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Unpopular names?

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zumm Sat 10-Dec-11 13:52:18

Well, it's all in the spin. Tomat-o is to tom-ayto as unpopular is to unusual. Anyone managed to name a child something that isn't in the top 150? If so, share? Everyone seems to be William or Alex around here.

cece Sat 10-Dec-11 13:58:19

Do you mean names that are not common/frequently used or do you mean names that not many people like?

zumm Sat 10-Dec-11 14:19:20

Cece - both! It's all so subjective, after all. Wondering about names that you've called DC that are outside the top 100-150.

mistressploppy Sat 10-Dec-11 14:33:12

I have a Saul - not very popular, I don't think

tummytickler Sat 10-Dec-11 15:12:55

I have an Iris, Pearl and Amos, all out of the top 150. I also have an ELijah, which just creeps into the top 150.

pranma Sat 10-Dec-11 15:16:27

Not many Valeries around now and Joan is one 'old' name that you never see nowadays as is Maud.
Boys errr-Trevor,Malcolm,Maurice....

aubergineinautumn Sat 10-Dec-11 15:22:36

Well, considering that there are 1000s of names, most of them ARE unpopular, if you define polular as top 150.

I'd like to see a name list of all the names in use in UK atm, so including people of all ages- THAT would be the real judge of unpopularity/unusualness.

PercyFilth Sat 10-Dec-11 15:48:22

Didn't the Zutons and Amy Winehouse inspire anyone to call their daughter Valerie? It may be seen by some as a bit mum/gran generation, but will always be a pretty name.

tummytickler Sat 10-Dec-11 17:07:33

The trouble with Valerie, is that it is a beautiful name but Val is so horrible.
Valerie was briefly on our list, but came off for this reason.

bigbluebump Sat 10-Dec-11 17:41:48

We have a Quentin - I think it was number 1300 or something last year.

Lonnie Sat 10-Dec-11 19:38:04

I have Phoebe (wasnt on the top 150 list when we named her 14 years ago it is very popular now)

Eloisa I have yet to meet another but am aware Eloise is growing in popularity

Conrad Only know one other and he is 40 odd

and Aoife

For us we wanted names not in the top 10 list it bugged me how popular Phoebe became but I still love it as a name

zumm Sat 10-Dec-11 19:45:32

BigBlue and Lonnie -what lovely 'unpopular' names ;). Eloisa is especially gorgeous.

Lonnie Sat 10-Dec-11 20:46:53

smiles thank you I particularly love Eloisa as I dreamt we had a little girl named that I feel like I got " my name" with her dh hadHis with dd1.. I've always loved Quintin too so agree with you BigBlues ds name is gorgeous

cece Sat 10-Dec-11 21:43:25

Less popular names that were on our shortlist at one time or another -

Verity, Una, Gregory, Noel, Mark.

DD's name was about number 300 or 400 or so when we named her but is now hovering about number 100 I believe.

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bigbluebump Sat 10-Dec-11 22:34:31

Thank you zumm and Lonnie smile. Yes, Eloisa and Phoebe are very lovely too! How about John (Johnnie) or Robert (Robbie) - they're both quite underused these days?

ThoseClementineShoes Sat 10-Dec-11 23:56:39

Whoops. Seem to have somewhat misunderstood the question.

Eloisa is lovely. I think I might sort of like Maud(e) too.

hohohoshedittant Sun 11-Dec-11 00:08:02

I know a little Maude and I know loads of Aoife's (not in Ireland, but high Irish population).

I don't know any under 5's called;


or Marnie, which is a name I actually really like.

PelvicFloorOfHighTensileTinsel Sun 11-Dec-11 00:19:26

The ons statistics for names can be found here, the 5th or 6th tab on the spreadsheet is every name used in 2010 so you can see what number they come in at.

poppydaisy Sun 11-Dec-11 12:21:15

I think Valerie is very pretty actually. And I know a little Mabel which I wasn't sure about initially but quite like now.

cece Sun 11-Dec-11 13:23:57

Just looked at the lists. My DDs name, which I thought was a bit out there at the time, is now in the top 100. DS1 and 2 who both have more 'normal ' names are at about 180 and 860 respectively! LOL

JambalayaWarmMincePie Sun 11-Dec-11 13:46:15

Ooooh, thanks for posting the ONS link - far more fun way of researching names than the baby book!

There are some crackers!!

zumm Mon 12-Dec-11 12:42:08

Cece - share! smile

Clawdy Mon 12-Dec-11 13:26:20

Last two babies born in our family are Jesse and Asher (seven weeks old and one week old ). What do people think?

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