Names you think will not come back into 'fashion'.

(209 Posts)
BloodiedGhouloshes Mon 28-Oct-13 13:59:17

I am fascinated by the older style names that have recently come back into fashion.... Alfie, Stanley, Maisy etc. All gorgeous names. Not to mention George (almost the name of DC2).

We are thinking (just a little bit) about ttc again and I am day dreaming about names.

A DCousin recently named her little boy Phillip John on the idea that 'he will be the only one in his class'.

What nice names do you know that are unlikely to be around again any time soon?

LizzieVereker Mon 28-Oct-13 14:00:39


stickysausages Mon 28-Oct-13 14:01:30


scarevola Mon 28-Oct-13 14:03:03


BloodiedGhouloshes Mon 28-Oct-13 14:03:45

Maude is great.

Fanny, not so much. smile

Someone put forward Beryl on this topic recently. Ugh. I can never see that coming back!

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

EldritchCleavage Mon 28-Oct-13 14:06:43


MissOtisRegretsMadam Mon 28-Oct-13 14:08:45

I'd have said Kevin, Christine, Robert, dean and Deborah but I have all those in my class of 2 year olds... You just never know!

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Mon 28-Oct-13 14:09:47

I think some of the 70s names like Rachel, Sarah, Louise and Claire are unlikely to ever be as popular as they once were, although maybe in another generation they'll be the Edith and Mabel's.

Clargo55 Mon 28-Oct-13 14:12:09


DevilsRoulette Mon 28-Oct-13 14:13:18


Clargo55 Mon 28-Oct-13 14:13:21

I work in a small company around 40 of us. 8 are called Patricia it gets bloody confusing. They are all 50+

DearDinah Mon 28-Oct-13 14:14:05

Roy - my darling grandads name <3

notanyanymore Mon 28-Oct-13 14:14:11

i never would have guessed at stella becoming popular again

lottieandmia Mon 28-Oct-13 14:14:25


TootFuckingToot Mon 28-Oct-13 14:14:42

Helmuth grin

EldritchCleavage Mon 28-Oct-13 14:14:59

Sheila is unlikely to be revived for a good long while, I'd have thought.

DevilsRoulette Mon 28-Oct-13 14:16:59


or maybe they aren't old enough yet. I wonder how long a name has to be out of fashion before it comes round again.

Like clothes. Something has to go through a number of stages before it gets back round to beautiful.

FlabbyAdams Mon 28-Oct-13 14:18:35



DevilsRoulette Mon 28-Oct-13 14:18:47

I don't want to list current popular ones that I think will go out of fashion and never come back in again in case any mner has called their child that and will get hurt.

But there are quite a few that I think will be the sharon of the future. That's the nature of names. You get your classics, your ones that date you and the wacky ones. grin

headoverheels Mon 28-Oct-13 14:20:16

I was going to say Doreen too!

Or Norma / Norman.

chinley Mon 28-Oct-13 14:23:14


ExitPursuedByABogieMan Mon 28-Oct-13 14:27:06


NotAnotherPackedLunch Mon 28-Oct-13 14:29:29



bootsycollins Mon 28-Oct-13 14:32:16


AnnaConda Mon 28-Oct-13 14:32:24

I quite like Beryl and Stella.

Can't see a revival for Mildred.

VerySmallSqueak Mon 28-Oct-13 14:33:26


VerySmallSqueak Mon 28-Oct-13 14:35:40


TheNunsOfGavarone Mon 28-Oct-13 14:36:08

Ethel - please tell me Ethel isn't back!

Ronald - I hope not!

TheNunsOfGavarone Mon 28-Oct-13 14:36:26


Peetle Mon 28-Oct-13 14:39:29

Queenie - I had two great aunt Queenies, so it's a name only suitable for elderly women in my understanding.

Clargo55 Mon 28-Oct-13 14:39:45

TheNuns I know four little Ethel's under 3years old.

tootssweet Mon 28-Oct-13 14:39:45



greenhill Mon 28-Oct-13 14:43:23

Eva, Maud and John are popular here.


Littlecherublegs Mon 28-Oct-13 15:03:59

Barry, Keith, Kenneth, Derek, Dirk, Norris, Maurice

Deirdre, Geraldine, Gertrude, Meryl, Valerie, Mildred, Glynis

shrieklesoda Mon 28-Oct-13 15:04:12

I can't see Norman making a comeback.

But ten years ago I'd have howled with laughter if you'd told me that my own name would once again be popular for little girls, because I was ridiculed for it throughout my schooldays. But it is now, so you just never know.

Was surprised to see Rachel referred to earlier as a 70s name. I'm a 70s child and I don't know any Rachel's my age, but I know loads who are under 30, and of those most are under the age of ten. Where I live its very much more a current name than a dated one. I've noticed before that there seem to be huge variations around the UK.

