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.

Psammead Wed 09-Jan-13 11:32:12

Madge is pretty awesome, actually!

I met a baby Eric recently.

HelpOneAnother Wed 09-Jan-13 11:33:46

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mummyplonk Wed 09-Jan-13 11:34:24

Yes I saw an Eric too (loved it)
& Laura (looks like the 70's is being revisited)

MrsBungleBear Wed 09-Jan-13 11:35:38

I've met a baby Eric and a baby Gilbert recently.

GingerPCatt Wed 09-Jan-13 11:39:03

When ds was in the hospital there were two other babies, Stanley and frank (not related to eachother).

ThedementedPenguin Wed 09-Jan-13 11:39:26

I love the name Madge.

HelpOneAnother Wed 09-Jan-13 11:41:57

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Labootin Wed 09-Jan-13 11:43:24

I know a two year old Horace

The parents are fairly normal as well

Worse still the nickname for him is Hor .. Pronounced well ..errr whore.

I mean WHY ? Just WHY?

I'm ashamed to say I burst out laughing when I heard his name. I thought she was joking .. I am clearly going to hell

Soz Horace

There's a Barry at my dd's playschool!

RudolphsNoseInMyXmasStocking Wed 09-Jan-13 11:57:12

I met a Walter. . .

smother Wed 09-Jan-13 12:05:54

I know babies called David and Philip.

WhistlingNun Wed 09-Jan-13 12:07:44

Moira and Agnes. Little twins born a few weeks ago who live around the corner from me.

Most 'modern' name is Jinksy - as announced on Jk this morning ( i don't normally watch it - honest!)

RillaBlythe Wed 09-Jan-13 12:09:00


DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 09-Jan-13 12:09:49

Labootin shock grin

Oscar - which didn't seem to fit somehow when he was a baby but does now .

Wibblytummy Wed 09-Jan-13 12:14:27

There is a Maud at my 19mo DS's playgroup. I actually quite like it. There's also a Blanche, Reggie, Rosamund and Arthur amongst his classes and groups. I really like the older names myself for my bump but worried as it must be a very popular trend about here.

ImpYCelyn Wed 09-Jan-13 12:15:25

Someone on here was talking about Amanda recently. But I absolutely love it and it's gone to the top of the list for a future DD.

I've met a Sid and an Agatha recently.

I like Madge though.

OhThisIsJustGrape Wed 09-Jan-13 12:16:45

I met a baby called Brian a few weeks ago. I believe he is named after a relative, but even so... Brian? How could they? grin

knackeredmother Wed 09-Jan-13 12:18:01

I have a Feank. My dog is called Brian!

knackeredmother Wed 09-Jan-13 12:18:28

Frank even.

SavoyCabbage Wed 09-Jan-13 12:20:05

I know a Gloria and a Joan.

atthewelles Wed 09-Jan-13 12:22:10

Actually I also know a baby called Brendan.

WhistlingNun Wed 09-Jan-13 12:24:26

A lot of these sound like fairly normal names to me. Maybe i just live in an old-fashioned area though.

Brian, David, Brendan, Robbie, Amanda, Cindy, Horace Whore...

imogengladhart Wed 09-Jan-13 12:24:58

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bigkidsdidit Wed 09-Jan-13 12:25:57

I know a baby Reg

FlouryWhiteBaps Wed 09-Jan-13 12:26:37

OhThisIsJustGrape - might be a slow burning trend, I know a four year old Brian.

MadonnaKebab Wed 09-Jan-13 12:29:12

Poor love!
(Apologies to any mums testers called Gail
But a baby ?)

At dd's nursery there are Beryl, Virginia, Elsie, Arthur and Bertie. grin I thought we had stepped back in time when I saw the names on the board!

MadonnaKebab Wed 09-Jan-13 12:29:51

(Netters obs)

NellyBluth Wed 09-Jan-13 12:31:28


I quite like Madge and Maud though...

Wishfulmakeupping Wed 09-Jan-13 12:31:50

How much do I love Reg and Walter so cool

phantomhairpuller Wed 09-Jan-13 12:32:41

Sidney and Stanley wink

Alaska77 Wed 09-Jan-13 12:34:23

There is a Mabel at DS's nursery

Also I heard recently of a baby called Ian shock hmm

bigkidsdidit Wed 09-Jan-13 12:34:55

I have an Albert and I thought it was pretty normal now. In London anyway!

I know a baby called stanley. I think its quite cute really smile

I went to school with a Stan Lee. No joke!

I wanted to name DD (if she was a boy) Archie. smile

elvisola Wed 09-Jan-13 12:36:55

I know a 4 year old Brian and a 5 year old Mabel

MadonnaKebab Wed 09-Jan-13 12:37:04


atthewelles Wed 09-Jan-13 12:38:08

Alaska77 There's a little boy on my road called Ian. I think its quite nice - a change from all the Jacks, Bens and Alexs.

extracrunchy Wed 09-Jan-13 12:38:26


LimburgseVlaai Wed 09-Jan-13 12:40:22

I know a Wilbur.

He is a first-born and his mum had never come across Winnie the Witch. Wilbur the cat is the best cat in fiction though so that's OK.

Blatherskite Wed 09-Jan-13 12:46:54

The only young Madge I know has it as a nickname for Madison.

There is a Patsy at DD's pre school and I know of a baby Wilfred which are fairly old-school

atthewelles Wed 09-Jan-13 12:56:43

Someone I know is considering Sylvia for their new baby if it's a dd.

WhistlingNun Wed 09-Jan-13 12:57:48

I love the name Marilyn. If i ever have another girl, it's a strong contender!

strumpetpumpkin Wed 09-Jan-13 12:59:21

my friend called her daughter Ann

There's a Leonard at my DCs school.

Mavis and Elsie

CometAndCupid Wed 09-Jan-13 13:09:38

I know a 4 month old called Kylie.

Little baby Lorraine confused

And a Gemma, which actually is lovy, just more my generation than ds's

Chopsypie Wed 09-Jan-13 13:14:37

A family near me have named their baby boy Clive. I think its a family name.

A midwife friend swears she had twin boys just before Christmas called Ronald and Reginald. She didnt know if it was purposly after the Krays, and didnt dare ask

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

Stanley x 3

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


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

Lenny (Lennard)
Elsie (I know about 3 baby girls with this name)

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


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



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


I've got a 22 month old Kathleen. She's known as Kitty most of the time though. Met a newborn called Audrey just before Christmas.

Sailormercury Wed 09-Jan-13 15:28:17

My ds is called Sid smile

almapudden Wed 09-Jan-13 15:29:30

I teach a Colin, Simon and Alan.

5madthings Wed 09-Jan-13 15:34:02

I know a little Agatha smile I think its lovely.

Tbh many of the names mentioned here don't seem retro/dated.

Oscar certainly isn't, ditto George, Eliza and Jemima etc fairly normal names nowadays.

Selks Wed 09-Jan-13 15:35:28

I know a toddler Ray, a four year old Sarah (both of which I like actually) and someone I know is considering calling her baby when it is born, if it's a girl, Janet, which I've never liked (sorry Janets out there).

memphis83 Wed 09-Jan-13 15:37:19

My friend has just had an Arthur.
Also met a Jeremy and a girl called Sidney.

I love the names Ron and Ralph (obviously not together)

ellangirl Wed 09-Jan-13 15:40:28

I have a bridget, and know a baby Bruce. Know a little Ian too. All brilliant names in my very humble opinion.

NoGinorWine4Mu1berry Wed 09-Jan-13 15:42:29

Also children not babies calle d Bruce and Donald. I love these but seeing as how some people (upthread) are still describing Ruby as retro, Ican see why most people wouldn't.

Most of the names here are mainstream Stanley! fgs, who doesn't know a child called Stanley. My eldest is ten and most of the names on my list ten years ago have been mentioned on this thread.

NoGinorWine4Mu1berry Wed 09-Jan-13 15:42:57

wow snap with the Bruce!

Revival for Bruce??

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Wed 09-Jan-13 15:45:34

OK, what's the youngest Gaynor you know?

I know a baby named Deidre, seriously. Also i have a 5 week old Claude i often get hmm looks and the odd lightly disguised confused

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Wed 09-Jan-13 15:47:09

I teach a Colin, Simon and Alan

Alma for some reason that made me roar! Who one earth calls a baby Alan? Dads including mine are called Alan!

spudmurphy Wed 09-Jan-13 15:48:14


Keepcalmandpassthewine Wed 09-Jan-13 15:49:28

My DS had a Barbara in his class

spudmurphy Wed 09-Jan-13 15:49:36

A name like Gladys do you mean- and no i haven't heard of any baby called Gladys lately

FlouryWhiteBaps Wed 09-Jan-13 15:51:59

Colette is rather nice!

almapudden Wed 09-Jan-13 15:52:26

Ariel - it suits him!

atthewelles Wed 09-Jan-13 15:52:47

I love the name Janet. But I suppose in Ireland it wouldn't have been a popular name fifty or sixty years ago so it doesn't have any mumsy connotations for me.

I agree some of the names mentioned aren't really that dated or retro anymore eg Oscar, Elsie, Eliza. I suppose, in my OP, I was thinking more of some of the other names mentioned like Marilyn, Frank, Valerie and Ralph.

spudmurphy Wed 09-Jan-13 15:53:49

Jesus wept- MADGE !!!!!

