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Old names back in style!

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YirumaFan1 · 09/04/2023 14:19

Watching mrs Harris goes to Paris set after the war and the main characters are Archie, Violet, Ada! All names becoming increasingly popular now! Wondering what people think of these kind of names and what other names are becoming popular! I actually really liked Ada in the movie and never would’ve considered it as a name before.

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aibutohavethisusername · 09/04/2023 14:20

I like a lot of the old names personally. I’m

KirstenBlest · 09/04/2023 15:04

They've been back in fashion for some time, @YirumaFan1 .
If you look at it will show you how popular a name has been since 1996. The snag is that it only covers England & Wales.

Baby Names in England & Wales

Find the perfect name for your baby or spot naming trends - explore the names chosen for babies in England and Wales since 1996.

DannyZukosSmile · 09/04/2023 15:07

These 'old style' names have been back in style for about 6-8 years now. Confused (Possibly longer.....)

I know an Arthur, a Hilda, a Nora, an Ada, and a Nancy, all 4 to 8 years old.

newtb · 09/04/2023 15:12

Wasn't one of Les Dawson's characters an Ada?

Toiletfriend · 09/04/2023 16:26

Violet and Archie have been popular for years now-
Many teens & 20 somethings are called these names.

PickledScrump · 09/04/2023 17:54

Old names have been back in style for a long time now. My daughter is in secondary school and there are loads of marthas, Arthur’s, Edith’s, Winnie’s etc.

Luredbyapomegranate · 09/04/2023 19:10

Been back a long time - lots of Mabels, Arthurs and Alfreds in their teens.

I do love Mrs H

Hillbilly · 09/04/2023 19:30

I just met a family camping and the daughters names were Margot and Winnifred. Beautiful names imo 😊

RuthW · 09/04/2023 21:57

My dd is 26 and has one of those sort of names. I was about 5 years before the trend, so they have been back at least 20 years.

miniaturepixieonacid · 10/04/2023 22:14

Yes, definitely been back for a long time.

When I was at university (2002-2006), a friend had a little sister (aged about 11, I think) called Edith and we were all really surprised by a child having such an 'old' name. 10 years later and it was totally normal.

I like some and dislike others. Many seem natural on small children to me now but some continue to scream 'old lady/man'.

Ones I struggle with are:
Alma, Audrey, Betty, Dora, Enid, Irene, Maggie, Nora, Nancy, Nellie, Nell, Olive, Pearl, Peggy, Winnie
Arthur, Bruce, Frank, Sidney, Stanley, Ted, Wilf, Walter

My favourite 'old' names are:
Daphne, Effie, Esme, Ivy, Iris, Jessie, Martha
Archie, Freddie, John

Some that, to my knowledge, have not made a comeback - most, in my mind, for good reason but it's interesting as to why some have and some haven't as everyone has different tastes. Maybe they are back and I just haven't noticed:
Agatha, Alma, Beryl, Bertha, Doris, Dorcas, Ethel, Fanny, Gertrude, Hilda, Joan, Jean, Kaye, Maud, Mildred, Norma, Prudence, Patsy, Queenie, Rita, Susan, Sukie, Thelma, Theresa, Ursula
Boris, Colin, Douglas, Horace, Harold, Hubert, Kenneth, Nigel, Paddy

There also seem to be far more 'old lady' names than 'old man' ones. I know there are more female than male names overall but wonder if there are more 'timeless' male names where the fashion for them has not changed - Adam, Benjamin, Charles, David, Edward, George, Henry, James, Joseph, Luke, Matthew, Samuel, Thomas and William (and their variants) seem to cover a very large proportion of both boys and men as far as I've experienced.

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