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Most retro/dated name you've heard recently

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atthewelles Wed 09-Jan-13 11:26:19

I heard a woman in the park calling her little girl Madge. I haven't heard that name in years and years. I also know of a little toddler called Sheila.

Just wondering if any of you know any children with names that you thought had died out completely.

KatyPeril Mon 14-Jan-13 10:05:37


Sasparillo Mon 14-Jan-13 10:25:42

Elsie & Martha which I actually love! If I ever had twin girls in the future I would certainly use these names smile xx

ivykaty44 Mon 14-Jan-13 12:00:57

what about John to go with Janet, or Peter and Jane like the books in the 60's

DonderandBlitzen Mon 14-Jan-13 12:13:17

I like Janet

atthewelles Mon 14-Jan-13 12:40:55

I love Janet, Peter and Jane. I also love Susan. Because I'm Irish those names don't hold any mumsy connotations for me, they just sound vintage, Enid Blytony, tea in the nursery type names.
Mumsy names in Ireland would be Kathleen, Maureen, Eithne, Kay, Sheila, Phyllis and Eileen.

DonderandBlitzen Mon 14-Jan-13 12:45:41

I think it does depend on whether you've known anyone in the generation above with a name whether you think of it as mumsy. I've known Pams, Sheilas, Barbaras, Maureens, Sue's from my parents generation and they aren't my cup of tea. Janet and Susan are fine for me though as i didn't know anyone called that, so i could imagine a child with the name.

BeaWheesht Mon 14-Jan-13 13:09:36

Elspeth shortened to Elsie was my number one choice name with dd but dh vetoed it hmm

FranglaisMadam Mon 14-Jan-13 13:22:24

Boy: Quentin (but pronounced CON-TAN here...whatever, it's still Quentin to
Girl: Fanny

tammytoby Mon 14-Jan-13 13:51:42

Lots of names on here aren't really 'retro' imo. I know quite a few little Agathas, Quentins, Dorothys and Ernest I think they are so old that they're 'in' again.

Really 'unfashionable' dated names include Brian, Colin, Deborah, Tracy, Sharon and Mike.

alemci Mon 14-Jan-13 21:47:16

Fanny would be very unfortunate. Franglais it sounds like the famous five.

marriedinwhite Tue 15-Jan-13 08:03:30

I'm waiting to hear Jeremy and Julian; Denise, Kim or Sandra.

MidnightMasquerader Tue 15-Jan-13 08:07:57

Ooh, I know of a little baby Julian born last year!

austenozzy Tue 15-Jan-13 08:14:46

there's a marion in my dd 's playgroup. seems a bit too old fashioned to me. lovely girl though.

rainbow2000 Tue 15-Jan-13 09:21:19

Theres a John and Gary in ds class.Obviously names like that are making a comeback

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Tue 15-Jan-13 18:50:37

I know a baby Jeremy.

SavoirFaire Tue 15-Jan-13 22:25:14

1 yo Jeremy at my DCs nursery.

Jux Sun 20-Jan-13 02:22:39

How retro is retro? I came across a couple of Tudor names today - Harbottle and Adolphus. if I'd had a boy, I think I would have been seriously tempted by Harbottle, which I think is rather magnificent! grin. Once at school though, it would probably have morphed into Harvey. Luckily, I suppose, I had a girl.

narmada Sun 20-Jan-13 09:09:14

Harbottle? Harbottle shock

Megsdaughter Sun 20-Jan-13 09:33:07

I know a 8 month old Melanie, all the others I know are in their 30's.

alemci Sun 20-Jan-13 12:12:12

Harbottle - that is wicked.

quite like Melanie but most of them are the age you described or older.

gobacktoyourplaypenbaby Sun 20-Jan-13 15:58:53

Am having a good old chuckle at these. Favourites I've read are Brian, Barry and Horace (Hor) Brilliant Loobootins grin

gobacktoyourplaypenbaby Sun 20-Jan-13 16:00:16

Oops spelt that wrong Labootin

shrimponastick Sun 20-Jan-13 16:20:50

Am surprised at Robert being classed as a retro name.

DS is a Robert, he is 15. There are a few more Roberts in his school too.

SparklyGothKat Sun 20-Jan-13 16:26:02

I have a 7 month old called Elsie. We both loved it and didn't think it was popular but reading this thread made me realise its had a comeback grin

Binfullofresolutionsfor10thjan Sun 20-Jan-13 18:00:05

My DB's friends are debating Isambard for their soon to arrive DS!

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