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#26 Guest_Starlia_*

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:29 PM

I went to school with Stuart - quite a number of them. Jennifer. Melissa. Trisha. Kylie. Sharon. Daniel. Mark. Adam. John. Damian. Jason. Christopher.

#27 seayork2002

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:30 PM

Ah one thing I have noticed is there are names I see when a person Anglicises their legal name and takes on another - ie I have seen quite a few Billy's and other 'generational' names by people of the Asian Community but these are not their birth names as such

#28 Soontobegran

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:31 PM

My 60s classroom--

Jenny/Jennifer                 David
Julie                                 Paul
Linda                                Peter
Mary                                 Stephen
Davina                              Gregory
Lorraine                            Geoffrey
Lynette                              Phillip
Debra                                Peter
Kaylene                             Mark
Raelene                            John
Gaye                                 Richard
Diane                                 Ian
Margaret                            Neil
Beryl                                  Anthony  
Barbara                             Michael
Sandra                              John
Susan                                James
Sally

Not too many have made a comeback or stayed around.
My name was positively unheard of, my parents were game.

#29 doubledelight

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:35 PM

Graham, Kurt, Ian, Steven, Paul, Phillip

Michelle, Lisa, Sharon, Karen, Kylie, Melissa, Beryl, Margaret

#30 Gudrun

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:44 PM

Robyn

#31 esme weatherwax

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:51 PM

My school year was full of Kristy and Kirsty's  (plus spelling variants) - I don't think you see many of those these days.

#32 chickendrumstick

Posted 14 March 2016 - 03:57 PM

Calvin seems to be big in the Chinese- and Vietnamese-Australian communities - I taught five or six while working in those areas last year.

I wonder whether the kids today with names like Isabella, Ava, Lucas and Oliver will name their kids Karen and Graham or whether they'll ever come back at all?

#33 Ianthe

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:02 PM

My 7yo has friends called Peter and Grant.

And I met a 5yo Michelle recently.

#34 ali27

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:03 PM

Shortening names doesn't seem as popular either - William remains William , not Bill and James is never Jim

#35 Weirdly Sane

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:10 PM

View Postchickendrumstick, on 14 March 2016 - 03:57 PM, said:


I wonder whether the kids today with names like Isabella, Ava, Lucas and Oliver will name their kids Karen and Graham or whether they'll ever come back at all?

I wonder that too... whether all the little Alfreds and Esmes will then move along to the 1930s and 40s and names such as Shirley and Betty will indeed make a come back.

#36 Hands Up

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:15 PM

My dad is called Clive. Don't see that name coming back anytime soon.

Names in my class you don't see being used much now were Melissa, Jennifer, Jodie, Stacey, Michelle, Sarah.... And Chris, Michael, Scott.

#37 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:21 PM

Brian, Anna or Anne, lots of Sarah's, John, David, Peter, Melanie, Mary

Kids with the same name in class got call Sarah P, Sarah C.

There are names from my grandparents generation I reckon have pretty much died out like Harold, Betsy, Mavis, Muriel, Joan.

#38 Plaxy

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:22 PM

View Postchickendrumstick, on 14 March 2016 - 03:57 PM, said:

I wonder whether the kids today with names like Isabella, Ava, Lucas and Oliver will name their kids Karen and Graham or whether they'll ever come back at all?

Weirdly Sane beat me to it, but was coming in to say that it wouldn't surprise me if they named their kids Shirley and Joan - ripe for a comeback in a few years!

And in about 2050 - 70 I think we will see Karen and Graham... it's about a 100 yr cycle I think.

We were all 2 syllable 'n' ending names at school - Karen, Keryn, Sharon, Sherrin, Christine, Robyn, Susan, Lorraine, Raelene, Maureen, Stephen, Darren etc. There was a girl called Julia at our high school and I thought she had the most exotic name imaginable because she was the only one with a name ending in 'a'. (Though there may have been a couple of Patricias, but they were called Pat.)

Edited by Plaxy, 14 March 2016 - 04:26 PM.