Howlsmovingcastle Mon 28-Oct-13 15:08:22

Adolf. Understandable, really.


shrieklesoda Mon 28-Oct-13 15:14:19

isn't it strange that people, quite rightly, associate the name Adolph with Hitler and find the thought of using it as a baby name unpleasant, yet the name Joseph continues to be popular and is not associated with Stalin.

Or the name Ian is not automatically associated with a horrific series of murders, whereas the name Myra is?

Wonder why some names stick in our minds in that way?

fidgetywidget Mon 28-Oct-13 15:17:30

Peetle I know of a Queenie who is under 5! grin

Bowlersarm Mon 28-Oct-13 15:19:31


FreckledLeopard Mon 28-Oct-13 15:23:31


Mattissy Mon 28-Oct-13 15:28:26

Tbh, the way fashion circulate I honestly think they'll all come back at some point. The more we say "ooo, so old fashioned" or "yuck, hate that" the more likely the next generations will pick it up and rebel. Every generation likes to make a change and eventually the cool names will once again by Sharon, Tracy, Simon and Nigel etc.

Some of the names listed hear have been around for hundreds or thousands (biblical) of years, they are not going to disappear because Debi from Chicester said she didn't like it in 2013, lol. Sorry if there really is a Debi from Chicester on here! Lol

Basically, anything circa baby 1940s

mignonnette Mon 28-Oct-13 15:29:44


I had a darling Grandfather named Roy too. flowers for both of them.

I love the name Rachel. There are plenty of little Rachel's around my way. I have a family member named Rachel who is 44.

Ethel is the name of Lilly Allen's daughter.

EldritchCleavage Mon 28-Oct-13 15:31:05

Adolf was always unusual here (and even in Germanic countries was very regional in use, I think) so the association with Hitler was very strong. But Josef is such a commonplace name, it doesn't bring Stalin to mind when you hear it I suppose.

Like Dennis Neilsen or Jeffrey Dahmer-the name was too common for their crimes to create an association, but Myra was not, so when we hear it we do think of Hindley.

Howlsmovingcastle Mon 28-Oct-13 15:31:41

I think that Joseph is so firmly rooted in the religious firmament that the more recent unpleasant links can be overlooked, whereas most people only know the nmae Adolf/Adolph for one reason. It is interesting though.

Also Ian/Myra: there are lots of Ians and relatively few Myras, so it sticks in the head.

Howlsmovingcastle Mon 28-Oct-13 15:32:22

x-post with eldritch!

sonlypuppyfat Mon 28-Oct-13 15:33:00

Its a generation thing though isn't it. If someone told me Archie alfie and Sidney were in fashion I wouldn't have believed it. Mind you I still can't believe it now.

ithaka Mon 28-Oct-13 15:35:35


WandaDoff Mon 28-Oct-13 15:42:35

All these will be the names our children pick for our grandchildren.

While we all sit there all shock confused hmm saying "You CAN'T call a baby THAT!!"

Grennie Mon 28-Oct-13 15:53:13

I don't see anything wrong with some of these names.

I don't ever see Dick and Fanny coming back into fashion though.

A lot of the names children have today, will be seen as hopelessly naff and old fashioned in a generation or two.

stickysausages Mon 28-Oct-13 16:02:11


NotAnotherPackedLunch Mon 28-Oct-13 16:03:06

My parents have done really well - all their children are listed here. grin

Wolfcub Mon 28-Oct-13 16:04:01


2cats2many Mon 28-Oct-13 16:07:18

Claire, Donna, Darren, Kevin.

Bowlersarm Mon 28-Oct-13 16:07:39

I'm quite surprised by some names people are suggesting. I think names like Louise, Sarah, Fiona, Nicola, Rachel, will all definitely come back into fashion as they are nice names. I know quite a few girls called Rachel so not sure it has gone out of fashion.

I agree that Maude has made a bit od a revival. I think Peggy is due a comeback too.

MrsMarigold Mon 28-Oct-13 16:07:46

I like Margaret, Robert, Mildred, Rachel, Gwendoline, Maud, George, Peregrine, Sylvia, Claire, Joan and even John.

Names I'm not sure are ripe for revival are Rodney (just a bit too l
like kidney), Sharon, Derek and Barbara, although I recently heard of a Maureen, June and a Barbara.

Of the current top 10 - I'm not keen on Mia or Imogen.

PinkBerryGuy Mon 28-Oct-13 16:08:56


I don't know why but i just can't imagine looking in a crib at a new born and someone saying, "this is Derek"

colleysmill Mon 28-Oct-13 16:31:31

wanda that was exactly my grandmother's reaction apparently to when my parents named me - she described it as an old lady's name. Still not massively popular now but not that uncommon.

