my fifth grade class, there were four of us. As a member of a large adult Sunday School class (over 50 families), there were five of us! It doesn't seem to be quite so popular here in New England for some reason.
And I like my name. I long ago got over the fact that I would not be able to find personalized shoelaces or souvenir magnets on the rack since all the other Jennifers had already snatched them up.
What I do find funny is that the time will come that I will have an old lady name much like my great-aunts (or grandmothers) whose uncommon names announced their age--Eula, Merle, Opal, Addie. In 2040 when we are all gray-haired grandmas, I'll feel sorry for Kyle's preschool classmate named Jennifer who will be in her 30s, but stuck with the name which ages her before her time.