names coming back around

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When do you think Andrew will be popular again?

I have two Andrews very significant to me. It seems to have been quite popular around 1988-89.

How common is it now? Just musing really. Charlie was an "old" name when I was growing up and its adorable now.

Anyone with a baby Andrew on here? Any other names you would like to see make a comeback?

LeonieDeSainteVire Wed 15-May-13 18:37:06

You might find this article interesting. It gives the top ten baby names (for England I assume not the UK) in various decades over the past 100 years or so.

Interesting how little variety there is in boys names!

JennyEnglish Wed 15-May-13 15:31:06

Andy or Dave! or Mark. So many Marks! At work though it was Dave-city for some reason. At one point we had David V, David B Dave and beardy (he was really called Dave).

Littleturkish Wed 15-May-13 15:27:38

I love Peter and Benjamin. Names that aren't common now!

MadBusLady Wed 15-May-13 15:25:27

On Andrew, by the way, I think its popularity goes back into the 70s. I am late 70s and there were always loads of Andrews at school. Someone I know who's American recently commented on how "everyone in England was called Andy."

JennyEnglish Wed 15-May-13 15:23:04

Marianne is lovely, Gloria is too different for me but I like it. Linda is pretty I think. Jane rather than Janet I like. Terry, not for me but then Iwouldn't pick Harry either. Barbara is the only absolute howler on that list.

MadBusLady Wed 15-May-13 15:18:55

It's more the 60s/70s names I can't imagine - Barbara, Linda, Sharon, Gloria, Janet, Marion etc... And Trevor, Terry, Kevin etc!

Really? I think Gloria and Marian are lovely, and I can see the point of Barbara (can't use it though, my mum's name and she hates it, she'd never forgive me). I've seen Erica mentioned on here a fair bit too. Terry would be a great name for a little boy.

scubagoose Wed 15-May-13 10:10:48

my 10 year old nephew is Andrew. my 7 year old is John William on his birth certificate but is always Johnny.. he is the only John or Johnny at his school and it is a lovely name and suits him. my husband wanted him to have a proper english mans name!

(there is a Colin in reception!)

emmyloo2 Wed 15-May-13 09:07:44

Thanks Stella! I am glad to hear some positives about it. My aunty would be close to 70 now if she was alive and my grandparents were Scottish so I like the fact it's a Scottish name. My only hesitation was that I went to school with a few Alisons so I see it more as a 70s name (I was born in 1977) but I actually really like the name and she will be the only one in her class. My aunty died at the age of 46 from breast cancer and she was one of 5 girls (my Mum being one). My other aunty, Catherine, died 15 years later, also from breast cancer. We were a very close knit family so the 5 girls were always together. Hence the strong family link.

I am waffling now!

StellaNova Wed 15-May-13 08:26:55

I love the name Alison. Really old name (in Chaucer I think?) and very pretty. I always think of Alisons as being pretty and dainty because of the Malory Towers character!

harryhausen Wed 15-May-13 07:28:58

I meant to say - whoever said the unusual names are the Andrews, Simons etc is so right.

harryhausen Wed 15-May-13 07:27:45

I'm a 70's girl and a Sarah. When I was in college my 3 close friends were also called Sarah. We just grin laugh about it. I don't know any now.

Seriously, whoever said that the 'unusual' names now are the Andrews, Simons, Paul's, John's etc. I know of none at my dcs school. Not one.

I have a Lucy. When I named her it was just in the top 10. I got a few comments about the name being a bit 'dull' or common ( yes really!). Now she's older, she's the only one in the school.

The age old idea - go with what you like, is really true. We also have a ds with one of the most common names around. The name is meaningful to our family so we went with it anyway. Also, if I laughed off all my 'Sarah' friends I'm sure my ds could cope.

Andrew is a lovely name.

emmyloo2 Wed 15-May-13 07:03:52

We are going to name this baby due in 10 days time, Alison, which I think is quite a retro name, probably not quite yet due to be revived. We are doing so after my late aunty. We really liked the family connection and we actually think it's a pretty name, with the nickname Ally. I am expecting some hmm looks though. I have thought long and hard (and posted a lot) on other choices which are more "now" but we ultimately decided that honouring my Mum's sister was really important.

She will be Alison Catherine.

olivertheoctopus Tue 14-May-13 22:31:38

I know of a baby Andrew born within the last few months. My DH and Dad are both Andrew so will prob be used as a middle name for this baby.

Happiestinwellybobs Tue 14-May-13 20:02:25

DD's name has been mentioned a couple of times on here. I didn't want an outrageous name nor one that was so common either. I was always the only one in my class with my name - even though it often comes up as a 'typical 70s' name, and I liked it that way.

People do pass comment on DD's name - never in a negative way (well not to my face anyway), but usually to say they haven't heard it in years smile

I haven't seen a lot of each, but all the names are in my sons circle or are neighbours kids - so a group of "normal" names all being used currently. Presume they are after parents/grandparents.

idiot55 Tue 14-May-13 17:37:05

Im in Scotland Soontobe, and I see a lot of young kids in my job, but perhaps have only seen a couple of roberts, odd Mark, odd David, a phillip but none of the rest Im sure.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Tue 14-May-13 14:00:01

Sorry, with Sarah, Elizabeth and Anne.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Tue 14-May-13 13:56:07

I've come across quite a few babies and teenagers called Agnes. Don't forget this was an incredibly popular name in the UK at one time, up there with, Sarah, Elizabeth and Anne.

TheSecondComing Tue 14-May-13 13:00:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I can also add: James, Anthony, Nicholas, David, Matthew and Gordon - all under 12.

see, this is where Scotland is different - i know children called Andrew, Robert, Alan, Martin, Craig, Sean, Peter, John, Mark, Stephen, Alistair, Michael and Paul - most of the male names mentioned here. I'm not so up on girls as I have boys so thinking of their friends etc. Pretty sure I've heard a Sarah or two though.

StellaNova Tue 14-May-13 12:42:01

In my 80s school year of 90 children there was: Sarah A, Sarah B, Sarah C, Sara C, Sarah D, Sarah K and Sarah T. My cousin is also Sarah.

JennyEnglish Tue 14-May-13 10:27:11

Yeh, my son has a name like that Leonie, I was coming out of a shop recently and I shouted 70'sname, hold my hand! and this fat bald bloke of a bout fifty pointed out himself and looked a bit startled!

LeonieDeSainteVire Tue 14-May-13 10:24:57

Both my boys have names popular (very!) in the 60s/70s - I love the names, everyone knows them, easy to spell etc but not so commonly used nowadays. They are statistically unlikely to be at school with more than 1 of that name however DS1 did end up with another of the same name in his reception class and now has two others in his scout troup so you can never be certain of anything. But I didn't pick them for the rarity value so it doesn't matter.

I generally get very positive comments about their names especially from the innumerable adult men with the same names I meet who are delighted to see their names being used again. When I call either boy at the park usually several dads turn round to see who is calling them smile

JennyEnglish Tue 14-May-13 10:11:48

My son's class sounds like Ivykaty44's list. His name is not a current name either.

yes cremeeggthief, Sarah is still fairly popular for young girls in Ireland and so is Rachel. Two names that would be considered more dated in the UK? In the UK there are a lot of Hannahs but here that is spread between Hannah and Rachel. I think Rachel is about the 6th most popular name here (??) and not so popular in the uk.

Claire needs to rest for a while longer! jmo

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