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Ugly old female names

You can't imagine anyone would select- or will ever select again: Ethel, Gladys, Agnes, Irene...

by Anonymousreply 56608/18/2016

I would say Blanche, but I saw a relatively youngish woman with that name recently. I don't see why anyone would still name their child that.

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by Anonymousreply 207/19/2011

Bambi They used to hot strippers, now they're just old whores.

by Anonymousreply 307/19/2011

Blanche sounds perfectly fine in french. Gertrude, Deloris{sp}, Martha.

by Anonymousreply 407/19/2011

I had a grandmother named "Gertrude." Hey, this was a popular girl's name in 1889!

by Anonymousreply 507/19/2011

Mildred wins!!

by Anonymousreply 607/19/2011

Irene is lovely. And my late grandmother was named Ethel, so I quite like that. And my favorite aunt on my dad's side is Aunt Gladys, so I like that too. And Agnes, little lamb of God, how could you not like that name? All in the beholder, I suppose. All names are odd when you think about them long and hard. It's just that some are in fashion and some are not.

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Deloris, Agatha, Faye, Rita.

by Anonymousreply 1007/19/2011

late to the party r9

by Anonymousreply 1107/19/2011

Edna%0D %0D Hilda%0D %0D Bronwyn%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 1207/19/2011

A professor friend of mine has taught at two different state schools in the South; over the years, he had in his classes girls named Adeline, Bessie, Ella, Lady, and Mae. All were pretty, wealthy sorority girls.

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by Anonymousreply 1607/19/2011

Beulah sounds like an old bitch

by Anonymousreply 1707/19/2011

Myrtle, Bertha and Geradine.

by Anonymousreply 1807/19/2011

Beryl...I actually met a woman named Beryl.

by Anonymousreply 1907/19/2011

I dunno if this counts as old, but "Lorna" strikes me as a horrid name.

by Anonymousreply 2007/19/2011

I like awkward old-fashioned lady names.

by Anonymousreply 2107/19/2011

Cheketa is a popular southern name.

by Anonymousreply 2207/19/2011

Then you would love mine, R21!

by Anonymousreply 2307/19/2011

how about Hazel...I know, Julia Roberts named her kid Hazel.

by Anonymousreply 2407/19/2011

Can we vote? I vote for Bertha.

by Anonymousreply 2507/19/2011

Melvina Roberta Ramona Henrietta

Myrna Corrine Nydia Mavis

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Vashti Laverne

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by Anonymousreply 2907/19/2011

Winifred%0D Martha%0D Louise %0D Doris%0D Maude%0D Betty %0D Agatha%0D Harriet%0D Mavis%0D I still think %E2%80%9CPearl%E2%80%9D is a cute name.%0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 3007/19/2011

R24, I had an argument with my partner about naming our daughter Hazel. He's English and apparently it is or was an acceptable name there. I said, "Hazel's a maid!" We named her Emma. Awful names - Bertha comes to mind. Ethel is awful. I think Irene is a pretty name. Barbara is kind of an ugly name. None of those are as bad as pretentious names like Tiffany or Madison, though.

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by Anonymousreply 3207/19/2011

Irene with three syllables - as Irene Worth pronounced her name - is rather nice.

Martha? Rather popular now, for babies and dogs both.

Can't people bother to spell the names they dislike properly, said Dolores Del Rio, wondering why they don't like her name, anyway?

My votes - Hildegard, Deola, Ida, Frieda, Dorothy, Frances, Juana, Gretchen, Mavis, Ramona, Florence, Viola, Opal, Shirley, Edeltraut (I've known two), Lula and Pauline.

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These from my mother's 1940 college annual: Florence Ada Thomasina Annie Eloise Lorraine Lillian Bernice Claudia Lucile Rosa Thelma Minnie Cecile Lovey Eugenia Ouida Golda Lena Mae Genevieve Gwendoline Nelda Viola Maxine Freda Clarissa Hilda Charlene Mamie

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by Anonymousreply 4007/19/2011

More votes for Beulah and Gertrude.

Shirley, Myrtle, Muriel,Georgina.

by Anonymousreply 4107/19/2011

Prunella - the first time I heard that, I thought it was a joke. Hortense I like some of the names others have mentioned, e.g., Irene, Ruth and Agnes.

by Anonymousreply 4207/19/2011

I LOVE the old names compared to "Madison" and "Kaylee" or whatever those cuntish Kardashian sisters are called.

by Anonymousreply 4307/19/2011

If I were a parent who bought all their baby clothes from Etsy I'd totally name my kid Agnes, I kind of like that one

by Anonymousreply 4407/19/2011

Well I can't imagine a professional business woman with the name MacKenzie, Harper, or Skye. Many people still appreciate names like Gladys, Myrna and Mabel (different from Mable). So don't assume because in your little world those names are thrown out the window that they are everywhere.

by Anonymousreply 4507/19/2011

I prefer old-fashioned lady names. If I ever have daughters, I really like Adelaide, Ruth (my mother's name), Flora, Louisa, or Harriet (Hattie for short).

by Anonymousreply 4607/19/2011

I love Mae or May and Pearl. Bertha is awful. I hate all the popular names. My daughter is friends with four Madisons. I'm not kidding.

by Anonymousreply 4707/19/2011

When Estelle and Adele both came on the pop scene a couple years back I couldn't keep them straight because they both had old lady names.

by Anonymousreply 4807/19/2011

Alma, Ida, Viola, Arlys...

by Anonymousreply 4907/19/2011

Irma Bernita Doreen

by Anonymousreply 5007/19/2011

[quote]My daughter is friends with four Madisons. I'm not kidding. TRIVIA: All Madisons are the result of the movie "Splash" in 1984.

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Old names are fairly in now, but they still sound homely, some more than others. %0D Gladys, Hortense, Agatha, Ethel. Edith, Maude, Norma, they're all pretty bad.%0D %0D I get the feeling that there are going to be a fair amount of poor girls named "Hermione (sp?)", after the girl in Harry Potter. The character may be popular, but that is a really ugly name. %0D %0D

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Baby Name Voyager

The popularity of baby names over the last 100 years.

Watch as names soar in popularity only to crash into oblivion.

