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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.

LazyMonkeyButler Tue 04-Jun-13 22:31:35

Judging mainly by MN baby name threads, I would guess that "granny names" like Nora, Maude, Mabel etc. are going to continue to rise in popularity and "overused cutesy" names will become, well, less overused - Poppy, Ellie etc.

In real life though, I know of NO actual babies being given old lady names and recent births include Ellie-May, Lilllie-Rose & Sienna-Mae - all of which would be frowned upon in a rather judgey way on MN.

My conclusion is that it's all rather regional.

StealthPolarBear Tue 04-Jun-13 22:32:28

Ha my dad is a neil and my mum has made exactly the same comment about looking at a cute baby and thinking. "I know...Neil! "

StealthPolarBear Tue 04-Jun-13 22:34:46

I love the two generations theory (barring biblical names) and am dying to try it out. Means my dcs children will be called robert, ken, charles, jack, jean (always thougbt that was due a comeback), audrey, elsie, margery

halestone Tue 04-Jun-13 22:39:31

My DP aged 30 is called Martin i hate it.

I can't see names like Pauline, Maureen, Doreen and Barbara coming back into popularity.

Turniptwirl Tue 04-Jun-13 23:14:36

I know a few young Jodie's and to my shock some mid 20s Trevor's!

But yes I think the middle aged people names like Beryl, Sue, Carol, Linda etc would be the most strange on a baby. But who knows they may be the Evie's and Arthur's of our children's children's generation!

JamieandtheMagicTorch Wed 05-Jun-13 06:08:33


I have the same name as my mum, grandmother and great grandmother. Very uncommon in women.

I know a baby called Ray.

Pfaffer Wed 05-Jun-13 06:44:43

I know a newish baby called Reggie.

Someone in my baby group had an Ian. I thought that was before its time tbh.

Anyone got a Doris? It's due.

Gingerandproud Wed 05-Jun-13 07:01:38

I met a toddler Neil in costa. He was named after his grandad

meditrina Wed 05-Jun-13 07:17:11

I don't think Audrey, Gail, Deirdre, or Vera will make a comeback whilst they're still so strongly associated with Corrie. Ditto Ken and Kevin.

AThingInYourLife Wed 05-Jun-13 07:40:07

I love Vera and Audrey.

To my ears Deirdre is more like Niamh or Maeve, very 70s.

Assajjventress Wed 05-Jun-13 09:39:39

Absolutely love Valerie but had boys it't due for a revival

HoneyandRum Wed 05-Jun-13 12:43:55

I love Gloria and I like Audrey and Valerie. I know a 7 yr old Slyvie. I also know a teenage Susan who was named after her Grandma - that is very unusual in her age group. Ray made a comeback in the US a few years ago, I like it. I also met a little boy called Ronnie in Bosnia whose parents got his name from an English tourist! So multi-culturalism works in all directions.

I think after all these very sweet cutesy names recently there will be a turn to stronger sounding ones.

itsnothingoriginal Wed 05-Jun-13 12:51:14

I like Valerie but not Val for short shock

The most horrendous name imo is Keith which I hope and pray never comes back (sorry to offend any Keith's who may be reading this)

I'm sure all the names listed above will surface again at some point unless we start inventing more new ones - I'm not including 'interesting' spellings of existing names in that hmm

GotAnyGrapes Wed 05-Jun-13 12:59:03

I love Audrey, if DS2had been a girl he would have been Audrey. I also love Jean, nn Jeanie but DH vetoed it rather strongly.
My girls are Catherine and Elizabeth. Not sure they've ever been either fashionable or unfashionable. I quite like that.

Meringue33 Wed 05-Jun-13 16:25:56

So many lovely classic names in my grandparents generation. George, Sam, Edward, Mary, Lily, Jennie.

My parents and my own generation - not so much.

Meringue33 Wed 05-Jun-13 16:28:01

When I was at high school, Lyn and Leanne were the most popular girls names. There were infinite spelling variations of each - used to drive the teachers bonkers.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Wed 05-Jun-13 18:42:44

A name that has fallen out of a favour but I've always secretly quite liked is Donna. Don't think that's coming back anytime soon. I'm surprised how far Gemma has fallen down the charts; I mean, I went to school with loads of Gemmas but when you consider it objectively it's a nice name (and Emma has retained its popularity so why not Gemma?).

Keith is a truly terrrible name, but I once went out with a Keith and he was very well-endowed so I can't help but smile when I hear it grin

Chottie Wed 05-Jun-13 19:34:54

I know of a baby Ray and Ronnie and also a Phoebe

SleepyCatOnTheMat Wed 05-Jun-13 20:08:17

Phoebe is very common now, Chottie, it's top 30 or 40.

Yika Wed 05-Jun-13 20:17:08

I love some of these names like Claire, Nicola, Julie, Stephen, David, Robert, Ian, and they don't sound dated to me. Perhaps because they are of my generation and I know many wonderful people that I associate them with. Nigel, Wendy and Norman are a different matter. Also Maureen, jean, Derek, Barry and the like. A colleague has an 11-year old called Brian which makes me wince.

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Wed 05-Jun-13 20:18:06

I have a Graham, Patricia, Jason, Valerie, Frank, Esther and Simon in my infant school.

There're coming back!!!! grin

wizzler Wed 05-Jun-13 21:45:06

I have never met a Gordon under 60!
I love Valerie but it does not work with my surname
I am shock that anyone would call a baby Brian

5madthings Wed 05-Jun-13 21:48:36

My ds2 has a friend called Neil!

And I know two betnards, one is about 6? The other is a toddler.

LynetteScavo Wed 05-Jun-13 22:27:04

I used to live next door to "Neil" and "Little Neil." hmm

Christabel3 Wed 05-Jun-13 22:52:07

oh dear at giving your son your name when you're called Neil. It's just so Banal. There was a guy on come dine with me recently and the narrator was taking the piss because his name was Martin and he'd seen fit to pass that mediocrity on to another generation in the form of Martin junior. It was funny!

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