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If you want to be unusual, name your daughter Gertrude

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belgo Wed 13-Aug-08 08:09:21

old baby names are dying out

posieflump Wed 13-Aug-08 08:10:29

I had a rabbit caled Gertrude, Gertie for short

belgo Wed 13-Aug-08 08:10:52

I'm surprised Ada, Olive and Norah are all dying out. Not surprised at Gertrude,Edna,Ethel and Irene grin - there's a reason why they are no longer popular!

MaureenMLove Wed 13-Aug-08 08:16:19

My nan was called Gertrude! People of the 70's will remember the comedian that had a neighbout called 'Dirty Gertie from number 30' though! It just wouldn't work on so many levels now!

Who was that comedian?

SoupKitchen Wed 13-Aug-08 08:29:04

Strange, my friends DD,s nickname is Gertie. In fact it is all she is known as, I think it really suits her and is sweet.
It bears no resemblence to her real name though

belgo Wed 13-Aug-08 08:30:21

All the nice old fashioned names are soming back though - Martha for example.

MrsJohnCusack Wed 13-Aug-08 08:31:54

I know a new baby called Norah, but in France
and I know an Etheldrede of my age shock

MrsJohnCusack Wed 13-Aug-08 08:33:18

I like the name Irene actually
always makes me think og the batty music/maths girl in Malory Towers

yawningmonster Wed 13-Aug-08 08:53:03

hmm I know an Olive (4mths old0, Ethel (7yrs old) Irena (2yrs old) a Herbert (5yrs old) and a Cornelius (5yrs old) so not necessarily on the way out in our neck of the woods, I don't however know any Gertrudes

MrsJohnCusack Wed 13-Aug-08 09:23:31

yes no Gertrudes and I have always said I don't think Edna is ever coming back (I had a very dear relatvie called Edna.) I know an Olive born in June.

Twinkie1 Wed 13-Aug-08 09:28:00

Oooohhhh I loved Drew Barrymore as Gerty in ET - think it a really cute name - but reminds me of the cow Ermintrude!

hatrick Wed 13-Aug-08 09:29:17

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Clary Wed 13-Aug-08 09:31:28

Yes I saw this. My mum’s bridesmaid (now in her 70s) is called Edna and her husband also has an old-fashioned name which we happened to give to DS1 - much to his delight (tho as he’s always known by his nickname I didn’t even realise!).

It’s coming back a bit now (not on the list on the BBC story, tho I rather like Harold) but Edna agrees that hers will never be in vogue again.

Rather like Gerturde actually. Not sure about Norman tho.

LynetteScavo Wed 13-Aug-08 09:33:24

Fine unless you live at number 30.

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Wed 13-Aug-08 09:34:31

I know a 18 year old Irene.

LynetteScavo Wed 13-Aug-08 09:43:16

Suprised about Ada dying out!

I saw a really trendy dad with a georgous little lad called Ernie the other day. smile

popsycal Wed 13-Aug-08 09:47:02

i was just about to post a link to this

broccolispears Wed 13-Aug-08 09:52:45

Gertie was one of my choices for DC2, but he was a boy and Gertie wouldn't have suited him.

poorbuthappy Wed 13-Aug-08 09:59:08

Gertie is my dogs name and she was named after Gertrude the dog in the Jilly Cooper books...

But she only gets called Gertrude when she's been very naughty!

BouncingTurtle Wed 13-Aug-08 10:04:56

I'm surprised at Ada and Norah too - especially as there is a singer called Norah Jones.
My mum's mum was Norah (though we found out after her death when mum was looking through her papers that she was Hannorah, according to her birth certificate!). Mum's older sister was also called Norah as well but much to Nanny's dismay she changed her name to Lesley when she was 18!
I was considering Norah for ds if he'd been a girl, as she and I were very close - she died 11 years ago sad

BouncingTurtle Wed 13-Aug-08 10:06:53

Ooh just googled it and apparently Hannorah was the Irish form of Honoria - which makes sense as Nanny was Irish smile

Pidge Wed 13-Aug-08 10:12:17

Both my grandparents names are in those lists. And I've considered both for dc3 due in 7 weeks! Yet to be totally convinced or persuade dp though.

mrswoolf Wed 13-Aug-08 11:36:46

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Mamazon Wed 13-Aug-08 11:41:56

i actually LOVE most of the names on that list.

Clary Wed 13-Aug-08 23:45:28

One of DS1's best pals is Richard. Don't think it's really dying out.

Looked at the original survey, ie full list of "threatened with extinction" names and was surprised to see several of my children's names (if I include middle names) as well as both of the names DS2 would have had if he had been a girl.

Maybe I'm a flag-bearer, keeping the old names alive. Or something...

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