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Does a girls name exist that isn't overly popular, sound similar to something overly popular, about to become overly popular or just plain boring or dated?

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PetersonPeterson Thu 05-May-16 22:14:36

Really don't want to go for the so called 'classic names', as it just seems so boring (I know for lots of people they're not boring, I just think they're dull), personally can't stand the Eva, Ava, Sophie, Lily names. Quite like harder sounding names like Edith, Enid, Maud, Agnes, but these may well be the next type of name to become fashionable. Completely get that people like the types of names I have mentioned, but can I avoid the above scenarios in any way. Friends who have recently had babies have gone for things like Cecily, Otto, Margot, Beatrice etc, but I know at least 2 under 6 months of each of these so I imagine they may become super popular as well. I know it shouldn't matter but it does! Hit me with ideas please...

kippersyllabub Thu 05-May-16 22:20:56

Yup. But my dd is called it and I don't want it becoming 10-a-penny so I'll keep it to myself hmm

ThisFenceIsComfy Thu 05-May-16 22:22:49


DontBuyANewMumCashmere Thu 05-May-16 22:24:57

I called DD what I thought was an old fashioned name, after my great aunt, after whom I was kind of named...
Two weeks after we decided on her name, if she was a girl, these two names were in the top 10 girl's baby names. I was a bit gutted thinking that everyone would think we only chose them as they were popular.

But. Fuck em. It's a family name and they genuinely are old names.

<adds nothing to thread>

HainaultViaNewburyPark Thu 05-May-16 22:28:09

Audrey, Freida, Gillian, Ingrid, Miriam, Sadie, Tara, Valerie

srslylikeomg Thu 05-May-16 22:30:14

I'm thinking old American might suit your brief??

EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard Thu 05-May-16 22:33:23


MarasmeAbsolu Thu 05-May-16 22:34:57

Mine are so distinctive that adding their name here would out me right away
but srsly has it: old American for DD1, and 1950s French for the other

BeStrongAndCourageous Thu 05-May-16 22:35:34

I came on here to say Ingrid. Or some of the virtue names - Hope, Verity, Prudence?

You don't meet many little Brigits, or Annes, or Ruths either.

megletthesecond Thu 05-May-16 22:37:20

Oh I love Prudence.

And Constance.

manicinsomniac Thu 05-May-16 22:38:35

Astrid, Ada, Avril, Antonia, Bronte, Coralie, Callie, Celest, Cynthia, Cecilia, Diana, Dinah, Esmerelda, Erica, Esther, Fiona, Frances, Giselle, Henrietta, Honor, Hebe, Hedda, Isolde, Iona, Isadora, Judith, Justine, Joelle, Juliet, Jacinta, Larissa, Leandra, Lorelai, Maeve, Melody, Nadine, Paloma, Pandora, Rosanna, Rowena, Robina, Romilly, Saffron, Sorrel, Selina, Saskia, Sylvia, Tamara, Tamsin, Thalia, Ursula, Verity, Xanthe, Yvette, Yolanda, Zara

MistressoftheYoniverse Thu 05-May-16 22:38:38

Christine...Karen...Catherine...Anne marie...Mildred...Karenna

LaContessaDiPlump Thu 05-May-16 22:40:14

I've always liked Meliha - pronouced Meh-li- ha. It's Arabic.

Other good Arab names (imo): Zeinab (zay-nab), Lamia (lam-ya), Luna, Jude, Serene, Areej, Salwa, Hala, Reem, Ruba, Fadia..... the list goes on! And my favourite - Zenobia.

Do any of those have crossover potential? Maybe not Zenobia grin

ClearEyesFullHeartsCantLose Thu 05-May-16 22:40:20

Margaret? Lots of older names are making a comeback but I haven't heard of any Margarets who actually go by Margaret instead of Maggie or Meg or aomerhinb

ClearEyesFullHeartsCantLose Thu 05-May-16 22:40:36


ClearEyesFullHeartsCantLose Thu 05-May-16 22:40:52

Oh ffs something!!!!

BabyGanoush Thu 05-May-16 22:41:24

It is a game you can't win OP

Just choose a name you like, without worrying about popularity.

I have a unique name that hardly anyone has. Doesn't make me especially unique... In fact, noone can ever remember my name, or guess how to write it.

Always wished I was an Elizabeth or a Sophie

Coldtoeswarmheart Thu 05-May-16 22:43:14


twoundertwowillbefun Thu 05-May-16 22:43:26

My name is Ida - I've never met another one (that I wasn't related to, it's a family name) I called my daughter Juliet and again people comment on how nice the name is but its never been in the top 200 as far back as I could look up!

BikeRunSki Thu 05-May-16 22:45:48


1970s names

Queenbean Thu 05-May-16 22:46:21

Love Ingrid and Bridget.

Zara? Susanna? Margot? Sigrid?

BikeRunSki Thu 05-May-16 22:48:04

Having said that, my parents called my sister Zoe because they thought it was unusual (and they wanted a Z name but knew a Zelda), then there were 8 in her school year (of 200 ish) at high school.

newname64 Thu 05-May-16 22:57:01

1960's names due a comeback imo


tinybellows Thu 05-May-16 23:31:50


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