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#1 SenatorPrissypants

Posted 14 March 2016 - 02:50 PM

Just thinking about naming trends and it's funny when you think about how quickly names can decline. Thinking of my generation, some names that were everywhere and now nowhere- Amanda, Michelle, Stephen and David seem to have just dropped off the radar. It happens with every generation but it's interesting to think about names that were so normal to me 15-20 years ago and are now dated, much like the amount of friends my mother has named Denise.

#2 Gumbette

Posted 14 March 2016 - 02:57 PM

DH & I were discussing this just last week.  Other names that came to mind were:

Rachel,  Nicole, Donna, Jason & Daryl.

#3 Freddie'sMum

Posted 14 March 2016 - 02:57 PM

In my class growing up - just thinking of the girls - we had:

Michelle (2 or more)
Rachel (2 or more)
Karla / Carla (2 or more)
Kim / Kimberley (at least 1)
Cheryl (at least 1 if not 2)
Jodie (at least 1 if not 2)
Julie (at least 2 if not 3)
Jane (at least 2 if not 3)
Marie (at least 1 if not 2)
Rebecca (at least 1 if not 2)
Melissa (at least 1)

That's just off the top of my head - I haven't heard of any babies named "Julie" or "Cheryl" being born lately .......

#4 FearsomeFeralFreak

Posted 14 March 2016 - 02:58 PM

So true.
Kelly, Joanne, Nicole, Tracey, Sharon, Justine, Vanessa, Jackie.
I haven't heard of any babies with those names!

#5 Burro

Posted 14 March 2016 - 02:59 PM

Barry, Ian, Nicola, Catherine?

#6 Oriental lily

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:02 PM

My sister is named Michelle at it seemed back in the 80s every class room had a couple of Michelle's . I personally think it's a lovely sounding name ( as many French names are ) and will probably bounce back quicker than many others .

Other names that was so very popular are Jennifer/ Jenny ,Jodie , Rachel , Sharon .

The baby boomer generation to that are Barbara and of course the  Shirley temple inspired Shirley .

My husband us named Brett . Very trendy to name your son Brett in the 1970s . He personally hates it and says it's a sound you make when you belch lol .

Can not see that having a massive return any time soon .

#7 la di dah

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:05 PM

I must know *all* the Rachels still being made because I know like 50 of 'em.

(I am ethnic though and I think Rachel's unusually evergreen for us as in always around)

No more Rochelles though.

Edited by la di dah, 14 March 2016 - 03:06 PM.


#8 somila

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:06 PM

Paul.  Haven't struck a little Paul in 20 years of teaching.
There were four in my Grade 3 class.

Rachel and Rebecca are still around.  Also Stephen, Ian and Catherine (But not Cathy - they were always Cathy in the 70s).

I have taught all of these in the past 5 years.

#9 la di dah

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:09 PM

I feel like Amelia and Amanda occupy the same niche and they swap off?

I like Amy but you don't meet many little Amys.

#10 FearsomeFeralFreak

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:09 PM

View PostOriental lily, on 14 March 2016 - 03:02 PM, said:

My sister is named Michelle at it seemed back in the 80s every class room had a couple of Michelle's . I personally think it's a lovely sounding name ( as many French names are ) and will probably bounce back quicker than many others .

Other names that was so very popular are Jennifer/ Jenny ,Jodie , Rachel , Sharon .

The baby boomer generation to that are Barbara and of course the  Shirley temple inspired Shirley .

My husband us named Brett . Very trendy to name your son Brett in the 1970s . He personally hates it and says it's a sound you make when you belch lol .

Can not see that having a massive return any time soon .

Yep, Brett is pretty bad. Interestingly I am not as opposed to Rhett.
Craig was another popular boys name that I think should stay firmly in the past! And Kevin. And Scott. And Kenneth. And Russell. And Shane. And Trevor.

Clearly I really dislike a lot of names from that period..

#11 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:10 PM

Growing up I had three Nicole's in my year, two Elizabeth's, some Fiona's, Melissa, Karen, Stephanie, three Tara's, Jennifer, a Heidi, 2 Lucy's, Amanda, Melanie, a Claudia, couple of Janes, a Jean, Tracy and a Raelene.

I think of those, Lucy and Claudia are still quite popular. Maybe Heidi.

Growing up boys were Peter, Matthew, Michael, Sam, Scott, Hamish, Lachlan, Aaron, Simon, Richard, Sean.

I think Lachlan is still kind of popular - as is Hamish maybe...?


#12 Mooples

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:13 PM

I think I know about 100 Sarah's but haven't heard of a baby Sarah. I'm sure it's still being used but I haven't come across one.

#13 EsmeLennox

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:13 PM

Linda, Jodie, Joanne, Susan/Suzanne, Leonie, Dianne, Maree, Raelene, Scott, Jason, Paul, Luke, Melissa, Tamara, Wayne, Graeme, Calvin, Mark... Haven't seen any of those names in my classrooms over the last 20 years...


#14 Chaos in stereo

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:16 PM

Some names that were big in my area, in my day....

Belinda, Melissa, Melinda
Darren, Troy

#15 klr75

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:16 PM

Karen and Kylie are the first two names that come to my mind!

#16 timtam92

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:17 PM

my mum and her sisters are margaret, Kathleen, barbara and rosemary!  and my dad is Donald (Don) and his siblings are Peter and Joan.

I don't see any of those making a come back (for good reasons!)

#17 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:17 PM

I tried to get variations of some of those names for my two boys - when I say variations, I mean - French spelling - Pierre and Marc. Big fat no from DH - he thought it was "w**ky" - Hmf. I do *actually* have some French in me. A long way back.

#18 timtam92

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:17 PM

and Sarah was the big name of my generation.  and everyone had the middle name Jane

#19 MummyMumbler

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:18 PM

Mark
Peter
Garry

And many older names are coming back, but I haven't met any little Shirley's or Doris's.



#20 Babyno4

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:20 PM

I recall Lauren's, Amy, Lisa, crystals (?!)  as being at least two to three in most of my classes.

Although boys here was Benjamin, Andrew, Scott, Matthew and probably a few others.

#21 Riotproof

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:20 PM

Ds has a reader with Billy in it, which he thinks is ridiculous.

#22 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:22 PM

Kylie
Sharon
Amanda
Susan
Barbara
Gail/Gayle
Karen
Tracey
Christine/Christina
Linda

Andrew
Peter
Scott
Adam
Geoff/Jeff
Bruce
Chris

#23 rainycat

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:24 PM

Lisa
Pam
Cheryl
Trish
Dianne

Ross
Gary
Phil

#24 seayork2002

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:27 PM

View Postklr75, on 14 March 2016 - 03:16 PM, said:

Karen and Kylie are the first two names that come to my mind!

I was coming into say Kylie but I have not heard of a Karen for a while either

#25 4kids mostlysane

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:28 PM

In my Yr 12 in 1989 there were something like 8 Melissa's (including me!) (I am the only Melissa I know however who is not Melissa Jane or Melissa Anne) and at least 4 or 5 Michelle's.  There is actually a Melissa in I think it's my daughter's Year 5 which really surprised me when I found out !!




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