Names that aren't making a comeback

(202 Posts)
steppemum Thu 22-May-14 22:04:14

Erasmus

grin

came across this today, Charles Darwin's grandfather. Just thought, you aren't likely to see that one on a baby names thread.

reminds me of a Lord Peter Whimsy novel where the characters in the village are called Obediah, Jeremiah, Hepzibah and so on.

sonlypuppyfat Thu 22-May-14 22:08:25

I don't know I never expected Archie or Arthur to come back.

TeamEdward Thu 22-May-14 22:08:42

I do know little Obediahs, Jeremiahs and Hepzibahs. I also know a Zebedee.

Keith isn't going to make huge waves in the Baby Names threads any time soon. Nor Nigel or Roy.

TheresLotsOfFarmyardAnimals Thu 22-May-14 22:09:29

Dionysus
Xerxes
Wayne

I actually quite like Erasmus grin

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 22:11:46

Oh that is interesting, I know little Isaiah and others but haven't come across Obediah, Erasmus etc.

I don't dislike them, they are very much names of their time, they sound odd only because it is out of fashion to use them. Maud, Esme etc all sounded very Victorian, but not any longer.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 22-May-14 22:12:08

Beryl
Jackie
Carol
Norman
Barry

I've not met anybody under the age of 40 (ish) with any of these names

OublietteBravo Thu 22-May-14 22:12:23

Norman
Ambrose

Shirley
Maureen

restandpeace Thu 22-May-14 22:12:25

Never say never

BitchPeas Thu 22-May-14 22:15:24

Kelly
Louise
Hayley
Michelle
Lauren
Josie
Becky

Probably due a revival in about 15-20 years though!

Gripneededfast Thu 22-May-14 22:16:09

Dennis
Eric
Rolf

OublietteBravo Thu 22-May-14 22:16:50

Malcolm and Gaye too

(I suggested Isambard to DSis when she was stuck for a boys name)

Catrin Thu 22-May-14 22:20:31

I currently have on my caseload a gorgeous 3 year old called Barry. And a Dennis. We had a Jeremiah last year. Morris is quite popular at the moment...

Catrin Thu 22-May-14 22:20:49

Oh and I know 3 Erics under 5!

Delphiniumsblue Thu 22-May-14 22:22:41

They all make a comeback in time.

susiedaisy Thu 22-May-14 22:23:04

Gaye
Adolf
Gertrude
Humphrey

vindscreenviper Thu 22-May-14 22:26:51

Elsie
Pamela
Eleanor

<totally outed to family>

TenMinutesEarly Thu 22-May-14 22:28:46

I know two little Elsie's.

Neil and Ian should never make a comeback.

LackaDAISYcal Thu 22-May-14 22:29:28

Sharon
Tracy
Colin
Bruce

CaulkheadUpNorth Thu 22-May-14 22:30:23

Ethel
Agnes
Colin
Joyce
Gwyneth

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 22:31:23

well, I suspect it will be a long time before adolf comes back. I wonder if it is used in German speaking countries?

"Kelly
Louise
Hayley
Michelle
Lauren
Josie
Becky"

this list is interesting because when I was a kid most of these names had not even arrived yet (no Kellies or Laurens in those days) but they are all out of fashion now.

I love Isambard. It's funny how you hear this (as in Isambard Kingdom Brunel) and I don't think of Isambard as being a first name that someone gave to a baby!

Lesleythegiraffe Thu 22-May-14 22:31:46

Trevor
Eric
Donna
Karen
Sandra

Iwillorderthefood Thu 22-May-14 22:32:08

I think Bruce and Colin will be back. Keith, not so much.

curlyclaz13 Thu 22-May-14 22:33:39

Norbert

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 22:34:00

Eleanor is a classic, still popular

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 22:34:49

I do wonder how long stigmas last.

Will Sharon and Tracey mean anything to the next generation?

nochips01 Thu 22-May-14 22:35:30

I very genuinely considered Dionysus, Agamemnon and Horatio. We have no greek background at all, and for girls i considered Isis, Hera and Artemis. In the end we went for something not too dissimilar to Ian. wink

DS is 4.

FinDeSemaine Thu 22-May-14 22:36:10

My seven year old finds Sharon, Brian and Andrew impossibly sophisticated and unusual. I fully expect to have a grandchild called Norman or Brenda.

OublietteBravo Thu 22-May-14 22:36:18

Gary
Algenon
Roger

Eileen
Doris
Mildred

JimmyCorkhill Thu 22-May-14 22:37:11

I think the 70's/80's names WILL make a comeback. In the 90's we would have peed ourselves laughing at the granny names that are all the rage now. Karen and Simon will be debated on Mumsnet due to their increasing popularity!!

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 22:38:46

It is funny how they are not the same though.

Eileen, Doris, Mildred, all pretty much the same era.

But Doris is coming back.

Haven't heard of any Eileens and Mildreds.

