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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.

Nancy66 Tue 29-Jan-13 11:59:35

I know of two Jeans born in last two years - both to very trendy, arty parents.

blushingm Tue 29-Jan-13 01:00:52


HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 08:05:06

I love Percy and Reg, Ray has made a comeback in the states but you don't hear that so much in the UK.

Really Retro would be Phil, Mark and Wayne.

Trazzletoes Mon 28-Jan-13 07:32:31

I know a Percival (Percy for short), Sidney and Kingsley.

Lovely names and they suit the children perfectly.

Locketjuice Mon 28-Jan-13 07:30:31

I know a Brenda she's awful! Puts me off the name, also couldn't imagine a baby Blanche!

Esker Mon 28-Jan-13 07:28:34

I haven't heard of anyone using this recently, but I recalled the name Brenda the other day- I cannot imagine anyone calling a child this today shock

Locketjuice Mon 28-Jan-13 07:25:12

Heard a baby Gordon yesterday!

Harrysmummysarah1 Sat 26-Jan-13 22:36:39

My daughters Martha. In her class and year group is a:
Then theirs the Oscars, Ethan's, Finley's, Olivia's, Ava's etc..

In dd2 nursery class there's a

Rhubarbgarden Sat 26-Jan-13 22:31:49

My friend's sister has just had a Jonathan David. I think that's quite retro these days.

Bagofmashings Sat 26-Jan-13 20:56:19

Percy grin

I know an Esther, Ivy, Violet, Martha, Stanley and a whole heap of Oscars all under 1.

Also a Ryan. Which is kind of 70s retro I think

Stixswhichtwizzle Sat 26-Jan-13 20:47:14

I met a gorgeous toddler called Ivy at baby group.

Gimmeechocolate Sat 26-Jan-13 16:54:47

I don't think most of the old names mentioned here are dated at all. I would say 50's, 60's and 70's names sound dated ie. Susan, Julie, Linda, Kevin, Paul etc Also those I went to school with such as Karen, Kerry, Claire and Louise would sound retro or dated for a baby, to me anyway!

I know a girl under 5 called Sandra and a boy called Jim. I've recently met a baby called Joan.

I love all the early 1900's names. I know Mabel, Florence, Arthur, Stanley, Monty, Ada, Iris, Edie, Reggie, Ronnie, Lottie, Elsie, Ruby, Seth.

Wandastartup Sat 26-Jan-13 13:32:32

My daughters names are both on this list! I thought they were classic without being common. Maybe I am retro though...

LucieLucie Sat 26-Jan-13 12:06:24

Recent baby names which literally made my teeth itch were;



Locketjuice Sat 26-Jan-13 08:30:42

Couldn't have a Gilbert after watching what's eating Gilbert grape!

DonderandBlitzen Sat 26-Jan-13 00:00:16

Not a name I have heard recently, but I'm reading a Malory Towers book to my dd (written 1946) and a Baby Daphne is mentioned. Daphne is a fab name, but not one you hear for a baby very often - or has it come round again?

NotGeoffVader Fri 25-Jan-13 22:50:27

I also know of a baby Seth. I must say, it is a name I have always loathed! Thankfully I seldom see his mother. Her other children both have horrible names too!

MunchkinsMumof2 Thu 24-Jan-13 15:05:06

Gilbert and Mabel are siblings aged 1 & 3.

DonderandBlitzen Thu 24-Jan-13 13:37:14

So do I. Or at least I know his mum. I wonder if it is the same one in the Torquay area?

weaselm4 Thu 24-Jan-13 11:53:37

I know an Isambard!

boschy Thu 24-Jan-13 11:23:41

Trudie - there's a name I have not heard in many a long year... wonder if it's due a come back?

schplappo Tue 22-Jan-13 18:49:59

Millicent - known as Milly
Violet - known as Letty
Algernon - known as Algy

QueenOfCats Tue 22-Jan-13 18:42:40

Ava - it's lovely smile

For some reason I love the name Diane, and also Marlene!

littlemisstax Tue 22-Jan-13 18:13:25

I know twins Judy & Ellen. It suits them.

Also know toddlers Sid and Dougal.

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