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Names that have dropped off in a generation

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SenatorPrissypants

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.

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Gumbette

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

 

Rachel, Nicole, Donna, Jason & Daryl.

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Freddie'sMum

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 .......

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FearsomeFeralFreak

So true.

Kelly, Joanne, Nicole, Tracey, Sharon, Justine, Vanessa, Jackie.

I haven't heard of any babies with those names!

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Burro

Barry, Ian, Nicola, Catherine?

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Oriental lily

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 .

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la di dah

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.

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somila

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.

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la di dah

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.

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FearsomeFeralFreak

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..

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Lucrezia Bauble

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...?

 

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Mooples

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.

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EsmeLennox

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...

 

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Chaos in stereo

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

 

Belinda, Melissa, Melinda

Darren, Troy

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klr75

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

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timtam92

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!)

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Lucrezia Bauble

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.

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timtam92

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

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MummyMumbler

Mark

Peter

Garry

 

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

 

 

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Babyno4

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.

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Riotproof

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

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YodaTheWrinkledOne

Kylie

Sharon

Amanda

Susan

Barbara

Gail/Gayle

Karen

Tracey

Christine/Christina

Linda

 

Andrew

Peter

Scott

Adam

Geoff/Jeff

Bruce

Chris

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rainycat

Lisa

Pam

Cheryl

Trish

Dianne

 

Ross

Gary

Phil

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seayork2002

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

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4kids mostlysane

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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