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'Old-fashioned' names that might NOT make a come-back?

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PrincessFiorimonde Mon 04-Apr-11 07:08:52

I was thinking about names that might have been popular about 100 years ago or more, and were then considered old-fashioned 30, 40 or even 50 years ago - but are now becoming more popular again. For example, Dorothy and Archie are names that are probably used more now than they were for babies born in the 60s or 70s.

So I wondered if there are names that have not made a come-back, and are not likely to?

For example, does anyone think these names are used much for babies born recently:
Jean (for a girl; not the French boys' name)
Joan (for a girl; not the Catalan boys' name)

I'm not trying to start a 'these are horrible names' thread. I'm just wondering which 'old-fashioned'-type names haven't really been revived. (Or perhaps I should say: haven't really been revived yet!)

tattycoram Mon 04-Apr-11 07:30:09

I know a baby Jean.

Cyril and Cecil I can't ever see becoming fashionable again

kreecherlivesupstairs Mon 04-Apr-11 07:34:56

Cuthbert or Neville for boys and Shirley for a girl.

hazeyjane Mon 04-Apr-11 07:37:54


exoticfruits Mon 04-Apr-11 07:42:40

I think that they will all make a comeback-the 4 you mentioned have all had people who like them on MN! I have been looking at 1901 census and all the (horrible) names are back-Edith, Alfred, Sydney,Violet, Elsie etc and there are even people who like Ethel!!

It is only a matter of time before we get back to Brenda, Nigel, Colin and Maureen etc

Anaxagora Mon 04-Apr-11 07:47:09


ilovesprouts Mon 04-Apr-11 07:58:15

gordon ,who would call there dc thathmm

abgirl Mon 04-Apr-11 08:14:32

Myrtle, I have a great aunt who the whole family call 'Myrtle the Turtle'grin - she must know but doesn't seem to mind - can't see that one making a come back ever!

LaurieFairyCake Mon 04-Apr-11 08:16:36

Sharon - all popular amongst my age group, think they'll take a while to come round again

ValiumSoltera Mon 04-Apr-11 08:43:16

Some of these names are from a more recent batch than the real 'old names'. Eg bruce and shirley. There are still bruces and shirleys who are alive. So you can't really say they're so awful they won't come back. Actually, bruce sounds cool to me. I think that will come back.

Myrtle is lovely. If Lyra and Miriam can come back then I don't see why Myrtle wouldn't/won't.

Obviously Kevin, Tracey and Sharon won't come back until 2050. But they will. People will name after their great grandmother Tracey or their ggf Kevin. It'll happen.

ValiumSoltera Mon 04-Apr-11 08:46:28

Yeah I'll put my hand up and say I quite like Ethel!! I don't know why it's so hated anyway. Certainly no less pretty than Iris or Ivy imo.

I think, to be really serious here, the names that won't come back will be names which have a kind of germanic influence. There were names popular 90 years ago such as Ethelreid, Ethelburg, Alfraeda... I don't think these exact names will return. But versions of them will.

bandgeek Mon 04-Apr-11 08:47:05

Euphemia (having said that, I rather like Phamie as a nickname!)

Horace for a boy

bandgeek Mon 04-Apr-11 08:47:55

I always liked Phylis for a girl - people used to laugh at that one!

ValiumSoltera Mon 04-Apr-11 08:51:05

hmmm, interesting. I don't think those names will be popular soon, but Euphemia actually sounds quite predictable to me. it ends in ia which is very popular now. People have used up Olivia and are looking for something with a similar feel in sound but oh holy grail unusual. Ophelia is already out there now. There are a few of them scattered about. Euphemia is not a huge leap from Eugenia/Ophelia. I would be surprised if there weren't at least five Euphemias within the next two years.

Gertie has that kind of Bertie Wooster 1920s vibe about it. You know the kind of names Pearl Lowe and tummytickler would choose!

eatyourveg Mon 04-Apr-11 08:54:49

Beryl, Barbara, Sheila, Mavis, Cyril, Reginald, Terence, Percy ( although may be Percy could be cool one day)

Bubbaluv Mon 04-Apr-11 08:56:09

Yep - Fanny is a goner surely.
I met a baby Horace a couple of years ago and really expected the mother to wink and tell me she was joking, but no.
Brian seems unlikely.

BornAgainDomesticGoddess Mon 04-Apr-11 08:56:33

That's a shame, isn't it hazeyjane? I love the name Fanny, it's very 1920s.

ValiumSoltera Mon 04-Apr-11 08:59:36

You put Mildred down twice!
Millie - Mildred! I bet there are a few already.
Guinevere, isn't that quite normal in Cornwall or Devon?

BuntyPenfold Mon 04-Apr-11 09:16:57

I don't think Fanny will make a comeback, or Clytie (my great aunt Clytemnestra apparently)
And I am told Albert means something rude now. Well, always did, but I didn't know it did.

Hedwig3 Mon 04-Apr-11 09:20:56

I LOVE Nora and I believe that there are a few about envy

Not sure if I could put up with the catsbumfaces sad

bobblehat Mon 04-Apr-11 09:27:10

I'm always suprised Albert hasn't made a huge comeback as to me Bertie isn't too far away from Alfie (although I do know a lo with this name). I think Beryl will take a while to come back, as will Doreen and Brenda.

That said, I did know a Maureen who will now be mid thirties and there's a little boy I know called Douglas. It's just not a name I can imagine for a baby.

Skinit Mon 04-Apr-11 09:31:33

Agnes? It's quite elegant now I look at it....



exoticfruits Mon 04-Apr-11 09:43:04

Agnes seems very popular now.

babybythesea Mon 04-Apr-11 09:46:31

Norman. Definitely belongs to an old man. Or a goon.

LifeInTheSlowLane Mon 04-Apr-11 09:52:44

The 70s names do seem less attractive now, but maybe they'll come back eventually! Names I remember from childhood that were really popular but you don't seem to hear now:

Sharon, Tracy, Jane, Claire, Jenny, Alison, Nicola, Lesley, Rebecca

Keith, Kevin, Darren, Gareth, Brian, Malcolm, Jason

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