Interestingly my uncle is shocked and appalled at the revival of his middle name - he was taunted at school for it and never uses it now. His name? Wilfred smile

I had a great aunt Zilla - I've never meet another - but i would say it probably won't get revived (although I like it alot - dh and I only seem to produce boys though so can't use it)

NadiaWadia Mon 28-Oct-13 16:33:59

Clare/Claire is really nice imo. So are Louise, Julie, Deborah, Linda. I am sure they will come in again one day.

I wonder if Tracey will also return? Of course, it is now considered a joke name to some extent and quite downmarket (sorry to any Tracies!). But when it began its popularity in 60s (or late 50s) it was considered very chic and classy - I think it came from the character played by Grace Kelly in 'High Society'. When you listen to the actual sound of it (drop any associations and imagine it was a brand new name), it is quite pretty. So I wonder if it could do a 'Ruby' sometime in the future?

But then Gladys was similarly the 'in' name in the early part of the 20th century, and yet that hasn't been revived, and is still thought of as 'old lady' unlike Florence, Ruby, Elsie etc. Wonder why?

sisterofmercy Mon 28-Oct-13 16:42:19

I've never met any Joannes who weren't born in the 70s. Celebrated actress Joanne Froggat is just on the edge of that cohort being born in 1980. There were 5 Joannes in my year at Primary. Two of them were Joanne Marie. It was the name nof my cuddly pandas (I had a big one and a little one with a bell in its tummy).

NadiaWadia Mon 28-Oct-13 16:46:48

I was born in the 60s and also went to school with several Joannes. Not one of my favourites, although I do like Joanna for some reason.

Grennie Mon 28-Oct-13 16:47:56

No sign of Jean or Jeanette coming back into fashion.

Dillydollydaydream Mon 28-Oct-13 16:53:41


alemci Mon 28-Oct-13 16:54:56

Norman (poor old grandfather)

nagynolonger Mon 28-Oct-13 16:55:59

Fanny not so sure about that. It was a nn for Hannah and I do know a few of those.
Dick is the same. It's a nn for Richard which isn't over popular but there will always be a few about.


NadiaWadia Mon 28-Oct-13 16:58:32

I have seen people on this very board talking about naming their daughters Hilda or Mavis.

ShatnersEmptyCatacomb Mon 28-Oct-13 16:58:48

Good names like Richard, Michael and Paul have fallen by the wayside. Jane is one I haven't heard a baby being called for years, and Elizabeth. Jonathan too. All decent names and not 'trendy' back then.

morethanpotatoprints Mon 28-Oct-13 16:59:58


NadiaWadia Mon 28-Oct-13 17:00:35

Pretty sure Fanny was short for Frances, not Hannah. I don't think it will come back due to the, um, new meanings the word has acquired. Similarly Dick, although Richard may return, maybe with short form 'Rick'.

A lot of these are already back.

I would have named DD's Maude and Mildred,Winifred or Nora happily.

And Percy,Ernest,Herbert et al won't be rare much longer.

Norman. (It just doesn't pass the orgasm test does it? Yes yes yeeeees Norman. Yuk)

Sharon. It's sadly too stereotyped I think

PuppyMonkey Mon 28-Oct-13 17:08:28


MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Mon 28-Oct-13 17:08:31



I'm surprised John has fallen from fashion. I always think Biblical names have stood the test of time this long-I can't imagine them ever not being popular! I love the name. Though it is my grandfather's wink

VerySmallSqueak Mon 28-Oct-13 17:23:45


VerySmallSqueak Mon 28-Oct-13 17:25:13

Yes,thinking about it,definitely Elaine pronounced 'Eee-laine'.
And,Michelle,pronounced 'Meee-chelle'.

Mattissy Mon 28-Oct-13 17:25:43

So pleased to see my name on here, lol. I hate it, I don't know anyone else under 50 with it. My parents were young (23) when they had me so why the crappy name?

It'll be back in 2050 though, when my great grand kids resurrect it as "old fashioned funky"!

TheNunsOfGavarone Mon 28-Oct-13 17:40:27


daughterofafarmer Mon 28-Oct-13 18:51:36

Joan and Nigel

Saying that give it 20 plus ys grin

AtticusMcPlatypus Mon 28-Oct-13 19:14:26



All these names just scream 1960s/70s. I was born in the early 70s and went to school with many of these names.

thegreylady Mon 28-Oct-13 19:35:44


thegreylady Mon 28-Oct-13 19:37:08

I have a 16 yr old dgs named John and one of my younger grandsons has a friend [aged 6] named John.


Alisvolatpropiis Mon 28-Oct-13 19:45:34

Harold, I just don't see it making a come back.

Edna. Is there an uglier name?

Surprised to see Eva suggested! It's pretty popular currently.

Also, I know loads of Joanne's born in the very late 80's.

DziezkoDisco Mon 28-Oct-13 19:46:56

They will all (except Adolf, Dick & fanny, though minnie has made it so who knows) come back, and our DILs will hate as all as we make a small gasp as we give baby Colin a little snuggle.

marriedinwhiteisback Mon 28-Oct-13 19:47:13

I like the name John.

