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Names you dont hear these days but had there hey day

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Lollybrolly Fri 25-Jan-13 02:31:19

Lots of older names being used but is it a generation thing or what?? There are certain names that dont seem to be coming back into fashion. Do you think classrooms will ever be full of children named......

Barbara - DH really wanted this for our DD.


What other similar names can you think of that were once quite popular but now quite rare??

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 11:58:41

Oh, and I know a Simon, sisters are Emma, Susan and Marianne (Annie) they are Brits. Dad has an Irish name that is difficult for non-Irish to pronounce so wanted straightforward names for the kids.

They sound cutting edge don't they! grin

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 11:55:13

In the US we were surrounded by families and the names included Parker, Margaret, Bridget, Jack, Miles, Claire and Owen - this was 4 years ago everyone was under 12, most under 7.

NowPlayingZone Sun 27-Jan-13 22:49:49

Know of a few Barbara's & also a Brian.

Ten tears before the Sharon & Tracy boom.

LittleWhiteWolf Sat 26-Jan-13 11:22:47

I know a 12 year old called Barbara.

Just wait, our children will name their children names that were popular in the 60s and 70s I bet! grin

AnathemaDevice Sat 26-Jan-13 08:40:20

Both my DCs first and middle names have appeared on this thread, as has the girls name we've picked for DC3.

I'm either hopelessly unfashionable when it comes to names, or a trendsetter. I fear it may be the former.

RooneyMara Sat 26-Jan-13 07:38:14

Oh I have a Peter. I've always loved it since I was about 12! Just a good strong name.

I know of a baby Elizabeth - that's a great name too.

RobinSparkles Sat 26-Jan-13 07:26:21

I know a ten year old Martin too! And a baby Sarah, which I think is lovely.

Skyebluesapphire Sat 26-Jan-13 00:57:41

My name keeps cropping up grin as do a lot of names from school. (Born in 1972, at secondary school from 1983 to 1988).

I do know an Eric, age 3

Startail Sat 26-Jan-13 00:49:14

Oh and Simon, anyone know any young Simons

Startail Sat 26-Jan-13 00:48:33


Robert (actually I do know a 12y Rob)
David and Steven certainly.

Startail Sat 26-Jan-13 00:44:01

I know
A Barbra who's just left school
And a Judith all secondary school age except Harriet and Joanna who' are younger

The only other Judith I've ever heard of was married to my dads BF. that feels really dated.
Peter would be my second choice of boys name

SoggySummer Sat 26-Jan-13 00:20:31

Martin, Michael, Andrew, Stuart, Paul, Phillip,Gary and Nigel were popular boys names in my youth and not so popular anymore.

Joanne was very popular in my school days, along with Julie. Always had one or two of them in my classes.

What i would class as older man names are ones like Maurice (Mo for short),Geoffrey, Douglas, Reginald, Noel,Ernest, Herbert, Roland, Victor and Norman - I wonder when these will make a come back.

Other girls/ladies names not so popular include Andrea, Pauline, Alma, Wilma, Gwendolyn, Thelma, Gillian, Edna, Myrtle, Eileen,Sally and Norma.

deleted203 Fri 25-Jan-13 22:32:36

My Dad's called Roy! It's definitely cool! (Although Dad is 75). When we lived in Bermuda in the 60s people often called him 'Royston' grin as they assumed it was short for that. (It's just Roy, I'm afraid).

OhIWishThereWasABook Fri 25-Jan-13 22:11:24

Baby Roy [grins]

hawkmcqueen Fri 25-Jan-13 21:51:27

I know a baby Roy and it's really quite cool, really suits him

RobinSparkles Fri 25-Jan-13 21:31:39

I know a five year old Barry and a ten year old Trevor.

First you have mentioned my name and I'm under 30. OK well 29 grin

forgetmenots Fri 25-Jan-13 21:28:20

OhIWishThereWasABook - wow, Peter doesn't surprise me but Graham and Patricia do! shock

VikingLady Fri 25-Jan-13 21:23:08

I know a few parents who have given their children family names, mainly gp names. We have Frank and Margaret - you don't hear those much! And their siblings were Malcolm, Doris, Rhoda, Peter and Herbert. Peter is the only one I have encountered recently.

But 10 years ago I wouldn't have believed I would know 3 Alfies, 3 Lilys, scads of Noahs...

wigglybeezer Fri 25-Jan-13 17:19:19

I know a young Malcolm ( although in Scotland it's more of a classic name as we had King Malcolm), a young Alison ( again a more traditional name up here, was in the top 100 in 1900), a young Ian, Samantha, Claire, Suzanne, Ruth, Graeme, Daryl, Brian, Joanna, Jennifer, and a 20 year old Marjorie. That is just in one ( very non trendy) village.

littletomato Fri 25-Jan-13 17:17:18

Todd and Derek were popular boys' names in my day. Haven't heard those in a while.

2dogslong DD would be an Eric if she's a boy. I'm a true blood fan grin

Viviennemary Fri 25-Jan-13 17:04:51

Susan, Hilary, Moira, Valerie, Vera Veronica Marjorie, Christine, Phyllis.

Lollybrolly Fri 25-Jan-13 16:44:21

I think I actually quite like Peter now actually - always thought it was a bit meh but it sounds quite nice to me now.

I just cannot envisage a baby Malcolm and mums calling for "Malc" across the park.

I nearly died when DH suggested Barbara for DD2 12 years ago but now I can actually see some charm in it - still not convinced I would choose it though. Its another one of those names I struggle to picture a toddler or teenager owning. Although wonder if she would become Babs or god forbid Barbie.

I quite like Betty as well - are there many of those around???

Dont know why I am on about names - my baby making days are long gone. grin

OhIWishThereWasABook Fri 25-Jan-13 16:20:20

I've got a Graham, Peter and Patricia in my class, these are the new 'grandparent' names. The ones you don't hear yet are the names from our Generation.

Maximilimum Fri 25-Jan-13 16:14:38

I know a baby Lisa. Other than that all Lisa's I know are 30+!

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