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names due a comeback?

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Wentsworth Sun 07-Apr-19 10:37:45

I think Rachel, Amanda and Clare may make their way back around soon.

I met a 2 year old Hilary (girl) the other day and somehow it didn't seem quite "right". Can't put my finger on it as of course many names from decades ago are popular now, but Hilary doesn't quite suit little kids to me somehow!!

What others do you think may start to appear soon?

Looking for inspiration for DC1.

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Clettercletterthatsbetter Sat 04-May-19 08:16:41

At my DD’s old nursery there was a toddler called Keith. At her new nursery there’s a little Brian.

Shadow1234 Wed 17-Apr-19 16:02:02

* although I do realise Brad Pitts real name is William, it's not the name we associate him with.

Shadow1234 Wed 17-Apr-19 15:59:03

I have always loved the name Brad (Bradley) for a boy - (I think the thought of the handsome Brad Pitt just goes through my head) and hope it becomes more popular again.

Skyejuly Wed 17-Apr-19 08:57:28


wheresmymojo Wed 17-Apr-19 08:49:00

Also Beth

wheresmymojo Wed 17-Apr-19 08:47:44

Nancy & Caroline

TwittleBee Wed 17-Apr-19 07:27:21

We are naming our son Roy and I heard a baby called Roy when we were out and a (distant) friend is also calling her little boy Roy too! So wonder if it will be making a surprise leap up the name list this year?

girlsname Wed 17-Apr-19 07:20:32

Claire is quite popular in Australia too, at number 66 last year. I found it very odd to meet a baby Claire. It's very 80s, and only number 915th in the UK!

Rafabella8 Wed 17-Apr-19 05:01:21

From the 70s primary school names that will probably make a come back in time -



groovergirl Wed 17-Apr-19 03:41:19

@BlockRockonBeats Blimey, wot do you have against VIRGINS? We were all virgins once. I personally had no shame about it, back in the day.
I named my DD in an Elizabethan sense -- the virgin wilderness, the new frontier, the leafy green. I wanted to say to her "Keep a bit of yourself wild and untamed". Names such as Georgia and Olivia are popular where I live, and Virginia is sort of in that linguistic trend. She likes it, and also likes being unique at school and having kids comment on her pretty name.
As for Norma, I'm sorry to have offended you and your mother.

MooBaaLaLaLa Mon 15-Apr-19 00:34:29

I know 2 little Lauras, 2 Walters and and Ernie (presumably Ernest but not sure) so those are still about.

Loads of Vincents, Stanleys and Alberts where I live.

I also know a Vera, Primrose, Alma, Betty and an Esther.

Theoldwoman Mon 15-Apr-19 00:10:27

Clare is very popular here.



Raspberrytruffle Mon 15-Apr-19 00:03:19

Jessica, Angela

whatacarryon2018 Sun 14-Apr-19 23:56:23

I agree with so many of these. I went to school with so many girls with the following names (1998-2004)

Haven't seen babies called any of those names. Don't know what anyone under 30 called any of them either!

fairypips Sun 14-Apr-19 23:41:35

I think Maxine is due a comeback.

AverageAvenger Sun 14-Apr-19 22:14:17

Ray and Samantha would be a very cool sibset.

BelfortGabbz Sun 14-Apr-19 21:18:05



2tired2iron Sat 13-Apr-19 15:55:49

I have Dd1 aged15 and Dd2 aged 5, we live in Italy.
The names of their school friends are a mix of traditional italian names and dated English ones
In my 15 year olds class there is a Dennis, Linda , Brenda ,Christina and Rita.
In my little ones class there is a Walter, Victor, Yvette and Silvia.... 😆

yellowellies Fri 12-Apr-19 14:14:51

I know a small Peter, Anthony and Christopher - all names I wouldn't have expected on babies recently.

I can see more of this type of name coming soon - Matthew, John, etc

For girls - Sylvia, Jean, Joan, Margaret (Maggie/Peggy) Christine, Mary, etc

mynameisMrG Fri 12-Apr-19 11:15:23

Sorry that was to fleshmarketclose

mynameisMrG Fri 12-Apr-19 11:14:49

I love the name Percy too. I wanted to call DS2 that but my DH vetoed it

BlockRockinBeats Fri 12-Apr-19 05:13:36


You said...

Please not Norma, o no. She'll get "Abnorma" or "Subnorma"!

I know an Esther, 6, and Millicent, 15. My DD, 11, is Virginia.

Well, my beloved late mum was called Norma and she NEVER EVER had those sort of insults aimed at her in all of her 70 years. Maybe that is your own internal prejudice talking. Who on earth thinks...'Norma = Subnorma(l)"? OMG. Educate yourself on disablism. Never has that association crossed my mind.

As for you taking the piss out of the name Norma, look in the mirror! You have named your own DD a name with VIRGIN in it and then have the audacity to claim that Normas will be called 'Subnorma(l)'?!? Methinks a name with Virgin in it will attract far more sexist piss taking when she gets older than Norma.

Open your eyes to the potential pitfalls of your OWN name choice before you start wading in to another.

isabellerossignol Fri 12-Apr-19 04:42:49

I've never thought of Rachel as an old fashioned name. I'm in my 40s and never knew anyone with that name when I was at school etc, all the Rachels I know are under the age of 20.

I was at an event at DDs school recently and the programme listed the names of all the pupils who participated. About 300 names, all aged between 11 and 18 and I immediately thought of Mumsnet because so many names were repeated over and over and they were largely names that I see being discussed here with 'oh, I don't know anyone under 30 with that name'.

It was a sea of Sarahs, Timothys, Davids, Rachels and Hannahs. Biblical names have never gone out of fashion where I live. smile

polarpig Fri 12-Apr-19 03:53:12

I know a 6 year old Rachel and a teenage Karen so they aren't all grandmothers just yet.

mathanxiety Fri 12-Apr-19 03:35:50

groovergirl I know two Campbells, both girls.

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