#39 Gudrun

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:25 PM

Helen
Marilyn
Deirdre
Rhonda

Alan
Colin
Rodney
Trevor

Edited by Gudrun, 14 March 2016 - 04:31 PM.


#40 Bethlehem Babe

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:28 PM

In my class we had a Linda, Melinda and Belinda, three Katherine's (various spellings) and at least two Melissa's and Tanya's.

Lots of Michaels and Matthews and Christopher's.

You don't hear of many girls with "ette" anymore- Lynette, Annette etc.

#41 FiveAus

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:36 PM

I grew up with Julies, Sandras, lots and lots of Karens and Sharons, Dianne, Jenny, Kerry, Denise....the boys were Stephen, David, Gary, Gavin, Trevor, Kenneth, Phillip.


They all come back again, when I was naming my kids in the 80's and 90's, never in a million years would I have thought of Arthur or Violet or Edith or Alfred. Actually, I still wouldn't.

In fact, my nana once took me aside and made me promise faithfully that I would never, never name any of my children after her as she absolutely loathed her name and didn't want any of her great grand children to be saddled with it because it was so, so awful.

It was Ruby Evelyn. I kept my promise.

#42 CCLouise

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:37 PM

I was thinking about this recently I meet a toddler called Belinda. We all seem less inclined to use names that were very popular when we went to school.

Jessica, Rachel, Bree/Brianna, Laura, Sarah, Kristy
Matt, Tom, Daniel, Adam, David

#43 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:38 PM

View PostSoontobegran, on 14 March 2016 - 03:31 PM, said:

My 60s classroom--

Jenny/Jennifer                 David
Julie                                 Paul
Linda                                Peter
Mary                                 Stephen
Davina                              Gregory
Lorraine                            Geoffrey
Lynette                              Phillip
Debra                                Peter
Kaylene                             Mark
Raelene                            John
Gaye                                 Richard
Diane                                 Ian
Margaret                            Neil
Beryl                                  Anthony  
Barbara                             Michael
Sandra                              John
Susan                                James
Sally

Not too many have made a comeback or stayed around.
My name was positively unheard of, my parents were game.

Did we go to the same school? I can add Megan, Roslyn, Prudence, many Tracys and two Grahams. I am running a fruitless, one-woman campaign to bring back Graham. I think it is a great name.

#44 FiveAus

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:40 PM

Davina would have been pretty racy for the 60's.

#45 3XY

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:45 PM

I was more than a little surprised to discover a girl in kindergarten with my boys last year with my name- Melanie. I feel like it really dates me as an early 70s baby!

#46 jcricket

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:53 PM

Nicole is another one

#47 RocktonResident

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:56 PM

2/3 of my kids names have appeared in this thread, I think they peaked in popularity in the 70s! I'm sure I was born in the wrong decade.....

#48 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 14 March 2016 - 04:57 PM

View PostFeral Grey Mare, on 14 March 2016 - 04:38 PM, said:

I am running a fruitless, one-woman campaign to bring back Graham. I think it is a great name.

My Dad hates Graeme as his name. He calls himself Gray. Also hates how everyone automatically spells it with a "h".

#49 Bone Apple Tea

Posted 14 March 2016 - 05:01 PM

Julie, Michelle, Karen and Nicole would have come close to accounting for about a third of the girls in my grade.  Can't say I've seen any recently.

Other names of girls I went to school with that have fallen off the radar - Joanne, Dianne, Leanne, Deborah, Megan, Helen, Margaret, Susan, Louise, Raylene, Kathleen, Kerri, Tracey, Tania, Anita.

Boys - Anthony, John, Stephen, David, Michael, Christopher, Brett, Brent, Justin, Paul, Peter, Daniel, Jeffrey/Geoffrey, Sean/Shaun, Stewart / Stuart.

Edited by Senna, 14 March 2016 - 05:04 PM.


#50 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 14 March 2016 - 05:13 PM

My friend is constantly amazed that her in-laws could have looked at her DH when he was born and said "We'll call him Norman". He was a late 1950s baby. I have only known one Norman born in the last 50 years. He was Chinese and he was given the name as his "English" name.




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