The curse of the common baby name

As a Sarah, I was obviously aggrieved by my ridiculously common name back in the 90s!

Thankfully, it wasn’t the MOST common name that year, but placing in the top 10 throughout the world isn’t much better:

In the US, Sarah hits number 5 on the list!
And in Australia it’s up there at second!

Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to find out where Sarah ranked in 1995 in the UK, (I have stats from 1994 and 1996 but am completely unable to find anything for 1995 – if you can find out let me know because I’m now very curious!) but everyone knows a Sarah, right?

I’ve gone one step further and cursed my poor daughter with an exceedingly even more common name – Olivia. And it annoys me so much!

According to Baby Centre, Olivia was THE most popular baby girl name of 2016 in the UK…

Knowing how much of a pain in the arse it is to be ‘Sarah B’, so that we can differentiate between me and the millions of other Sarahs I come across, I know that Olivia will be the same (and already is)! At nursery, there are two Olivias in her class, so she is ALREADY ‘Olivia B’…

So why did I choose this name if it bothers me so much that it’s the most common name?

For a start, I CALLED IT FIRST, OKAY?!

I was probably around 6-7 when I first decided that my daughter would be called Olivia one day, and no matter how common the name became, nothing was going to change it.

Secondly, Olivia ties in two of my most favourite characters in history – Shakespeare, and the Greek goddess Athene.

Shakespeare created the name Olivia in his play, Twelfth Night. As a big Shakespeare fan, it was a win. But more than that, he chose Olivia because of it’s connotations from Greek mythology – the Olive branch was the symbol of the Greek goddess Athene (if you’ve read the Odyssey, you’ll know she is a total badass), symbolising peace.

As a total classics and Shakespeare nerd, there was no way I could change the name just because a lot of other people liked it too.

So, Olivia, I’m sorry. But I’m also not sorry. You have a gorgeous name (if I do say so myself) and you should be proud of it. It has a wonderful significance in literature and history, and although you may always be ‘Olivia B’, you should always remember that it’s not my fault it’s a much better name than the one I got stuck with!

P.S.: Please NEVER EVER go by ‘Liv, Livvy, Livs, or Olive’ – OLIVIA IS FINE, OKAY?!

Do you have any pet peeves about the names you gave your children? Are you also cursed with a common baby name? Let us know in the comments!

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Top 5 hairstyles for my frizzy haired daughter!

5 frizzy hairstyles

Up until very recently, Evie always hated people touching her hair. It was a major struggle to get her to let me brush it or even wash it without a meltdown. So when she finally decided that she wanted pretty hair for nursery, I was stuck to say the least. She has the awkward in-between hair that isn’t curly or straight, thick or fine… It’s usually just a matted frizzy mess begging for a brush. But with a bit of help from Social Media mummies and a lot of Pinterest searching, I have finally found hairstyles that are not only easy to do but tame her frizzy hair and make it easier to manage on a daily basis. So I give to you, my top 5 go to hairstyles for my frizzy haired daughter.

1.This one is the easiest of them all! All you need is 2 small hair bands or elastics and a comb! Always try and start off with damp hair, it makes it so much easier to manage and helps it stay in place when styling! Separate the hair into 2 sections and tie them into bunches. DONE! If your daughter’s hair is shorter like mine, use the top section if her hair and then separate that into 2 sections. You can add clips or bows etc. to make it look prettier or just leave it as it is.

2.For this one you will need 4 small hair bands or elastics and a comb. Take the front section of hair and split it into 2 sections and tie them into bunches. Then take the middle section of hair and do the same but as you comb them into bunches, add the bunch from the top section into it.


3.This one is very similar to the previous one but instead of passing the top bunch down, pass it diagonal and then tie it into a bunch.

4.For this one you will need 2 small hair bands or elastics and a bit more patience. Separate the hair into 2 sections (as you can see, the sections don’t need to be even). Clip one section to the side whilst you work on the other side. Take the front section of hair and start twisting it back gathering up sections of hair as you go along, until you get to the back and then tie it off with a band and then repeat with the other side. Once you’ve reached the back with second twist, tie them both together and add a bow or flower etc.

5.For this one, grab 6 small hair bands or elastics and a comb. Split the hair into two sections and clip one side. Take the bottom section and tie it into a bunch, then take the middle section and do the same but take the bottom bunch into it before tying it off and repeat again with the top section. Then repeat on the other side. Depending on the length of your daughter’s hair, you can either leave the top as bunches or make them into buns.

And there you have it! My top 5 hairstyles for my frizzy haired daughter! Hopefully these work for you and if they do, we would love to see them! Or if you have your own go to hairstyles, feel free to share them below, I’m always in need of new ones!

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