I was born to two very liberal parents in the sixties. They wanted to give me an obscure name so they picked Jason.
That didn’t work out as planned...
When I was in kindergarten and first grade, I remember people saying “what was that name again? Did you say Justin? Could spell it?”
By the time I was in seventh grade, I never had that problem again. I decided I liked having a common name.
I gave my son a common name that people would know and could spell. My son is not my possession. It’s not right to use him to prove that I’m arty or sophisticated or whatever.
My parents did the name thing with very common names (for me and my seven siblings). I find myself wishing I had a more uncommon name. You can only hear “Joe” so many times before it gets bland.
My son was born in 1972. His name is Seth. It was very uncommon at the time; now I hear that name all the time.
This is a great point. I definitely think there's a line between "unique" and "what are your parents' trying to prove?"