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Vintagejazz Tue 10-Jun-14 14:12:07

Hadn't heard this name in years, but in the past month I've heard of it for a new baby and also a mum on the bus talking to her little daughter who looked about 3.
Is it making a comeback?

Summerbreezing Tue 10-Jun-14 14:14:13

It's the kind of name I could see being due a comeback. I would associate it with the 1940s and 1950s and I think those names are starting to become popular again after years of Lilys, Edies and Rubys.

Clockingaround Tue 10-Jun-14 14:16:56

I like it. There's something solid and reassuring about it. Reminds me of old fashioned boarding school stories.

PancakesAndMapleSyrup Tue 10-Jun-14 14:19:01

Ah I do like this name very much, not sure I would name my child with it though. Very strong name indeed.

squoosh Tue 10-Jun-14 14:20:57

Yes, very boarding school story. 'Hilary's Jolly Summer Term at St Hilda's'.

I don't like it very much.

vintagejazz Tue 10-Jun-14 14:22:29

I quite like it. A Hilary would be good at games and have a best friend called Barbara and have toast and tea by the old nursery fire at half past four on winter afternoons.

Summerbreezing Tue 10-Jun-14 14:32:39

I've heard of a few of those kind of names being used recently - Dorothea, Lorna and Jocelyn spring to mind.

Nereida Tue 10-Jun-14 16:22:14

I quite like it! It does remind me of Hillary Clinton, though.

minipie Tue 10-Jun-14 16:29:00

Not for me (never liked H names, somewhat irrationally). I do like Verity though which is of the same ilk.

CruCru Tue 10-Jun-14 20:00:21

It's okay but I've never met a Hilary who liked her name.

CruCru Tue 10-Jun-14 20:00:35

Same with Barbara.

Freckletoes Tue 10-Jun-14 23:45:12

I know 4 Hilarys! 2 in our village, both in their 50s, 2 more friends of mine, both in their early 40s. Not heard it in any younger age groups though. So doesn't seem like an unusual name for me!

ephpa95 Tue 10-Jun-14 23:48:48

... and the next American president - at least I hope - Hilary Clinton. One smart and strong woman.

MrsBungle Tue 10-Jun-14 23:50:38

I do not like it at all. It's clunky and ugly in my opinion.

badtime Tue 10-Jun-14 23:58:55

I don't like it, but I absolutely love the Italian version 'Ilaria'.

ThingsThatShine Wed 11-Jun-14 00:04:20

I love Hilary Clinton. I could see it coming back! To me it is of the same ilk as Harriet, Jill...

clary Wed 11-Jun-14 01:46:07

Let's hope not!

It's a bit clunky and not very euphonic. Also it's a boy's name too. And often misspelled Hillary. Or Hilliary. <bitter>

Vintagejazz Wed 11-Jun-14 11:01:05

I think it flows quite nicely. I don't think I'd use it myself but I think it's much nicer than some of the old lady names that have been so popular in recent years eg Elsie, Edith, Iris.

sandberry Wed 11-Jun-14 15:48:06

I love it and have been saving it for years, I hope it is not making a comeback. It has gone up slightly, there were 6 in the 2012 stats and only 3 in the 2011 stats if I recall rightly. I hope everybody hates it!

squoosh Wed 11-Jun-14 15:50:37

Except maybe the daughter you give the name to?

Vintagejazz Wed 11-Jun-14 16:53:37

Why would you want everyone to hate your daughter's name?

Daisymasie Wed 11-Jun-14 16:59:09

I would much rather be called Hilary or Lorna than Elsie or Iris.

I actually really like 40s/50s type names and I think they'll start to creep up the popularity charts quite soon. I think pretty Victorian names and pre war 'downstairs maids' name have become so popular that they've reached saturation point and people will start looking for something a bit different.

squoosh Wed 11-Jun-14 17:01:12

I prefer the badgirl 1950's names like Jean and Betty to the ruddy cheeked and wholesome Hilary and Lorna.

BestestBrownies Wed 11-Jun-14 17:06:44

I have to agree with badtime. 'Hilary' is awful, but 'Ilaria' is beautiful, and very popular in Italy across generations. It's my fantasy girls' name for the parallel universe where I actually want and have kids....

clary Wed 11-Jun-14 23:06:05

LOL @ yr post Vintagejazz. My DD has one of those old lady names!! grin

I don't think Hilary has ever been that popular actually, not really a name of the 40s and 50s either; one of the only good things about it is that you don't have to tell people which Hilary you are - cos they only know one (I have a mate called Sarah who always says "hello, it's Sarah Tomlinson" clearly from years of habit. On the phone I mean, not face to face! )

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