Most retro/dated name you've heard recently

(464 Posts)
atthewelles Wed 09-Jan-13 11:26:19

I heard a woman in the park calling her little girl Madge. I haven't heard that name in years and years. I also know of a little toddler called Sheila.

Just wondering if any of you know any children with names that you thought had died out completely.

ZooAnimals Wed 09-Jan-13 13:15:10

Pauline
Arthur
Maud
Frank
Stanley x 3
Bertie
Elsa
Nancy

Arithmeticulous Wed 09-Jan-13 13:15:11

Keith, Philip, Stephen, Kevin.

williaminajetfighter Wed 09-Jan-13 13:21:26

lily allen named her daughter Ethel. Not one I'd want to bring back into fashion.

CometAndCupid Wed 09-Jan-13 13:48:20

I love Philip. It is on my list for if I ever have a boy.

Jojobells1986 Wed 09-Jan-13 13:52:32

I know a baby Nigel. hmm

gillian88 Wed 09-Jan-13 13:53:33

I work in a soft play centre so hear all the names and the most old fashioned were twins called Ethel and Martha!! Lol I had to pinch myself really hard to stop laughing, they were about -8months old!

bigkidsdidit Wed 09-Jan-13 14:17:13

Martha is a normal name isn't t? Ethel not so much perhaps

marzipananimal Wed 09-Jan-13 14:19:12

I know a toddler called Roy, and one called Gordon. I also know a Richard and an Ian - nice names but seem so unusual on a baby now

atthewelles Wed 09-Jan-13 14:38:15

I know a Richard. I also know a little Christina and a Francis.

NickNacks Wed 09-Jan-13 14:41:56

I know a toddler called Martin.

NorbertDentressangle Wed 09-Jan-13 14:47:09

Olive.

I know theres a cleb with a baby Olive which may have started a trend but I can't get past Olive from 'On the Buses'. Needless to say the parents of the baby Olive I know are far too young to remember the TV one.

KnightBusRider Wed 09-Jan-13 14:49:39

I thought Martha was in the top 100 now. If defintely was when dd was born a few years ago.

ItsOkayItsJustMyBreath Wed 09-Jan-13 14:53:50

My friends have a baby called Ralph.

notso Wed 09-Jan-13 14:56:45

Steve (not Steven) Neville and Patricia nn Patty not related.

bigsista00 Wed 09-Jan-13 14:57:32

Friends children called Janet, and Lenny.

Fabuloo Wed 09-Jan-13 15:07:29

There has been a massive trend were I live over the last 7 or so years to give babies retro names, here are a few

Stanley
Lenny (Lennard)
Elsie (I know about 3 baby girls with this name)
Ivan
Bertie
George
Frankie
Hector
Harriet
Adriana

I guess the new wave will be these (although haven't met any yet!)

Peter
Phillip
Steve
Lyn
Carol
Sandra
Paul
Janet

Fabuloo Wed 09-Jan-13 15:08:25

Oh and I know 2 Martha's, good name

gillian88 Wed 09-Jan-13 15:10:08

Yes Martha's quite cute, but Ethel? Lol could just picture a little old lady!! Although my two are called Alfie and Ruby, both old people names apparantly!!

I am loving 99% of these retro names!!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 09-Jan-13 15:17:42

Know loads called Ruby so definitely not an old folks' name. Liked it myself but DH didn't. Funny how years later I still perk up when hear of one of the 'discarded' choices in RL.

FlouryWhiteBaps Wed 09-Jan-13 15:22:50

Hmm, a lot of these names are 'old lady chic' which has been going on for quite some time, names such as Mabel, Elsie and Albert and Stanley for boys.

The ones mentioned I find more confusedgrin are the 'mum and dad' or 'auntie and uncle' generation names on babies and small children, such as Janet, Pauline (really? Baby Pauline??!), Gordon and Brian.

thegreylady Wed 09-Jan-13 15:24:12

My dgs is called Frank-he is 9.

Wishfulmakeupping Wed 09-Jan-13 15:24:24

norbert think drew Barrymore's baby is called Olive

thegreylady Wed 09-Jan-13 15:26:12

Valerie
Marilyn
Pamela

Basil
Clive
Ernest

NoGinorWine4Mu1berry Wed 09-Jan-13 15:27:33

Geoffrey
Maude
Malcolm

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