(can imagine Mildred becoming popular though)

FinDeSemaine Thu 22-May-14 22:40:02

Doris? Seriously?!

hedwiggity Thu 22-May-14 22:41:42

when i have a DC i like the name Sylvia for a girl or sylvianna and francis for a boy smile i love old names with a bit of history or a nice tale behind them cant stand made up names of this generation like "lexie" and "kelsey" and the dreaded "lily mae" shudder so over used with no meaning or history behind them what so ever IMHO.

FamiliesShareGerms Thu 22-May-14 22:43:07

Fanny

Richard-shortened-to-Dick

<lowers tone>

hedwiggity Thu 22-May-14 22:45:14

fanny blush people were so innocent back then what have we become hmm also the word gay used to mean happy.

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 22:45:17

yes, Doris is out there grin

the more i think about it , Mildred, shortened to Milly will be here soon!

lower away - rather a low tone than it gets nasty over names.

Corygal Thu 22-May-14 22:45:53

Kimberley
Alan
Derek

OublietteBravo Thu 22-May-14 22:46:21

I had a Great Uncle called Marmaduke - I can't see that coming back.

vindscreenviper Thu 22-May-14 22:48:43

I shall tell my mum & aunt that they should stop thinking their name's ( Elsie & Eleanor) are 'old women's' names, they won't believe me though; they dislike their names intensely. What about aunty Pamela?

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 22:48:46

Marmaduke - brilliant! If I ever get a large dog, he will be called Marmaduke

CaulkheadUpNorth Thu 22-May-14 22:49:48

I know a year two child (6/7) called Fanny. She is named after grandmother I think. The school encourage her to call herself Francesca but mum is having none of it!

hellymelly Thu 22-May-14 22:49:51

I know a newborn Agatha and an older child.

BikeRunSki Thu 22-May-14 22:50:29

Derek

OublietteBravo Thu 22-May-14 22:50:58

Actually we called him Uncle Duke which is quite cool really.

ScrambledSmegs Thu 22-May-14 22:52:18

I've know of a young Marmaduke. Also a school-age Aeneas and a Hieronymus.

I do live in an exceptionally wanky area though.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 22-May-14 22:52:57

I know a primary school aged Lauren, Louise and Eric.

What about Ralph?

tethersend Thu 22-May-14 22:54:19

DD2 is a Shirley <yaboosucks> grin

optimistmum Thu 22-May-14 22:55:09

Brian
Lesley
Gillian

GoblinMarket Thu 22-May-14 22:57:00

my sons middle name is on here!

Ludways Thu 22-May-14 22:58:25

All names will sketchier appearance again at some point, what we think won't matter to the generations down the line, I certainly didn't care what my great-grandma would've thought of my dc's names.

Ludways Thu 22-May-14 22:59:23

sketchier where did that come from?

ohmymimi Thu 22-May-14 22:59:29

Hannah
Glenda
Malcolm
Cedric
Winifred
Margery
Cecil
Sandra
Marion

OublietteBravo Thu 22-May-14 23:00:23

Cecil
Oswald
Martin

Alison
Prudence
Dion

NigellasDealer Thu 22-May-14 23:00:50

Gaynor
Gay

PinkSquash Thu 22-May-14 23:03:00

I didn't think Paul would make a comeback, but it has.

Coconutty Thu 22-May-14 23:03:36

Not many Trisha' s nowadays.

morethanpotatoprints Thu 22-May-14 23:04:50

Gail, Gillian, Rita, Maud, Sally, Jane, Donna, Paula, Sandra, Lyndsay, Sharon, Tracy, Hilda, Monica, Gertrude, Enid, Stella, Eileen, Fiona, Karen.

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 23:07:22

I love Ralph!

I knew a family with a daughter called Hermione. It was very elegant, unusual and people had to ask several times how to pronounce it. When I met them she was about 6. It was the year before harry Potter was published!

I agree all names come round in some way. I love re-using family names especially as middle names. My daughter is now the 4th generation with her middle name. I hope she passes it on. My son has his grandfather's name as a middle name, and it is one which would appear on here.

I remember meeting someone who had given up her child for adoption, (long story) she had called her baby a name similar to Brooklyn Maddison. The new parents changed it to something like Victoria Emma (I have obviously used similar names, not the actual names) She was really sad that her cool names had been swapped for these awful old fashioned names. It made me smile as I would be a Victoria Emma person1

Simon
Dwayne
Shane
Veronica
Cheryl

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 23:08:40

but Enid, Maud and Rita are definitely making a comeback!

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 23:10:06

Hannah is also still popular

NigellasDealer Thu 22-May-14 23:10:08

Keith
Gary
Raymond
Mark

morethanpotatoprints Thu 22-May-14 23:11:57

Steppemum

Are they really? I am shock.
Maybe its a generation thing but as I was growing up these were the real old dears and the thought of calling a child these names just wouldn't have entered my mind. One of them is my mil name and she says this name was old when she was young.

