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First names under threat

Post by daib0 » 30 Mar 2017, 18:08

Nowadays of course, most mothers give their children names such as Hashtag, Nokia or Gandalf. Perhaps exagerated, but here are in fact the top dozen British boys names in 2016

Oliver
Muhammad
Noah
Harry
Jack
Charlie
Jacob
George
Ethan
Henry
Oscar
James

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/top-baby-bo ... z4cpUq0y51


And girls -

Olivia
Lily
Sophia
Emily
Amelia
Ava
Isla
Isabella
Isabelle
Sophie
Ella
Mia (with 'Poppy' at 13!)


http://www.babycentre.co.uk/top-baby-gi ... z4cpVJaZ6d




It seems the old names, good solid BRITISH names, are in danger of becoming extinct. Such as 'Clive' ... also Sharon and Tracy and even Wayne - you couldn't move for Waynes and Traceys at one time. I suppose these names will come back into fashion again soon... or not?

Here's the list of highly endangered names:-

Angela
Bertram
Beverley
Cecil
Carol
Clarence
Clive
Cyril
Debra
Diane
Donna
Dean
Doris
Dennis
Derek
Duncan
Elaine
Ernest
Geoffrey
Horace
Joanne
Leonard
Maureen
Malcolm
Nigel
Neville
Paula
Roy
Sally
Sandra
Sharon
Sheila
Tracey
Wendy
Yvonne
Wayne




Any other names you feel are 'threatened' or perhaps to the contrary where you're surprised by their upsurge in recent years?
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Post by tonyp » 30 Mar 2017, 21:31

I see Debra is on that endangered list.
Well, I can tell you that Debbie has been receiving a great deal of publicity here in Queensland and northern NSW recently.
As a cyclone and "after-cyclone" she has brought devastation to areas up north and more rain than we have ever seen before in some areas in our part of southeast Queensland.
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Re: First names under threat

Post by PoshCynic » 30 Mar 2017, 21:38

What about
Andrew
Bruce
David
Kenneth
Timothy
Alison
Lisa
Rebecca
Rachel

Seem to be less used these days.

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Post by Poshay » 30 Mar 2017, 22:15

It's not that long ago that first names were refered to as Christian names.
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Post by daib0 » 30 Mar 2017, 22:42

Poshay wrote:It's not that long ago that first names were refered to as Christian names.
good point. But this about globalization ...
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Post by DaveLister » 31 Mar 2017, 03:18

PoshCynic wrote:What about
Andrew
Bruce
David
Kenneth
Timothy
Alison
Lisa
Rebecca
Rachel

Seem to be less used these days.
Mrs Lister is called Alison, has a sister called Rebecca, a daughter called Rachel and a son called Andrew. True story. :)
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Post by Brianposh » 31 Mar 2017, 07:21

Me thinks BRIAN has had it's day. Very popular in the 30's-40's.
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Post by poshnipper » 31 Mar 2017, 07:52

Ivy is making a come back!

Let's hope the same is never said of Gertrude or Agnes!
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Post by bristleposh » 31 Mar 2017, 07:57

There seems to have been an influx recently of random surnames being used as Christian names, mainly on council estates, I believe, like Morgan, Dylan, Mitchell etc, and the excessive use of foreign names in England like Gordon, Sean, Owen, etc and the use of what were formally shorten forms of names like Harry, Tony, Billy, etc.
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Post by Poshay » 31 Mar 2017, 08:05

Going back to my parents generation my aunts and uncles (born in the early 1900s) were :-
Stanley, Harold, Frank, Sam, Alec, Norman, Donald
Rhoda, Minnie, Ada, Alice, Doris, Phyllis, Maude.
Not many of those names around now.
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Post by stuie » 31 Mar 2017, 09:04

My wife is called Patricia (Patsy) son is called Aaron, my Daughter Rebecca (Becky), Grand Daughter Ruby, Grandson Hector, all traditional UK names, I think Hector is the only Hector we know of. This reflects out families heritage of being Irish, Scottish and English

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Post by PoshCynic » 31 Mar 2017, 17:08

DaveLister wrote:
PoshCynic wrote:What about
Andrew
Bruce
David
Kenneth
Timothy
Alison
Lisa
Rebecca
Rachel

Seem to be less used these days.
Mrs Lister is called Alison, has a sister called Rebecca, a daughter called Rachel and a son called Andrew. True story. :)

My son is Andrew, my daughter Rachel Alison!! :comeon:

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Re: First names under threat

Post by bristleposh » 31 Mar 2017, 20:15

You're obviously related, I mean you live in the same house and have the same surname
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Post by daib0 » 31 Mar 2017, 21:39

That got me looking for my mum's name. This is what I found -

Popularity of the name Violet for Girls
First Year in the Top 1000: 1880 (earliest year for which we have data)
Last Year in the Top 1000: 2006 (latest year for which we have data)
Average Age: 88.61
Highest Percentage: 0.337% in 1919
Best Rank: #74 (in 1919)
Represented in the Top 1000 names in: 105 of 127 years (82.68%)


Good site this one for over a hundred years up to 2006, tap your name choice in on right hand side corner ...

http://www.nameplayground.com

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