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So, which year's names are least appealing to parents naming in 2013

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JennyEnglish Wed 15-May-13 15:26:33

Is it names that are 50 years old? Or is it less than that? some people were listing names that they couldn't imagine coming back, like Linda and Janet. I don't really dislike those. Jane is nice. Linda is pretty I think.

I think names I'd be really surprised to hear would be Suzanne and Nicola, Martin, Stephen.

AuntieStella Wed 15-May-13 15:29:37

I think it needs to be more than 50 years. We're not ready for another round of Nigels!

MadBusLady Wed 15-May-13 15:39:41

Michelle, Jodie, Cheryl and other 80s-tastic ones (but then Cheryl Cole must have some influence?)

And yes, please no more Daves, Britain is full.

JennyEnglish Wed 15-May-13 15:47:20

Oh yes, Jodie and Cheryl, I'd think I'd misheard if I heard of a baby called Jodie or Cheryl. Not that they're worse than the vast majority of other names, but they'd be unexpected definitely.

The life span of a name can be 25 years, and yet, names that are only 50 years old can sound retro...... (some of them). so, I'm going to say names that were popular 35-40 years ago are the least expected.

Linguaphile Wed 15-May-13 18:07:34

I think I'd be most horrified if a friend named her baby something really 80s like Amber, Crystal, Tiffany, or Heather.

forgetmenots Wed 15-May-13 19:44:10

Amber is still popular!

Tiffany, that would be a shocker. Jeanette? Barbara? Janice? Nicola?

Wouldntyouliketoknow Wed 15-May-13 19:56:59

I think Amber and Heather are still popular-ish (Amber more so).

Anything like Steve, Tracey, Sharon, Martin, Jill, Sue, Dawn.

I suppose names that you can imagine only a 40/50 year-old being called now!

ClaraOswald Wed 15-May-13 19:59:21

I have heard of a six year old Dennis, a seven year old Keith, a friend has a baby Jodie, I have heard of a newborn Michael and a newborn Robert.

evamummy Thu 16-May-13 10:48:49

Isn't it a shame that we all choose similar names so they become really popular and associated with a certain era?

Actually, being a little Stephen or Michelle now would be easier than being yet another Jack or Ellie - at least your name would easily identify you!

monica77798 Thu 16-May-13 10:56:10

I don't think Stephen or Steve is particularly out of touch. But I do agree with Tracey, Linda, Nigel, and Dennis. Maybe add Barbara, Neville, Sylvia, Roger, and Trevor.

50shadesofvomit Thu 16-May-13 10:59:21

I'd add Graham, Pauline, Cindy and Simon to that list.

50shadesofvomit Thu 16-May-13 10:59:51

Norman too.

MolotovCocktail Thu 16-May-13 11:05:32

I can't see Doris, Bertha, Beryl or Norbert coming back ever

MadBusLady Thu 16-May-13 11:11:55

Sylvia was shooting up the charts last time I looked. Give it another couple of years it'll be top 100 just in time for me to want to use it. hmm

rachel234 Thu 16-May-13 11:15:09

The 'least appealing' names to many may be names that they find too widely used (overused) - Jack, Alfie, Ollie, Ellie, Evie, etc.

I actually think that many of these currently untrendy names mentioned here will slowly start to rise in popularity - I know a little Mabel and a Martin.

notso Thu 16-May-13 11:33:19

I know four Ambers, two Tiffanys and three Heathers under 15.

thegreylady Thu 16-May-13 11:37:01

Does anyone know a baby Marilyn,Valerie or Gloria [all 40's] or a Kenneth, Gordon or Barry?

Hedwig3 Thu 16-May-13 11:45:35

What Rachel1234 said!

Boys names ending with ie sound
Girls names with el sound in

My eldest wants a baby sister called Valerie! smile

SugarMiceInTheRain Thu 16-May-13 11:50:00

Someone I know has just named her baby Scott. It's not so dated as some names but the youngest Scott I've come across is 30ish so it's pretty 80s IME

JennyEnglish Thu 16-May-13 11:50:28

i HEARd of a baby Gloria.

And actually I think Valerie is very pretty, so if it sounds, or is starting to sound appealing even to some people (or even just me and hedwig's eldest!!) then I'd guess it'll rise.

Marilyn just seems steeped in something artificial and tragic. I don't know. Wouldn't like that. Meryl I like though.

MadBusLady Thu 16-May-13 11:52:43

Valerie is lovely. Don't like Val though. Pamela is lovely too, but ditto Pam!

JennyEnglish Thu 16-May-13 11:53:25

Yeh, Madbuslady, I'd skip Sylvia if you're trying to be a little quirky. I seriously considered it for my son and he's 8. (ykwim). But now I think that any name ending in -ia is in keeping with the moment really. Olivia, Celia, Julia, Amelia, they all work now

Sylvester for a boy I can see rising. HONESTLY. I have reasons for predicting this. The next trend with be in line with the re-branding of the catholic churth. Popes name will become fashionable.

JennyEnglish Thu 16-May-13 11:53:55

.... and saints names. Keep seeing Josephine mentioned.

JennyEnglish Thu 16-May-13 11:55:31

I like Scott. Good choice.

thegreylady Thu 16-May-13 11:56:28

I am Valerie and the only one I have heard of lately is Julian Clary's dog!

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