I am still questioning myself how I chose the names I chose for the characters in my diary novel. But each of them seems simple and common compared to what I read in this article.
Yeah, I don't seem to hear Katie anymore. Now it's Cady. Years before the movie Mean Girls, I encountered someone I believed to be name Katie (from the sound of how she said her name), only to find it was actually Cady. Cady, to me, looks more like a phonetic spelling of the the way some people pronounce Katie. At the same time, though, I did encounter someone named Katie, short for Kathryn.
And I would not use too many bizarre names in my books, given how much I hated my own name, never seeing it on souvenirs and growing up among a plethora of Jennifers, Karens, Lisas, Michelles, Stephanies, and the like. This was something I noted in my memoir.
As I said, I'm still asking myself why I chose Martin as the name of the protagonist of my diary novel, but then again, I did not choose anything to bizarre. Same with some of the others in my book, such as Roderick, Everett, Jana and Janelle (twins).