Traditional but unpopular baby names? I have come up with ....

(53 Posts)
Lucaslovesfelicity Thu 14-Mar-13 21:15:33

Thinking a lot about baby names for a potential baby number 3. This is what we have come up with so far:

Beatrix
Merryn
Florence
Matilda
Tabitha
Penelope (Penny)

Edward
Felix
Xavier
Alexander (Xander)
Henry

Dd called Felicity and Ds called Benjamin

Thanks

KatherineKrupnik Thu 14-Mar-13 21:19:20

What's your definition of unpopular? I know quite a few with those names, except Merryn and Penelope.

I love Penelope.

ladymia Thu 14-Mar-13 21:21:14

Unpopular?

Shr0edinger Thu 14-Mar-13 21:21:56

um, all of those names are either popular or on the rise!

I think you need to look at the statistics. There are some great websites.

I like Merrin and Felix though. Felix is probably on the downward curve now!?

Bowlersarm Thu 14-Mar-13 21:23:13

Beatrix Florence Matilda Edward Alexander and Henry , I would say, are all very popular!

scaevola Thu 14-Mar-13 21:25:35

I think most of those are in frequent use, except Merryn and Penelope.

Are you after comments on your list (most of which are lovely names), or more suggestions?

lottiegarbanzo Thu 14-Mar-13 21:29:29

Unpopular? You have some of the most popular names amongst babies I've encountered on there.

bassingtonffrench Thu 14-Mar-13 21:30:34

the names you list are popular names mostly! or at least up and coming

if you are looking for traditional but unpopular try

Phillip
Steven
Paul
John

Linda
Jane
Mary
Anne

SleepyCatOnTheMat Thu 14-Mar-13 21:41:41

Yes, what counts as unpopular? I would say anything outside the top 100, and of your list, off the top of my head, Alexander, Edward and Felix are all top 30 and Florence, Matilda and Henry are all top 50 or thereabouts. The rest of your list, whilst they may be popular in Mumsnet circles, are all outside the top one hundred. Of your existing kids names, Felicity is about no. 180 if memory serves me correctly, whilst Benjamin is top 30. (Yes, I'm a baby name geek).

With your existing kids names, I like Edward and Alexander, and Beatrix and Matilda, as I think they offer contrast.

IamthegreatProcrastinator Thu 14-Mar-13 21:42:56

I love Merryn!

lottiegarbanzo Thu 14-Mar-13 21:44:19

If you wan unpopular, try Margaret, Stephen and Michael.

TiredyCustards Thu 14-Mar-13 21:46:08

Mary is sweet. Margot, Cissy, Rita, Peggy.

Boys - Billy, Christopher, Peter

smegley Thu 14-Mar-13 21:47:24

my son is called Ted, traditional but its not popular.
I think the trick is to just pick a name you really like, name trends come and go.

MargaretsMum Thu 14-Mar-13 21:48:33

Stop it with the Margaret people. It's coming up far too often on these boards. Damn it, it's my unpopular baby name grin

TenthMuse Thu 14-Mar-13 21:56:14

As others have said, many of these are far from unpopular! Do like most of them though - love Merryn and Tabitha and all your boys' names are good.

Rhubarbgarden Thu 14-Mar-13 22:17:28

How about:
Richard
Sylvester
Dominic
Jonathan

Naomi
Laura
Helen
Victoria

SherbetDibDab Thu 14-Mar-13 22:19:10

marjorie

Shr0edinger Thu 14-Mar-13 22:21:13

I like Margaret
Marjorie is yucky though. Like Margarine.

Shr0edinger Thu 14-Mar-13 22:22:16

Dominic and Jonathan good suggestions! I also like Robert. How popular is that? I don't know any children called Robert, but it's still a good solid name that would work.

Shr0edinger Thu 14-Mar-13 22:23:33

Jane is nice! not ready for Linda but Belinda Jane would be fabulous

poppydaisy Fri 15-Mar-13 10:47:41

Agree that most of the names in the op are quite 'fashionable' - the most classic timeless, untrendy, names are Felicity and Merryn - love them both!

How about
Michael
Peter
Robert
Quentin
Benedict
Paul
Patrick

Elisabeth
Susanna
Helena
Francesca
Allanah
Charlotte

All solid, classic timeless names imo.

peeriebear Fri 15-Mar-13 10:52:57

Wasn't Henry in the top spot in 2012?

laughalot Fri 15-Mar-13 10:53:33

annabella, mabel, helena, anna, claire, alice, hattie, tabatha, michaela, esme

rory, tom, james, jamie, ryan, matthew, alex, owen, charles, beth

LulaPalooza Fri 15-Mar-13 10:54:53

If you already have a DD called Felicity would it not be slightly odd to have a DS called Felix?

mewkins Fri 15-Mar-13 20:23:09

Margaret? You would do that to a child???

