Thoughts on common names?

A friend just had a baby boy, and the name they love for him is very common right now. They're hesitant to give him that name because it's so common, even though they love it.


I myself love having an uncommon name. (And a big story with my name.) But my boys both have common names. (One was extremely common until recently, and one is still very common.) If I'd had a girl, my girl names were all less common than the names my boys have.

I tend to feel like unusual names are easier for girls to carry than for boys to carry (at least here in the US), so a boy with a common name may not notice as much as a girl would.

I'd love to hear from people with common and uncommon names, and what you decided to give your kids. And why. Anyone?