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Queen Esther



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by Anonymousreply 5807/19/2011

Matilda is staging a comeback, r57

by Anonymousreply 5907/19/2011

Mildred, Phyllis Gertrude is not too bad as it can be shortened to Trudy.

by Anonymousreply 6007/19/2011

I once knew a young woman named "Hagar." Before that, I only knew of one Hagar (the horrible), and that was the viking character from the old comic strip.

by Anonymousreply 6107/19/2011

Wilhelmina%0D %0D Opal%0D %0D Helga%0D %0D Irma

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by Anonymousreply 6307/19/2011

Matilda is going to blow up when a generation of parents who grew up with the Roald Dahl book (published in the late 80s, I think) and have visions of raising smart, sweet kids whose noses are permanently buried in tasteful books with gold-stamped covers begin to reproduce en masse

by Anonymousreply 6407/19/2011

People are mixing older names with ugly names.

In what world is "Beatrice" ugly? Unless you act like an Ozarker and stress the second syllable.

Alma may not be one's favorite but it's not possible to find a word more euphonious and pleasant in meaning.

Sho 'nuff on Prunella, though. And finding Gertrude passable because it collapses to the execrable Trudy is hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 6507/19/2011

I love the cadence of my grandmother's given names (her maiden and married surnames were too prosaic):

Opal May Geraldine...

by Anonymousreply 6607/19/2011

My gran had a friend named "Clytee."

(pronounced "kligh-T")

by Anonymousreply 6707/19/2011

my grans had lovely names-Ruby and Charlotte.

by Anonymousreply 6807/19/2011

Hey Harold, how'd ya come up with this topic?

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by Anonymousreply 7007/19/2011

Clytie like the sunflower maiden? Or like Clytemnestra?

by Anonymousreply 7107/19/2011

[quote]In what world is "Beatrice" ugly? Unless you act like an Ozarker and stress the second syllable.

I live in a large city and think Beatrice is hideous. I hate Olive too.

by Anonymousreply 7207/19/2011

R71 -- Have no idea -- never met another Clytie and that old bag has been dead since sometime in the late '60s; my grandmother dead since the late '80s.

by Anonymousreply 7307/19/2011

Charlotte is a beautiful name.

by Anonymousreply 7407/19/2011

While we're at it, may as well include Gert and Gertie, the other (shortened) variants of Gertrude which have their own odd ring about them.

by Anonymousreply 7507/19/2011

Re "Beatrice" --

Many old people Down South DID stress that second syllable. "Bee-AT- triss.

I first heard the name pronounced that way.

Only later did I learn of the more mainstream way of saying this name.

by Anonymousreply 7607/19/2011

I have a Cleetus in my family. Its a man though.

by Anonymousreply 7707/20/2011

Lets do ugly male names for the ladies; I'll start: Aubry (not so ugly) Bertram (not so ugly) Curtis (not so ugly) Darwin (not so ugly) Emerson (not so ugly) Frederik (not so ugly) Girard (not so ugly) Hubert (not so ugly) Enough said, ladies (sic)

by Anonymousreply 7807/20/2011

I'd add Elmer, that's ugly...

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by Anonymousreply 8007/20/2011

How about the two sister's names from "A Murder is Announced?"

Lettie and Lottie: nicknames for Leticia and Charlotte

I love both of those names.

by Anonymousreply 8107/20/2011

I'm kind of surprised Martha, Mitzi and Phyllis haven't had a resurgence.

Flossie is a nickname for Florence.

by Anonymousreply 8207/20/2011

I know a beautiful woman in her mid-twenties named Hazel.

by Anonymousreply 8307/20/2011

Miss Birdie.

by Anonymousreply 8407/20/2011

Miss Shashi!

by Anonymousreply 8507/20/2011

Ubinka, Cheryl, Dixie, Jean, Marge, Darlene...

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by Anonymousreply 8707/20/2011

My Aunt Milly.. age 56.. absolutely hates her first and middle names...%0D %0D Mildred Agnes%0D %0D Old for even her age.

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I win!

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It sounds like a newfangled cancer drug.

by Anonymousreply 9107/20/2011

I find old names beginning with E to be ugly - Edith, Erma, Ethel, Enid, Eunice, Esther, Etta.

by Anonymousreply 9207/20/2011

According to my Gilbert & Sullivan recordings Mabel used to be pronounced "May-bell" instead of "Maebul" as we hear it now. Too bad. I think "May-bell" is pretty.

by Anonymousreply 9307/20/2011

I had an Native American great-great grandmother (or something) named Suki Feathers. I kind of like it.

by Anonymousreply 9407/20/2011

Tonya. Slut name.

by Anonymousreply 9507/21/2011

I'm keen on Glynis.

by Anonymousreply 9607/21/2011

I really can't stand some of the modern names peeps are giving their unfortunate offspring i.e., Ikea, Chelsea/Chelsey, Gucci, Chloe, Spangle (I shit you not), Clamidia (honestly, I sooo shit you not), Apple, etc. So when you look at this sample Pearl, Bertha and Gurty don't seem so bad huh !?


PS. Still waiting for some council house trash to name their kiddy Clitoris, Monument, Shebear or Booty.

by Anonymousreply 9707/21/2011

R97- It's already happened.

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by Anonymousreply 9907/21/2011

"" Monument, Shebear or Booty. ""

How about "Ursine" for "Shebear."

I've run across that name a time or two.

Always starts me chuckling.

by Anonymousreply 10007/21/2011

I love this thread.%0D %0D With some of these, it is almost impossible to imagine a hot young woman who is named Gertrude, Hortense, Prunella, etc.

by Anonymousreply 10107/21/2011

I must be in the minority, because I actually like Agnes. I agree about your other picks though, OP.

by Anonymousreply 10207/21/2011

Eulalee -- the name means 'eloquent, well-spoken' and yet it cries out 'old white trash.'

by Anonymousreply 10307/21/2011

Disagree with Martha. That will definitely come back. It'll be like Hannah in a generation or two.

by Anonymousreply 10407/21/2011

Is obsession with female names some sort of mental disorder? I swear there is a thread like this almost every week.

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by Anonymousreply 10607/21/2011

I know one Agnes who is under 30. She's actually very pretty.

Do people still name their kids Mary? I feel old fashioned having the name and I am almost 30.

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by Anonymousreply 10807/21/2011

How come the "flower" names aren't more popular?