FlouryWhiteBaps Wed 09-Jan-13 15:55:40

But Deirdre shock. If that's in Britain I bet every adult who meets the baby mentally adds 'Barlow' on to her name without even thinking about it grin.

atthewelles Wed 09-Jan-13 15:57:34

Whereas her in Ireland Deirdre would be the Irish equivalent of Melanie, Debbie or Jackie. Totally dates you back to the sixties or seventies.

orangepudding Wed 09-Jan-13 15:58:37

I know a Kevin, David, Bruce and Sarah. None unusal for people over 30 but not very widely used for babies now.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 09-Jan-13 15:58:42

Me, I don't know anyone under 75 called Stanley! Doesn't it depend on where you live?

EbbNFlow Wed 09-Jan-13 15:59:03

Madge has given me a good giggle.

There is a Percy in DD's class. Also know of baby girls born recently called Valerie, Pru and Hilda.

Bearface Wed 09-Jan-13 16:02:54

I know a baby called Herbert and he's adorable.

I also know a Stanley, a Susannah and a Nellie who all suit their names very well.

I like retro names. The only ones I don't like are Deirdre for reasons already mentioned and Brenda as it makes me think of boobs. My friends at school always used the term 'brendas' for boobs.

atthewelles Wed 09-Jan-13 16:05:35

Susannah is lovely. A colleague called his daughter that about four years ago. Nellie is awful but I like Nell.

merlottits Wed 09-Jan-13 16:05:50

My work colleagues young daughters (under 5s) are Nicola, Kelly and Vanessa!

atthewelles Wed 09-Jan-13 16:07:20

My niece has a Vanessa in her class. She's five.

KRITIQ Wed 09-Jan-13 16:11:38

Recent ones that I thought - Oh, that's a bit (ahem) "last season,"


Mind you, I think some of these can be subjective or even regional. I grew up in America and moved to the UK in the mid 80's. I was pretty surprised to meet women under 50 with names like Helen, Louise and Alice or men under 50 called things like George, Arthur or Charles. They were just names I associated with my parents or even grandparent's generations.

LeChatRouge Wed 09-Jan-13 16:11:47

I know a Gladys who is 2. She's lovely.
I like Madge a lot.

KindleMum Wed 09-Jan-13 16:13:34

I recently met a baby Mildred.

atthewelles Wed 09-Jan-13 16:15:07

Mildred??? Eugh!

FoofFighter Wed 09-Jan-13 16:15:43

Names heard or known of in the last 3 years:

twins called Ronnie and Reggie (born just before Xmas, maybe that midwife friend wasn't kidding, it can't be that common???


I quite like Bruce and Connie

FoofFighter Wed 09-Jan-13 16:16:06

And an Audrey

Allalonenow Wed 09-Jan-13 16:17:34

I know a little Solomon (Solly).

CremeEggThief Wed 09-Jan-13 16:19:21

A friend of a friend gave birth to Oswald in November!

LadyMargolotta Wed 09-Jan-13 16:19:47

Labootin - the Horace I know is nicknamed Ace!

I know a baby Brian and toddler Eric. and an Ian.


anewmotivatedme Wed 09-Jan-13 16:23:20

Mabel, Elsie, Gwen, Ada, Maud
Ned (Ned on birth certificate rather than Edward), Eric and Frank (Francis)

Labootin Wed 09-Jan-13 16:24:02

Summer : oooo thats marginally better although still slightly toe curling I may start give the kid a break and start calling him it .. It may catch on with daft parents

anewmotivatedme Wed 09-Jan-13 16:24:36

I woudn't describe David or Ian as retro, as these are my brothers names. They are both in their early 20s.

Labootin Wed 09-Jan-13 16:24:46

Sorry I meant LadyM

dontaskforthe99 Wed 09-Jan-13 16:25:07


anewmotivatedme Wed 09-Jan-13 16:25:24

I forgot, friends have a daughter called Polly.

Vagaceratops Wed 09-Jan-13 16:26:01


anewmotivatedme Wed 09-Jan-13 16:26:57

I forget, we know a toddler called Audrey.

Bearface Wed 09-Jan-13 16:37:29

I like Edith. Very cute.


I was fairly surprised by John and Richard (twins) too, although pleasantly unlike the above!

noddyholder Wed 09-Jan-13 16:48:43

I went to a house viewing and there was a baby about 8 months called barbara she was so cute it really suited her.

Bearface Wed 09-Jan-13 16:51:21

I've also known an Elspeth, a Regan, a Martha, a Jemima, plus loads of others like that through working as a teacher.

Badgersnatch Wed 09-Jan-13 16:53:59

Both of my boys' names are on here (proper old codger names). In fairness DH did ask me if I'd travelled back to the 1950s during pregnancy grin

TheBrideofMucky Wed 09-Jan-13 16:56:51

My brother is called Richard (early twenties)
My son is George.
My other son's middle name is Alan (it's a family thing I couldn't refuse dp, honest. My other son has a far worse one in there. Safe to say he is rubbish at names.)


<leaves thread in disgrace>

Our nursery is full of girls named Elsie and Lilly and Avas. There is even a Barnaby!

DeGlitterBug Wed 09-Jan-13 16:58:08


Maud (age 7)
Eric (age 6)

TheBrideofMucky Wed 09-Jan-13 16:58:19

I loved Nancy for a girl, too.

higgle Wed 09-Jan-13 17:02:04

Gloria is a fantastic name, I came across one, aged about 5, a few years back with a very fancy double barrelled surname. I met a baby Hector the other day, the last one I met was about 70.

tethersend Wed 09-Jan-13 17:07:57

I have an Angie and a Shirley.

Just in case anyone's about to rip the piss grin

noddyholder Wed 09-Jan-13 17:08:53

Tether i love those esp shirley Know an angie x

HugoDarling Wed 09-Jan-13 17:10:53

I met a baby Tony recently, but I think he's Anthony on his BC.

PootlePosyPerkin Wed 09-Jan-13 17:14:31

At DD's playgroup there's an Ophelia and a Natalie. Both retro in their own ways.

ThedementedPenguin Wed 09-Jan-13 17:14:45

bearface is he actually Herbert on his bc?

I have a baby Herbie. He's nearly 17 weeks. And just gorgeous.

PootlePosyPerkin Wed 09-Jan-13 17:16:05

Oh yes, and there's a Barnaby at DS2's primary school & a friend has recently had a baby Maggie (Margaret on the BC I think).

Bearface Wed 09-Jan-13 17:20:32

Oh yes dementedpenguin - he's a Herbert on his BC. I think he'll end up being a Herbie, but I think both are cute. Some people are horrified, but I can't see why.

NellyBluth Wed 09-Jan-13 17:21:31

Hilda? shock

Janet would be an odd one to come back in to fashion. It's my mum's name and we were using DGM's names for DD's middle name, but changed it to Jane. I just can't see Janet as nice! Even my DGM didn't like it, my mum was so poorly when she was born that they didn't think my nan should 'waste' a name she liked (hmm) so the consultant named my mum after his wife!

carabos Wed 09-Jan-13 17:22:43

I know two Gordons, a Stanley, a Sidney, a Stuart, and I have a Frederick of my own! Biased about Freds obviously, but there are loads of those about.

My all time most retro names would be Geoff, Malcolm and Roger. can you imagine a baby called Roger?

Lfs2126 Wed 09-Jan-13 17:24:01



Madcaplady Wed 09-Jan-13 17:27:51

I have an Ivan which we love obvs smile

friends of my step MIL have just had twin girls called Rosemary & Millicent smile

thegreylady Wed 09-Jan-13 17:36:11

I also know a gorgeous little Sylvie [not Sylvia]

fussychica Wed 09-Jan-13 17:51:55

I know a Stan & Arthur in the same family. We laughed and said if she had a girl and called her Olive she'd have a complete set - for those of a certain age who remember On the Busesgrin

VBisme Wed 09-Jan-13 18:06:25

DD has a little friend called Jason.

determinedma Wed 09-Jan-13 18:12:30

met a baby Martha the other day, which I rather liked.

Bearface Wed 09-Jan-13 18:15:16

What about Beryl? I don't know any but just putting it out there. . .

WheresTheHoneyMummy Wed 09-Jan-13 18:27:58

I know an Arthur, several Alfies, a couple of Stanleys, lots of Tabithas, a few Matildas and a Brian

Kaekae Wed 09-Jan-13 18:32:10

I know a newborn called Maggie, a two year called Stan and a four year old called Doris!

casma Wed 09-Jan-13 18:35:05

This trend has been growing a long time! Most of DD's friends have old fashioned names and she's 16. Off the top of my head there's


I remember her going to primary school with a Francis, Phil, Paul and Ian as well.

casma Wed 09-Jan-13 18:35:45

On the other hand it does seem that everyone else is called Sophie and Jack!

maniacbug Wed 09-Jan-13 18:54:03

noddyholder DS2 (3) is Reg(inald) but during a discussion the other day, when he decided he wanted to defect from the boys' team to the girls' team (captained by DS1 and DD), I asked him what name he'd like if he were a girl, and he replied without a moment's hesitation: Barbara. (As far as I know he has never met one.)
Kaekae ohhh, Doris - I always wanted a Doris! Also a Gertie (who would obviously have turned out to be as cute as Drew Barrymore in ET...)

Both my name and best friend's names on here - not sure whether to be proud or alarmed at the fact that we are old enough to have had 'retro' names the first time round!

2wwmadness Wed 09-Jan-13 18:57:39

Otis. Love it!