But: Trevor, Wayne, Kevin, Colin, Ernest, Kylie, Chelsea, Brittany, Janet, Gladys, Deirdre

fuzzle Mon 28-Oct-13 19:49:03

Keeley, Justine, Colin, Gemma, Michelle, Jacqueline

fuzzle Mon 28-Oct-13 19:50:12


FrequentFlyerRandomDent Mon 28-Oct-13 19:50:18

Armand. (French, boy name).

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 28-Oct-13 19:51:11

Married I honestly think Ernie will back a come back, there will be little Ernie's running around at a park near you soon I reckon grin


Xmasbaby11 Mon 28-Oct-13 19:53:22


I really don't like the trend for old fashioned names. Albert, Arthur, Henry - I am horrified whenever I hear a baby being given an old man's name! I am probably just behind everyone else and will be used to such names in a few years.

Geckos48 Mon 28-Oct-13 19:54:15


sonlypuppyfat Mon 28-Oct-13 19:55:58

Xmasbaby exactly I think old people names are dire. I don't get people's reasoning behind them.

WallyBantersJunkBox Mon 28-Oct-13 19:57:21

Actually Adolph is still used in Germanic countries and Dolph Lundgren isn't made fun of in that respect (he's swooned over in Casa Wally)

Most people are not aware that Adidas is named after Adolph Dassler, the founder.

We had 4 Rachel's in my primary school and I'm a child of the seventies.

I like the names Doris, Maude, Mabel and Edna, I think they are great. Love Ivy too.

The only names I hope go away are Leighton and Kelvin.

alemci Mon 28-Oct-13 19:58:19

with some names you get a variaton e.g. Alfred - Alfie

Robert - Robbie not Bob


Runrogrogrun Mon 28-Oct-13 20:01:02

I am a 70s baby and I have now read my, one of my sisters (I have another two that have escaped and are still popular), my parents and all 4 grandparents + a few names the generation back - are listed. Umm now concerned for my DC!

Personally male names always jump out - can you imagine a baby Brian/Derek/Graham/Roger/Vincent....?

LynetteScavo Mon 28-Oct-13 20:01:35

There was a little Ernie in TKMaxx a couple of years ago (not for sale, a child) ....he'd be about 5 or 6 now.

DH would happily have called DS1 David (after the midwife who delivered him)

Geckos48 Mon 28-Oct-13 20:05:17


I know a two year old Ernie. V cute.

Audrey is already back.

Floggingmolly Mon 28-Oct-13 20:09:18


killpeppa Mon 28-Oct-13 20:10:26


she got Ina (eye-na) for short

ithaka Mon 28-Oct-13 20:14:51

Has anyone come across anyone under the age of about 40 called Janet (dammit)? I wonder if that will ever come back?

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 28-Oct-13 20:16:47

I love Audrey but no matter how much I love Audrey Hepburn flipping Audrey Roberts from Corrie lurks in the back of my mind.

That connection bothers me in a big way yet the Hermione - HP link does not.

I don't think
Kathleen, Carol,Veronica,Patricia,Barbara,Pamela, Phyllis will come back.



LauraChant Mon 28-Oct-13 20:17:21


LauraChant Mon 28-Oct-13 20:18:13

I like Douglas! Considered it for DS1.

garlicvampire Mon 28-Oct-13 20:21:03

Too old:

Too new:

Traditional boys' names that are now mostly used for girls:

Geckos48 Mon 28-Oct-13 20:21:45

If we have another boy he will be Cyril.

TheFuckersonInquiry Mon 28-Oct-13 20:22:27

My kids used to go to an overseas school where there were a lot of kids who had two first names - a Chinese name and an English name. The English names were frequently of the Brian, Kevin, Clive, Kenny and Sharon variety. I don't know why but I found it quite cute. confused

ithaka Mon 28-Oct-13 20:23:25

Alis I know a little Kathleen - it is a lovely name.

I knew a Janet,she'd be about 20 now.

Agatha is cool again too.

scarevola Mon 28-Oct-13 20:26:07

Well, I know children aged under 10 for 10 of the names above, and can add one further on a teenager.

And I predict Belinda (and on to Linda) will be surging up the Top 50 very soon.

I also know TWO baby Hector's!

If I had a boy I would call him reg.

But as I am a nearly fifty menopausal woman who went to the vets 20 years ago I don't think that will happen....

My name is Amanda...I am a 1960s child. I have yet to meet a young Amanda ....

sarahtigh Mon 28-Oct-13 20:28:42

I think most names that have been around for centuries will come back into fashion like Louise, Elizabeth, John, Philip

also some names are more regional; neither Robert, Norman, Margaret or Christine are rare in Western/Northern Scotland though not as common as they used to be when every 4th girl was christine

cafecito Mon 28-Oct-13 20:29:29

I think a lot of these are already back actually! It has to be > 2 generations above though I think for it to work. eg Audrey, my GM was Audrey, another Rita - those are both fine now for little girls. My GGM was Minnie - pretty cool. But those in the generation below are not yet old enough to be cool again

My GM showed my some ancient birth certificates she had found, before she died - they included some pretty great names from 19th century thatwould be fine today.

