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So when are Barbara and Sheila going to come back into fashion?

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mrsbabookaloo Mon 30-Jun-08 16:00:20

All the old names from two (or three?) generations ago have come back in, so when are the names from our mums' (or grans', depending on your age) generation going to come back?

What other names come into this category; old enough to be out of fashion, but not old enough to have come back in?

Can you imagine a baby Barbara? I really can't, but it's just prejudice, some people will see the name totally differently no doubt..

Gosh, I really haven't got enough to do today, have I?

Tortington Mon 30-Jun-08 16:03:23


MrsSylar Mon 30-Jun-08 16:03:27


Can't think of any more

EffiePerine Mon 30-Jun-08 16:05:55

Sharon and Tracy are probaby a ways off

MrsSylar Mon 30-Jun-08 16:06:23

Just thought of some more
Eileen (hmm, noticing a theme here)

EffiePerine Mon 30-Jun-08 16:06:30

Janet is I think due a comeback. Not sure about Joan.

mrsbabookaloo Mon 30-Jun-08 16:08:16

Yes: Janet and Brenda!! Exactly! and Eileen!

mrsbabookaloo Mon 30-Jun-08 16:15:47

I want to have another dd just so I can say to people, "I'm going to call her Doreen" and watch their reactions!

...Now that would be a silly reason to get pg!

Ledodgy Mon 30-Jun-08 16:16:21

My mum's name was Barbara, her sisters are Eileen and Margret and they have cousins named Sheila and Doreen. grin When my mum was dying she actually said I won't ask you to name your first child Barbara after me I couldn't do that to you. grin Instead I gave dd my mum's middle name as her middle name which is Mary and somewhat more bareable.

Ledodgy Mon 30-Jun-08 16:16:47

Ha my mum's best friend's name is Brenda as well!

mrsbabookaloo Mon 30-Jun-08 16:45:55

Aah that's nice, ledodgy.

My grandma is called Bertha! Is this the worst name ever?

LadyThompson Mon 30-Jun-08 16:48:47

There was a girl at school called Barbara, and she was actually fantastically sexy and all the boys fancied her. Can't make any such claims for Sheila though.

findtheriver Mon 30-Jun-08 19:23:41


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greenelizabeth Mon 30-Jun-08 20:01:36

Just working on the list here, for the new category of names.

M ary

Hmm. Tbh, I don't think those names will come back 'til 2040, so I don't think my grandchildren will be Brenda or Barbara. Oh God Yuck.

Jean/Jeanie and Cynthia and Beryl I could learn to love though.

greenelizabeth Mon 30-Jun-08 20:02:42

PS, My Mum was born in 1945, so in theory,her name shouldn't come 'back' until 2055. But I don't think it will ever be a big 'hit'.

Marina Mon 30-Jun-08 20:03:43

I love the name Barbara Have known two wonderful women by that name

belgo Mon 30-Jun-08 20:04:31

Prefer Sheelagh - I think that's the irish spelling.

greenelizabeth Mon 30-Jun-08 20:10:20

Still bad. Sile, Sheila, Sheelagh. NOPE, whatever way you look at it....

greenelizabeth Mon 30-Jun-08 20:11:32

My Mum has three friends called Sheila. Sheila S, Sheila P and Sheila E, so at one point it must have been the Emily of its day. hmm

booge Mon 30-Jun-08 20:22:25

Angela is another.

I'd like to add Lorraine, Patricia, Pauline, Christine, Glenda & Beverley.

I think Mary is actually making a comeback, albeit in a hyphen type way. Carol was also popular early 80's.

boredwithworknow Mon 30-Jun-08 20:41:18

Can you all go and post on the 'I've put my foot in my mouth' thread please - my mum was a Sheila, and I am a Brenda!!

greenelizabeth Mon 30-Jun-08 21:42:50

You are a Brenda? No way? ARe you 68? Only joking, do people tell you all the time that you are 'young for a Brenda'.

I get that a bit with my name too.

StressTeddy Mon 30-Jun-08 21:43:59

I'm not sure it depends when they next get down to Top Shop!!!

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