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Which names are surprisingly uncommon/unpopular?

(87 Posts)
Cortina Fri 25-Sep-09 12:03:19

Just musing after pondering Christabel.

Thinking of:

Mark (don't know of any who are not 30 plus)
John (just getting popular again)

Must be more!

Persephoponce Fri 25-Sep-09 12:07:37

Flora I'd debate. I know two under five.

Laura is less common these days, and a name I love.

bellissima Fri 25-Sep-09 12:07:45

Susan, Jane, Peter, Paul, Colin, Trevor, Keith, Kevin, Wendy, Nicola, Gillian, Sandra, Deborah, Michelle, Karen, Sarah-Jane, Angela, Christine

ie lots of 60s and 70s names. If you really want 'different' names call your children Janet and John. Or Peter and Jane

bellissima Fri 25-Sep-09 12:09:18

Know several Susannahs of all ages though. And a baby Julia (but not Julie).

Cortina Fri 25-Sep-09 12:10:57

I know quite a few Peters under 10.

I can see why people might steer away from Colin so maybe not surprisingly unpopular? Ditto Keith and Kevin.

Now in the seventies Janes were two a penny don't think I have ever come across a Jane under 10.

I read somewhere that 'nice' 50s names are due a revival but not sure what these are?

bargainhuntingbetty Fri 25-Sep-09 12:12:19

Beverly and Vincent grin

cyteen Fri 25-Sep-09 12:13:58


bellissima Fri 25-Sep-09 12:14:18

'Nice' 50s names - Pamela? Belinda? Angela? Tina? - sort of names you would get in a 50s boarding school story maybe?

MrsVik Fri 25-Sep-09 12:38:56

I always think that my name - Victoria - is quite underused. I love it!

Definitely agree with regards to Angela. I also always liked the name Fiona - don't come across many nowadays.

hf128219 Fri 25-Sep-09 12:42:31

I am one!

LadyoftheBathtub Fri 25-Sep-09 12:45:05

Yes you never hear of a baby Simon!

I often think Sharon would be a lovely name if it weren't for the common associations it's acquired. You don't get baby Sharons now! But if it came along out of the blue and no one had ever heard of it, I bet people would love it.

Cortina Fri 25-Sep-09 12:47:19

I've heard of a baby Anne recently. Sarah-Jane seems to have died a death. I quite Alison too and that seems unheard of these days? Is Madison its latter day replacement?

Sunshinemambo Fri 25-Sep-09 12:49:55

I know a few Angus's and I also know someone who wants to name her next baby Vince.

70s names definitely unpopular. Ian was a very popular name (and I meet lots of them at work, apparently most Ians went into project management) but not a name you hear for babies.

Also in my year at school there was lots of Andreas, Carolines and Gaynors. Not names you hear these days.

cyteen Fri 25-Sep-09 12:51:22

Melissa doesn't come up much anymore.

Botbot Fri 25-Sep-09 12:55:27

I love Anne (mainly because of Anne of Green Gables) but couldn't use it because surname begins with N.

I'm always surprised that Mary isn't more popular. One of the timeless classics. Elizabeth still gets used a lot - why not Mary?

Sidge Fri 25-Sep-09 12:59:44

You don't see many of:


All these are names that seem quite 60s/70s to me.

Cortina Fri 25-Sep-09 13:00:33

Wasn't there a young girl Mary in a mainstream v popular movie a while back? (that had a sequel I think)? More common in US?

Helen seems used fairly rarely too these days?

Quite like Melissa wasn't that about in the 80s?

happywomble Fri 25-Sep-09 13:52:50

Other names I remember from the 70s that aren't v. popular now:

Karen, Peter, Philip, Sarah, Gail, stuart, Laura, Stephen, David, Samantha, Amanda, Jennifer, sally

Cortina Fri 25-Sep-09 14:00:24

Sarah/Sara are so classic I am surprised they seem to have gone out of fashion. Mind you Zara has probably replaced?

I know a few Phillips under 6.

FimboFortunaFeet Fri 25-Sep-09 14:07:03

Children I know of a similar age to my dd (11) and ds (6) whose names I consider old fashioned.

Mark x 2

I wanted Gillian or Jennifer for a girl but had a ds, dh wasn't keen.

Someone else mentioned Gaynor, I think it is due a revival. It is also my bf's sister's name.

brimfull Fri 25-Sep-09 14:10:54

I know one young boy.

I love the name

brimfull Fri 25-Sep-09 14:11:32



Cortina Fri 25-Sep-09 14:12:41

Not keen on Gaynor. Like Peter, Mark, Andrew, Claire. I guess a Claire would stand out in a reception class these days.

bodeniites Fri 25-Sep-09 14:27:00

i love Michael

navyeyelasH Fri 25-Sep-09 14:28:23

I'm a Hayley and don't know any others!

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