Baby names out of action in just a generation or two

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There was a time you couldn't walk two paces without bumping into a Sarah or Andrew, but where are they now?

Todays' parents want nothing to do with the names they grew up with - in fact they or their own parents probably bear those very names, which means they are nowhere near ready for a comeback.

According to the theory that names become popular again only after 80-100 years has passed (or 3-4 generations), we won't be seeing names popular in the last few generations, used again for babies in our lifetimes.

Member Ali27 also notes "Shortening names doesn't seem as popular either - William remains William, not Bill, and James is never Jim."

In a popular thread by members on the Essential Baby and Essential Kids forums, these are the names which have dropped off in a generation.

GIRLS

Amanda

Angela

Barbara

Belinda

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Christine/Christina

Cheryl

Danielle

Diane

Donna

Fiona

Gaye 

Gail/Gayle

Jacqueline/Jacqui

Jennifer

Jenny

Jessica

Joanne

Jodie

Julie

Karen

Kathy

Katrina

Kelly

Kerry

Kirsty

Kristy

Kylie

Laura

Leanne

Linda

Lisa

Marie

Megan

Melanie

Melissa

Melinda

​Michelle

Nicole

Pam

Rachel

Rebecca

Renee

Sarah

Sharon  

Stacey

Susan

Stephanie

Tanya/Tania

Trish

Tracey

BOYS

Adam

Andrew

Anthony

Bill

Brendan

Brett

Bruce

Chris 

Craig

Damien

Darren

Gary

Geoff/Jeff

Ian

Jason

Jim

Justin

Mark

Matt

Michael

Paul

Peter

Phil

Scott

Stuart

Richard

Ross

Troy