Anything very popular in the generation above your own, so your parents' generation - unless ''classic'' or meaningful to you, is unlikely to appeal I think - but grandparents + all is fine

DownstairsMixUp Mon 28-Oct-13 20:30:48

Def Fanny. Maybe names like Sharon? Tracey? I can never imagine a baby "sharon" or "tracey"

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 28-Oct-13 20:34:05

With the exception of Edna I don't think any of the names I suggested are awful. Four are the names of my grandparents. I just can't imagine them being worn by people born in this century.

Don't doubt there are some with all the names I mentioned, but can't see them in the top say, 50 again.

hawkmcqueen Mon 28-Oct-13 20:34:59

I know a baby Roy! Actually he'd two now and he is such a bright spark, he makes it way cool :-)
I can't see Darren or Keith ever being cool, ever again.

wetaugust Mon 28-Oct-13 20:35:31



SwedishEdith Mon 28-Oct-13 20:44:41

There's a Myra in Hollyoaks - that'll have more influence over tomorrow's parents than M Hindley. Will they even really know who she was?

CremeEggThief Mon 28-Oct-13 20:47:29

I know 4 year olds Carl, Jim, Christina and Joanna. And 3 year olds Christian and Owen. I also knew a Peggy a few years ago, who must be about twelve now. AND I know a baby Vincent, born this summer! smile

Michelle, Lisa, Karen, Deborah, Linda, Claire and Sharon will take a while to come back. Same with Wayne, Trevor, Gary, Barry and Darren.

CremeEggThief Mon 28-Oct-13 20:52:39

Ithaca, I know two Janets younger than me and six Janices. I am 35. However, they're all in Ireland, where names like Sarah and Rachel are very popular among under-tens.

BloodiedGhouloshes Mon 28-Oct-13 20:56:10

Josephine was a fave name when I was little for me as I idolised Jo March. I still wish I had been named that sometimes!

GampyWabbit Mon 28-Oct-13 21:03:11



GampyWabbit Mon 28-Oct-13 21:04:18

Just remembered I know a 6yr old Sharon!

DownstairsMixUp Mon 28-Oct-13 21:16:22

Butch and Keith i can't see coming back either

sleepdodger Mon 28-Oct-13 21:22:02

I'd love Queenie for a dd

BloodiedGhouloshes Mon 28-Oct-13 21:24:20

I was thinking vaguely the other day why the name Sylvia is still popular, but Golda or Goldie is not.

Just musing gently.

Howlsmovingcastle Mon 28-Oct-13 21:29:35

I am amused at the fact that BOTH my children's names have been stated here as unthinkable for this day and age grin

They muddle along!!

I also know an Elizabeth, Florence, Arthur and (brace yourselves) Cuthbert.

thegreylady Mon 28-Oct-13 21:58:27

Lots of Alfies about so I assume Alfred has made it.
Florence is very popular as is Arthur.Elizabeth has never gone out but Cuthbert???

Girl339 Mon 28-Oct-13 22:03:15

Jean! Loads aged 50+ but I can't see it coming back

Sparklysilversequins Mon 28-Oct-13 22:06:53



curlyclaz13 Mon 28-Oct-13 22:10:30


PipkinsPal Mon 28-Oct-13 22:12:59

Roger, Ada, Malcolm, Adrian, Nigel, Sharon, Marilyn. Love Maud though

SatinSandals Mon 28-Oct-13 22:24:51

Since all the dreadful early 20th century names like Elsie and Ivy are back I think it is only a matter of time before the 1940s names are back. Probably in another 10/20 years we will be back to Janet, Nigel, Colin, Linda etc.

alemci Mon 28-Oct-13 22:33:42


Cremolafoam Mon 28-Oct-13 22:34:36


Alexandrite Mon 28-Oct-13 22:39:32


BreconBeBuggered Mon 28-Oct-13 22:46:45


EldritchCleavage Mon 28-Oct-13 22:55:39

I know 2 Dinahs, one young, and a teenage Josephine. They've never gone away, just never been really widely used. In my opinion they're classics. Like John-it is no longer ubiquitous, but there will always be Johns. Like Caroline-there used to be masses of those.

bouncingbelle Mon 28-Oct-13 22:58:23



kikid Mon 28-Oct-13 22:58:56

depends where you live, I know a malcom, rita, elsie, john, peggy,bruce, edna all nursery age.

BloodiedGhouloshes Mon 28-Oct-13 23:00:08

I do like John a lot as a name. You hardly ever hear it, as you say.