They're pretty, yet seem to be considered very old-fashioned.

by Anonymousreply 10907/21/2011

I LOVE Claire, Clara, Clarice and Clarissa.

by Anonymousreply 11007/21/2011

Donalda, Josepha, Effie, Morag, Debbie, Tammy Not so old but overdone in the 80s and 90s: Amanda, Brianna, Britney, Ashley, Megan

by Anonymousreply 11107/21/2011

I have an aunt named Frances Hortense and my grandmother was Hazel and her sister was Dagmar.

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My great aunt was named Edeltraut but she was born in Germany where it was more common at the time.

I do like Esther a lot though.. and a lot of the other names mentioned here.

by Anonymousreply 11407/21/2011

Myrgatroid, Eulalia, Petunia, Mona, Latona ...

by Anonymousreply 11507/21/2011

If I have a daughter she will be called Rosa or Madeline. I think their old fashioned but pretty.

by Anonymousreply 11607/21/2011

Yeah, I like Esther quite a lot too, but if I ever have a daughter she'd probably be Beatrice or Susannah.

by Anonymousreply 11707/21/2011

"I think their old fashioned but pretty."%0D

by Anonymousreply 11807/21/2011

Yeah, "Mildred" sounds like an old woman who's got that sour old-woman smell wafting off of her.

I have a female ancestor named Hepsibah. Pronounced HEP-s'-buh. Always wanted to see a picture of her: it's the most monstrously fat female name I've ever heard, even fatter than Bertha.

by Anonymousreply 11907/21/2011

Agnes and Irene are lovely names. I especially like the English pronunciation of Irene.

Nicknames are very much out of fashion nowadays, and they often were diminutives of otherwise harsh sounding names. For instance, Millie for Millicent or Mildred or Matt for Martha.

And I much prefer the old-fashioned names to naming children after inanimate objects or cardinal numbers.

by Anonymousreply 12007/21/2011

I refuse to believe that "Morag" was ever a woman's name, r111.

by Anonymousreply 12107/21/2011

What about Xanthippe?%0D %0D There are so many possible nicknames for that one.

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When I worked in hospitals I had at least 10 different patients named Lillian Cohen and they were all sncient crones.

by Anonymousreply 12402/02/2012

Morag is a traditional Scottish Gaelic woman's name. I went to school with a girl called Morag.

by Anonymousreply 12502/02/2012


Bronwyn rocks!

by Anonymousreply 12602/02/2012

Esmeralda. I don't actually think it's too bad but it's not much in use anymore.

Bertha is a "fat" name. Another hideous name was Dutch, Anuk or Anook? Just sounded jarringly harsh.

by Anonymousreply 12702/02/2012

Amelia Marjorie Jane Ethel Mildred Martha Gertrude Phyllis Petunia Irma Agnes Isabel Hortence Helga Etta Betty Beulah Delilah

by Anonymousreply 12802/02/2012

I like Jane.

by Anonymousreply 12902/02/2012

Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany have a baby daughter named Agnes Lark Bettany. A few actors have named their daughters Tallulah.

names like Mary, Anne, Margaret, Ruth, Joan etc will always be somewhat popular, at least among Catholics and other traditional religious folks who like their children to have biblical/Saint-derived names.

another "old lady name" to add to the thread:


I dislike most of the names in this thread but I think the worst are the male names that've been feminized, like Thomasina, Josephine, Edwina, Patrice, Denise, Paula, Donna, Harriet, Carla etc.

by Anonymousreply 13002/02/2012

"Well I can't imagine a professional business woman with the name MacKenzie, Harper, or Skye. Many people still appreciate names like Gladys, Myrna and Mabel (different from Mable)."

So it's wrong to make fun of currently trendy names, but we can't make fun of names that were trendy 80 years ago?

Gladys and Myrna were once the equivalent of Harper and Skye.

by Anonymousreply 13102/02/2012

"Morag is a traditional Scottish Gaelic woman's name. I went to school with a girl called Morag."

Fun fact: Jim "Gay American" McGreevey's oldest daughter is named Morag

by Anonymousreply 13202/02/2012

I wonder what it's going to be like when there are 80 year old Jamies out there, both male and female.

by Anonymousreply 13302/02/2012

I know a family who ned their children Dashiell, Hesper and Wyatt.

by Anonymousreply 13402/02/2012

It's pretty funny to think about R133. Nursing homes full of people named Colton, Jaden, Tyffini and Caylynn.

by Anonymousreply 13502/02/2012

A couple of people have mentioned Ella and Matilda. Both are very popular in my country. They are no longer associated with old ladies.

Personally I'd like to never hear the names Sheila, Cosima, Phillipa or Bertha again. Most of all I hate the bastardization of the spelling of names. Especially lovely old names. Nothing says low rent like deliberately misspelling Madylen or Emilee or Khloe. Ugh

by Anonymousreply 13602/02/2012

I once worked with a woman named Myrtice. I won't tell you her entire last name, but the first syllable is Scab.

Myrtice is the ugliest woman's name I've ever heard. Unfortunately, it fit her.

by Anonymousreply 13702/02/2012

Old-fashioned names are popular again. Soon I will be a father to a Henry or Beatrice.

I've known two Beryls- one a male and one a female.

by Anonymousreply 13802/02/2012

My grannies were named Hazel & Ethel, plus I had some great aunts named Evelyn, Faye, Greta ( pronounced Gree-ta) Una,Viola, Edith & Ardith, ( twins !) Hulda, and Ursula.

But those PALE in comparision to some of my great uncles ... Urban, Lamount, Mansfield,Hermie, Edgar, Egerrton, and best of all Great Uncle Hampshire ( shortened to Hammie )

by Anonymousreply 13902/02/2012

Another hideous name was Dutch, Anuk or Anook? Just sounded jarringly harsh.

R127, is it Anouska or Annika

by Anonymousreply 14002/02/2012

My late grandmother Edna would be 101 this year and even she hated the name and thought it old-fashioned.

Bronwyn seems to be fairly popular again. I've heard of several of them at my niece's school.

The most beautiful woman I know, who's in her 20s, is named Rosemary, after her grandmother. She goes by Rosie.

by Anonymousreply 14102/02/2012

Helga/Hulga, Greta/Gerta/Gurda. No wonder Saxon woman are butch.

I once knew a couple from "the greatest generation" whose names were Stan and Norma. Their daughters' names were Stanetta and Normella. All four are now deceased.

