Leaving aside that I live in the UK, and Margaret Thatcher’s political career left in her wake a dearth of newborn children named Margaret, this actually comes from the entirely scientific list of top baby names of 2010 from babycenter.
Maggie is not in the top one hundred names for girls. Neither is Margaret. Nor Rose, for that matter.
To which I say “good”. Let Maggie hang out with the Sophias, Isabellas, Aidens and Jacobs. And let her be unique. Everybody will know who they are talking about when Maggie is mentioned.
As a child, I was rarely the only Stephen. Often, I was the Stephen and he was the Steve. It allowed us to be called by a single name only. Other times, I had to be known by my full name.
It gets worse and better when arriving in high school. With hundreds of students intermingled, most people had a shared first name — so I wasn’t the only one. On the other hand, the Steve/Stephen solution was no longer sufficient to handle the dilemma. At least I wasn’t a Dave.
So Maggie seems to be pretty safe, in terms of names.
Here’s hoping that some day she thanks us for not being trendy.