In my youngest DS's pre-school there is a Michael- and that is the first Michael I have heard of too, for ages. Also just a lovely classic name.

Devora Mon 28-Oct-13 23:04:10

Pincus, Hedwig, Walter, Candida, Bruno, all family names of mine grin

Alpacaslippers Mon 28-Oct-13 23:09:30

I think the next trend will be names that were popular in the WW2 era:

Betty, Peggy, Maggie, Marilyn, Pamela, Barbara, Marjorie, Sheila, June. Joan, Dorothy, Doris, Gloria etc

And for boys, Raymond, Gregory, Jeffrey, Bernard, Norman, Don, Bob, Bill, Arnie etc

Alpacaslippers Mon 28-Oct-13 23:12:14

Whoops. I misread this. I'm on names that will come back!!

BloodiedGhouloshes Mon 28-Oct-13 23:14:10

No, that's okay Alpaca I think the whole thread moved that way too!

cupcakeicing Mon 28-Oct-13 23:20:25

Are there any under 25 Alison's. Its heyday seems to have been 60s and 70s.

BabyMakesFour Mon 28-Oct-13 23:24:24

Ooh, I like Gregory. There was a Pope Gregory wasn't there? Seriously considered it for DS but not keen on inevitable Greg nn.

BabyMakesFour Mon 28-Oct-13 23:25:25

Alpaca, I know of a Betty, a Maggie, a Dorothy and a Doris! All under 3.

Alexandrite Tue 29-Oct-13 00:10:37

I like Betty and Joan. June reminds me of the Matt Bianco song "Dancing in the Street" which I like.

JadziaBats Tue 29-Oct-13 00:31:01

Cupcakeicing, I was expecting someone else to say Alison. I'm the youngest Alison that I know and I'm 40. Perhaps in another 40 years but I doubt it.

reelingintheyears Tue 29-Oct-13 00:47:20

Doris is hideous.

The female equivalent of Wally.

Nowt wrong with Alison but MAUD and MABEL Jeez.?


CheerfulYank Tue 29-Oct-13 01:04:22

I have a Margaret- she was 5 months old yesterday. grin I often call her Maggie or Maggie Rose, and thought everyone would, but to my surprise most people seem to prefer Margaret.

Colin is actually fairly common for little boys in the States, also Cullen. But Colin wasn't popular here years ago, when it was there.

CheerfulYank Tue 29-Oct-13 01:05:03

Jad I know two Allisons in their 20's. smile

volestair Tue 29-Oct-13 01:14:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Tue 29-Oct-13 01:30:45

Interested in views on Rachel. I like it but there do seem to be a lot of 30 something Rachel's. When I was at school, there were 2 in every year group all the way up the school ( mind you our class had 5 Emma's so the Rachel's didn't dominate). I also meet a lot of Rachel's now- in a playdate group I'm in there are 3 Rachel's out of 6. It just doesn't seem to be as popular now or even amongst 80s/90s children. Possibly it's regional. I think it's one of those names that will always be used but I don't know if it'll ever be as popular as it was.

Alexandrite Tue 29-Oct-13 01:55:52

Some of the names mentioned have been around for so many years, that it is hard to imagine that they would never be used again. eg. Rachel, Sarah- Biblical. Clare/Claire - 12th and 13th century saint name.

FixItUpChappie Tue 29-Oct-13 03:17:42

Considering some of the names I see on here I'd say never say never to anything making a resurgence.

....Sharon was on my girls list for example.

sleepingbeautiful Tue 29-Oct-13 03:23:39

I know small children called some of the names listed: Andrew, John, Margaret, Pearl, Edwin, Colin, Susan. I also know other babies/littlies with 'old'/unfashionable names: 2 Desmonds, a Stella, a Ruth, two Samanthas, Frank, Amy, Scott, Frances, Ray.

I haven't heard of a Margery yet, but I do quite like it.
I doubt Priscilla, Norma, Carmel, Brenda, Bernadette, Bernard, Mortimer, Brian, Norman or Norbert will come back to fashion.

BabyMakesFour Tue 29-Oct-13 03:44:15

Surely Jane has to come back? It's such a pretty name!

FlabbyAdams Tue 29-Oct-13 05:27:09

We very nearly called our now 12yo Barbara. I still like the name but felt it didn't sound right with our surname.

smithwillsam Tue 29-Oct-13 05:38:17


BabyMakesFour Tue 29-Oct-13 07:01:40

See, to me Barbara is barbaric. But then I know Violet is on trend now - I just hear violent...

headoverheels Tue 29-Oct-13 07:05:28

Hoover?! When was that ever in fashion??

shrieklesoda Tue 29-Oct-13 08:00:55

I know a little toddler called Jane. Hadn't thought much of it until reading this thread, but you're right, its a name you don't hear much these days.

shrieklesoda Tue 29-Oct-13 08:15:17

I'm late 30s and as I mentioned further up the thread, I don't know any Rachels, or Emmas for that matter, my age. To me those are young names grin Although interestingly, my 80 year old mother feels very sorry for girls called Emma because when she was a child it was such an old fashioned name!

