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

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

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

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

AuntieStella Wed 15-May-13 15:29:37

I think it needs to be more than 50 years. We're not ready for another round of Nigels!

MadBusLady Wed 15-May-13 15:39:41

Michelle, Jodie, Cheryl and other 80s-tastic ones (but then Cheryl Cole must have some influence?)

And yes, please no more Daves, Britain is full.

JennyEnglish Wed 15-May-13 15:47:20

Oh yes, Jodie and Cheryl, I'd think I'd misheard if I heard of a baby called Jodie or Cheryl. Not that they're worse than the vast majority of other names, but they'd be unexpected definitely.

The life span of a name can be 25 years, and yet, names that are only 50 years old can sound retro...... (some of them). so, I'm going to say names that were popular 35-40 years ago are the least expected.

Linguaphile Wed 15-May-13 18:07:34

I think I'd be most horrified if a friend named her baby something really 80s like Amber, Crystal, Tiffany, or Heather.

forgetmenots Wed 15-May-13 19:44:10

Amber is still popular!

Tiffany, that would be a shocker. Jeanette? Barbara? Janice? Nicola?

Wouldntyouliketoknow Wed 15-May-13 19:56:59

I think Amber and Heather are still popular-ish (Amber more so).

Anything like Steve, Tracey, Sharon, Martin, Jill, Sue, Dawn.

I suppose names that you can imagine only a 40/50 year-old being called now!

ClaraOswald Wed 15-May-13 19:59:21

I have heard of a six year old Dennis, a seven year old Keith, a friend has a baby Jodie, I have heard of a newborn Michael and a newborn Robert.

evamummy Thu 16-May-13 10:48:49

Isn't it a shame that we all choose similar names so they become really popular and associated with a certain era?

Actually, being a little Stephen or Michelle now would be easier than being yet another Jack or Ellie - at least your name would easily identify you!

monica77798 Thu 16-May-13 10:56:10

I don't think Stephen or Steve is particularly out of touch. But I do agree with Tracey, Linda, Nigel, and Dennis. Maybe add Barbara, Neville, Sylvia, Roger, and Trevor.

50shadesofvomit Thu 16-May-13 10:59:21

I'd add Graham, Pauline, Cindy and Simon to that list.

50shadesofvomit Thu 16-May-13 10:59:51

Norman too.

MolotovCocktail Thu 16-May-13 11:05:32

I can't see Doris, Bertha, Beryl or Norbert coming back ever

MadBusLady Thu 16-May-13 11:11:55

Sylvia was shooting up the charts last time I looked. Give it another couple of years it'll be top 100 just in time for me to want to use it. hmm

rachel234 Thu 16-May-13 11:15:09

The 'least appealing' names to many may be names that they find too widely used (overused) - Jack, Alfie, Ollie, Ellie, Evie, etc.

I actually think that many of these currently untrendy names mentioned here will slowly start to rise in popularity - I know a little Mabel and a Martin.

notso Thu 16-May-13 11:33:19

I know four Ambers, two Tiffanys and three Heathers under 15.

thegreylady Thu 16-May-13 11:37:01

Does anyone know a baby Marilyn,Valerie or Gloria [all 40's] or a Kenneth, Gordon or Barry?

Hedwig3 Thu 16-May-13 11:45:35

What Rachel1234 said!

Boys names ending with ie sound
Girls names with el sound in

My eldest wants a baby sister called Valerie! smile

SugarMiceInTheRain Thu 16-May-13 11:50:00

Someone I know has just named her baby Scott. It's not so dated as some names but the youngest Scott I've come across is 30ish so it's pretty 80s IME

JennyEnglish Thu 16-May-13 11:50:28

i HEARd of a baby Gloria.

And actually I think Valerie is very pretty, so if it sounds, or is starting to sound appealing even to some people (or even just me and hedwig's eldest!!) then I'd guess it'll rise.

Marilyn just seems steeped in something artificial and tragic. I don't know. Wouldn't like that. Meryl I like though.

MadBusLady Thu 16-May-13 11:52:43

Valerie is lovely. Don't like Val though. Pamela is lovely too, but ditto Pam!

