Classic names that are currently underused

(68 Posts)
HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 19:37:02

It's mostly boys names that come to mind

Mark
Matthew
Luke
John (all the Gospel writers then!)
Jonathan
Paul
Stephen
Gregory
Peter
Andrew
Philip

Mary

Oh I've realised that my list is all made up of names with a history in the Christian tradition so that might explain why, with the decline in church attendance? Would that really be a reason or is it purely fashion?

Rhubarbgarden Sun 23-Jun-13 20:02:52

I very much doubt the Christian origins of these names have anything to do with their fall in popularity. Just look at the current trendiness of overtly religious names like Noah, Seth, Elijah, Ezekial, Malachi, Jude, Isaac... and so on. It's just fashion.

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 20:06:27

Seems like they are mostly Old Testament names (or Jewish Holy book names), New Testament out of fashion?

Rhubarbgarden Sun 23-Jun-13 20:09:08

Actually yes that's true. Clearly old testament is in, new testament is out.

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 20:14:50

New Testament Names that are in

Gabriel
Nathaniel
Lydia
Thomas

Any more?

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 20:25:12

Ok here's more

Boys

Rufus
Zachary
Clement
Barnabas

Girls

Julia
Damaris
Talitha
Tabitha
Phebe
Sapphira
Magdala

Although many have always been more unusual than something like Mary and Philip.

MortifiedAdams Sun 23-Jun-13 20:28:33

Rebecca
Sarah
Gemma
Nicola
Gillian

All names no longer given to babies.

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 20:34:11

Nicola I see as more a 70s/80s fashion name for girls. In the 90s Nicole took it's place.

YoungBritishPissArtist Sun 23-Jun-13 20:36:17

Daphne

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 20:38:19

Daphne is making a comeback, I have met Daphne's under 5.

Teresa?

Simon
Terence
Jeremy
Julian
David
Andrew
Gideon
Roland

All due a revival imvho. smile

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 20:42:17

Susan
Judith

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 20:44:07

I actually like Terence and Terry as a nn! [hides under table]

Bowlersarm Sun 23-Jun-13 20:44:54

I think you're definitely wrong with Matthew and Luke. I know a lot of under 10's. is it regional? I would say they are popular names for baby boys.

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 20:45:31

Gordon

Coconutty Sun 23-Jun-13 20:46:26

Michael

toomuchpink Sun 23-Jun-13 20:46:41

I've noticed Sarah has vanished from popular usage too. I really liked it as a name when I was growing up.

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 20:47:35

Bowlersarm interesting, you rarely see them mentioned on MN so maybe MN is not very representative? I lived in the US for many years and Matthew always had a good showing there.

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 20:49:15

Michael is another one that the Brits have abandoned but still über popular Stateside.

Tim (othy) I think someone mentioned this name up thread.

Mark - we considered for ds

Luke - i liked luke/lucas if this bump was a boy

Andrew - i love but dated a few in my youth and df wasn't keen on it for ds grr.

Sarah is a fab name - i know a couple under 10 also a douglas and a baby brian hmm

I love graham ted and edward but can't use them through family/friends on df's side which blows.

squoosh Sun 23-Jun-13 20:57:14

Matthew is the No.1 boy's name in Ireland.

Michael was never an ultra popular name in the UK as historically it was seen to be very Catholic.

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 20:57:46

Sarah is still alive and well over here in Germany.

Philip &
Paul-Philip have a good showing too

Also
Paulina (Pawlina)

All "Paul" names seem dead in arrival in Blighty

HoneyandRum Sun 23-Jun-13 20:58:10

on arrival

TheApprentice Sun 23-Jun-13 21:00:30

Honey, in your first list you have me, dh and ds1! Didn't realise we were so traditional!

SisterMatic Sun 23-Jun-13 21:01:02

I am one of those names, my Dds middle name is there too grin

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