It got me thinking, what were the names that were popular in my peer group at school? Lisa was probably the most common, there were loads of Lisas. And Kathryn/Catherine, it was very popular although all the differing spellings made it perhaps stand out less. And for boys, there were a lot of Pauls and Peters and Gavins. You don't hear those name so much these days?

shrieklesoda Tue 29-Oct-13 08:17:19

sorry, re-emphasised my point about those names, not because I don't believe other posters that Rachel was popular in the 70s blush just because reading that yesterday made me ponder what names I associate with my childhood.

marriedinwhiteisback Tue 29-Oct-13 08:23:06

I think Alison is a lovely pretty name - it's certainly from my era (53) but it is a variant of Alice and I think Alice took over. When dd was at primary school (she's 15) there were lots of Alice's.

comeandgo Tue 29-Oct-13 08:25:20

The names you think will never come back will be the names your dc will be using for their dc.

Be prepared for a whole generation of grandchildren called Sharon, Tracey, Claire and Lisa.

Also be prepared for a bunch of you posting in AIBU about your DD/DIL's choice of name wink grin grin

greenhill Tue 29-Oct-13 08:27:12

Harrison, Jasper and Katherine are popular.

Harry = old fashioned Harold
Alfie or Fred = old fashioned Alf or Alfred

alemci Tue 29-Oct-13 10:01:17

I worked with someone who had 3 children in the late 80's, very nice man but Percy, Mabel and Doris for your children. he said he wanted something different.

Other names that sound dated to me

Dora, Ada, Marlene

Bernard, Malcolm, Brian, Barry

relative of mine called Marjorie but it was shortened to Babs - what?

I like Mark and Marcus but they are unusual nowdays

looki Tue 29-Oct-13 13:18:37

I'm too lazy to scroll - has anyone said Janice yet?

Trevor, Karen, Barry, Geraldine, Gerard, Jason, Nicola, Yvonne, Linda, Lorraine, Michelle all spring to mind.

Every so often I read a post on MN saying a name can't be dated and what does it matter if it can be dated. I think the answer is that all of the above names are victims of a resurgence that dipped as quickly as it happened.....

Howlsmovingcastle Tue 29-Oct-13 14:38:45

I know two little boys (brothers) called Alfred and Harold. They are (somewhat inevitably) Alf and Harry for everyday use, but I think their names do suit them. Mind you, I like old-fashioned names....

volestair Tue 29-Oct-13 16:34:33

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CheerfulYank Tue 29-Oct-13 17:15:14

I think in the future we'll see women named Pearl and Eleanor having kids called Brandon and Tammy. grin

alemci Tue 29-Oct-13 21:29:51

wasn't dorcas in larkrise. only time I have heard this name.

looki Tue 29-Oct-13 21:42:12

Has Eleanor ever gone out of fashion? I consider it a classic?

volestair Wed 30-Oct-13 00:29:35

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cafecito Wed 30-Oct-13 01:54:57

I knew a Dorcas. Very elegant very clever. How about... Fenella?

EldritchCleavage Wed 30-Oct-13 10:25:23

I love Dorcas.

ohmymimi Wed 30-Oct-13 10:59:38


sashh Wed 30-Oct-13 12:35:28

I haven't heard of a Margery yet, but I do quite like it.

It will be, it's a game of throne's character. If people are considering Khalesei and Arya then Margery can't be far behind.

mignonnette Wed 30-Oct-13 14:45:46

I have a niece named Eleanor who is nearly ten. One of her parents is not British though which makes her less aware of cultural and social nuance when it comes to naming. I love the name.

There was Lisa's aplenty in my school days. Plenty of Alisons/Allisons too.

Plus Diana/Diane, Sarah, Sally, Rebecca, Helen, Jennifer, Claire, Katy, Suzanne, Susan, Clara, Michaela, Kerry, Louise and Louisa, Anne, Meredith (love that name), Elaine, Ruth, Sandra, Camilla, Catherine, Fenella and Jane/Jayne.

Sounds like an Enid Blyton book.

mignonnette Wed 30-Oct-13 14:47:30

Margery was in an Enid Blyton book- she saved Erica from a burning sanitorium.

That is the Margery I am most reminded of. Then there was Marjorie Proops, the agony aunt.

mignonnette Wed 30-Oct-13 14:48:46

I meant that not being British makes my SIL less aware of British cultural and social nuance when it comes to naming!

Flowerybitch Wed 30-Oct-13 14:54:10

I like Ethal for a litte girl smile

PipkinsPal Wed 30-Oct-13 14:54:11

PuppyMonkey I didn't think my name Gaynor was ever in fashion. I never found my name on anything when I was a child.