JennyEnglish Thu 16-May-13 11:53:25

Yeh, Madbuslady, I'd skip Sylvia if you're trying to be a little quirky. I seriously considered it for my son and he's 8. (ykwim). But now I think that any name ending in -ia is in keeping with the moment really. Olivia, Celia, Julia, Amelia, they all work now

Sylvester for a boy I can see rising. HONESTLY. I have reasons for predicting this. The next trend with be in line with the re-branding of the catholic churth. Popes name will become fashionable.

JennyEnglish Thu 16-May-13 11:53:55

.... and saints names. Keep seeing Josephine mentioned.

JennyEnglish Thu 16-May-13 11:55:31

I like Scott. Good choice.

thegreylady Thu 16-May-13 11:56:28

I am Valerie and the only one I have heard of lately is Julian Clary's dog!

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

I do know a baby Sylvie.

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

Linda is pretty I think.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barry Junior!? BJ. Oh dear.

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

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

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

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

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

I reckon Colin is due a revival.

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

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

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

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

Archibald. Oh god.

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

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

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

I too feel that Colin is due a revival soon!

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

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

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

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

Our generation will never go for pam and val

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I wouldn't ever name my DC;

Nigel, Barry, Colin, Derek, Trevor

Deborah, Paula, Janet, Linda, Doreen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

How about Carol or Adrian?
Christine or Gary?

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

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

Neil could never make a comeback!

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

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

I love Suzanne.

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

LazyMonkeyButler Tue 04-Jun-13 22:31:35

Judging mainly by MN baby name threads, I would guess that "granny names" like Nora, Maude, Mabel etc. are going to continue to rise in popularity and "overused cutesy" names will become, well, less overused - Poppy, Ellie etc.

In real life though, I know of NO actual babies being given old lady names and recent births include Ellie-May, Lilllie-Rose & Sienna-Mae - all of which would be frowned upon in a rather judgey way on MN.

My conclusion is that it's all rather regional.

Ha my dad is a neil and my mum has made exactly the same comment about looking at a cute baby and thinking. "I know...Neil! "

I love the two generations theory (barring biblical names) and am dying to try it out. Means my dcs children will be called robert, ken, charles, jack, jean (always thougbt that was due a comeback), audrey, elsie, margery

halestone Tue 04-Jun-13 22:39:31

My DP aged 30 is called Martin i hate it.

I can't see names like Pauline, Maureen, Doreen and Barbara coming back into popularity.

Turniptwirl Tue 04-Jun-13 23:14:36

I know a few young Jodie's and to my shock some mid 20s Trevor's!

But yes I think the middle aged people names like Beryl, Sue, Carol, Linda etc would be the most strange on a baby. But who knows they may be the Evie's and Arthur's of our children's children's generation!

JamieandtheMagicTorch Wed 05-Jun-13 06:08:33


I have the same name as my mum, grandmother and great grandmother. Very uncommon in women.

I know a baby called Ray.

Pfaffer Wed 05-Jun-13 06:44:43

I know a newish baby called Reggie.

Someone in my baby group had an Ian. I thought that was before its time tbh.

Anyone got a Doris? It's due.

Gingerandproud Wed 05-Jun-13 07:01:38

I met a toddler Neil in costa. He was named after his grandad

meditrina Wed 05-Jun-13 07:17:11

I don't think Audrey, Gail, Deirdre, or Vera will make a comeback whilst they're still so strongly associated with Corrie. Ditto Ken and Kevin.

AThingInYourLife Wed 05-Jun-13 07:40:07

I love Vera and Audrey.

To my ears Deirdre is more like Niamh or Maeve, very 70s.

Assajjventress Wed 05-Jun-13 09:39:39

Absolutely love Valerie but had boys it't due for a revival

HoneyandRum Wed 05-Jun-13 12:43:55

I love Gloria and I like Audrey and Valerie. I know a 7 yr old Slyvie. I also know a teenage Susan who was named after her Grandma - that is very unusual in her age group. Ray made a comeback in the US a few years ago, I like it. I also met a little boy called Ronnie in Bosnia whose parents got his name from an English tourist! So multi-culturalism works in all directions.