Kathryn ( no need to shorten to Katie) although K-Mid probably means it's on the rise)

Iris, Evelyn, Susannah, Angela, Christina

David, Stewart, Stephen, Peter, Owen

Shr0edinger Fri 15-Mar-13 20:50:12

Margaret is just about five years away from coming back into fashion, so it's hardly something bad that you'd do to a child. I nearly called my daughter Margaret.

melliebobs Fri 15-Mar-13 20:53:12

My dd is called Nancy. If we have a dd2 me and dh want to call her Ida

MargaretsMum Fri 15-Mar-13 21:07:54

Shr0- stop it, stop it. I was promised when I named DD that enough people felt like mewkins that it was safe from a surge. It's a bloody brilliant name though. Absolutely love it.

mewkins Fri 15-Mar-13 21:19:13

Maybe it just reminds me of someone I don't like very much... but a very good friend has it as a middle name and is embarrassed by it to be quite frank.

MargaretsMum Fri 15-Mar-13 21:25:00

Ah, the Thatcher thing. I'm no fan either, but practically every family has a Margaret around that generation. It's not like it's Adolf <shrug>. In real life it seems far more likely to remind someone of an aunt or a grandma.

To be quite frank, I'd be embarrassed by some of the names people choose on here and are met with rapturous responses, but it's just personal taste. Just like I can't stand certain tv programmes, or drinks, or foods, or music which others love. And I suspect that they can't stand some things I adore. Just because a friend is embarrassed doesn't make it an embarrassing name.

Shr0edinger Fri 15-Mar-13 21:34:21

Sorry Margaretsmum! Actually, it's like, todally eeeeooooow wink

monsterchild Fri 15-Mar-13 21:52:21

Vincent
Paul
Scott
Leonard
Walter

Harriett
Sherry
Agnes
Stephanie
Jennifer

TallulahBetty Sat 16-Mar-13 10:17:44

I'm a Lois! Unusual but not 'out there'.

MonsterScout Sat 16-Mar-13 15:44:04

Lois, Mary and Felicity as suggested above are all gorgeous. Slightly less popular than Matilda, Tabitha, Florence in my neck of the woods:

Cora
Clara
Margaret or Marguerite
Esther
Ida
Marianne
Josephine
Frances
Stella
Selma
Christina
Susannah
Corinne
Tess
Sylvia
Sadie
Lillian
Una
Faye
Anastasia

Or there are names you just dont hear anymore at all:

Anita
Annette
Ruth
Gladys
Sally
Wendy
Jean
Joan
Cynthia
Janice / Janet
Paula

Maybe for a reason ;-)

Viviennemary Sat 16-Mar-13 16:35:30

I'm not keen on Margaret. It was even old fashioned when I was a child.

bassingtonffrench Sat 16-Mar-13 20:32:17

I'm loving your list MonsterScout

Minty82 Sat 16-Mar-13 20:39:19

Oh no, will you stop all suggesting Susannah?! I've got that lined up for theoretical DD2...

Choccybaby Sat 16-Mar-13 20:43:14

if you want unusual but traditional how about something old english like oswin or edric?

LandofTute Mon 18-Mar-13 12:50:06

I LOVE Ida Melliebobs

Conrad or Corinna

CruCru Mon 18-Mar-13 13:45:44

Frances. Eugenia. Georgiana. Ingrid. Marianna. Miriam. Rosalind.

CruCru Mon 18-Mar-13 14:03:43

Edmund. Francis. Hugh.

CruCru Mon 18-Mar-13 14:04:36

Philip. Steven. Michael. Matthew. Christopher. Timothy.

WormCanner Mon 18-Mar-13 18:01:37

Denis (or Dennis or Denys)
Derek
Brian (or Bryan)
Kevin

Sheila
Janet
Pamela
Sandra

lottiegarbanzo Mon 18-Mar-13 18:42:06

Unpopular but not so classic and maybe due for a revival in ten years:

Deborah
Jaqueline
Melanie
Sandra
Joanne
Michelle

Stuart
Paul
Alastair
Brian
Graham

OP, have you abandoned us?

CruCru Mon 18-Mar-13 18:59:39

John

CruCru Mon 18-Mar-13 19:00:08

Percy. Gordon.

CruCru Mon 18-Mar-13 19:18:34

Jane. Claire. Lydia.

farmersdaughter Mon 18-Mar-13 19:40:31

With your DC's I think Penelope and Edward work really well.

Or what about:

Margot
Julia
Mary (Marie, Maria)
Helen
Victoria
Susannah
Clare
Alison
Ruth
Miranda

Morgan
Simon
Elliot
Alastair
Duncan
Gavin
Marcus
Seth
Spencer
Ralph
Winston
Russell

WormCanner Mon 18-Mar-13 23:42:37

Deborah and Joanna not classic? They are Biblical names which surely gives them classic status.

MidnightMasquerader Tue 19-Mar-13 04:00:28

No, it gives them cyclical status. Old, but come in and out of fashion. Nobody's calling their babies those names now...

Margaret is definitely going to be on the rise in another 5-10 years.

shoobidoo Tue 19-Mar-13 09:53:55

If you already have a Felicity I would certainly not name another child Felix!
I love Tabitha, Penelope and Matilda for girls and Xavier, Xander and Quentin for a boy. Good luck!

AlisonClare Tue 19-Mar-13 12:44:16

I knew a Felicity when I was a child. It's a lovely name. Her siblings were Edward, Dominic and Patricia.

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