I still think Hortense takes the cake for ugly old-fashioned names, with Gertrude placing a close second.

by Anonymousreply 14202/02/2012

I think Hazel is lovely.

by Anonymousreply 14302/02/2012

When I was a kid in the 1970`s there was a crazy old eccentric women in our town whose first name was Madonna ... ( swear to God! ) little kids used to call each other that name in the schoolyard as an insult or taunt ....

by Anonymousreply 14402/02/2012

I like a lot of the older names but Bertha is just bad. Gertrude is probably tough to carry off.

Bronwyn sounds fashion forward. Also sounds like a prep school. Good? Bad?

by Anonymousreply 14502/02/2012

Oral Roberts had a sister named Annal.

by Anonymousreply 14602/02/2012

Hortense or Hattie. Fern or Fannie

by Anonymousreply 14702/02/2012

Male = Aloysius

Ooh, Aloysius, give it to me baby!???

by Anonymousreply 14802/02/2012

R147, Tori spelling just named her new kid Hattie. That awful name will probably make a comeback like the similarly awful Stella (which coincidentally is also the name of Tori's other daughter).

Stella has become pretty popular again and I have no idea why. It's horrible sounding.

by Anonymousreply 14902/02/2012

Eulalie, Zelda, Ermintrude.

by Anonymousreply 15002/02/2012

We actually had an Ethel, Agnes, and Irene in my high school as well as an Alice and an Iris. This was in the late '90s. All of them were Asian. I guess old lady names were popular amongst Asian parents in the late 70s/early 80s.

by Anonymousreply 15102/02/2012

This place needs a downvote option.

by Anonymousreply 15202/02/2012

Cheryl has a nasty ring to it.

by Anonymousreply 15302/02/2012

Bella. I KNOW it's resurgence is because of "Twilight", but I always think of Bella Abzug! On the other hand, had a great--great--grandmother named Jerusha, and I think that is a BEAUTIFUL name!

by Anonymousreply 15402/02/2012

Judy, Barbra, Madonna, Gaga.

by Anonymousreply 15502/02/2012

Prince Albert has a nasty ring to it.

by Anonymousreply 15602/02/2012

151 is talking about the1890's....eldergay!

by Anonymousreply 15702/02/2012

Some names from the 60`s and 70`s are now starting to sound old and dated...

like Doreen, Sandra, Tammy, Brenda, Rhonda, Charlene, Amy, Yvonne, Suzanne, Barbara, Marsha, Joanne, Nancy....

by Anonymousreply 15802/02/2012

I'm a teacher at a fancy private college, and a lot of these old names are coming back. I've had students named Ada, Corinne, Gertrude (two, and both went by Gertie), Mae, Hazel, Mavis, Clarissa, Phoebe, Mathilda, Agnes (she went by Aggy), Mamie, Bernadette, Lavinia, Adrienne, and lots of Marthas (it's still a popular name for rich families). This year I even have a Florence.

There are certain names that seem associated with fatness or dowdiness that I think will have a lot of problem coming back in: Hilda, Bertha, Ethel... but you can never tell. All names seem to come around again.

The ones that seem the most out of favor right now are 40s names: Linda, LaVonne, Juanita (for non-Hispanics), Shirley, Charlene, and Vivian/Vivienne.

by Anonymousreply 15902/02/2012

I have a niece named Hatta, and she goes by Hattie.

by Anonymousreply 16002/02/2012

My mom got a shit load of pressure to name me Charlene from her grandma and more pressure from my dad who wanted to name me Mary Jane or Betty Sue (he was from the South). I'm glad she stuck to her guns.

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Ooh -- I forgot about Lurlene, which, of course, suggests Maxine.

by Anonymousreply 16302/02/2012

There's a Simpsons episode where the subplot involves Homer moving into his father's nursing home, and there's one great moment (reminiscent of this thread) where he walks down a hall greeting each of the old people by name:




Lookin' good, Hattie!








by Anonymousreply 16402/02/2012

How about Cotton? That was a good Puritan name.

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by Anonymousreply 16602/02/2012

I recently worked with a beautiful, sexy 25-year-old Maude.

Although the name never stopped seeming incongruous, I did get to the point where I didn't automatically think of Bea Arthur every time I encountered her.

by Anonymousreply 16702/02/2012

I've taught kids with some astonishing names (Fellatia is hands down my favorite), but the world will probably never see another Myrtle.

by Anonymousreply 16802/03/2012

Agnes. But the worst name was Clyde Barrow's mother's name. Cummie barrow

by Anonymousreply 16902/03/2012

La Trine is the 2nd worst

by Anonymousreply 17002/03/2012

So many of these names are jewels, trees, flowers and other plants. Therefore they are lovely to me, because when I hear Pearl, I think of the jewel. Ditto Beryl, Ruby and Opal.

And when I hear Myrtle, I think of the beautiful crape myrtles or the finely edged foliage florists use. Hazel makes me think of a hazel nut tree and Fern is a hardy but lacy perennial in my garden.

Beatrice and Matilda and Maude are the names of queens, and Bella, which I named a cat long before the vampire books were written, means beautiful. Alma means soul, and I know an Enid who is hilarious, brilliant and an accomplished athlete, so I think it's a wonderful name.

Don't be so narrow-minded.

by Anonymousreply 17102/03/2012

I agree with R171.

by Anonymousreply 17202/03/2012

"Beulah sounds like an old bitch"

Beulah sounds like the help to the old bitch...

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Any name starting with the letter E except for Emma.

by Anonymousreply 17402/03/2012

I think the movie "Porky's" ruined the name Beulah forever.

by Anonymousreply 17502/03/2012

Three of our familial (female) names: -Lavina (rhymes with vagina) -Mildred -Florence

Two male names: -Seymour -Gwendolyn

by Anonymousreply 17602/03/2012

Gwendolyn is not a male name...

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by Anonymousreply 17802/03/2012

I find this thread interesting as quite a lot of these names are popular or seeing a resurgence in the UK - although a few are only really used in their diminutive form.

I know a Beryl, a Flora, an Esmeralda, a Georgina, a Ruth, a Louisa and several Matilda's ranging in age from a few months to early 30s. My younger sister's middle name is Esther - not uncommon for Jewish girls. My great-grandmother was called Phyllis and a friend's mother is Gertrude (she is Swedish, which is relevant).

