names coming back around

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When do you think Andrew will be popular again?

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

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

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

StellaNova Mon 13-May-13 20:55:04

DH wanted DS to be Andrew for the Scottish connection; he has an uncle known as Drew which I like. But I knew so many Andrews at school in the 80s I wasn't that keen.

On the other hand I also knew shedloads of Sarahs and I am now thinking it is a really pretty name - in the past I was blinded by the sheer ubiquity.

Yes, Sarah was never just Sarah. It was Sarah C or Sarah J.

It is a beautiful name, I only know of one Sarah born in the last 4 years!

Judyandherdreamofhorses Mon 13-May-13 21:01:49

We've recently called our baby Simon. Same sort of name I suppose. It draws comments, never negative. Similar type of name, I think.

Yes, Simon is similar. Its lovely, not common but not made up. Congratulations! smile

When I named DD1 her name was only just into the top 100. Around 80. Now its top ten.

When we named DD2 we knew her name was in the Top20 but didnt realise it was so popular in our area.

Now I have two children who will be forever followed around by their initial sad

Madcaplady Mon 13-May-13 21:13:15

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dementedma Mon 13-May-13 21:15:10

Ooh I LOVE Simon. Great name

Ruprekt Mon 13-May-13 21:18:07

A teacher I work with and I were discussing this last week.

We discussed the Jensons and Jaydons and she said if you want an unusual name call your child Peter or David!!



I wanted Nicole for DD2 but DP vetoed it.

Her middle name is Louise though.

idiot55 Mon 13-May-13 21:23:11

I often wonder when the names of my era will come back:



etc etc

twinklestar2 Mon 13-May-13 21:26:18

Wannabe - I adore the name Nicole

I shall work on him for DD3 grin

(We probably arent having any more babies.)

SarahMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 13-May-13 21:45:25


in 12 posts, you've namechecked me and three of my four siblings grin

<children of the 70s/80s>

dietcokeandwine Mon 13-May-13 22:07:55

I know a couple of baby/toddler Andrews and a 5 year old Stephen. And, now I come to think of it, five different Sarahs, who are all preschool age and below. That name certainly seems to be 'coming back', amongst people I know anyway!

We have a baby Nicholas and i absolutely love his name but it's very much of a name of the 70s/80s, I think. I went to school with various Nicks/Nicholases (in amongst the Pauls, Marks, Philips and Simons) but don't know any other little ones apart from mine.

ivykaty44 Mon 13-May-13 22:12:05

what is the sarah c? sarah jane but sarah c?


ivykaty44 Mon 13-May-13 22:13:27

Oh and


An example of a surname initial. There were so many in my year at school they were known by their first name and surname initial.

exoticfruits Mon 13-May-13 22:19:31

You are always safe with Andrew- it is a classic. So is Sarah - it has always been my favourite, but I have no DDs.

halestone Mon 13-May-13 22:20:38

My DD 22wks middle name is Elizabeth which was very unusual around where i live. Since she has been born in December though i have heard of 2 more Elizabeth but 1st names.

I would of loved to have called her Margaret i love that name (Margi for short). But DP put his foot down.

If we had, had a boy he was going to be called David Michael.

CremeEggThief Mon 13-May-13 22:21:48

There's a Joanna and a Christina in the Nursery class of my DS's school. I think they're both lovely names.

50shadesofknackered Mon 13-May-13 22:28:08

What about Claire? I think it's a lovely name but is very dated to the 70's and 80's. like Sarah there were so many Claire's they were known as Claire J, Claire P etc. You never hear of this name being used now.

forgetmenots Mon 13-May-13 22:40:02

I like Peter and think it's due a revival.
Claire and Sarah were a really popular sibling set in the 80s too, have always preferred Claire to Sarah but can see both coming back if we give it another five-ten years!

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

CremeEggThief Mon 13-May-13 22:46:35

Sarah is very popular among under tens in the Republic of Ireland. It wasn't that common there, when I was growing up in the eighties. I only knew four altogether, from two different primaries and one secondary, and my best friend at the time had a big sister Sarah.

Pancakeflipper Mon 13-May-13 22:49:45


I was thinking at the weekend that it is time for an Alan revival.
And a few Lee's and a few Sean's/Shaun's.

I love andrew do much it's ridiculous! Dd1 (8) was going to be andrew murray surname for a while if she was a ds, lucky we changed our minds a million times as andy murray really broke out around then! I also have a couple of exes called andrew so dp wouldn't use it for ds sad i intend to force it onto my grandchildren tho grin

Sarah is also a fantabulous name.... grin

Oooh ds's middle name is Allan after my favourite cousin smile i wanted that as a first name but my aunt would get all giddy and annoy me (ha! Ooh my giddy aunt!)

sleepingbeautiful Mon 13-May-13 23:51:14

Surprisingly I've 2 babies called Desmond at Mum and tot groups recently.
DH's nephew is Jeremy.
The only other people I know with these names are in their 40s.
Also met a couple of little Louise/Louisas and the others I know are all in their 30s.

sleepingbeautiful Mon 13-May-13 23:53:10

I think Andrew will probably start being used again soon but it's not a faddy name so I imagine there's always a few.

TheSecondComing Mon 13-May-13 23:58:55

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SleepyCatOnTheMat Tue 14-May-13 08:45:58

Some great names on here. My pre-school DS loves the name Desmond! To him it is funky and cool. I've always liked Deborah/Debbie, and about a year ago, after always thinking of it as a boring old man's name, I had a revelation regarding Alan. It's simple, classic and clean.

Kikithecat Tue 14-May-13 08:50:28

Although lots of granny/grandad names have come back into fashion I wonder if there are some that no one will ever want to revive. Doris? Edna? Doreen? -

forgetmenots Tue 14-May-13 08:53:10

I know a baby Martin,which struck me as really retro.

I know a teenage Martin. It really doesnt "fit" him for some reason.

I have heard of a baby Agnes. IMO thats a step too far.

farmersdaughter Tue 14-May-13 09:27:03

I'm longing to met a baby John. I think it's a brilliant name.

I have a cousin called Sarah, she's 2, I also know a baby Laura too.

Wonder when Stephanie, Rebecca, Louise and Cheryl will return wink primary school in the 80's! I through Cheryl was so cool as her name was really 'fun' blush

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Tue 14-May-13 09:57:48

DS has a (really retro) name mentioned on this thread. He's 4. He's known by a diminutive, and is always the only one in any context - playgroup, kindy, activities, etc. grin

He has an instantly recognisable, known name, but I can categorically state that he will never need to add his surname initial to his name to differentiate himself!

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

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

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

Claire needs to rest for a while longer! jmo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sorry, with Sarah, Elizabeth and Anne.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She will be Alison Catherine.

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew is a lovely name.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am waffling now!

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

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

(there is a Colin in reception!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interesting how little variety there is in boys names!

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