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"Old person" names are fashionable, BUT...

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gail734 Tue 06-Nov-12 16:08:57

When I was at school, there were three Gillians in my class and three Alisons! You can guess how old I am from that. I suspect that if anyone had turned up in my class with what we would have regarded as an "old man's" name, say, Archie, we would have teased the poor soul relentlessly. However, these names are all over the place now. BUT do you know of anyone who has taken it TOO far? My cousin has called her little boy Walter. It's a family name, but I think it's just TOO old-fashioned!

Thisisaeuphemism Tue 06-Nov-12 16:23:02

My grandparents had about ten brothers and sisters each. Now when I'm at Playschool I feel like I am back there with them: Sid, stan, Lola, lily, Rae, Maisie, Sam.
I love it - nothing is too old fashioned for me!

MrsHBaby3 Tue 06-Nov-12 16:38:18

Edith and Harold cross the line for me!

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 06-Nov-12 16:45:17

Ethel is so far over the line for me that I doubt the line is even visible.

MrsSlocombesPussy Tue 06-Nov-12 16:46:41

I know a 2 year old Cyril. I think he's named after his grandfather, but still...

insanityscratching Tue 06-Nov-12 16:50:40

I love all the Granny names tbh. The only ones that would be too much for me would be Hilda,Gladys and Edna. Sad really as they are my Aunts' names. I like Walter but like Stanley better tbh.

insanityscratching Tue 06-Nov-12 16:54:17

Ds has a friend called Cyril his official name is David but Cyril is a family name. Even now at 23 he chooses to call himself Cyril rather than David.

coffeeandcream Tue 06-Nov-12 17:01:46

Mildred, Gloria, Mabel, Edna, Martha, Doris are in my own opinion dreadful names for children.

Walter is sooooo old! As is Ernest / Ernie, Bill, Clive and Geoffrey.

Apologies if anyone's little darlings have these names, not meaning to offend!

Mollydoggerson Tue 06-Nov-12 17:05:20

I think names have a 90 year cycle.

I was surprised to hear Susan mentioned in Downton Abbey.

IWipeArses Tue 06-Nov-12 17:05:32

Thing is, if you don't like the 'old fashioned' names it might be because you're out of fashion. Middle aged.

MoelFammau Tue 06-Nov-12 17:09:53

I love old names. I wanted Gladys for DD (my nan's name), also had Walter on the list for a boy because it's a family name. Nothing wrong with having a little Wal or Walt toddling around! We settled on Deborah.

Names I find tough to like are the Savannah / Tiffany type. Just don't do it for me!

Onemoreforgoodmeasure Tue 06-Nov-12 17:13:39

Ooh, Walter, Walt, Wally, lovely! I also like Vera!

Frontpaw Tue 06-Nov-12 17:16:23

Hey! My late mun is one of those 'awful' names! I also know a Vera in her 30s (from Latvia - the way she pronounces it is beautiful). I was at school with a Walter, a Gertrude and a Senga. Oh dear God!

MoelFammau Tue 06-Nov-12 18:17:55

Trudy was another on our list.... It's so cute!

wafflingworrier Tue 06-Nov-12 18:34:55

"Edith and Harold cross the line for me" HAHAHAA!!
our baby names were Edith for a girl and Harlod for a boy! had a girl! :D when we rang my middle aged MIN and told her her first Grandchild was called Edith she was not impressed! grin

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Tue 06-Nov-12 18:45:49

The worst one I know is Maud and she's a really pretty little girl as well, with the ugliest name known to man.

I also know an Agnes, which is pretty awful.

I think Edith, Ethel, Enid all cross the line.

Thisisaeuphemism Tue 06-Nov-12 18:47:33

It's fun to cross the line! Edith is especially beautiful

InNeedOfAPennyForTheGuysBrandy Tue 06-Nov-12 18:52:19

Edith, Ethel, Enid, Edna, Maud, Gladys, Harold, Walter, Doris, Mildred Yvone, Ann, Helen, Ingrid, Willy, are all terrible and I can think of more my nan used to own a residential home for the elderly.

I also don't likle Savannah Tiffiny names

I do like old fashioned names like Rose (my dd middle name after my great nan's middle name, her name was Vera but I didn't like that) Ivy again IMO is nice. I like flowery names.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Tue 06-Nov-12 18:54:56

'It's fun to cross the line'

For you maybe, what about Maud, Diesel, Tai-Reese and Gladys? And the teacher who has to do the register with a straight face?

MollyMurphy Tue 06-Nov-12 18:54:57

I am obviously not trendy...I hate the a lot of old fashioned names that pop up on here.....Tabitha, Gladys, Walter, Arthur, Alberta, Florence, Martha, Margaret. Just not my cup of tea but to each their own.

MollyMurphy Tue 06-Nov-12 18:56:14

Alberta? = Albert I mean

runningforme Tue 06-Nov-12 19:16:13

I'm so glad others are with me on this! I despair when I venture onto these Baby Names threads from all the 'granny chic' names. I hate Maud, Enid, Edna, Edith, Gladys, Doris, Mabel, Agatha, Albert, Archie, Walter, Sydney, Cyril (wth!), Stanley et al.... there are more I'm sure.....

Neither do I like the Mercedes/Tiffany type names for the record.

MrsSlocombesPussy Tue 06-Nov-12 19:21:39

I definitely wouldn't have liked to have been named after my gran - she was called Bertha!

LynetteScavo Tue 06-Nov-12 19:32:03

I no longer think of Tabitha and Martha as old lady names! (I would love to have a Martha, but DH says NO)

A friend of mine loved the name Walter, but her DS is called Oswald, which I think is way cooler.

I once heard a dad calling his DS Ernie when out shopping. - love most of the old peoples names, it's the next generation I'm not keen on - Joyce, Irene, Brenda, Gordon, ect that I'm not keen on.

And then you get the generation after that - Kevin, Gary, Karen, Dawn. All the names my great grandchildren will probably be called and I will tut and roll my eyes in disgust as I sit in my nursing home.

thegreylady Tue 06-Nov-12 20:10:45

Edna and Ethel
Norma and Norman
Cecil and Cyril
All just a bit too far for me...

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