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I was reading through this book of baby names; it was a reference book supposedly to help parents choose a very fashionable, attractive, modern name for their whelp. Anyway, one of the girl names that was said to be a great choice was, get this, CLEMENTINE. That's right, Clementine, a very clunky, UGLY name. I would never saddle any daughter of mine with such a homely name. But the book said that it was cute and adorable and "today", so I guess it is a trend to name your kid some crappy name from another era.

by Anonymousreply 18402/03/2012

When I was growing up, every other girl was named Debbie. There was a joke on the original Newhart series about a temp receptionist, a senior citizen, being named Debbie and it was funny because it was considered such a "young" name. Now I wonder how many decades it's been since anyone was named Debbie or Deborah.

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by Anonymousreply 18602/03/2012

[quote] Anyway, one of the girl names that was said to be a great choice was, get this, CLEMENTINE. That's right, Clementine, a very clunky, UGLY name. I would never saddle any daughter of mine with such a homely name.

How dare you say that!

by Anonymousreply 18702/03/2012

I actually really like Irene. And if I ever have a daughter Martha would be the frontrunner for the name.

I agree that the 50's-70's names are the ones that sound old and unfashionable these days.

by Anonymousreply 18802/03/2012

One name that I think is a total future contender for this category is Jennifer. I associate it with pretty young women because I grew up with so many, but when I actually stop to think about the sound, I think "Jennifer" is an ugly, frumpy-sounding word. And I bet that young people in the 2050s, when the massive numbers of Jennifers born in the '70s and '80s are old ladies, will hear "Jennifer" the way we now hear "Ethel" and "Gertrude".

by Anonymousreply 18902/03/2012

Lillian is my mother's day. I always liked Lily. Middle name is Mae. I don't tell anyone

by Anonymousreply 19002/03/2012

There are ugly nicknames too such as Shoogy or Bobo.

by Anonymousreply 19102/03/2012

My grandmother was Myrtle Anis. The other was Mildred Dawn.

I like both.

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by Anonymousreply 19302/03/2012

[quote]Bella. I KNOW it's resurgence is because of "Twilight", but I always think of Bella Abzug! On the other hand, had a great--great--grandmother named Jerusha, and I think that is a BEAUTIFUL name!

Bella Abzug was a better woman than you, sweetheart.

She was one of the first member of Congress to introduce a gay rights bill. She's a role model and a champion of equal rights for everyone.

by Anonymousreply 19402/03/2012

If I have a daughter she will be Lulu Mary Pearl.

by Anonymousreply 19502/03/2012

Most of these would be good names for chickens, not babies.

by Anonymousreply 19602/03/2012

R185, that reminds me of an episode of "Designing Women." I don't remember it exactly, but they're sitting around (surprise, surprise) lamenting the loss of names like Bertha and Beulah and how future generations will have grandmothers named Heather and Tiffany, and that by then Bertha and Beulah may become fashionable again.

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by Anonymousreply 19802/03/2012

Patti Lu

by Anonymousreply 19902/03/2012

Bella means beautiful in Italian and although I'm Italian I live here at the moment, so it's is very odd to meet little girls named "Beautiful. I have 2 friends who have given their daughters this name and ironically neither girl is in the least bit attractive. Plain Jane would have been a better option but obviously I keep that opinion to myself.

by Anonymousreply 20002/03/2012

Linda also means "pretty" in Spanish and you see a lot of English-speaking (justified or not) with that name. It's also a common name in Spanish.

by Anonymousreply 20102/03/2012

Tabitha & Marion

by Anonymousreply 20202/03/2012

I actually love the name "Agnes" but would never give it to a human child because the rest of society reads it as "corpse skeletonized by own cats at 83"

by Anonymousreply 20302/03/2012

My mother's name was Myrtle Leola.

by Anonymousreply 20402/03/2012

Dear R177,

Gwendolyn was my grandfather's first name. No wonder he went by "G. Charles"

by Anonymousreply 20502/03/2012

My grandmother's name was Toba and she detested it, said it was too much of an old lady's name for even old ladies. She insisted it not be used for future generations. Her college friends called her Tobie and I think she hated that even more.

by Anonymousreply 20602/03/2012

Where do you people get your perceptions from? They seem totally arbitrary. Why would you describe something as "ugly" or "horrible" simply because it is associated with one time rather than another?

by Anonymousreply 20702/03/2012


[quote]They used to hot strippers, now they're just old whores.

They were named after the Disney movie which came out in 1940.

It was another Disney movie "Splash" in 1984 that started the "Madison" name trend.

Love Story (1970) gave us "Jennifer" and "Ryan". Jennifer has since faded into obscurity. Ryan is fading but still common. Ryan Seacrest (1974) owes his name to bad movie.

Dynasty gave the world "Crystal" and "Alexis"

by Anonymousreply 20802/03/2012

doris, myrtle, mavis, maude, irene, beattie, bunny, dolores, edna, fucking brenda!!!, ivy, doreen, phyllis, joan and so on..

by Anonymousreply 20902/03/2012

Track the popularity of baby names over time.

Witness the complete collapse of "MARY"

by Anonymousreply 21002/03/2012

[quote]Where do you people get your perceptions from? They seem totally arbitrary. Why would you describe something as "ugly" or "horrible" simply because it is associated with one time rather than another?

Everyone who listed names in this thread should have to answer this question.

by Anonymousreply 21102/03/2012

r210 - wheres catholicism when you need it. that shit was hot when people still went to church!

by Anonymousreply 21202/03/2012

The "Catholic" names are great, classic names. The "ugly old female names" are preferable to today's ugly stupid names.

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by Anonymousreply 21402/03/2012

where does Kristen come from, or its variations?

by Anonymousreply 21502/03/2012

I knew an older lady named "Binx" (rhymes with jinx) most unusual name I've ever come across and I have always found it very likeable . Plus she was a super nice lady.

by Anonymousreply 21602/03/2012

|Many bold New England & Southern families still regularly use names from the 1800's which is why many go by nicknames like Muffy, Buffy, Cuffy, Kiki, Trip, Skip, Jock, etc etc ...

by Anonymousreply 21702/03/2012

While I don't think it's an ugly name, I do think "Joan" has become an old lady name. It's hard to imagine meeting a little girl named Joan today.

by Anonymousreply 21802/03/2012

My name IS Joan.

by Anonymousreply 21902/03/2012


I win.

by Anonymousreply 22002/03/2012

Hortense !

by Anonymousreply 22102/03/2012

but I *like* Hortense. Isn't it a flower?

