I'm curious, where did the name Juniper come from? All of a sudden I've heard of 3 little girls being named Juniper, and I thought it was a regional thing, but then I read your post about another couple considering it... Just curious if you have any idea where this one comes from.
I'm curious, too! I think it's like the name Cadence, which showed up practically out of NOWHERE and was suddenly EVERYWHERE.
I think it's a combination of a few things:
1) The rhythm of Jennifer
2) The familiarity of June
3) The cuteness of Piper
I think the name Juniper hits that perfect balance of out-there and familiar, so that a much wider range of people like it than typical. I remember when I first heard the name Cadence: it was in one of the worst movies I have ever seen, and when the name was used I was ELECTRIFIED by it and immediately added it to my baby name book, which didn't have it. It was the same with the name Juniper.
That's a danger sign, by the way, if you want to avoid popular names. If you hear a name and it ELECTRIFIES you and you think, "WHY has no one USED this glorious NAME??"---it is very likely that a hundred thousand other people are thinking the same thought. If you mention it to a few other people and they are all electrified, too, just walk away sister.
Well, unless you're like me and you don't really want to use a name until it's pretty mainstream. In that case, good news! Juniper isn't in the Top Thousand for any year in the last 200 (source: Social Security baby name site), but I'll bet you a dollar we'll see it REAL SOON and that it'll be moving up REAL FAST.