I think after all these very sweet cutesy names recently there will be a turn to stronger sounding ones.

itsnothingoriginal Wed 05-Jun-13 12:51:14

I like Valerie but not Val for short shock

The most horrendous name imo is Keith which I hope and pray never comes back (sorry to offend any Keith's who may be reading this)

I'm sure all the names listed above will surface again at some point unless we start inventing more new ones - I'm not including 'interesting' spellings of existing names in that hmm

GotAnyGrapes Wed 05-Jun-13 12:59:03

I love Audrey, if DS2had been a girl he would have been Audrey. I also love Jean, nn Jeanie but DH vetoed it rather strongly.
My girls are Catherine and Elizabeth. Not sure they've ever been either fashionable or unfashionable. I quite like that.

Meringue33 Wed 05-Jun-13 16:25:56

So many lovely classic names in my grandparents generation. George, Sam, Edward, Mary, Lily, Jennie.

My parents and my own generation - not so much.

Meringue33 Wed 05-Jun-13 16:28:01

When I was at high school, Lyn and Leanne were the most popular girls names. There were infinite spelling variations of each - used to drive the teachers bonkers.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Wed 05-Jun-13 18:42:44

A name that has fallen out of a favour but I've always secretly quite liked is Donna. Don't think that's coming back anytime soon. I'm surprised how far Gemma has fallen down the charts; I mean, I went to school with loads of Gemmas but when you consider it objectively it's a nice name (and Emma has retained its popularity so why not Gemma?).

Keith is a truly terrrible name, but I once went out with a Keith and he was very well-endowed so I can't help but smile when I hear it grin

Chottie Wed 05-Jun-13 19:34:54

I know of a baby Ray and Ronnie and also a Phoebe

SleepyCatOnTheMat Wed 05-Jun-13 20:08:17

Phoebe is very common now, Chottie, it's top 30 or 40.

Yika Wed 05-Jun-13 20:17:08

I love some of these names like Claire, Nicola, Julie, Stephen, David, Robert, Ian, and they don't sound dated to me. Perhaps because they are of my generation and I know many wonderful people that I associate them with. Nigel, Wendy and Norman are a different matter. Also Maureen, jean, Derek, Barry and the like. A colleague has an 11-year old called Brian which makes me wince.

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Wed 05-Jun-13 20:18:06

I have a Graham, Patricia, Jason, Valerie, Frank, Esther and Simon in my infant school.

There're coming back!!!! grin

wizzler Wed 05-Jun-13 21:45:06

I have never met a Gordon under 60!
I love Valerie but it does not work with my surname
I am shock that anyone would call a baby Brian

5madthings Wed 05-Jun-13 21:48:36

My ds2 has a friend called Neil!

And I know two betnards, one is about 6? The other is a toddler.

LynetteScavo Wed 05-Jun-13 22:27:04

I used to live next door to "Neil" and "Little Neil." hmm

Christabel3 Wed 05-Jun-13 22:52:07

oh dear at giving your son your name when you're called Neil. It's just so Banal. There was a guy on come dine with me recently and the narrator was taking the piss because his name was Martin and he'd seen fit to pass that mediocrity on to another generation in the form of Martin junior. It was funny!

hellokitty123 Thu 06-Jun-13 14:16:59

I like Valerie a lot. And I know a little Paulina - like that too!

WhiteHairReally Fri 07-Jun-13 22:19:12

Came across a newborn named Lisa. I was surprised how surprised I was that a baby could be called such a 60s/70s name.

TheSecondComing Fri 07-Jun-13 22:25:22

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ToTiredToBeWitty Sat 08-Jun-13 08:49:06

I always think that way out Wayne. How could name a precious newborn Wayne?

ToTiredToBeWitty Sat 08-Jun-13 08:49:17


Startail Sat 08-Jun-13 08:56:19

You can't call a child Wayne, simply because Wayne was always the naughtiest boy on the class.

Some old fashioned names. Rupert, Rudoplh, Olive, Una. Also, names like, Dwayne (know a baby Dwayne- called DW for short, I like his nickname!), Keith, Steve. Tracy?

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