The extinct baby names making a comeback

Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK
Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK 

With the recent release of the annual US Social Security Administration baby names data comes the astute analysis by baby names site Nameberry. 

This time the name aficionados have turned their attentions to names that were formerly as dead as the very extinct dodo, but were magically resurrected in 2018. 

Nameberry's Clare Green suggests this list is a great place to start searching for an ultra rare name.

Each one was given to, "...at least five boys or girls after a gap of ten years or more," so you can be reasonably confident your little one is unlikely to encounter anyone else called Pearlina or Saunders.

We're always a tad envious that the US has access to the entire list of names used nationwide rather than a Top 100, though we are always waiting with bated breath for the Australian yearly roundup by social researchers McCrindle.

These are the names Green has identified as back on the baby name map after years of extinction. Her post has more detail for each, so make sure to check out the analysis.

Affinity

2018: 5 girls

Last recorded: 1998

Bee

2018: 8 girls

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Last recorded: 1996 (girls), 2000 (boys)

Cobra

2018: 5 boys

Last recorded: 2003

Demelza

2018: 5 girls

Last recorded: 1979

Garrhett

2018: 5 boys

Last recorded: 1997

Hilary

2018: 5 boys (and 11 girls)

Last recorded: 1993 (boys)

Livio

2018: 5 boys

Last recorded: 1968

Pearlina

2018: 5 girls

Last recorded: 1970

Saunders

2018: 5 boys

Last recorded: 2001

Seville

2018: 5 girls 

Last recorded: 1990 (girls), 1994 (boys)