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Names that used to be reserved for the upper class but are now common(as in widely used!!!)

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YummyMummybee Thu 21-Nov-13 21:33:52

What are the names you used to consider reserved for the posh only but are now very common place? Names that used to make me think of jolly hocky sticks are

Harry(I used to think this was uber posh!!!)
But now these names are everywhere! Will Cressida, Theodora Araminta, Tarquin be household names in 20 years time?

smable Thu 21-Nov-13 21:40:39


Minnieisthedevilmouse Thu 21-Nov-13 21:42:43

Tarquin. Or stjohn (said sinjohn) all others fair game where I'm from.

What's worse is names that you wouldn't have considered, eg Chardonnay.

hulabaloo Thu 21-Nov-13 22:47:19



were all considered 'too posh' only a few years ago here. Now I know very ordinary kids with those names.

poppydaisy Fri 22-Nov-13 11:59:21

The book Freakonomics explains this phenomenon very well - names tend to trickle down the classes as more people use them and so probably those names will become more common, op.

When I was young names like Henry and Isabella would have been posh. As would Charles and Aurelia. Now they're quite popular.

We have a Quentin and are definately not posh! and I know quite a few little Sebastians, Caspars and a Theodora whose families are also very 'normal' smile.

Arabesque1 Fri 22-Nov-13 13:36:22

I remember years ago when my aunt was expecting a baby (in Ireland) and talking about names. I suggested Sophie for a girl and she said she'd need a nanny to go with a name like that.
Nowadays, there are Sophies everywhere.

NadiaWadia Fri 22-Nov-13 16:38:30

Agree about Sophie and Charlotte. Similarly Alice, Eleanor, Olivia. There were none in my class at state school in the 70s, (plenty of Claires, Louises etc), but more upper-middle class girls might have these names. But when DD was at school in the 2000s they were everywhere!

Freya was also considered very posh about 20 years ago, and I thought it still was, only to see on a thread on here someone calling it chavvy.
Do names always go descend down the social ladder, then? So what are the really posh calling their children now?

CruCru Fri 22-Nov-13 19:26:07

They probably call their kids John and Jane.

Shoutymomma Fri 22-Nov-13 19:31:08

Frogmella and Spudulika.

Dollydaydream99 Sat 23-Nov-13 19:01:38

Names like Persephone and Ottillie strike me as very upper class these days, can't see them ever becoming more mainstream though..... Although I guess you never know!

Tattiesthroughthebree Sat 23-Nov-13 19:12:45

Isabella was never posh in my part of Scotland. It was a common-or-garden name like "Margaret" or "Jean."

WaitingForPeterWimsey Sat 23-Nov-13 19:17:33

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HoneyandRum Sat 23-Nov-13 19:58:18

I think quite heavy girls names such as Henrietta, Augusta and Thomasina generally stay quite posh. Same over here in Germany - seems only the uber upper class stay very traditional. Apparently George and Georgina were imported from Germany with Royalty but it's Gay-org over here.

WaitingForPeterWimsey Sun 24-Nov-13 08:19:26

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poppydaisy Sun 24-Nov-13 13:58:07



SaucyJack Sun 24-Nov-13 19:32:26

My DD1 is a Persephone and we live in a council flat Dolly grin

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