So, which year's names are least appealing to parents naming in 2013

(82 Posts)
JennyEnglish Wed 15-May-13 15:26:33

Is it names that are 50 years old? Or is it less than that? some people were listing names that they couldn't imagine coming back, like Linda and Janet. I don't really dislike those. Jane is nice. Linda is pretty I think.

I think names I'd be really surprised to hear would be Suzanne and Nicola, Martin, Stephen.

thegreylady Thu 16-May-13 11:56:51

I do know a baby Sylvie.

LaVolcan Thu 16-May-13 11:58:39

Linda is pretty I think.

In Spanish that is exactly what it means - pretty, beautiful.

My manager is Barry, he has a son Barry Junior (about 11 y/o), nn Bj shock

Snowflakepie Thu 16-May-13 12:03:31

I'm sure I read somewhere that popularity seems to skip 2 generations when it comes to naming, in general. So to me, my parents names are desperately old fashioned, 40s and 50s names. My grandparents names are still a bit dated, 1910s and 20s. My great grandparents all have names that wouldn't look out of place on a baby now. In fact I have given my DD middle names to honour that generation.

Works less well with boys as I think there are fewer names and a lot more to me seem timeless, but that's my opinion!

JennyEnglish Thu 16-May-13 12:06:38

I feel like there might be a baby Belinda very soon. I feel it in my bones grin

Barry Junior!? BJ. Oh dear.

JennyEnglish Thu 16-May-13 12:08:36

I remember sitting in work when I was pregnant and somebody asked me if I'd be naming the baby after his father, I said "no I think that's a really stupid thing to do, so confusing, perhaps after a grandparent, if you liked them, but to have two barrys under the one roof - ridiculous!!" then I realised my boss's son was also called Steven. It's quite common still. I'd never do it. women don't think of it.

bananaramma Thu 16-May-13 12:41:51

A lot of names on this thread are far more interesting than some of the overused cutesy names (Alfie, Archie, Poppy, Molly etc) which may well become less appealing to parents.

boatclub Thu 16-May-13 12:48:51

I reckon Colin is due a revival.

peeriebear Thu 16-May-13 13:02:02

Clive.
My dear late friend Fred was really a Clive; he just didn't like it.
I know of a teenaged Graham confused

I know a 4 year old Barry - I don't really like it though.

Futterby Tue 04-Jun-13 18:11:44

Archibald. Oh god.

hellokitty123 Tue 04-Jun-13 18:31:05

Archie, Alfie, Poppy, Molly, Evie and similar overused cutesy names will fall out of favour, I reckon.

hellokitty123 Tue 04-Jun-13 18:32:00

I too feel that Colin is due a revival soon!

farmersdaughter Tue 04-Jun-13 18:43:32

I know a 16yr Gloria, it really suits here.

My friend has a 5 yr Brian, doesn't suit him at all.

kerala Tue 04-Jun-13 18:45:45

Our generation will never go for pam and val

I know a 6 year old Kenny (Kenneth) and there's a Sylvia in dd1's class.

In my antenatal group with dd1 who is now 5, one of the babies was called Ray.

itsonlysubterfuge Tue 04-Jun-13 21:02:41

I don't mind common names, even though I prefer more unique names. It's names like Fifi Trixibelle and Rainbow Alphabet, that I dislike. Unique names are good, children's names that sound like strippers or paint samples, not so much.

TheBookofRuth Tue 04-Jun-13 21:17:51

My grandad was a Bernard, you don't meet many (or any) baby Bernards. The only other Bernard I know is a cat.

Startail Tue 04-Jun-13 21:24:13

For me Steve passes the two generation test as it was my grandfather as well as many of the boys I went to school with.

Meanwhile, Janet, Nicola, Claire, Susan, Wendy, Julie and Joanne are somebody's Mum.

LynetteScavo Tue 04-Jun-13 21:33:03

I wouldn't ever name my DC;

Nigel, Barry, Colin, Derek, Trevor

Deborah, Paula, Janet, Linda, Doreen.

I imagine those names were popular in the '50's.

I do, however love Kenny, Howard, Arnold, Nancy

MadameJosephine Tue 04-Jun-13 22:11:51

I love Valerie, I also like Audrey which is probably of the same era.

Names of my parents generation are definitely making a comeback but names of my own generation not so much. I was born in the 70's and am one of the generic Tracy/Michelle/Joanne/Julie/Nicola's of the time. Seems funny that in 20/30 years there might be a new batch

VerySmallSqueak Tue 04-Jun-13 22:19:47

How about Carol or Adrian?
Christine or Gary?

I think it's names between 40 and 60 years ago that mainly fall in the 'dated' category.

FeelingHorse Tue 04-Jun-13 22:24:36

Neil could never make a comeback!

My DP is called Neil, and I've always wondered why someone would look at a tiny cute newborn and go "This baby looks like a Neil...."

AcrylicPlexiglass Tue 04-Jun-13 22:30:51

I love Suzanne.

I know lots and lots of Kennys of all ages but they are all Nigerian twin Kehindes and not Kenneths!

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