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by Anonymousreply 22502/04/2012

Both Dawn and Donna have always sounded trashy to me.

by Anonymousreply 22602/04/2012

the "een" ones sound trashy to me: Darleen, Lurlene, Arlene, Charlene...

by Anonymousreply 22702/04/2012

I'm glad my name is not on this thread!

by Anonymousreply 22802/04/2012

however you feel about Dawn and Donna, R226, they sound perfectly regal compared to today's terrible names!

by Anonymousreply 22902/04/2012

Hortense? That's a funny name, Hortense.

by Anonymousreply 23002/04/2012

You're right R225 Donna is the worst of the worst. I've always hated this name even as a kid. It's the Italian for "woman" and I'd wonder who would look down at small girl and name her woman. Of course I've since found out that some people had no idea of the meaning, they just liked the sound of the name. I guess these are the same people who like the sound of screeching brakes and dogs howling.

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by Anonymousreply 23202/04/2012

Heidi Hilda Bertha Emily Betsy Betty Wilhelmina Zelda

by Anonymousreply 23302/04/2012

My partner's mother is Mildred, his aunt is Zelda, his cousin is Myrna. He has a cousin named Gwen and multiple cousins named Mindy.

I don't understand the American Jewish fascination with the name "Mindy." Everyone else knows it means "fat girl." Name your daughter Mindy and you've doomed her to life as a "zaftig to obese" woman.

Old lady names in my family -- grandma was Dot and she had two sisters --Hattie and ( not sure if it is spelled this way) Geseine (pronounced "Jess-een"). They were German.

My mother's side was Irish , but no one had Gaelic names like Seamus or Nuala. They were a parade of Daniels and Thomas And James and Rose and Mary Ellen. Funny, my Irish immigrant grandparents gave their children "English" names so hey would assimilate, yet their grandchildren name their kids Sean, Kelly, Erin, Kieran and Brendan.

by Anonymousreply 23402/04/2012

[quote] I don't understand the American Jewish fascination with the name "Mindy." Everyone else knows it means "fat girl." Name your daughter Mindy and you've doomed her to life as a "zaftig to obese" woman.

Now you tell me!

by Anonymousreply 23502/04/2012

Lots of people named their kids after movie stars. You could kind of tell how old someone was by their names. Debbie became super-popular after Debbie Reynolds became America's sweetheart. My parents' generation liked Judy Garland, so there were lots of Judys in my class. An aunt named her daughter Nancy after Frank Sinatra's "Nancy With the Laughing Eyes."

Not sure why Donna became so popular. Donna Reed?

My sister's friends named their kids after soap characters There were TONS of Ericas. My sister almost named her son Tristan after someone on General Hospital. We talked her out of it, thank god. We are from lower income stock and he would have had a helluva time defending himself in schoolyards with a name like that back in the 1970s

by Anonymousreply 23602/04/2012

Seems no one has the guts to answer r207's question.

by Anonymousreply 23702/04/2012

Eunice has got to be one of the ugliest names on the planet. Una or Oona isn't so hot either.

by Anonymousreply 23802/05/2012

How about Marilyn? It has the weird duality of being linked to a particular forever-young woman BUT also smacks of "middle-aged-to-old lady" now. Does anyone know a teen or twentysomething Marilyn?

Not that the name itself is as inherently ugly as Ethel, Gertrude, etc. that have been named on this thread.

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by Anonymousreply 24002/22/2012

I have a friend named Irene, named for a grandmother.

She's a hoot, and it fits her.

by Anonymousreply 24102/22/2012

Hester, Orpha, Fidelia, Mahulda,Rowena, Ruth, Maude. My great aunt's name was Mildred but everyone called her Mid.

by Anonymousreply 24202/22/2012

Someone wrote that their grandmother born in 1889 was named Gertrude. My great-grandmother named Gertrude was born in 1888. Everyone called her "Gert" her whole life.

I love the names Rita, and Frances. They are lovely names!

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by Anonymousreply 24402/23/2012

Bitty and Glenda.

My mom's name is Beatrice Adelaide, her sister's was Betty Jane.

I like the old name Vivian.

by Anonymousreply 24502/23/2012

Gladys, Agnes

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by Anonymousreply 24702/23/2012

Nannie, Constance, Peg, Phyllis, Paige, Una, Ima, Juet, Davida, Frances, Gladys, Marla, Hilda, Wilma, Estelle, Agnes, Eunice, Margaret, Henrietta, Dori, Cecilia, Octavia, Olive, Uvelia, Nettie, Doris, Neva, Ester, Matilda, Maude, Lucille, Fannie, Odessa, Cadence, Priscilla, Tabitha, Jeanette, Virginia, Yolanda, Nancy, Amelia, Camilla, Bessie, Lavinia, Jean, Myrtle, Florence, Marion, Lottie, Doretha, Louise, Lois, Justine, Paulene/Paulette, Edna, Edwina, LaRue, Connie, Cordelia, Jezebelle, Juanita, Claudette/Claudia, Janice, Ruby, June, Grace, Bethany, Wanda, Evelyn.

by Anonymousreply 24805/06/2012

I've loved the name Hildegarde ever since I saw Roz Russell in "His Girl Friday". Viola is a beautiful name too.

by Anonymousreply 24905/06/2012

An old friend of mine found out while doing some genealogy research for a high school history class that he had a great-grandmother named Cleo Patra (two words, "Patra" pronounced "Paytra").

He also found out that he had another great-grandmother whose birth name was Melissa, but, being born in the 1890s, she hated it because she thought it was weird. So she had it legally changed to Omer Mae.

by Anonymousreply 25005/06/2012

I'm thankful my name hasn't been mentioned in this thread.

by Anonymousreply 25105/06/2012

I have an elderly aunt named Fanny Pearl. A British friend of mine refused to believe me when I told her.

by Anonymousreply 25205/06/2012

[quote]I dunno if this counts as old, but "Lorna" strikes me as a horrid name.

Liza doesn't roll off the tongue so nicely either, bitch.

Oh, and by the way, I was molested.

