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Stanley or Frank - Which is Rarer?

(36 Posts)
doggus Thu 07-Jul-11 01:12:57

Hi - we want to call ds to be Stanley or Frank - but I am worried that Stanley in particular is getting widespread and I do like to be a bit different!

Are there lots of Stans and Franks about?

Plus any other good World War 1 era names - bring em on. We are due in a week!

Clary Thu 07-Jul-11 01:19:46

I know one Frank, aged 12; and two Stanleys, one 12 and one about 5.

I know a lot of kids tho so those figures are both pretty low (for example I must know/know of about 30 boys under 12 called Matthew).

Other WW1 names:

William (v popular still)
Thomas (also v popular)

I love em all. Very much like Stanley but DH wasn't having it.

randomimposter Thu 07-Jul-11 07:04:36

Know more Stanleys. No little Franks that I can think of.

Having said that I prefer Stanley. Also love Arthur and like Albert. (Don't see William, George or Thomas as "older" names, they have always been right up there in usage - all 3 are good classics, I have a William).

TittyBojangles Thu 07-Jul-11 07:08:06

They were our top two names! So I have one and know no others, round these parts they are definately rare,... fabulous names.

meditrina Thu 07-Jul-11 07:09:01

I know 2 little Franks, and one grown up one. The only Stans I know are grown ups, who use it as a nn based on their surname.

RustyBear Thu 07-Jul-11 07:12:55

My FIL was Stanley Frank - born in 1922. He hated Stanley, though and was always known as Frank.

I work at a junior school and have only known one Stanley and no Franks there in 12 years -Stanley would be about 13/14 now.

We do have a Reginald coming up in September - the youngest of a family of four - the others are Sidney, Lily and Albert.

SandStorm Thu 07-Jul-11 07:19:08

I know one Stanley but no Franks. I do know a Frankie though.

ragged Thu 07-Jul-11 07:40:09

I know a baby Frank about 10 weeks old. Don't know any other Franks, or Stanleys... I knew a 20-something Stan 20+ yrs ago. "Stan" is a possible nn for DS2's name... but must admit I don't warm to it. Or doesn't suit him, anyway.

Alfie is THE popular WWI name, methinks. On Clary's list, I'd say that George is also fairly popular ime.

ragged Thu 07-Jul-11 07:41:00

Oh, to add to Clary's list: Norman.

Rhubarbgarden Thu 07-Jul-11 09:17:02

I know several little Stanleys but no Franks. How about Clifford? I think Cliff is a great nickname.

milliemoan Thu 07-Jul-11 10:07:47

Know loads of Stanleys - probably about 8. I know about 4 Franks.

I think Stanley will become very popular.

tummytickler Thu 07-Jul-11 11:05:01

I love Norman! I want to use it so much but it does not go with ds's Hebrew names!

I know one Frank age 1, and a LOT of Stanleys. It seems to be very popular here.
Frankie is quite popular for girls here also.

I would go for Francis, with Frank as nn.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 07-Jul-11 11:16:12

Know 2 Stanleys, one is 10 and the other is 3 Don't know any Franks but do know a few Francesca's who are called Frankie though.

As both names are quite unusual I would go for the one you love the most. Afterall, the name you choose may be rare now but in 10 years time there may be a soap star with the same name that triggers off a rash of little Franks or Stanleys.

Hedwig3 Thu 07-Jul-11 12:08:25

I don't know any Stanleys, I know 2 girls and a boy called Frankie


squeak2392 Thu 07-Jul-11 13:17:54

I don't know any of either, but I think Frank is a horrible name - Frank Butcher suited it perfectly, imo.
I should imagine Stanley is more popular, and that Frankie is more common on girls.

doggus Thu 07-Jul-11 13:54:57

I am torn and so is DH. I am leaning towards Frank though - I want Francis but dh not having it.

I also want Herbert but have been soundly told no way!

LadyWellian Thu 07-Jul-11 14:02:56


I think Stanley is more common on small people. DD has a Frank and a Frankie in her year (Y6)

Hedwig3 Thu 07-Jul-11 14:52:52

Herbert - now you're talking!

doggus Thu 07-Jul-11 15:38:16

Oooh I LOVE Eric!

What about Ernest?

SpringFollows Thu 07-Jul-11 15:42:11

I have come across one Stanley and one Frank, although I have the idea (based on nothing) that Frank might be a little more rare. I am not sure which one i like more... they both have charm, although Stanley could be seen as taking the piss somehow. Frank makes me think of Franklin Blake from my most favourite book ever, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. (Not that he was called Frank, just it reminds me).

thereisalightanditnevergoesout Thu 07-Jul-11 16:20:22


I like Albert myself.

freerangeeggs Thu 07-Jul-11 18:03:59

Stanley and Frank are both lovely. I know one Frank and two Stanleys under the age of 14.

Ernest is a beautiful name (I also love Ernestine for a girl but most hate it).

Wilfred nn Wilf? Rupert? John nn Johnny or Jonno (John really IS unusual). Alfred, William, Bernard, Walter, Hector, Frederick, Gilbert, Lawrence, Edwin, Maxwell...

This makes for interesting reading - it's the top 100 names in Scotland from 1900. I'm not sure if there is an equivalent in England/Wales.

pinkhebe Thu 07-Jul-11 18:07:29

I know 2 Stans but no Franks. What about Howard?

LetThereBeRock Thu 07-Jul-11 18:07:41

I don't know any children with either name,but then that might be because they're both utterly hideous names. Stanley is marginally better I suppose.

BBNElea Thu 07-Jul-11 18:24:16

In 2009 Stanley ranked #98 (with 627 births) in England and Wales and Frank ranked #259 (with 172 births).

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