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Wed 30-Oct-13 15:25:03

On these threads, I always take a guess how many posts before DPs name (in his mid-20s!) is mentioned - think PuppyMonkey got there first!

Angeleno Wed 30-Oct-13 16:44:59

Don/Donald. Loads of Dons in their 60s now (in America anyway) but there haven't been many since! Might come back because of Mad Men though?

mignonnette Wed 30-Oct-13 16:46:10

I know a Gaynor. She is in her early forties. I love the name.

runningonwillpower Wed 30-Oct-13 16:49:14


runningonwillpower Wed 30-Oct-13 16:57:57

and Alan

MrsAMerrick Wed 30-Oct-13 21:50:03

When one of my friends had a baby 15 years ago and announced she was calling her Eliza, I was horrified that she was saddling poor baby with such an old fashioned name. Now it seems perfectly normal, I think names come and go.
Having said that, I'm prepared to put money on Maureen and Brian never becoming fashionable again.

firemansamsmam Wed 30-Oct-13 21:57:00


ZenNudist Wed 30-Oct-13 22:13:24

I hate singling out names that are bad so am going to lay off. Poor Sharon & Tracy always get it in the neck.

Who knows what will be deemed sophisticated in 50 years?

Alexandrite Wed 30-Oct-13 22:16:13

It's funny that some names that are considered unusable on a baby are so similar to names that are quite popular for a baby. eg. Barry/Harry. Ryan/Brian. Keira/Vera

marriedinwhiteisback Thu 31-Oct-13 09:22:01

The thing is when I was a little girl and even in my 20s (I'm 53) it was unimaginable that names like Ruby, Grace, Edith, May, Evie, Alice would ever come back into fashion. They were the names from my Gran's generation and seemed like old lady names. But they did come back and they are lovely - I used one for my dd wink

BeigeBuffet Fri 01-Nov-13 00:50:42


All of these people were born as adults as far as i am concerned. I cannot imagine peering over a crib to say hello to baby Brian!!

cheekbyjowl Fri 01-Nov-13 01:42:41


TreaterAnita Fri 01-Nov-13 01:51:32

My great grandmother's name (Mabel) is I believe now back in fashion (she'd be about 110 if she was still alive). Don't want to give too many other names away for fear of outing myself, but my grandma (93) and mum (64) both have names that you probably wouldn't call your child now, but I bet they'll come back. My other grandmother was Isabella which has obviously been popular for ages. Mine isn't really popular at the moment, but I think it is used and was very popular for quite a long period between the 60s and 80s as well.

Interestingly, my mum really wanted to give me a family middle name when I was born (from her side, she wasn't a fan of her MIL) but at the time (70s) they all seemed hideously old fashioned, whereas I'd happily have Mabel now.

In terms of men, all the older names in our family seem to be back already (James, Joseph, Frederick, Daniel). My dad's name I think might be coming back and husband's name is Welsh (because he is) which was very popular in England in the 70s/80s, but less so now.

I'm not a huge fan of made-up names, especially those beginning with a K, so wouldn't mind if those died a death past this generation, but I suspect that most names will probably get pardoned and resurrected.

My nephews are Aussies and they both have names which are traditionally surnames as their first names, which I'm guessing is a popular thing in Oz. I'd be interested to know from any Australian posters whether there is a huge US influence on kids' names there now, as we heard nephew 2's potential girl name, and it was such a horribly made-up, X Factor USA type name (that I have actually blocked from my memory) that we were practically ecstatic that he came out with a pair of bollocks...

flatmum Fri 01-Nov-13 01:54:00


Someone I worked with was called Nigel Barry - how much would you have to hate a baby to call them that? maybe it explains why he was such a miserable unhappy person.

JadziaSnax Sat 02-Nov-13 00:47:53

Eleanor was on my name list for DD. I think it's a classic.

BeattieBow Sat 02-Nov-13 06:49:33

presumably all these names will come back into fashion at some stage? our children will be using 1940s names (and we'll be aghast and gritting our teeth), and their children may be using 1960s/70s names. So the Sharons/Kevins will be back in fashion in the future.

I know a Fanny - I think it's a lovely name!

the really fashionable people won't be calling their children Edna or Ernie now (old lady chic probably is too trendy for them), they'll be using Barbara and Nigel!

RaRa1988 Sun 03-Nov-13 15:15:27

Cynthia shudders

Interesting to hear Sarah/Rachel/Emma/Claire classed as 70s names - I was born in the late 80s and went to schools with LOADS of all of these, many of them a year or two younger. Also several Alices, Hannahs, and Charlottes. I know a couple of Amandas my age too.

The unusual names is my year group were - as I recall! :


BikeRunSki Sun 03-Nov-13 15:17:47


I just can't imagine looking into a crib and cooing any of those names.

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