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by Anonymousreply 25505/06/2012

Nancy is the most awful name on the planet. There is nothing good about it from the N to the Y. Awful. Awful. Awful.

by Anonymousreply 25605/06/2012

What about Nancine, R256?

by Anonymousreply 25705/06/2012

Nancy is a place in France.

by Anonymousreply 25805/06/2012

This thread reminds of the episode of DESIGNING WOMEN where they discuss baby names and Charlene wonders why people don't give their babies nice, regular names like Heather and Shannon. Julia then observes that someday people's grandmothers will all be called Tiffany and Heather while their young granddaughters will be named Beulah, Maude or Ethel.

by Anonymousreply 25905/06/2012

Claudia Fiona Agnes Patricia Helga Doris Helga Terry Bethany Yolanda Gertrude Liz Mildred Janice Holly Nadia Cathy

by Anonymousreply 26006/30/2012

I had a great-aunt named Adeline. How old-timey is THAT name? There was a popular song in the early 20th century called 'Sweet Adeline' so I guess that's where it came from.

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by Anonymousreply 26208/10/2012

Ursula is pretty bad, r 262.

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by Anonymousreply 26508/10/2012

I love the name Nancy.

Why is this thread focused on women's names?

How do you feel about Wilbur? or Thadius? Alistair? Martin?

by Anonymousreply 26608/10/2012

Edith, Mildred, Martha, Dorothy

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by Anonymousreply 26808/10/2012

I love the names Agnes and Beatrice and Gwendolyn and Viola.

by Anonymousreply 26908/10/2012

Myrtle has the ugliest "ur" sound in it.

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by Anonymousreply 27108/10/2012

Hester needs just one more "a."

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by Anonymousreply 27308/10/2012

[quote]Why is this thread focused on women's names?

Because it's called "Ugly old female names."

by Anonymousreply 27408/10/2012

I hate the name Adele. I have a sister named Adela -- correctly pronounced ah-DEL-la, not addle-la like in that stupid movie "A Passage to India" -- and it irks me to hear the name Adele, 'cause it sounds like someone getting cut off after the second syllable of my sister's name. Whenever I hear that name on the news or the radio discussing the singer, I always want to add an "la" after it.

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Candice (or Candace)

by Anonymousreply 27708/10/2012

Bernadette !!!!!

by Anonymousreply 27808/10/2012

My like/dislike of names has everything to do with people I've known with these names and how they've treated me.

by Anonymousreply 27908/10/2012

My name has come up several times on this thread and you're all right--I've nevr met another Jean under 70. On my way tom work one day I heard on the radio that my name was I the top three names that an ugly girl would have. Not a great moment. I have always,always hated my name.

by Anonymousreply 28008/10/2012

"Where do you people get your perceptions from? They seem totally arbitrary. Why would you describe something as "ugly" or "horrible" simply because it is associated with one time rather than another?"

the smell of mothballs

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by Anonymousreply 28208/10/2012

My Mother is Eunice.

by Anonymousreply 28308/10/2012

Millicent is awful. Gun, pronounced "goon" the female form of Gunnar, ugh.

by Anonymousreply 28408/10/2012

The name "Emma" always reminds me of "enema."

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by Anonymousreply 28608/10/2012

I have always hated the name Regina. Reminds me of vagina.

by Anonymousreply 28708/10/2012

As for men, I've always hated the name George. It sounds old man-ish and stupid.

In 3rd grade we had a mock election at my elementary school. We were led to the cafeteria class by class to cast our votes for the two presidential candidates that year. I had no idea what the hell was going on. I was newly-arrived in the country and spoke very little English. My tutor broke it down for me: "Just go in the little room and pick a name." When I went in the booth, it didn't take me long to choose. In Spanish, I've always preferred the name Miguel and thought Jorge was a stupid, old man name. I knew that Michael and George were the English equivalent so I checked off Michael Dukakis. It wasn't until later that night that I realized I'd made the right choice. When I told my adoptive parents what we did in school that day, they confirmed that they too were voting for Dukakis, so it made me feel good that I'd done the right thing.

by Anonymousreply 28808/10/2012

R287, not if it's pronounced the proper way -- reh-gee-na. Seriously, who the hell besides Canadians pronounces it like vagina?

by Anonymousreply 28908/10/2012

If I had twins I would name them Prudence and Prunella, or maybe Mildred and Maxine.

by Anonymousreply 29008/10/2012

[quote]How do you feel about Wilbur? or Thadius? Alistair? Martin?

Thadius & Martin - Don't mind.

Alistair - Like. Maybe because I once had a dog named this.

Wilbur is a fine name for a pig.

Oldey-time male names that I hope never make a comeback:

Cornelius, Eugene (sounds like a urological condition), Herbert, Earl, Stanley, Melvin, Albert (particularly "Bert"), Marvin, Elmer, Vernon, Lester, Gordon, Harvey, Ronald, Delbert,

by Anonymousreply 29108/10/2012

Hey, my name is Marvin!

Granted, I hated it growing up 'cause only geeks seemed to be named that in movies/TV, but I've come to embrace it.

by Anonymousreply 29208/10/2012

Sorry Marvin!

by Anonymousreply 29308/10/2012

In the early 90's I used to work the night shift in the admitting office of a large hospital, the ER would call me to assign beds for the newly admitted patients. The ER clerk would call and the first bit of info she would give me was the name. When she gave the first name Gertie, Mabel, Hattie, Ruth, Agnes, Prudence etc I immediately knew the patient was way over 90. I was always right, and these old birds were, unfortunately, not easy to place because the RN's on the nurse units fought with each other over who was more overloaded with senile old women patients.

by Anonymousreply 29408/10/2012

Trashy people get baby names from pop culture.

"Bambi" came from the 1940 Disney movie. This is why Bambi's are all old whores now.

"Madison" came from the 1984 Disney movie "Splash"

"Crystal" and "Alexis" came from Dynasty

People with class use family names that have been passed down through the ages.

by Anonymousreply 29508/10/2012

[quote]How do you feel about Wilbur? or Thadius? Alistair? Martin?

You know, with nearly 3,000 very WASPy family tree names going back to the early 1600s in the U.S., I have only seen one Wilbur and the others, not at all.

by Anonymousreply 29608/10/2012

R289 I know how to pronounce Regina. It's an awful name. Didn't say it rhymed with vagina but reminded me of it.

Now leave me alone Regina!

by Anonymousreply 29708/10/2012

My sister is having a little girl and will name her "Margaret Louise."

What do we think?

And Gertrude is the Patron Saint of Cats, Bitches!

by Anonymousreply 29808/10/2012

Margaret Louise could be the name of any girl from any period in the last 400 years.

Are you sure she doesn't want to name her Bambi?

by Anonymousreply 29908/10/2012

Beulah is the ugliest female name to me. It sounds like something you would name a cow.