NigellasDealer Thu 22-May-14 23:12:01

i do know of a little Maud I think it sounds really dated and not in a good way

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 23:15:00

I know little Elspeth. It is an old lady name to me but actually on a little girl, it was quite cute.

It is interesting that most of the names quoted on here are names from the last 50 years. I was originally thinking of much older names that have vanished (like Isambard and Erasmus)

I haven't seen those making a comeback yet. I wonder how long?

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 23:15:52

Mind you I met a boy last weekend called St. Daniel. I checked several times (it was written down) still a bit bemused by that

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 23:17:35

and of course flower names were hopelessly victorian:

Lily, Rose, Violet, May, Daisy, and so on.

They were considered horrendously old fashioned for years and years.

now they are really popular

HoobleDooble Thu 22-May-14 23:20:10

I know of a Humphrey that was a surprise when his mother announced it.

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 23:21:27

and i think I am right in thinking that
Eleanor,
Rosemund
Ethelred

are same era, but I haven't noticed Ethelred around recently!

LackaDAISYcal Thu 22-May-14 23:21:53

I know several Laurens; still very popular in Yorkshire!

Victorian names are very popular though; lots of Mauds, Roses, Lilys, and I know of one Pearl and two Elsies

Boys, I also know a Malachy and a Seth.

I really wish I had been more adventurous with DD's name. And DS2 has a common Scottish name (I'm Scottish) that has become popular thanks to a certain fire engine. His is always being spelled and pronounced wrongly <sigh>

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 23:24:54

victorian names are very popular now, but in the 50's and 60's they were beyond the pail

I know lots of Seths, but they are mostly American, it seems less popular here.

magichamster Thu 22-May-14 23:24:59

I'm a supply teacher and I've come across lots of these names recently, including Hannah, Eric, Rita, even a 7 year old Darren.

I was showing my dc's some old photos recently and they were laughing at the funny names - exotic names like Clare, Karen, Simon and Andy!

LackaDAISYcal Thu 22-May-14 23:26:48

Janet...not many of them to the pound these days.

Yes Daisy, Lily, Rose etc seen as hopelessly old fashioned when I was growing up in the 70s. much like Sharon and Tracey etc are now. Will they be due for a comeback in another 30 years? when Jaden, Kyra and the like will be unpopular.

tbh though, these are all typically British names. Where I am, there are many many ethnic names that weren't known when I was growing up and these names are becoming more popular across the population

1944girl Thu 22-May-14 23:45:06

The name Lexie is supposed to be a modern name which is all over the place.
When I was a little girl I had an ''auntie'' Lexie. She was my great aunt's best friend and her real name was Alexandra. I never heard of it again until now when it seems very popular.
My grandmother's name was very old fashioned at one time, now it is very popular again. I also had a few other older female relatives with that name which while it is a lovely name it still reminds me of old ladies

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 23:51:37

Someone earlier said there aren't many Trishas around now.

Patricia used to be shortened to Pat and then modernised to Trish and now it has vanished (for the time being)

steppemum Thu 22-May-14 23:52:39

Sasha is quite popular too, but it is an old name, originally short for Alexander

turdfairynomore Fri 23-May-14 00:02:06

As a child of the late 60s my classmates were called names like Susan, Joanne, Claire, Christine, Janine, & Lynn. I've taught for 25 years and in that time I've taught one Claire-and none of the others! My DS was looking at old pics with me and saying how we all had "ordinary" names "back then". Somehow they do seem "ordinary"? He thinks his Gt grandmothers names-Cora/Agnes/ruby/Lilian are "well cool"-and by comparison they do seem more glamorous yet when I was his age it would almost have been considered child abuse to have used one!

sleepywombat Fri 23-May-14 04:42:07

Lauren and Hayley still pretty popular here too.

Know several baby Josies & 2 Elsies.

Hairylegs47 Fri 23-May-14 05:35:41

Jacqueline/Jaclyn - I have yet to meet one under 30.
Hilda
Susan
Pamela
Patty
Elaine
Joan
Judith

Kevin
Kenneth
Gaylord
Allan
John
Roy
Zedikiah - though I love that name.

JimbosJetSet Fri 23-May-14 06:26:40

I like some of the 70s and 80s names! Simon, Scott, Douglas and Paul were the names we were choosing from for DS last year (and we went with one of them).

Karen, Louise, Hannah, Claire and Kathleen were the names we chose from for DD.

Our DCs clearly have names that are just ahead of their time at the moment wink

Rivercam Fri 23-May-14 06:35:17

Pamela

Josiah

Cuthbert

Gregory

Terence

Leopard

Sonia

Michelle

Reginald

Wilbur

Wilf

Rodney

Artandco Fri 23-May-14 06:46:13

These are all very common names now here. In the under 5s alone I know:
Agatha
Georgina
Rufous
Micheal
Leopard
Dorothea
Wilfred
Edgar
Rita
Hipolyte
Philip

Artandco Fri 23-May-14 06:47:57

Oh and if we had a girl Nora and Margot were too name choices which I suppose are slightly old fashioned

ScrambledSmegs Fri 23-May-14 06:59:46

I don't know. I figure that even the most Olde Worlde names will become popular in certain enclaves of pretension Islington. I met a Bede at Baby Bounce three years ago. In the last year or so I've met a couple more newborn Bedes. And a Boudika (sic).

