First, I read "The Baby Name Wizard." Then, I was introduced to NameVoyager's Name Mapper. If you're having a kid or thinking about having a kid or simply like to think about names sometimes (every babe needs a name, afterall) you'll have fun on this site that tells you how popular the names you're thinking about are ... and have been for the last 100 years or so.
I liked reading the book, too, because it gave in-depth insight and made me look at baby-naming in a whole new trend-pattern light. Here's what Laura Wattenburg has figured out about my name:
Style: Guys and Dolls, Nicknames
Sisters: Josie, Callie, Eliza, Tess, Maggie
Brothers: Jake, Max, Alex, Walker, Andy
*Allie's a particularly flexible nickname. It can be used as a diminutive for many different names, from offbeat antiques to ultra-modern creations. That gives Allie a timeless style that's not overly girlish. As a given name, it's cheerful and unpretentious.
Unfortunately, I don't have any sisters named Josie, Callie, Eliza, Tess or Maggie. But sometimes her system is right on the money. Even if frustrating (you thought you were original!) it's still fascinating.