CaptChaos Wed 09-Jan-13 18:59:04

In the last few years



I think it's rather lovely. Both my DS's have got quite 'grown up' names, and if we had had a DD I was determined to call her Margaret Mary for my 2 favourite relatives.

pud1 Wed 09-Jan-13 19:05:39

when I was pg with Dd1 my oh told friend and family we were going to call it cliff if it was a boy. 2 months after my dd was born our friend had a boy and when they told oh they have called him Shane he laughed and asked what they were really calling him.

eilonwy Wed 09-Jan-13 19:11:57

Hi, my friend calls 11 yr old daughter Madge, full name Madison (daughter hates it,lol). My sister's middle name is same as your nickname (unusual).

eilonwy Wed 09-Jan-13 19:15:36

Ignore that last comment. Lol. It goes with another

StellaNova Wed 09-Jan-13 19:20:11

I was wondering only yesterday if there were any baby Sarahs nowadays. It was such a common name when I was young that I was blinded to how pretty it is, but actually it has a very pretty sound and meaning, and I would consider it for any future dd -as long as I didn't think she would find it too much of a mum/aunty name, equivalent to me being called Lorraine or Lesley (no offence, they are just very much "generation above me" names).

LynetteScavo Wed 09-Jan-13 19:22:10

DD has Erik and Neil in her class.

I know several Stanleys, Hectors, an Oswald, a Pete, a Peter, and there was an Ernie shopping in TKMaxx....

I know a 5 year old Brian and a 4 year old Richard.

Also know babies called

LynetteScavo Wed 09-Jan-13 19:25:48

I will know we've come full circle when I meet a baby Irene.

eilonwy Wed 09-Jan-13 19:28:57

Where we live now "old fashioned names" seem run of the mill. We have Flora's and Florrie's, Arthur, Alfie, George, William, Lulu, Deedee, Gabriel, Spencer, Beatrice, loads of Lily's, Ella's and Millie's...

SomersetONeil Wed 09-Jan-13 19:29:07

DS, nearly 4, has a very retro name - has been mentioned on this thread. He's named after DH's uncle, but is universally known by a diminutive version.

Two good things about it...

- he's absolutely the only one we know and will be the only one in all his classes
- by the time he hits his prime, his 20s/30s, the name will probably have come full circle and be the height of cool <cringes using the word 'cool'>

This happened to me. My name was dreadfully old-fashioned when I was given it - named after my grandmother and it was too soon for it to be back in. Now, you can't move for little girls with the name.

The idea is to choose a name from the era just one generation above you, the parent, and two above the child. By the time they're an adult, it will be back in. And while all their peers have boring Joanne/Karen/Claire/Mark/Darren-type name (our gen's names), they'll have a refreshing, current name. That's my theory, anyway. wink

TheSecondComing Wed 09-Jan-13 19:29:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TaffyandTeenyTaffy Wed 09-Jan-13 19:31:35

My friend has a very lovely toddler Seth.... who is nothing like the former Emmerdale character that always springs to mind.

LynetteScavo Wed 09-Jan-13 19:34:49

Lots of Seths around here, aged 10 and under. Can't stand the name myself

loobywench Wed 09-Jan-13 19:44:43

I have a young neice called Rose - lovely name I think!

ThedementedPenguin Wed 09-Jan-13 19:44:45

bearface I've only had one nasty reaction to my sons name. Everyone else has been lovely. I was very nervous but I'm just waiting for the poor sucker that says something nasty as I have vowed to say something even if its only who the hell asked your opinion. smile

Thankfully I haven't needed too.

1944girl Wed 09-Jan-13 19:51:00

Madge used to be a nn for Margery(Yuck) I cant see Margery making a come back.
My name has appeared once on this thread.I have never been known by the mentioned nn though, as I dislike the nn intensely.
When my two DC started school in the 70s there twins called Lily and Ellen.Every one felt sorry for them when they heard the names, now these names are all over the place.
I know three Beryls who are both in their 60s.One has always hated her name.

anewyear Wed 09-Jan-13 19:51:19

Impy - Amanda or the shortened version in AWESOME!!!!!

But why would anyone want to call their child after their MIL or Beryl!! I really dont know!!

WafflesandWhippedCream Wed 09-Jan-13 19:52:04

We're not in the UK - DD's classmates include Simon, David, Nicholas, Laura, Sarah and Louise - all names of kids that I had in my class 30 years ago!
I don't think they are considered retro here though.

marriedinwhite Wed 09-Jan-13 19:52:28

Joyce, Pat, Pam, Beryl and Linda will be back soon then.

When I was a little girl I never thought anyone would call their child by my gran's name because it was so old fashioned - Alice wink

anewyear Wed 09-Jan-13 19:52:53

Gonna have to NC now I guess, as I have quite possibly outed myself in RL.

louisianablue2000 Wed 09-Jan-13 19:53:53

I know a toddler Matthew. And a five year old Annabel which makes me think of very horsy women in their late 40s/early 50s wearing pearls and silk scarves.

The Victorian servant name trend has been going on for ages, that's not retro, it's mainstream.

nannyof3 Wed 09-Jan-13 19:55:30

Frank and Harry (Brothers)

CremeEggThief Wed 09-Jan-13 19:56:21

Stella, Sarah is a popular name for girls in Ireland; I know of a few babies named Sarah born over the last few years. Funnily enough, in my generation, there were only a handful. I am 34, and I grew up with more Janets, Gwens, Janices and Brendas than Sarahs. (Although these were not as popular as Michelle, Lisa, Karen and Joanne etc.)

SecretNutellaFix Wed 09-Jan-13 19:56:54

I know a Ronnie fairly well, also a Florence

I have also heard from different customers; Darren and Keith, Maisie and Agnes

nannyof3 Wed 09-Jan-13 19:57:31


eilonwy Wed 09-Jan-13 19:58:56

I think it depends where you come from as Gaynor is a very common name in Wales, as is Ivan (spelled Ifan) and Hector is a very common Spanish name. Stanley is not unusual anymore - I find it incredible that people jump on bandwagon of "unusual names" making them all common. We named our collie puppies Reg and Ron after the Cray twins over 20 yrs names

CremeEggThief Wed 09-Jan-13 20:00:25

Married, I had two Lindas in my school year, growing up in Ireland and there was one the year below. My 31 year old sister has a friend called Lynda too.

1944girl Wed 09-Jan-13 20:02:50

marriedinwhite I used to think that about Alice as well. It was my late MILs name.When I was pregnant with our first one in 1969 my DH suggested that if we had a girl to name her after Alice for his mother, and Annie for my mother.Two very old fashioned names then.We had a boy! so problem solved.
No way was I going to saddle any daughter of mine with those names, now Alice is all over the place.

NellyBluth Wed 09-Jan-13 20:03:26

Is Ray(mond) too old fashioned?

TheBOF Wed 09-Jan-13 20:04:42

FlouryWhiteBaps is right though: there is a difference between the early 20th century names like Herbert and Maud, and the late 20th century names like Keith and Pamela. Although they are all retro. Everything comes round again though, once you've run out of made-up or hippy names like Jayden and Autumn.

TheBOF Wed 09-Jan-13 20:09:01

I like Raymond, personally. But that's because I knew an adult one years ago who was sex on legs, like a young Sean Connery, mmmm <drifts off into a reverie>

KikkiK Wed 09-Jan-13 20:09:51

Since watching The Wizard of Oz on New Year's Day, I've been thinking about how cool it would be to have a wee baby Dorothy. It's probably just as well there's no chance of me having kids any time soon!

eilonwy Wed 09-Jan-13 20:10:06

I really can't spell tonight - The Kray twins (not the Cray twins as previously posted, lol). A close friend of mine is called Pauline Irene - which she hates, and partner is Nigel. Lol, couldn't get more retro than that...Sorry to cause offence, but why would anyone call their baby Bridget, or Beryl, or Barbara, Brian or Barry (must have something against the B's)

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Wed 09-Jan-13 20:38:06

Paul- the only other ones I know are well into their 60s

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Wed 09-Jan-13 20:38:31

Oh and a Violet smile

weegiemum Wed 09-Jan-13 20:48:34

I know of a baby Desmond!

SavoirFaire Wed 09-Jan-13 20:50:13

Loads of Hectors round here. Also several Dorothys/Dots. Eric at DS's nursery (by the sounds of this thread it is getting popular! Or perhaps we all live in the same postcode!!) and a friend has a Stanley. I was really keen on Violet for DD at one stage, but I hate the nn Vi so we dropped it off the list. And what on earth is wrong with Bridget - it is a gorgeous name?!

devonsmummy Wed 09-Jan-13 20:52:18

There's a Ray in DS's year at school

A friend of ours had a baby Reginald.

Also know of:
Agatha (2yr)
Agnes (1yr)
Marvin (1yr)
Keith (5yrs)
Simon (<1yr)
Bathsheba - No idea if its dated or not or if its just a strange name. Google tells me it means 7th daughter but this LO was an only child.

taketheribbon Wed 09-Jan-13 21:01:49

I know a baby Eileen. She's gorgeous!

bealos Wed 09-Jan-13 21:05:41

"Broadly, in recent years, girls’ names have become more flowery and old-fashioned' >> Telegraph article from April 2012

I'm nearly due and wanted to call my little one Mabel or Shirley after her Grandma's, but think all the other little girls in her future class at school will be called things like that!

Do we need to be going for 70s/80s names now to avoid being the kid in the class with the same name as everyone? (e.g. Ruby)

CandyCrush Wed 09-Jan-13 21:10:28

I can tell you exactly who calls their child Alan - my brother!

Little Alan is now 7. It wasn't "cool retro" either. Seriously would like to have been a fly on the wall when that one came up...

"How about Alan? Hmmm yes Alan is great. Lets do it"

MissBetseyTrotwood Wed 09-Jan-13 21:12:47

Violet, Agnes, loads of Arthurs, Stanleys and Archies, Mabel, Constance. (Which I like.)

I love Ray and Ronnie. Those names do make me think of gangsters though. (Liotta/Kray)

DownyEmerald Wed 09-Jan-13 21:14:45

I know a Beryl in her 60s she absolutely hates it with a passion.

Names at dd's school I think are retro:
Archie (there's a few of them)

Names that were popular at my school (yonks ago) and I haven't heard for a baby recently:

PimpMyHippo Wed 09-Jan-13 21:14:51

I think Bernard is a lovely name - don't know if it's generally considered retro, but the only one I've met was in his 70's so it is to me.

I can't imagine a baby Vera... I quite like the name Ethel though!

Darksideofthe80s Wed 09-Jan-13 21:20:41

My friends dc's are Wilf, Bertie and Violet, I always fancied Seth for a boy moustache optional but that seems to have become very popular

Umicar Wed 09-Jan-13 21:21:59

I don't get why everyone hates Beryl so much, no different to Ruby in my eyes?

atacrossroads Wed 09-Jan-13 21:23:08

I know a Dougie, Jean, Arthur, Iris and an Eric. Also know of a couple of Franks, a Stanley, and an Albert.

twinklestar2 Wed 09-Jan-13 21:24:27

I know a baby Ian, Ray and Dorothy.

Susan, she's 1.

Susannah, yes but Susan (sorry to any out there its just dated in my opinion).

Corygal Wed 09-Jan-13 21:28:46

Edgar - aged 5

Gilbert - aged 7.

Clayhanger Wed 09-Jan-13 21:30:49

Names popular at our school (70s!)


Endless Daves, Roberts, Richards, Peters etc

I think it'll be a while before these get trendy again- though David, Robert etc are all timeless really.

InkleWinkle Wed 09-Jan-13 21:31:13


Squeakygate Wed 09-Jan-13 21:35:16

My friend got a Alison (<2)
Due a boy in next few weeks, likely to be called Simon

Devora Wed 09-Jan-13 21:36:24




Mauds and Marthas ten a penny round here.

TheSecondComing Wed 09-Jan-13 21:38:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

bigbluebus Wed 09-Jan-13 21:40:25

Was going to ask if anyone had come across any Susans. There were 5 in my class at school in the 70's.

Anyone come across a Doreen yet?

iheartmycat Wed 09-Jan-13 21:52:47

Some friends have recently named their babies Sylvie,Eric and Karen which to me aren't quite old enough for retro-chic somehow!

Know a toddle Euphemia, which is real granny chic and an Agatha, which I've never liked (apologies to any Agatha-mummies out there)

RillaBlythe Wed 09-Jan-13 21:55:48

This thread reveals to me how subjective naming is. I think of retro/dated names as being 50s/60s/70s names. I am now so used to the Florence, Elsie, Mabel, Arthur, Albert, Stanley revival that those seem commonplace. It's Cindy, Barbara, Nigel and Colin that would strike me as falling into the retro category.

Lots of names mentioned here are classics, to my mind - Adam, for example!

lalalonglegs Wed 09-Jan-13 21:58:26

At playgroup a couple of years back there was a sibling pair called Bert and Mabel. I have come across a Cyril and Winifred (not related) since then. In my father's village in Italy, there is an (Italian) child called Alan confused.

Jellibotti Wed 09-Jan-13 22:03:07

in the last couple of years, I've met the following babies-
two Aggies (one Agatha, the other Agnes)
two Berties
Ian (american parents)

And so many Hectors, Elizas, Jemimas and Matildas they don't count as retro anymore!

Babyroobs Wed 09-Jan-13 22:06:17

There is a Wilf in my daughter's class and a colleague has a daughter called Ada.

Londonmrss Wed 09-Jan-13 22:11:59

When I got pregnant last year, my husband suggested if it was a boy, we should go with Keith. Thank god we had a girl. It's a fine name if you're over 40 or if you're Keith Richards, but for a baby now? Hmmmm.

alemci Wed 09-Jan-13 22:13:47

haven't heard it but you don't come across any little Rita's but correct me if I am wrong.

shubiedoo Wed 09-Jan-13 22:16:08

I have a Claire and a Martin, both retro! Dislike anything that sounds made up.

Tigerbomb Wed 09-Jan-13 22:16:50

I met a baby Julie a few weeks ago; her sister who is now 3 is Diane

I am waiting for Marie, Sharon, Tracy, Kirk, Steven; Darren, Joy and Gaynor to reappear

MissBetseyTrotwood Wed 09-Jan-13 22:18:41

Ooh, me I know a Joy! And a Kirk, and a Blake but I don't think those are in a retro way iykwim.

CremeEggThief Wed 09-Jan-13 22:26:16

bigbluebus, not a baby, but I know a Doreen who will turn 16 this year!

berryfreeze Wed 09-Jan-13 22:32:21

what about names like Gillian, Lynne,Marcia, Andrea,Jane,Irene,Joanne,Michelle,Sally,Tina, Judy,Tracey,Helen, all names I remember from school in the 70's but not seen used so much now, my name is on list and have never heard of any one using it.

blondieminx Wed 09-Jan-13 23:01:10

I know toddlers called Reg, Sid and Elsie - al under 2.

LOVE Arthur but DH hates it, tsk. Also like Edith which i think is gaining popularity thanks to the Radio1 DJ.

DonderandBlitzen Wed 09-Jan-13 23:02:01

Gordon the Toddler. smile

SamSmalaidh Wed 09-Jan-13 23:06:32


Wafflenose Wed 09-Jan-13 23:13:45

I know little kids (under 7) called: Martin, Agatha, Edith, Wilf, Maggie, Effie and Ada.

Also met a girl called Julie the other day, who is about 10.

ibizagirl Thu 10-Jan-13 06:17:39

I know someone with an Alfie and an Archie. Quite popular these days. I did meet a little boy called Stan. Wasn't sure about that one though. There is also a Faye just up the road.

MrsMushroom Thu 10-Jan-13 06:26:06

I like Jeannie....haven't heard that once. 1950s em!

Bertrude Thu 10-Jan-13 06:26:42

I want Jeff as my son. Not that I'm pregnant or thinking about it, but I want to call my baby Jeff.

Although a toddler called Gordon might be good.

Love the Italian baby called Alan. Just goes to show how the rest of Europe must feel when the Brits use French/Spanish names because they seem cute

Binfullofresolutionsfor10thjan Thu 10-Jan-13 07:23:23

I know a set of twins Stanley and Dora. We have an Eric and Sid in the family, first one is a teen, second one is 8.

I live overseas and the most popular name for boys in my ds class seems to be Felix. I don't know why, but I always imagine any kid called Felix to wear a bow tie on a daily basis. Max is also popular, short for Maximillian, not Maxwell.

If DS was a girl, I was going to call her Hattie, or Beti.

We didn't choose retro names to be retro in our family, we chose names we thought would work over generations. I just feel a pensioner called Darren is going to feel a bit odd.

Funny thing about hearing Deidre, I don't think "Barlow". I think "Rachid". So there are different generations of Coronation street too.

Retro to me, would be having twins and calling them "Jennifer and Jonathon" after "Heart to Heart".

I have an Arthur! chose it because i didnt know any others plus its ds ggf and gggf name. i am a bit gutted that its becoming more popular.

i really want a dd just so i can call her betty. is that a good reason to have another dc???? grin

NorhamGardens Thu 10-Jan-13 08:10:12

Know toddler and newborn:

Nellie (Eleanor)
Walter (Walt)
Barnabus (Barney)

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 10-Jan-13 08:49:37

I started the current trend for Alice when I named my kitten Alice in the late 90s. FACT.

RobinSparkles Thu 10-Jan-13 09:13:45

Not babies but I know children called

Martin and

I had a Trevor in my class at primary school and it was hmm even then. My DD1 (5) thinks its a hilarious name. She told me off for lying about the name, she said it's not a real name and I'd obviously made it up!

RobinSparkles Thu 10-Jan-13 09:14:46

I think Eric is a lovely name for a little boy.

Back2Two Thu 10-Jan-13 09:16:48

I think Herbert is nice.

I heard a mum call to her little son, "Morris" and it seemed just right for him.

DonderandBlitzen Thu 10-Jan-13 09:36:56

shubiedoo I have a Clare (8) It's a lovely name. How old is your Claire?

I know a Walter and an Edwin

Brightonite Thu 10-Jan-13 09:58:36

My friends little boy is called Kevin....

sheeplikessleep Thu 10-Jan-13 10:08:50

Looking at this thread for inspiration!

DH wants to call our bump Duncan (I think and hope he is joking!)

I have a 5 year old cousin called Edward

SunnyL Thu 10-Jan-13 10:13:15

A friend called their little girl Esther. I think its a lovely name and can't say I know of anyone under 80 years old with that name.

StellaNova Thu 10-Jan-13 10:23:22

I Know a 2 year old Esther. It is a lovely name. Perhaps is the same one!

SamSmalaidh Thu 10-Jan-13 10:25:16

I know a baby Esther too grin

gallifrey Thu 10-Jan-13 10:30:44


SeeBoobies Thu 10-Jan-13 10:34:58

I know a 5 year old Keith. Makes a change from Thomas and Jack I suppose.

HelpOneAnother Thu 10-Jan-13 10:44:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

atthewelles Thu 10-Jan-13 11:03:16

Funny, over here in Ireland Alan wouldn't be considered a particulary 'daddish' name and I don't think anyone would bat an eyelid at someone naming their baby Alan.

Nuala, however, which I've seen people rave about on a couple of threads, is a real middle aged Mum kind of name in Ireland and people would definitely be shock if they were introduced to a baby Nuala and would wonder what on earth the parents were thinking.

I think some of the names being mentioned on here are more 'vintage chic' than 'retro dated'. When I started the thread I had in mind names that are hardly ever used anymore or names from 50s/60s that are too recent to be really old fashioned and cool.

My grandmother was called Maisie and I was really surprised when I first heard of little girls being called this as I really thought of it as a name that would never come back into fashion. Now, it's everywhere.


I dont' think these are retro or "vintage chic" (love that definition BTW OP), just not in fashion?!

Also, my grandmother, born in 1898, was Bernice Mabel. I know one baby Mabel but have not heard Bernice in years.

She pronounced it to rhyme with "furnace".

sonnieboo Thu 10-Jan-13 11:18:20

I think the really retro 'cool' names will be names like



They may not be fashionable right now but will be as our kids grow up and see them as 'granny chic' names.

So you get the best of both worlds by being names one of these names: you will be the only Barbara or Brian in the school and you'll be the parent with the coolest name when you're older!

I think it only takes one or two cute, young Barbaras / Deborahs / Brians for our assocations to change.

Clawdy Thu 10-Jan-13 11:18:27

Can't see them catching on,can you!

tammytoby Thu 10-Jan-13 11:26:40

Christine and Valerie are lovely names that have a beautiful sound to them imo. I'm less keen on Mavis of Jacquie though.

Agree that the real retro names are those of our parents generation that are underused at the moment. I actually know a little Patricia!

Jux Thu 10-Jan-13 11:29:13


I think it sounds horrid, ugly. The little girl was cute though.

jellybeans Thu 10-Jan-13 11:29:50


jellybeans Thu 10-Jan-13 11:30:07

Edith as well

tammytoby Thu 10-Jan-13 11:31:15

Is Patsy short for Patricia?

notjustamummythankyou Thu 10-Jan-13 11:31:38

I know two Mavises, an Enid and a couple of Stanleys. Oh, and a Misty (retro in a 1970s way, rather than a 1930s way).

HelpOneAnother Thu 10-Jan-13 11:31:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Hanikam Thu 10-Jan-13 11:33:03

Retro names are really in fashion. DD is year 6 and has a Maud in her class, also further down the school we have Reggie, Arthur, Lulabelle (?), Isadora, Jemimah, George and Noah.

Adam has to be the oldest name going, and it's always popular.

MyDingaling Thu 10-Jan-13 11:33:19

I have taught a Trevor and a Clifford

jellybeans Thu 10-Jan-13 11:34:02

As far as I know it is just Patsy.

tammytoby Thu 10-Jan-13 11:35:49

Patsy is cute and would be a nice alternative to Pat.

turkeyboots Thu 10-Jan-13 11:37:12

I met a baby Alan while on holiday.

I know a toddler called Julia.

Quenelle Thu 10-Jan-13 11:39:16

So are we due a new generation of babies called Gary soon?

msteeth Thu 10-Jan-13 11:42:20

I know girls called Evelyn, Edith, Matilda, Gladys, Beryl (who is v elegant so gives style to the name); I also know a Mabel, but spelt and pronounced Maybel.

No Ethels or Thelmas yet but I'm sure they will soon return...

Boys' names still quite trad round our way (lots of Toms). Brian quite normal in Ireland, but pronounced Bree-an.


Stella (from page 4); my 3-year old daughter is Sarah and I know of a family in our village who recently named their baby daughter (born in November) Sarah too.

As of 2011, it was still a Top 100 name, but nearer to the bottom than the top these days.

Sarah and Elizabeth are the only two girl names that have been in the Top 100 every year since the lists were first produced in the late 19th century, so that makes Sarah timeless in my eyes.

The most 'retro' name I've heard used recently is Douglas.

BreconBeBuggered Thu 10-Jan-13 12:00:29

Wayne. Oooh, and a Colin. And a Derek.
Still can't get my head around the baby Derek.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 10-Jan-13 12:03:32

Have met a baby Donna, the Mum wanted something unusual hmm, a baby Gemma and even a baby Brian.

Wishfulmakeupping Thu 10-Jan-13 12:08:15

Donna wow hmm Well it is unusual I suppose

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 10-Jan-13 12:09:49

The thing that really made me laugh was she had a brother called Peter, or should that be Doner and Pita?

NoGinorWine4Mu1berry Thu 10-Jan-13 12:14:13

None of the Brians I know in Ireland were Bree-an. The only time it's pronounced Bree-an is when it's a sur name surely? like o'briain ?

But yeah, names very trad here compared with england. my children's age group, all the names like Michael, David, Andrew are still used.

stleger Thu 10-Jan-13 12:18:40

DD2 (who is 16) has a Bree-an in school (in Cork). Cork names are retro - my kids are 16 -21, friends include two Keiths, Graham, Peter, Barry, Alison, Gillian, Karen, Claire. In primary school dd1 had 3 Adams and 2 Aarons in her class, so maybe a bit of variety is a good thing. I have an old lady name, much loves on names threads, I detest it!

NoGinorWine4Mu1berry Thu 10-Jan-13 12:21:48

Graham and Barry! oh yuck. (sorry to anybody who is married to a graham or a barry)

isn't if funny how the difference between barry and harry is only one letter? barry is so universally hated but harry is so mainstream it is just harry, no comment.

NorhamGardens Thu 10-Jan-13 12:26:40

Know a lower primary Theodora-Angelica - not quite sure how you'd describe that - partly retro partly?

narmada Thu 10-Jan-13 12:42:45

norhamgardens, try-hard. Unless they are Spanish or Greek.

specialmagiclady Thu 10-Jan-13 12:48:33

I met a baby called Vince the other day.

Of course I know Stans, Marthas, Rubies, Pearls, Teds, Sids, Walters, Wilfs, Alfreds, Agathas etc coming out the wazoo...

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 10-Jan-13 12:51:38

Duncan isn't an unusual name. I know several of them in their twenties and thirties. I don't see it as a name which dates really.

People have been mentioning the name Alan in Ireland. It's about true there have been hardly any Alans in England for about fifty years, but in Wales growing up I knew several Aluns. And there are still lots e.g Alun Wyn Jones the Welsh second row. Funny how these things are regional.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 10-Jan-13 12:51:45

Duncan isn't an unusual name. I know several of them in their twenties and thirties. I don't see it as a name which dates really.

People have been mentioning the name Alan in Ireland. It's about true there have been hardly any Alans in England for about fifty years, but in Wales growing up I knew several Aluns. And there are still lots e.g Alun Wyn Jones the Welsh second row. Funny how these things are regional.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 10-Jan-13 12:52:13

Bah. Sorry for double postage.

ivykaty44 Thu 10-Jan-13 13:50:26

I know there is a Michael, Maggie and Paul in dd2 year 9 group. dd1 had friends called Joan, Jean and Dawn she is 20

NoGinorWine4Mu1berry Thu 10-Jan-13 13:53:55

Scottish names for boys are fairly popular in Ireland. But I couldn't tell you a Scottish girls name come to think of it.

Lancelottie Thu 10-Jan-13 13:58:09

DS is at school with an Alan, Robert, Simon, Ian, Claire, Sarah and Paul.

I like it. It's just like being back at my 1970s primary school.

No Louises and Gillians though.

RedHotBagel Thu 10-Jan-13 14:11:02

My friend at school (80s) was called Martha. She had the mickey ripped out of her, but there are tons of them now.
I didn't realise Alice had ever gone out of fashion (my 3-yr-old daughter is an Alice)!
There are two baby Wilfreds near us. And a Percy. These kind of names are very mainstream now, but really...
Anyone heard of a baby Norman? For sentimental reasons I wanted to give my son my grandad's name, but I just couldn't bring myself to burden him with it!

Lancelottie Thu 10-Jan-13 14:15:54

Just realised we also have a Nick, Michael, Julia, Emma and Gemma. And DD knows a Patricia.

Roger, Tracy and Colin must be only a heartbeat away, surely?

atthewelles Thu 10-Jan-13 16:24:32

Not to mention Sharon, Keith and Lisa.

FoofFighter Thu 10-Jan-13 17:09:17

Lilly Allen called her new dd Marnie - reckon that'll make a comeback then?

Not sure I like it myself.

CarrieJayne Thu 10-Jan-13 17:16:11

Well at least Lily Allen is sticking with her theme, Ethel and now Marnie... Hmmm. My DH offered Simon or Enid for our bump hmm. Not keen on either tbh, going to go classic (although our girl name is on here, didn't realise it was considered retro).

hopeful92 Thu 10-Jan-13 17:17:16

I know of an 18 month old toddler called Colin!! My friend has also called her baby Grace and I think that's a beautiful name smile

rainbowsprite1 Thu 10-Jan-13 17:22:06

I know 2 Florences, a Beatrice & an Ivy

bochead Thu 10-Jan-13 17:25:24


All under 1

Leonard = aged 8
John = aged 7
An Alfred in every class
Patience = age 9
Janet = age 9
David = several aged 9

I notice Tracy and Sharon seem to have died out completely, along with Nigel

Personally I'm in love with Jerimiah and Petrina.

My 21 year old god daughter is called Lois - I haven't met any others and think it's a lovely name.

Locketjuice Thu 10-Jan-13 17:30:02


SomersetONeil Thu 10-Jan-13 17:36:27

Florence and Beatrice are not retro - they're massively current and very popular! Not a fan of either, but just saying...

alemci Thu 10-Jan-13 17:37:46

My 19 year old is Alice and it was more unusual then but then Adam Faith and Zoe Wanamaker starred in a series around the same time and their baby was Alice so it became popular.

Don't like Marnie or Ethel.

What about Wayne - is that making a comeback (hopefully not)

SomersetONeil Thu 10-Jan-13 17:38:05

I know a 1YO and a 3YO Lois. It's climbing the popularity stakes.

Allofaflumble Thu 10-Jan-13 18:37:24

No mention of Rosalind......I so desperately wanted to be called that. It is so romantic and feminine. Sadly am a Carol and I cannot believe that will ever come back, will it?

PixieNix Thu 10-Jan-13 18:38:00

I know a Martha and a Percy both very young!

jellybeans Thu 10-Jan-13 18:50:09

I know a Douglas also; known as Doug or Douggy.

CremeEggThief Thu 10-Jan-13 18:53:38

DS (10) has a Michael and two Matthews in his school year and had a Douglas in his class in his previous school.

We also know a 5 year old Edgar.

DonderandBlitzen Thu 10-Jan-13 18:53:51

There are two Marnies that I know of at my daughter's primary school. (May be more that I don't know of.) One of them has it as the second part of a double barrelled first name though. Won't write the first part as there probably aren't that many kids with that double barrelled first name.

DonderandBlitzen Thu 10-Jan-13 18:55:17

I like Marnie

CremeEggThief Thu 10-Jan-13 18:55:48

Allofaflumble, my 31 year old sister had a Carol and a Rosalind in her school year in Ireland. Those are the youngest people I know with those names.

Coconutty Thu 10-Jan-13 18:56:19

I know a little Mary and also a 4 year old Trevor

smegley Thu 10-Jan-13 18:58:39

i know a 3 year old Colin

JesusInTheCabbageVan Thu 10-Jan-13 19:13:23

Not one I've heard, but I love love love 'Bridie'. Might be the only person in the world under 90 who does though blush

MushroomSoup Thu 10-Jan-13 19:21:30

I have a friend with 3 daughters - Susannah, Esme and Merrie. I love these names!

bealos Thu 10-Jan-13 19:24:43

Oh my goodness! I'm 38 weeks and I think I've just found an excellent name on this thread for my soon to be born dd! Now just to convince dp...

MushroomSoup Thu 10-Jan-13 19:34:54

What is it Bealos?!

determinedma Thu 10-Jan-13 19:36:53

Douglas is very common here in Scotland, so doesn't seem retro here. I don't meet many babies but the last ones I've heard of have been Reuben, Lewin, Noah and Martha

michelleblane Thu 10-Jan-13 20:35:40

One of my grandsons is Frederick, known as Freddy. He is 3
Isn't one of Lily Allen's daughters called Ethel? I had an Aunt and a G. Aunt Ethel. My middle name is Thelma (after my mother) not one I imagine will return to popularity.

marriedinwhite Thu 10-Jan-13 20:37:45

Eunice grin

skyninja Thu 10-Jan-13 20:38:31

I also know a baby Ralph, and I'm pretty sure the mother would be of the 'Forever' generation as she's only a few years younger than me. I also know of an Audrey, which is funny because my friend and I always said Audrey was the least baby name we could think of.

bealos Thu 10-Jan-13 20:42:55

mushroomsoup I don't know if I dare say out loud, for fear of a backlash of 'oh no that's awful!'

skyninja heehee to Ralph - I wouldn't have immediately thought Judy Blume til you mentioned it!

skyninja Thu 10-Jan-13 20:43:11

It's not the friend who's now got an Audrey by the way. That would be weird to let me mock it for years and then use it for her own child.

devonsmummy Thu 10-Jan-13 20:44:38

There's a 3 year old called Donald as DD's school
I know a teenage Bridie

PretzelTime Thu 10-Jan-13 20:45:49

Beryl is beautiful. I'd name my daughter that.

My friend would win, she has four gorgeous boys,


bealos Thu 10-Jan-13 21:04:01

sleepwhenidle my mind boggled a bit at Dudley!

My friend has three boys with names along the same lines: Ivor, Alec and Edgar

PretzelTime Thu 10-Jan-13 21:08:01

Ivor and Edgar are some seriously cool names!

Allofaflumble Thu 10-Jan-13 21:49:50

How about Sadie. I had an Irish aunt that was called this, not sure if it was short for something else? Could be teased with being called sadist though. The name is very pretty though.

dizzydixies Thu 10-Jan-13 21:53:28

Gary and Barbara

DonderandBlitzen Thu 10-Jan-13 21:58:15

Are Gary and Barbara siblings? smile

DonderandBlitzen Thu 10-Jan-13 21:59:34

Dudley makes me think of Dudley Dursley in Harry Potter and also Mr Dudwee in Little Britain

delilah88 Thu 10-Jan-13 22:10:27

I recently heard of a baby Todd.

Jollyb Thu 10-Jan-13 22:16:11


Biscuitsneeded Thu 10-Jan-13 22:31:12

My son is Bill. We haven't met another one yet.

I agree that all the Victorian/Edwardian names like Alfie, Archie, Daisy, Ruby etc are now tooooo popular, although all nice names. I think the trick is to go for our own parents' generation (ie born 30s/40s/50s)

My children know several Mabels, a Vera, a Maude, a Daphne, a Sylvie (I wanted Sylvia if Bill had been a girl), a Margaret, a Celia, several Arthurs, and a couple of Davids. I am also very keen on Sally, which if I had a daughter now I would definitely love to use.

hf128219 Thu 10-Jan-13 22:39:19

Sadie (in my mind) is associated with a very rude song about prostitutes.

LilyVonSchtupp Thu 10-Jan-13 22:43:19

DNephew (13) has a classmate called Roger and his brother's friend (15) is Ian

At a party last year we met a 5 year old Robert - can you imagine?! I've also heard of a couple of baby Kevins and it depressed me that they must be named after GPs. An ex-colleague also has a baby Sarah

PretzelTime Thu 10-Jan-13 22:45:47

It makes me think of the author Sadie Smith, not bad.

KatyPeril Thu 10-Jan-13 22:46:07

I know a baby Darren. Two Florences. An Albert and a Henry.

Clawdy Thu 10-Jan-13 22:50:35

Would anyone choose:
Don't think so...

SamSmalaidh Thu 10-Jan-13 22:56:36

I like the German pronounciation of Marlene!

Actually I think June could very well come back.

rockinhippy Thu 10-Jan-13 23:11:54

I know an 8 yr old Marlene, German pronunciation & IMHO it's lovely & suits her very well

SomersetONeil Thu 10-Jan-13 23:18:25

June, Joan, Jane, Jean, Jeanne will all come back sooner rather than later, I think.

SomersetONeil Thu 10-Jan-13 23:21:01

Marlene, German pronunciation, is gorgeous.

PretzelTime Thu 10-Jan-13 23:23:19

Nice names, all of them. I wonder if Bertha will make a come-back. Now that's a name I feel less sure about but it means "bright, famous"

LadyWidmerpool Thu 10-Jan-13 23:26:45


My friend just called her baby Dorothy smile which was my Gran's name, so that's nice.

Ham69 Fri 11-Jan-13 00:32:25

I love a lot of these names. I know a 6 year old Sonia and I'm still not used to it!

Solo Fri 11-Jan-13 00:34:17

Elsie and Nelly. Don't like either of them.

MrsMushroom Fri 11-Jan-13 07:36:26

I think Dorothy s an absolutely lovely name misspolly I know a 7 year old Stephanie which is bizarre.

ehmumbo Fri 11-Jan-13 08:57:20

Horace Whore is an interesting one! Have I missed something?

ehmumbo Fri 11-Jan-13 08:59:01

Sadie is short for Sarah.
No no no NOT Myra please!

I know a baby Ernest.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Fri 11-Jan-13 09:13:59

Myra has unfortunate connotations.

Someone mentioned Unity a while back saying she liked it and posters howled "Noooooo! She was a fascist!" etc. I wonder how Oswald can be making a comeback then? confused

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 11-Jan-13 10:01:30

Oh dear not Myra; saying that, Rose is still very popular.

atthewelles Fri 11-Jan-13 10:39:51

Clawdy I know someone who called their new baby June, last Summer. I love the name Jane and would definitely consider it for a baby girl.

atthewelles Fri 11-Jan-13 10:40:47

Oh, and my brother's boss has called his new baby Marlene.

BreastmilkNewYearLatte Fri 11-Jan-13 10:48:51

I've met a few real 70s names at toddler groups recently


bealos Fri 11-Jan-13 10:48:55

We have a baby Marlene in the January due date group on here...

Snazzynewyear Fri 11-Jan-13 10:54:35

There's a definite split between 60ish names, which for me would be Mike, Dave, Richard, Steve, Sandra, Linda, Carol, Diane, and 70s/80s names I remember from school: Lee (lots of these), Darren, Scott, Neil, Paul, Julie, Debbie, Louise, Sarah, Joanne, Claire, Karen, Natalie, Rebecca, Rachel.

I genuinely don't know any little ones or babies with any of these names.

Have just checked the 2011 baby names table and Alan is at no.199, with 263 baby boys given that name! So not so unheard of as we might think smile

bealos Fri 11-Jan-13 11:08:57

My friend called her daughter Agatha, nickname Taggie. I was lost for words...

Vagaceratops Fri 11-Jan-13 11:20:18

Like the blanket?

I have a Stanley, my eldest sons name hasn't been mentioned I don't think but it's not very common.

Other choices for the baby were:


As much as I love Stanley, I wish we would have called him Freddie, but DH and I couldn't agree on names at all.

sydenhamhiller Fri 11-Jan-13 11:25:39

Oh love the homage to Jilly Cooper with Taggie: Agatha.
I named new dc3 Nancy, which seems to be a marmite name like my first DC has- common 'diplomatic' responses like 'oh the old names are coming back' and 'oh interesting' ;-)

I had forgotten, as dc2's name usually gets a "ooooh lovely"

CremeEggThief Fri 11-Jan-13 12:01:47

My DS in Year 5 has a Rebecca and a Rachel in his class, Snazzy.

We also know three Lees, aged between 6 and 9, in Ireland.

Snazzynewyear Fri 11-Jan-13 12:08:16

CremeEgg It's interesting how it varies across Britain and Ireland regionally! I know slightly older Rebeccas and Rachels (in their teens) but they're not being used for under 5s round here. I actually think both are pretty classic but went through a period of intense popularity followed by a backlash.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 11-Jan-13 12:09:56

Rebecca and Rachel not unusual in Scotland...

wewereherefirst that's throwing down the gauntlet wink.

Snazzynewyear Fri 11-Jan-13 12:11:59

Slightly OT but just looked at the NM link and their page about popular names in 2013 - admittedly this comes from Nameberry. They reckon The Hobbit will inspire names, maybe not Bilbo but Thorin? shock I can't see it myself. I'd rather have Debbie, Mike or Carol any day.

rexie Fri 11-Jan-13 12:15:33

I have a two little girls Martha and Nancy. Why should you follow the flock?

bealos Fri 11-Jan-13 12:26:05

rexie don't you think Martha and Nancy are quite popular names now?

SamSmalaidh Fri 11-Jan-13 12:28:58

Martha and Nancy are pretty on-trend, not dated.

I think of names like Sandra, Deborah, Margaret as unusual now.

atthewelles Fri 11-Jan-13 12:32:53

There's definitely a variation in popular names between Ireland and England. Names like Rachel and Rebecca only really caught on here in the 1980s and are still quite popular. Most Sarahs and Emmas would also only be in their very early thirties and younger and both names are still quite frequently used for babies nowadays. Sophie would also be a relatively new name here but has reached saturation point at this stage - as has Ella.
'Old lady' names aren't really that popular here. I know of one Edie but no Elsies, Violets, Evies or Millies. And Olivia isn't particularly common here either.

grin Donkeys

I know lots of Evies, Ellas and Millies

My husband was aghast that his so 70's sainted name is rising in popularity again!

JambalayaCodfishPie Fri 11-Jan-13 12:59:01

DD2 8months, is Nancy - when we registered her, the registrar(the only one for the area) hadn't registered a Nancy in 14 years.

Since then have met another in the Doctors waiting room, and a 'friend' also used it for his DD.

I think when the ONS stats are released, it will have made quite a big jump.

ibizagirl Fri 11-Jan-13 12:59:29

At least these names are better than the modern ones people are using. There is an Armani by me and sorry to offend but i don't like it. I know a little girl called Flower and it has always suited her - she has always been a tiny dainty little thing and it seemed to suit her. There are a few Maisie's around. Dd has a Lois in her form. And there is a Matthew (which i thought might have disappeared) and a Jonathan. Plenty of Freddie's and Edward's though. William is popular. Even a Mark. Just remembered a Timothy. That seems ancient!!

rexie Fri 11-Jan-13 13:06:50

Not up north Bealos! Only know of one other Martha and have yet to meet another Nancy.

NoGinorWine4Mu1berry Fri 11-Jan-13 13:39:04

I know a nANCY who is older than David Cameron's.

MARtha is popular near me. There are about five under 9 in my children's school / My local area. I think it is paving the way for Mary/, mary will be used more soon.

NoGinorWine4Mu1berry Fri 11-Jan-13 13:40:49

bealos, i agree, those names are on trend, not retro.

to me retro is something that just has NOT come into fashion yet. a name that is 15 years from being mainstream/contemporary as opposed to five.

CremeEggThief Fri 11-Jan-13 16:49:00

Snazzy, I know! I find it fascinating. To comment very generally, I think several names that are seen as 60s/early 70s in the UK were common or at least not rare among my contemporaries in Ireland- e.g Janet, Janice, Susan and Gillian. I was born in 1978. Names such as Lisa, Karen, Joanne and Michelle were still commonly used well into the 80s too.

I think also the fact that it's a Catholic country had a big influence back then, so saints' names, such as Mary, Margaret, Catherine, and even the likes of Philomena and Ursula, were still used, albeit declining in popularity. I know three Margarets younger than me, for example.

Clawdy Fri 11-Jan-13 18:03:39

Wow,ok,all these Marlenes! None of the ones I remember pronounced it the pretty German way though.....almost sounds a different name.

Rhubarbgarden Fri 11-Jan-13 19:21:06

I know a baby Thorin. I didn't know it was from The Hobbit.

I also know a two year old Marlena, and a relative is expecting a dd in the spring who they plan to name Nancy (and they are up north, rexie)

If ds had been a dd she would have been a Simone. When I posted on here about that name, everyone shrieked "too eighties!" smile

Binkybix Fri 11-Jan-13 20:09:20

Oooh this thread is not good for me. I have been toying with 'Barbara', but had dismissed it as too odd. Maybe I'll keep it on the list!

AgathaPinchBottom Fri 11-Jan-13 20:15:37

Wewereherefirst - are you me?!?!
I LOVE Freddie but DH insisted on Stanley - your list is the same as mine!
What are your favourite girls names?

I would add: Ralph, Ned, Ted, Billy, Maud, Agnes and Agatha to the list...

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 11-Jan-13 21:50:39


Baby Jim


YoSaffBridge Fri 11-Jan-13 22:14:13

I wanted a baby Jim!

monsterchild Fri 11-Jan-13 22:20:24

Stella! And met an Esmarelda and Drusilla the other day.

wearymum200 Fri 11-Jan-13 22:29:36


Yet to meet a Sharon under the age of 20; maybe not retro enough.

alemci Fri 11-Jan-13 22:30:07

what about Jim Bob smile

Oooh Agatha what a coincidence!

I had Tabitha and Matilda on my girls list, they were token names as DH and I knew we were having boys before we actually found out grin

Clawdy Fri 11-Jan-13 22:37:25

Agatha is not retro,it's a very old name like Maud or Bertha, which has not been popular for at least eighty years. Unlike the prettier old names like May,Florence and Violet,it hasn't really caught on. Until now?

mumsywoo78 Sat 12-Jan-13 00:17:42

my friends daughter is called madison they call her madge as a NN.

I know a baby Jim and a ten year old Stella.

Just found out from an e-mail, that a woman I went to school with, had a baby boy over Christmas.

His name?


Rhubarbgarden Sat 12-Jan-13 08:47:03

I think Hilary is a retro name that's crying out to be brought back.

alemci Sat 12-Jan-13 09:42:06

No no no not Trevor.

Trevor? Really... Erm.... Never, ever!

Oh yes, Trevor, after her dad (who passed a couple of years ago).

The middle name was William, so at least he has that to fall back on, should he choose to.

Which lets face it, he will do.

ivykaty44 Sat 12-Jan-13 12:03:05


Heard in town today, Mum shouting to toddler, "Come here, Mildred!" grin

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Sat 12-Jan-13 17:47:31

Mildred is shocking. Sounds like Mildew. There's old lady chic and there's wanting to be different for the sake of it.

Sorry to any Mildreds but I don't think there will be

PretzelTime Sat 12-Jan-13 17:52:33

Mini Mildred, how cute! Maybe named after a grandma?

HalleLouja Sat 12-Jan-13 18:03:55

Duncan and Peggy.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sun 13-Jan-13 18:39:03

I've heard of a recent baby Samantha (Friend of Friend)

It is a FREAKIN' AWESOME name wink

MolotovCocktail Sun 13-Jan-13 20:16:07

Ned and Patsy.

They aren't related and I think I like the names!

zenoushka Mon 14-Jan-13 09:58:49

Came across a 4-year old Janet last month!

BeaWheesht Mon 14-Jan-13 10:00:37

Ds has 2 girls in his class called Linda and Anne

KatyPeril Mon 14-Jan-13 10:05:37


Sasparillo Mon 14-Jan-13 10:25:42

Elsie & Martha which I actually love! If I ever had twin girls in the future I would certainly use these names smile xx

ivykaty44 Mon 14-Jan-13 12:00:57

what about John to go with Janet, or Peter and Jane like the books in the 60's

DonderandBlitzen Mon 14-Jan-13 12:13:17

I like Janet

atthewelles Mon 14-Jan-13 12:40:55

I love Janet, Peter and Jane. I also love Susan. Because I'm Irish those names don't hold any mumsy connotations for me, they just sound vintage, Enid Blytony, tea in the nursery type names.
Mumsy names in Ireland would be Kathleen, Maureen, Eithne, Kay, Sheila, Phyllis and Eileen.

DonderandBlitzen Mon 14-Jan-13 12:45:41

I think it does depend on whether you've known anyone in the generation above with a name whether you think of it as mumsy. I've known Pams, Sheilas, Barbaras, Maureens, Sue's from my parents generation and they aren't my cup of tea. Janet and Susan are fine for me though as i didn't know anyone called that, so i could imagine a child with the name.

BeaWheesht Mon 14-Jan-13 13:09:36

Elspeth shortened to Elsie was my number one choice name with dd but dh vetoed it hmm

FranglaisMadam Mon 14-Jan-13 13:22:24

Boy: Quentin (but pronounced CON-TAN here...whatever, it's still Quentin to
Girl: Fanny

tammytoby Mon 14-Jan-13 13:51:42

Lots of names on here aren't really 'retro' imo. I know quite a few little Agathas, Quentins, Dorothys and Ernest I think they are so old that they're 'in' again.

Really 'unfashionable' dated names include Brian, Colin, Deborah, Tracy, Sharon and Mike.

alemci Mon 14-Jan-13 21:47:16

Fanny would be very unfortunate. Franglais it sounds like the famous five.

marriedinwhite Tue 15-Jan-13 08:03:30

I'm waiting to hear Jeremy and Julian; Denise, Kim or Sandra.

MidnightMasquerader Tue 15-Jan-13 08:07:57

Ooh, I know of a little baby Julian born last year!

austenozzy Tue 15-Jan-13 08:14:46

there's a marion in my dd 's playgroup. seems a bit too old fashioned to me. lovely girl though.

rainbow2000 Tue 15-Jan-13 09:21:19

Theres a John and Gary in ds class.Obviously names like that are making a comeback

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Tue 15-Jan-13 18:50:37

I know a baby Jeremy.

SavoirFaire Tue 15-Jan-13 22:25:14

1 yo Jeremy at my DCs nursery.

Jux Sun 20-Jan-13 02:22:39

How retro is retro? I came across a couple of Tudor names today - Harbottle and Adolphus. if I'd had a boy, I think I would have been seriously tempted by Harbottle, which I think is rather magnificent! grin. Once at school though, it would probably have morphed into Harvey. Luckily, I suppose, I had a girl.

narmada Sun 20-Jan-13 09:09:14

Harbottle? Harbottle shock

Megsdaughter Sun 20-Jan-13 09:33:07

I know a 8 month old Melanie, all the others I know are in their 30's.

alemci Sun 20-Jan-13 12:12:12

Harbottle - that is wicked.

quite like Melanie but most of them are the age you described or older.

gobacktoyourplaypenbaby Sun 20-Jan-13 15:58:53

Am having a good old chuckle at these. Favourites I've read are Brian, Barry and Horace (Hor) Brilliant Loobootins grin

gobacktoyourplaypenbaby Sun 20-Jan-13 16:00:16

Oops spelt that wrong Labootin

shrimponastick Sun 20-Jan-13 16:20:50

Am surprised at Robert being classed as a retro name.

DS is a Robert, he is 15. There are a few more Roberts in his school too.

I have a 7 month old called Elsie. We both loved it and didn't think it was popular but reading this thread made me realise its had a comeback grin

Binfullofresolutionsfor10thjan Sun 20-Jan-13 18:00:05

My DB's friends are debating Isambard for their soon to arrive DS!

Snazzynewyear Sun 20-Jan-13 21:09:57

Harbottle sounds like it'd be a type of insect. Apologies to any parents of Harbottles out there.

Jux Mon 21-Jan-13 08:07:24


I suspect that there have not been parents of Harbottles since about 1700.

puddeycat Mon 21-Jan-13 13:01:04

My cousin has a Dennis Rodger and an Irene Edith aka Denny and Renie which I think are quite cute!


atthewelles Mon 21-Jan-13 16:57:38

I met a two year old little girl called Sukie at the weekend. She was gorgeou.

alemci Mon 21-Jan-13 17:12:18

Showing my age but remember George and Mildred and little boy was called Tarquin.

Jux Mon 21-Jan-13 17:18:36

There was a girl at school with me called Sukey. Another called Jessica. I remember our teacher insisting that Jessica wasn't a 'real' name and it must be short for something; she wouldn't take no for an answer, even though Jessica got visibly upset, but that teacher was an unremittingly awful woman.

Behindthesofa Mon 21-Jan-13 18:27:21

Ernie. hmm

marriedinwhite Mon 21-Jan-13 18:33:29

Ernie - the fastest milkman in the West (Benny Hill about 1972) or Emily Bishop's husband. That really does age - yep - that one's definitely retro.

MaybeAgain Mon 21-Jan-13 18:35:25

Loving this thread, it's given me a chuckle.

When I was at play group (approx 4 years ago now) a mum arrived with her lovely newborn boy called.....Bartholomew...Bart for short!

Had me humming the Simpsons theme tune all day.

DonderandBlitzen Mon 21-Jan-13 18:40:24

Bartie is sweet. I also like Renie if pronounced Reenie.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Mon 21-Jan-13 18:46:07


humblebumble Mon 21-Jan-13 18:52:59

Gavin (my nephew, aged 1.5)

clareyfarey Mon 21-Jan-13 20:33:54

My friend has a little girl called Pearl, and her sister Lois (who was called Violet until Pearl nicknamed her 'Vile'!!)

Another friend has called her little boy Stanley.

I love the old school name grin

Clare x

littlemisstax Tue 22-Jan-13 18:13:25

I know twins Judy & Ellen. It suits them.

Also know toddlers Sid and Dougal.

QueenOfCats Tue 22-Jan-13 18:42:40

Ava - it's lovely smile

For some reason I love the name Diane, and also Marlene!

schplappo Tue 22-Jan-13 18:49:59

Millicent - known as Milly
Violet - known as Letty
Algernon - known as Algy

boschy Thu 24-Jan-13 11:23:41

Trudie - there's a name I have not heard in many a long year... wonder if it's due a come back?

weaselm4 Thu 24-Jan-13 11:53:37

I know an Isambard!

DonderandBlitzen Thu 24-Jan-13 13:37:14

So do I. Or at least I know his mum. I wonder if it is the same one in the Torquay area?

MunchkinsMumof2 Thu 24-Jan-13 15:05:06

Gilbert and Mabel are siblings aged 1 & 3.

I also know of a baby Seth. I must say, it is a name I have always loathed! Thankfully I seldom see his mother. Her other children both have horrible names too!

DonderandBlitzen Sat 26-Jan-13 00:00:16

Not a name I have heard recently, but I'm reading a Malory Towers book to my dd (written 1946) and a Baby Daphne is mentioned. Daphne is a fab name, but not one you hear for a baby very often - or has it come round again?

Locketjuice Sat 26-Jan-13 08:30:42

Couldn't have a Gilbert after watching what's eating Gilbert grape!

LucieLucie Sat 26-Jan-13 12:06:24

Recent baby names which literally made my teeth itch were;



Wandastartup Sat 26-Jan-13 13:32:32

My daughters names are both on this list! I thought they were classic without being common. Maybe I am retro though...

Gimmeechocolate Sat 26-Jan-13 16:54:47

I don't think most of the old names mentioned here are dated at all. I would say 50's, 60's and 70's names sound dated ie. Susan, Julie, Linda, Kevin, Paul etc Also those I went to school with such as Karen, Kerry, Claire and Louise would sound retro or dated for a baby, to me anyway!

I know a girl under 5 called Sandra and a boy called Jim. I've recently met a baby called Joan.

I love all the early 1900's names. I know Mabel, Florence, Arthur, Stanley, Monty, Ada, Iris, Edie, Reggie, Ronnie, Lottie, Elsie, Ruby, Seth.

Stixswhichtwizzle Sat 26-Jan-13 20:47:14

I met a gorgeous toddler called Ivy at baby group.

I know an Esther, Ivy, Violet, Martha, Stanley and a whole heap of Oscars all under 1.

Also a Ryan. Which is kind of 70s retro I think

Bagofmashings Sat 26-Jan-13 20:56:19

Percy grin

Rhubarbgarden Sat 26-Jan-13 22:31:49

My friend's sister has just had a Jonathan David. I think that's quite retro these days.

Harrysmummysarah1 Sat 26-Jan-13 22:36:39

My daughters Martha. In her class and year group is a:
Then theirs the Oscars, Ethan's, Finley's, Olivia's, Ava's etc..

In dd2 nursery class there's a

Locketjuice Mon 28-Jan-13 07:25:12

Heard a baby Gordon yesterday!

Esker Mon 28-Jan-13 07:28:34

I haven't heard of anyone using this recently, but I recalled the name Brenda the other day- I cannot imagine anyone calling a child this today shock

Locketjuice Mon 28-Jan-13 07:30:31

I know a Brenda she's awful! Puts me off the name, also couldn't imagine a baby Blanche!

Trazzletoes Mon 28-Jan-13 07:32:31

I know a Percival (Percy for short), Sidney and Kingsley.

Lovely names and they suit the children perfectly.

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 08:05:06

I love Percy and Reg, Ray has made a comeback in the states but you don't hear that so much in the UK.

Really Retro would be Phil, Mark and Wayne.

blushingm Tue 29-Jan-13 01:00:52


Nancy66 Tue 29-Jan-13 11:59:35

I know of two Jeans born in last two years - both to very trendy, arty parents.

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