But for a name that DEFINITELY won't be making a comeback, I give you...Cnut.

Fullpleatherjacket Fri 23-May-14 07:04:38

Everard

Gaylord

Delphiniumsblue Fri 23-May-14 07:08:40

There is a theory that there is an 80-100 yr gap for a comeback which is why you get Winifred, Ruby, Elsie, Alfie etc now.
In about another 20 years it is quite likely that names you rule out like Pamela, Linda, Nigel, Colin etc will be back.
If people can choose Ivy then anything can reappear!
Probably the only ones to rule out are those with connotations like Adolf or Jezabel.

NadiaWadia Fri 23-May-14 07:09:11

It's funny how Gladys never made a comeback along with all the other OAP names that are so popular now, like May, Elsie, Florence, Wilfred, Arthur etc. Not that I like it, but then I don't like most of those either.

It was so popular once - think it was the Lilly, Ella or Isabella of it's day!

DillydollyRIP Fri 23-May-14 07:10:09

Pamela
Patricia
Tracey
Sharon
Louise
Janet

Wayne
Derrick
Paul
Grenville

DillydollyRIP Fri 23-May-14 07:11:10

My nan was a Gladys.
I have 2 Dd's but haven't used her name for either of them.

burgatroyd Fri 23-May-14 07:12:23

Norbert!!! Curly, thats genius. Please someone name their baby Norbert.

Egbert, Beauregard, Hortense, Fanny, Quintin, David, Gavin, Lindsay

NadiaWadia Fri 23-May-14 07:15:12

Well no, Dilly I don't blame you, and probably your nan wouldn't have expected it either. But apparently when Gladys first become popular people thought it was cool and exotic!

NadiaWadia Fri 23-May-14 07:17:19

David is still nice, IMO, and doesn't really fit with the others on your list, burga. I think it's a bit more 'classic'.

burgatroyd Fri 23-May-14 07:18:49

I love David, Nadia. If I had a dd it would have been top choice along with Tony. But I've not met a baby David.

Delphiniumsblue Fri 23-May-14 07:19:34

David is a classic name.

burgatroyd Fri 23-May-14 07:22:32

Baby Dave. That's what I'd like to see.

SpottieDottie Fri 23-May-14 07:27:46

I know 4 Daisies

ODearMe Fri 23-May-14 08:08:16

Trevor
Keith
Karen
Kevin
Sharon
Tracey
Brenda

rugbychick Fri 23-May-14 08:20:46

I had a work colleague with the first name Xerxes! He went by his second name!

sonniebonnie Fri 23-May-14 08:45:34

Burga, I also think that David and Quentin are great classics (we have one, actually smile). Don't like the spelling of Quintin though.

DownstairsMixUp Fri 23-May-14 08:53:08

Tracey, Sharon, Carol are pretty uncool names. I think the traditional flowery names like Daisy and Violet would always make a comeback but can't see it for them names, they don't sound nice either, kind of like the female equals of Keith, Malcolm and Alan.

OldVikingDudeHidMyTubeSocks Fri 23-May-14 08:54:32

Hairylegs. I'm a Jacqueline and have only just turned 30 this year!

vindscreenviper Fri 23-May-14 10:00:44

Leopard?

Is that an auto-correct of Leonard or Leopold, I've never heard of anybody with the first name of Leopard.

burgatroyd Fri 23-May-14 10:34:59

Typo re Quentin!

Choccyhobnob Fri 23-May-14 10:35:50

The one that always gets me is Brian. A colleague named her baby that this year and everytime I hear it I just go hmm little baby Brian.....

jazzyjenbo Fri 23-May-14 10:39:13

I know..

Seth
Simon
Mabel
Ivy
4 hannah's
2 laurens
Keith
2 hayleys
2 jennifers
Evelyn

All under age of 3. I actually think there is an 80's revival as well as granny chic atm.

hellokitty123 Fri 23-May-14 12:37:14

I know children (all under age 10) named

Wilfred
Simon
Arthur
Quentin
Edmund

Agatha
Mabel
Enid
Theodora

I think these 'old' names are definately making a comeback. But the 'younger' names (Carol, Jaqueline, Michelle, Brian, Terrence, Michael) will see their revival in about 20 years imo.

SweetsForMySweet Fri 23-May-14 12:41:20

Can't see these making it back
Rupert
Harold
St John
Jasper
Constanteine

hellymelly Fri 23-May-14 12:58:48

I know a baby Rupert and a teenage Jasper.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Fri 23-May-14 12:58:56

I can definitely see Jasper coming back.

Funnily enough, Erasmus sounds normal to me because I am from the same city as Erasmus Darwin & I am used to everything being called either Erasmus or Darwin. School, hospital wards, roads etc. etc. grin

I'm not a fan of names like Maude, Mabel, Gertrude, Elsie etc. etc. but I do like Nora.

Names I can't imagine coming back;

Keith
Tracey
Sharon
Carol
Patricia
Ken
Doris
Raymond
Derek
Gaye
Graham
Malcolm
Dennis
Marjorie

Artandco Fri 23-May-14 13:06:44

V

Artandco Fri 23-May-14 13:07:26

Vind - def leopard. Think it's German origin

Know rupees and Jaspers also

Mrsindecision Fri 23-May-14 13:11:27

Jasper is a very of the moment name IMO - I know quite a few. Also know a young Jacqueline. Don't see Rupert as an unusual name either.

Can't see Wayne or Dwayne making a comeback anytime soon.

Mrsindecision Fri 23-May-14 13:12:59

Oh yes, and a young Jeremiah (nn Jerry).

Nocomet Fri 23-May-14 13:15:53

Gladys
My DGreat auntie G. Would descend from heaven an shake sense into anyone who thought of recycling it.

She never used it in full. It's DM's middle name and she reduces it to a swirly G joining her signature too.

AllMimsyWereTheBorogroves Fri 23-May-14 13:22:15

A work colleague of mine has a baby Isambard, known as Sam. I think it's a fantastic name.

Erasmus is not really a Victorian name. The famous Erasmus was a Dutch scholar and a friend of Sir Thomas More. His dates are 1466-1536. Erasmus Darwin would have been named after him.

NigellasDealer Fri 23-May-14 13:29:13

oh I LOVE Isambard

mirandabee Fri 23-May-14 13:41:30

My 4 year old's friends include: Edith, Agatha, Jemima, Ralph, Ruby, Jasper.... Very different to my childhood where my school friends were Karens, Lisas, Samanthas, etc

Can't see names like Kevin, Maureen, Stella or Carol making a comeback soon - but you never know.

poppydaisy Fri 23-May-14 13:41:36

Jasper, Quentin, Arthur - all fairly trendy round here. And I know a baby Mabel.

In today's Telegraph are announcements of a baby Reginald and a baby Vincent - not sure how popular those will become.

poppydaisy Fri 23-May-14 13:42:25

I find Stella very pretty!

There are a few on the lists that I know little ones named

I know a baby Tracey, a Sue, a Barry, loads of Scotts, Davids, Laurens, Louises etc.

I've yet to come across a Pauline or Pamela though

Owllady Fri 23-May-14 13:57:35

I know quite a few children with the names on this thread!

I wish someone would call their daughter nelly. My mum had a glorious friend when we were young called nelly.

Guin1 Fri 23-May-14 14:01:33

I'm in Australia and the name trends here tend to be a mix of popular UK and US names. Eleanor (and any other name starting El) is very popular, and Lauren and Hannah not unusual.

Adolf is a pretty safe bet to be out of favour for a long time (although Adolfo is not unusual in some Spanish speaking countries). And we probably won't see Gay or Fanny becoming popular again any time soon. I find it interesting that so many people think that Keith is gone forever, when it is such an old traditional Celtic name. My grandmother was called Nancy, which I think is lovely, but I haven't heard of any other Nancy under 40.

Wafflenose Fri 23-May-14 14:05:35

Hannah and Lauren are definitely still popular. In the top 50 or so, last time I looked.

I have taught a little Agatha, Frederick, Maggie and Rupert, none of which I would have expected to see again.

I've also recently met a little Claire, know of a children called Karen, Dougal, Patricia, Elsie, Hector and David, and have a friend with a toddler called Fanny (although they aren't British, and live overseas). Another friend has just given birth to Simon, so I do think most names come back eventually.

Wafflenose Fri 23-May-14 14:09:23

Ooh I also know a Gloria, who is about 10. And a Nancy, Guin1 - she used to go to preschool with one of my DC, so must be about 7.

BridgeOfWhys Fri 23-May-14 14:14:09

I bet nobody knows any little Cliffords!

Artandco Fri 23-May-14 14:15:52

Stella is fairly common also. Usually shortened from Estella but sometimes alone

PinkSquash Fri 23-May-14 14:50:01

I know a primary age Clifford!

Mrsindecision Fri 23-May-14 14:58:21

I also know a baby Jeffrey and a baby Jason.

SpottieDottie Fri 23-May-14 16:30:02

Marmaduke
Aubrey
Stephanie
Vivian
Julie
Denise
Neil
Peter
Matthew
Lynn/Lynne
Marian
Amanda
Karen
Sharon
Tracey

and any names (like Denise) that are female versions of male names

kimlo Fri 23-May-14 16:51:15

Hairylegs I know 2 children whose names are on your girls list. They are unusual though.

Lauren is very popular here I know loads.

burgatroyd Fri 23-May-14 17:03:23

Anyone know any baby Elaines? That's due for a comeback! Gorgeous name.

alita7 Fri 23-May-14 17:50:38

I doubt we'll see godrick,bertram or fanny for a while!

Artandco Fri 23-May-14 18:02:40

Graeme don't think I know anyone under 35 called this

Rivercam Fri 23-May-14 18:27:24

I know 14 year old Stephanie and Matthew. Matthew was the 6th most popular name around 2000.

skinmysunshine Fri 23-May-14 18:41:05

I know lots of children with names on this thread. There was a Dionysus at DS's nursery

weebarra Fri 23-May-14 18:41:26

DS2's middle name has been mentioned three times. Admittedly it is my dad's name but I do like it.

Delphiniumsblue Fri 23-May-14 19:36:31

I know a 4 yr old Graham. Loads of Matthews.

OublietteBravo Fri 23-May-14 20:11:40

Cornelius

Doodleloomoo Fri 23-May-14 20:37:08

Matthew, Peter, Eleanor, Hannah. Really? They don't need to come back, they've always been popular.

If I have another daughter, Hannah is a contender.

Ermintrude?...

Doodleloomoo Fri 23-May-14 20:39:04

Irene. Haven't heard any children called Irene lately.

Have come across a 2 year old Paula though, it struck me as very cute, if a little unexpected.

When I think of my primary school class (1970's) I'm sure some of the names will come back - some have never gone away

John
Patrick
David
Terence
Desmond
Harry (this was an old man's name in 1979) grin
Michael
Colin
Kevin
Neil

Alison
Catherine
Teresa
Maria
Julie
Tammy (Thomasina)
Margaret
Nicola
Susan

I suspect Colin and Kevin won't ride the nostalgia wave for some time.

steppemum Fri 23-May-14 21:16:28

well, ds middle name is Graham. It is a family name, my dad's family are scottish.

I am very amused by people saying ''Lily, Rose etc are classic and that is why they have made a comeback, but Tracy, Karen etc won't''

The point is surely that in 1970 no-one thought Lily and Rose were classic, they thought they were horrible, old fashioned, died with Queen Victoria. They thought Karen and Judy were modern and fresh.

They will be the sweet old ladies' names in 2040 and then will make a comeback.

Lots of the names quoted are to me still current especially Hannah, Eleanor, David, Michael etc

FixItUpChappie Fri 23-May-14 21:21:46

Never say never. Who'd have thought Tabitha and such would be back with such a vengence?!

If you wait long enough all those oh so common names become unique and cute again.

I actually like Sharon - and Carol....so its hard to say.

steppemum Fri 23-May-14 21:47:20

Tabitha is lovely, it is the name of mums cat!

FinDeSemaine Fri 23-May-14 23:17:34

When has Tabitha been common, in either sense? Interesting the different perceptions people have.

WyrdByrd Sat 24-May-14 01:15:32

I know a 6yo Shirley, a little Brian & a 4yo whose middle name is Pamela.

Also 2 (English) Seths, and a Wilf.

sashh Sat 24-May-14 07:18:23

Nora - it can't make a come back can it?

Delphiniumsblue Sat 24-May-14 07:39:51

If Elsie, Ivy and Pearl can anything is possible!

Artandco Sat 24-May-14 08:39:28

Sashh - why not

weatherall Sat 24-May-14 09:18:29

I was walking around a Victorian cemetery the other day.

What surprised me was that so few names were used.

There was very little variety compared to today.

Families passed names down generations and people even used the same name twice if one child died!

Even though lots of families had 6 DCs it was just the same names over and over.

What I saw:
Elizabeth
Jane
Anne
Isabella/Isobel
Catherine
Agnes
Janet
Mary

Robert
James
John
William
George

The names of people I grew up with born in early 80s:
Lisa
Joanna
Louise
Catherine
Caroline
Gillian
Hannah
Lorraine
Karen
Claire
Alison
Hazel
Lucy
Pauline
Juliet
Aileen

Michael
Andrew
Scott
Simon
Christopher
Paul
David
Roger
John
Jonathan
Neil
Stuart

Names in primary school now:
Stella
Isabella
Charlotte
Isla
Emma
Rosie
Freya
Rachel
Rebecca
Olivia
Jayden
Zara
Francesca

Alex
Mason
Connor
Liam
Ben
Dylan
Lewis
Sean
Steven
Felix
Sam

Viatrix Sat 24-May-14 14:10:47

I actually quite like Linda, Paula, Sharon, Michelle, Karen, Susan etc. Don't know if I'd be brave enough to actually use any of them though!

Also, I don't see Josie or Joanna as old-fashioned at all.

FixItUpChappie Sat 24-May-14 17:51:27

Nora is on a big upswing where I live - it was toward the top of our girls list!

brokenhearted55a Sat 24-May-14 19:08:13

Robert hasnt made a come back

FinDeSemaine Sat 24-May-14 20:47:03

I can see Linda making a come back. It's actually really pretty (and has a pretty meaning). Susan is also lovely.

theelvisyears Sat 24-May-14 21:01:33

I felt sure I would see my name on here - Paula - defo not making a comeback. Every other Paula I meet is the same age as me - never much younger. It must have been trendy in the late 60s, early 70s.

Viviennemary Sat 24-May-14 21:28:54

Veronica I always think is quite a nice name. But the only one I know of is around 90. So that certainly doesn't seem to be making a come back. Sandra I don't think will be revived. Or Christine.

SpottieDottie Sat 24-May-14 21:31:19

I know a lovely Veronica, quite possibly the kindest person I have ever met. Certainly she did more for me than anybody else I've ever known.

dementedma Sat 24-May-14 21:51:40

Jealous of all the Simons. Its a name I love but have yet to meet a live one!

Fayrazzled Sat 24-May-14 21:57:30

I bet Angela doesn't make a comeback. You don't hear of any young Angelas now do you?

I think Joanne will come back soon. Very popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Also Helen and Jenny (Jennifer), Samantha, Lisa, Jacqueline, Karen, Jane/Jayne and Sarah/Sara. Perfectly nice names that have just fallen out of fashion but they'll be back.

Fayrazzled Sat 24-May-14 21:59:19

I know loads of Simons ranging from late thirties to fifty. Practically every other husband I know is called Simon. Very unusual for a small child but I do know a 7 year old Simon.

Fayrazzled Sat 24-May-14 22:00:22

Also Nicola and Emma and Michelle. Very popular in the 1970s/1980s.

Fayrazzled Sat 24-May-14 22:01:23

Also Susan (Sue).

Hellokittycat Sat 24-May-14 22:07:47

I know an isambard, a norbert, a couple of josies, an Edmund and a couple of jaspers!

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Sat 24-May-14 22:08:36

Anita

Janice

Can't see those coming back.

Hellokittycat Sat 24-May-14 22:09:18

Simon cowells baby is called Eric so I wonder of that will cause a few more to be names it too.
The one I never understood is Damien. Isn't Liz hurleys son called that?!

BurnThisDiscoDown Sat 24-May-14 22:20:18

I know under 5s called Karen, Nancy, Hannah and Jasper! I think most names will eventually come back around, will the possible exception of Adolf and the like.

NearTheWindymill Sat 24-May-14 22:25:22

Deborah (Debbie)
Kim
Heather
Jean
Diane

Gavin
Justin
Lee
Julian

None of those have been mentioned above. I can see names like Shirley, Joyce, Sylvia, Jean, Patricia coming back in 10/20 years though and possibly Simon, Julian, Jeremy, Martin for boys a bit later.

But if we are talking really old names then what about: Merlin, Gawain, Percival, etc. Interestingly if you go back a long long way I don't think there's as much varies for girls' names although am sure someone will be along to put me right.

When dd's 40 and has children no doubt they will think: Madeline, Rose, Imogen, Isabel terribly old fashioned and dated.

theelvisyears I went to school with a Paula who would have been born in 1987 I think

I know of baby Gregor, Kenneth and Philips born recently.

Velvetbee Sat 24-May-14 23:01:40

There's a little Derek locally, he's about 2 I guess. His mum was chasing him round Aldi's car park the other day.
I was surprised, it's not a name I thought I'd ever hear on a little person.

How about Uvedale?

Artandco Sat 24-May-14 23:21:25

Merlin is coming back I think since the tv series

bouncingbelle Sun 25-May-14 00:14:41

Percy
Cornelius

Gaynor
Gaye
Fanny

AllMimsyWereTheBorogroves Sun 25-May-14 08:13:52

My son was at shool with a Percy who will now be about 20.

Hellokittycat Sun 25-May-14 08:16:45

I know a 4 year old cornelius

SquirrelledAway Sun 25-May-14 08:19:35

These were the 1960/70s names that were popular when I was growing up - maybe a few more years before they come around again:

Nigel
Raymond
Wayne
Darren
Barry
Russell
Carl
Lee
Colin
Roger
Dennis

Donna
Dawn
Wendy
Sherry
Andrea
Lorraine
Shelley
Sandra

drinkingtea Sun 25-May-14 08:21:16

I have a 6 year old Erik (needs a K) - it is a fantastic Viking name, and we have met 2 others under 10 on holiday.

CaulkheadUpNorth Sun 25-May-14 08:35:51

I don't think anyone's mentioned Lesley/Leslie. I can't imagine that making a comeback!

gymboywalton Sun 25-May-14 08:38:05

Alan
You don't see any baby Alans these days

Gripneededfast Sun 25-May-14 09:55:32

Ooh I like Erik

drinkingtea Sun 25-May-14 10:16:16

smile Grip

EvilHerbivore Sun 25-May-14 10:41:31

I always read these posts to see how many posts in it gets before somebody says DPs name (12 this time!) as he's got an "old mans" name despite only being mid-20s

NigellasDealer Sun 25-May-14 10:45:19

Reginald?

ClashCityRocker Sun 25-May-14 11:07:27

Keith - I actually quite like the name Keith, but it just has connotations of a middle aged balding pot-bellied gasman.

