Time waster of the day: See how your baby name ranks
The list of the top baby names for 2008 is out. Funny how the naming trends change.
It's really hard when you have your first baby to realize how trendy names can be. You think you've got a unique name like Austin because you never knew any growing up and you aren't around other little kids a lot yet -- being a new parent and all -- so it can catch you by surprise. That's how my son's fourth grade class ended up with three Austins last year.
Old-fashioned names like Olivia, Emma and Elizabeth are beautiful and classic, but now the classic ones are trendy.
So here's an awesomely addictive time waster. It's the Baby Name Wizard and all you have to do is start typing and it shows you how names rank in popularity today and throughout the last 100 years.
My own name was in the top 20 in the '40s through the 1960s and now it's in the cellar at No. 715. That must explain why my office has about six Sharons, all over 35 years old, but I don't know anyone named Sharon who is under 30.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne