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What names do you think are fated to remain out dated?

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#1 Lady Lovely Locks

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:02 PM

Just curious, for those who grew up with names that were ether "out-dated" or one off, Have you seen it become popular recently, or is it still deemed one off?
My name (Gloria) seems to be staying out-dated, and I often get comments about great grandmothers aunts etc having the name, but have yet to meet one my age or younger. At the time my daughter was born I thought I may have given my daughter a similarly outdated name (a family name and beautiful!) but it is now seeming to rise in popularity.

#2 PurpleNess

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:08 PM

My mum is Gloria...she's 74 but I love it :-) She also gets Glorious ofcourse.

Can't say I've seen or met any of late....

#3 surprisebaby

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:11 PM

My name, Debra. Seriously who would call a baby this. I dont even like it

#4 fun_fairz

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:12 PM

I know two Gloria's in their 30s. Love the name, they are both beautiful people. Also know a Desiree, Teresa, and a Wendy which probably fit in that category. All in their 30s

#5 kerilyntaryn

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:17 PM

I know of a Glory born last month

The names Ruby, Ivy and Violet were names of elderly ladies in a town I grew up in - they are in there 90's

Hazel, Alice, Olive and Evelyn seem to be coming more popular too

Henry, Harry, George, Archie, Theodore, Edward, Edwin

#6 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:21 PM

Any names from the early 80s.  Jennifer, Annette, Joanne.

#7 FiveAus

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:25 PM

My aunt is Gloria, she's in her late 60's. I went to school with a Gloria as well, she would be mid-50's.

I thought my name (Gayle) or a variation of it.....Gale, Gail, Gael...might make a comeback after The Hunger Games was such a huge hit, but it seems not.

I think my name is very much of the 1950's and 60's. There aren't many Gayles/Gails/Gales after that but it's surprisingly common as a middle name for young girls, and Abigail is definitely on the rise.

I hated my name when I was a kid, now I don't mind it.

#8 Dresden

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:27 PM

My stepgran is also a Gloria. She's mid-late 70s. It's a beautiful name and it suits her well.
My Godmother (dec) was Gloria Dawn. She would be in her late 50s now if a plane crash hadn't cut her life short back in '88

#9 fancie shmancie

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:40 PM

I'm Nancy.

When I was growing up in the '60s most Nancys were in their 30's and 40's and even then it wasn't really common (at least not here in Oz).  I had a love/hate relationship with it through primary and high school, now I quite like it.

Can't see it making a comeback anytime soon, although the chinese couple who live aroung the corner from us did name their daughter Nancy a couple of years ago, because they wanted a  really nice Australian name for her.   wub.gif

#10 HRH Countrymel

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:40 PM

The hot young early 20s secretary at DPs work is a Raylene!  I nearly fell off my chair!

I don't think we can make the call really... if you were to ask my mother she would without pausing for breath have said 'Ruby'.......... well!  We saw how that one panned out!

For the 70s babies like myself we can't imagine our names (Joanne, Linda, Tracy, Shane, Darren, et.al.) ever coming into vogue again.

But I'm sure when all the little Rubys, Violets, Maxes and Olivers start to bring forth kids of their own the 'granny chic' of these names will start to twinkle again...

#11 PatG

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:41 PM

Everyone seems to think that Gladys won't make a comeback.

Mildred, Bertha and Gertrude are of a similar vintage and I don't think there will be too many of them in the next decade.

#12 kerilyntaryn

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:47 PM

I've heard a few Christine's lately


I don't see Gay/Gai making a comeback

#13 yellowtulips74

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:50 PM


Does ANYONE know a young Mavis?

#14 CAWO

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:51 PM

I love the name Gloria  original.gif

#15 Dresden

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

QUOTE (kerilyntaryn @ 09/02/2013, 02:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've heard a few Christine's lately


I don't see Gay/Gai making a comeback

My Modern Day Edith

#16 FiveAus

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:53 PM

QUOTE (PatG @ 09/02/2013, 02:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Everyone seems to think that Gladys won't make a comeback.

Mildred, Bertha and Gertrude are of a similar vintage and I don't think there will be too many of them in the next decade.

Audrey, Hazel and Henry did, so there's hope for good old Gladys yet.

#17 daruma

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:58 PM

Jane...you rarely meet a Jane these days that isn't in their 30-40s.

#18 Plaxy

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:00 PM

[quote name='kerilyntaryn' date='09/02/2013, 02:47 PM' post='15314093']
I've heard a few Christine's lately


I would have thought Ida was a real possibility for a comeback given the popularity of Ivy, Eva, Ava. Isla and Ada! It's current in Denmark, but pronounced 'EE -da'. As pp said, Edith is current. I think Eda (an early med. name) would work now too.

#19 Space is Big

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:05 PM

Both my grandmothers names, Winifred and Edna, I can’t imagine will be in the top 10 list soon.

#20 Bam1

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:17 PM

QUOTE (yellowtulips74 @ 09/02/2013, 02:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Does ANYONE know a young Mavis?

Yes, from my 3yo daughter's playgroup, she is a delightful little girl and the name just suits her to the ground. Before meeting her I wouldn't have considered Mavis as a name but quite like it now.

I think all the really old names are not out dated at all, the ones that aren't being used now like Ruby, Ivy, Eleanor etc are just waiting for their definite comeback.

The names that I consider outdated are the ones that don't really define an era and are just plain names eg David, Matthew, Adam, Susan, Angela, Sara. Nothing bad about the names but nothing great about them either. Even if a parent doesn't want a unique names, most names nowadays have a bit of "spark" to them and these names just say nothing. But more than likely any child with these names will bring their own spark.

#21 B.feral3

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

Mavis really grew on me after seeing Hotel Transylvania.  laugh.gif It's one of the main characters names and she is a child/teenager!!

Names I don't think will be coming back any time soon:


#22 kerilyntaryn

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:24 PM

I know a teenager named Jane

#23 pinkcupcakes

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:25 PM

ethel. maud. flo. eunice. marg. thelma. louise. fran. wilma. janine.

#24 HRH Countrymel

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:26 PM

QUOTE (Bam1 @ 09/02/2013, 03:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, from my 3yo daughter's playgroup, she is a delightful little girl and the name just suits her to the ground. Before meeting her I wouldn't have considered Mavis as a name but quite like it now.


I have been waiting on this wonderful news for ages!

Go little Mavis!

#25 FourLittleLoves

Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:33 PM

This thread is making me want another baby!

Might just save this for ideas just incase . . . . ph34r.gif

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