I think Hayley, Josie, Elsie and Eleanor are quite common round our way. And Ethel seems to be gaining popularity.....heard a dad calling for 'Mabel' the other day, which gave me a pause.

My contributions:
Deirdre
Charmaine
Janet
Kenneth
Tracey
Gaylord
Brian
Aloysiois

I have a secret love of the name Jedediah...

Octopus37 Sun 25-May-14 12:29:08

I know of a Bruce (aged about 6) and a baby Ian. Wasn't Norbert from Norbert Lightowel in The Fib.

mistyegg Sun 25-May-14 12:43:13

A few more less popular ones:

Edna (the youngest one I can think of is the one on the Simpsons!)
Wanda
Morris
Ronald

turdfairynomore Sun 25-May-14 14:31:00

I heard a mum calling "Rita" today. Rita was about 2!

itfcbabe Sun 25-May-14 18:13:13

My daughter is 13 and she wants Valerie for her daughter which I didn't like to start with but do now,so teenagers are starting to like 70's names.

AllMimsyWereTheBorogroves Sun 25-May-14 18:27:15

I think Nigel is a fabulous name but that's probably because the one I know is mega-cool.

CremeEggThief Sun 25-May-14 19:49:35

I know a baby Vincent and a toddler Oswald. I also know 4 year olds Ian and Owen; 5 year olds Christina, Joanna, Carl and Jim; a Wendy who's 5 or 6; two Lees who are about ten and three Stephanies, aged 11-12.

Judy
Marian/Marion
Sharon
Michelle
Carol
Julie
Pauline
Debbie
Wayne
Barry
Bernie (both male and female)
Colin
Trevor
Keith
Roger
Alan
Norman

I can't see these coming back for a while.

Iwillorderthefood Sun 25-May-14 20:35:01

My 8 year old likes

Stephanie
Tracey
Eleanor

FinDeSemaine Sun 25-May-14 20:47:43

Stephanie is a big favourite with my seven year old. I think it's awful!

Fizzyplonk Mon 26-May-14 09:18:22

Joanne
Carol
Susan
Lisa
Val
Annette
Debbie
Eileen
Elaine
Donna
Gillian
Myra
Patricia

Brian
Marvin
Graham

NadiaWadia Mon 26-May-14 18:56:13

Most names go in and out of fashion, and I don't think you can definitely say whether they will come in or out of fashion. Most of them probably will at some time in the future. The only ones that you can almost certainly say won't come back are names like Fanny etc, and that's because of associations attached to them that are new since the name was popular. But slang shifts and changes over time too. At one time apparently you wouldn't think of using 'Molly' because of the slang meaning of a 'Moll' meaning a 'loose woman' as in 'gangster's moll' but now no one thinks about that and Molly is popular again. So maybe in 50 or 100 years there could be loads of little Fannys!

steppemum Mon 26-May-14 22:46:30

met an 11 yo Cyril yesterday. I cringed inwardly, and then had to introduce him to other 11 yo. I was expecting the others to go Cyril??? But they didn't blink an eye.

It reminded me again that the connotations I have with a name are unique to me or my generation. Our kids don't have the same associations, for them it is just another name.

DP name - well I suspect it won't be coming round for another 50-100 years

itsbetterthanabox Mon 26-May-14 23:00:01

Terrence/Terry, Tracey, Sharon, Trisha, Gary, Kerry, Donna, Ian,

pommedeterre Mon 26-May-14 23:24:42

Gary
Joanne
Pauline
Patricia
Scott
Lee
Geoff
Leslie
Lindsay

poppydaisy Tue 27-May-14 06:48:43

Apart from Fanny and Willy, most of the names on here will definitely become popular again. Lots of lovely names that our generation have come to associate with our parents - our kids, on the other hand will find them refreshing and beautiful!

Agree that kids couldn't care less if their mates are called Kevin, Cyril or Calvin. They're simply the names of their friends and therefore normal.

Delphiniumsblue Tue 27-May-14 06:54:52

I agree that apart from ones like Fanny they will all be back, following the 80-100 yr rule. I know children now called many of the names quoted as 'never coming back'.

fedupofrainydays Tue 27-May-14 07:02:41

Are you sure Nigel will make a comeback? It's DH middle name and I giggle whenever I hear it. His uni friends all call him Nige as a result!!

I had a good chuckle along to this thread last night. Just passed my 20 wk scan and trying to think of names. We have one ds who's name I love but one of those traditional ones that never dates. Looking for something less popular for ds 2.

Delphiniumsblue Tue 27-May-14 07:07:13

Bound to. My father's name is so dreadful that I wouldn't use it as a second name for my DS 30 yrs ago,but it is coming back- now following the 80-100 yr rule as my father would now be 90yrs.

HemlockStarglimmer Tue 27-May-14 08:03:34

I know of a small boy called Keith. He must be about six or seven now. His mother is not from the UK but lives there.

Sazhoopz Thu 29-May-14 13:06:21

My gran was Bertha and she would hate if that came back!

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