One old-timey female name I like is Vivian.

by Anonymousreply 30008/10/2012

[quote]I have always hated the name Regina. Reminds me of vagina.

How? It's not Ra-gy-na. It's Rah-GE-na. Not even the same.

My grandmother was Myrtle. A name who's time has come and gone. However another name I know from that time and still love is Jurene.

by Anonymousreply 30108/10/2012

My great-grandmother's name was Minta, born in 1896. I've never heard that name anywhere else, but it's definately an old-lady name to me.

by Anonymousreply 30208/10/2012

Pearl, Ruby

I like Pearl.

by Anonymousreply 30308/10/2012

I have a great aunt named Edna, who is amazingly still alive, at 106 years old! On the the other side of my family, I had great aunts named Olive, Indianola (India, for short) and Elsie....and my grandmother's name (the baby) was Bernice.

by Anonymousreply 30408/11/2012

Walter is a boys name deserving of a comeback.

Icy Pearl was also a variation, although uncommon, of Pearl. Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 30508/11/2012

Walter is a good name for a big, slow dog or a fat cat but not for a person.

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by Anonymousreply 30708/11/2012

R303 Ruby is making a HUGE comeback. Lots of little girls out there today with that name.

by Anonymousreply 30808/11/2012

A lot of these old names have popular diminutives

Such at Trudy for Gertrude.

Or Millie for Mildred

I know Ethel is cool spelled Ethyl

Flower names seem to be out. Like Ivy, Rose, Violet, Daisy, (unless you're on an English sitcom)

Month names are out: Marge, April, May, June and Julie

Black people still like gem stone names like: Jem, Diamond, Ruby, Crystal, Sapphire, Pearl, Jet

The real stupid people are those who give their daughters male names. I knew one woman named ANDREW. I was like did you're parents know ANDREW means MANLY????

by Anonymousreply 30908/11/2012

Margaret Louise calls to mind Scandinavian royalty

by Anonymousreply 31008/11/2012

Murgatroyd, Eugenia-which happens to be my middle name- I also think it sounds like vagina. If pronounced the French way, it's beautiful, but I am far from French).

However, I do adore my first name, which is synonymous with a Rigby and a Roosevelt. It's nice seeing it make a comeback.

I am working with someone who has a Willa. They named her after her grandmother, Wilhemina, but didn't want to saddle her with the whole name.

by Anonymousreply 31108/11/2012

R280, I know at least 5 women named Jean (and one Jeanne) . They are all under 40 and all are attractive. One is stunning. I never would think Jean is an ugly old female name.

by Anonymousreply 31208/11/2012

My aunts' names: Dorothy, Jeanette, Hazel, Patsy, Fay. Don't see many young girls with those names. Now, the aunts on my other side--Mary, Margaret, Catherine, still hear those these days, but usually in one of those double-name situations like "Mary Helen" ..

by Anonymousreply 31308/11/2012

What about Mia? Is it popular again? I've always thought I'd use that if I ever had a daughter.

by Anonymousreply 31408/11/2012

[quote]How? It's not Ra-gy-na. It's Rah-GE-na. Not even the same.

I believe the British use Ra-gy-na. Americans use the Rah-GE-na. At least I heard that in some movie about Queen Victoria. They said Victoria Ra-GY-na. Any UK DL'ers like to weigh in?

by Anonymousreply 31508/11/2012

Wanda, Imogene, Juanita, Theda, Olive, Ida, Fern, Nina, Bertha, Jewell, Dove

by Anonymousreply 31608/11/2012

Growing up there were tons of girls named Jennifer, Amy, Patricia and Michelle and I never hear any of those any more (I'm a teacher btw.). I named my daughter Marilyn because I had never met anyone with that name and I think it's beautiful, but people are always assuming it's after the actress. No, I really don't want my daughter growing up to be Marilyn Monroe but thanks for assuming. I had a student two years ago named Glennis, which I thought was odd and old sounding.

by Anonymousreply 31708/11/2012

I always hated Jemima, which seems to be a more British. It just sounds ugly to me.

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by Anonymousreply 31908/11/2012

My grandmothers were named Beryl and Esther. It's popular to give your kids family names these days but I wasn't giving either of my girls those names.

by Anonymousreply 32009/12/2012

I have a friend in her early 30s named Myra. She's Southern and was named after a great-aunt.

by Anonymousreply 32109/12/2012

My grandma's name was Cecilia. She was surly and angry most of the time so I can't see anyone with that name and not think of them as a grumpy old lady.

I tend to like the so called classic names though. For a while my sister's name was thought to be outdated and old fashion, but now everyone is naming their little girls Isabel again. She hates this, says it makes her less unique.

I Carlita and Edna though, I can't see those ever coming back. Well really, the whole thing of finding a way to name little girls after their dads has sort of gone out of style.

by Anonymousreply 32209/12/2012

Is Abstinence an old lady name?

by Anonymousreply 32309/14/2012

Mulva is a name you don't hear very often.

by Anonymousreply 32409/14/2012

My partner has an aunt (now in her 90s) named Flora Dora. His father's first and middle names were Darwin Marx.

by Anonymousreply 32509/14/2012

Edna is such an old spinster name.

by Anonymousreply 32609/14/2012

Great choices but I didn't see the names of two of my ancient relatives: Nina and Althea.

by Anonymousreply 32709/14/2012

I went to school with a Eugenia, a Jemima and a Myrna. You'd think I went to grade school in the late 1880s, instead of the late 1980s.

by Anonymousreply 32809/14/2012

Agnes is such an old-lady name now, but it must've been popular in the middle of the 20th Century 'cause a lot of old movies I've seen featured young, beautiful females named Agnes.

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by Anonymousreply 33009/15/2012

It's going to be weird to see elderly Britneys and Ashleys all over the place.

On the other hand, Sophia and Isabella, names that seem very popular right now, seem adaptable to old ladies.

by Anonymousreply 33109/15/2012

My bf's ancient great-aunt is named Enid. When was the last time you met a woman named Enid?

by Anonymousreply 33209/15/2012

[quote]Great choices but I didn't see the names of two of my ancient relatives: Nina and Althea.

Nina is hardly an old person's name. I know quite a few. As for Althea, that brings back memories:

by Anonymousreply 33309/15/2012

I like classic names --












Many beautiful names, without dipping into the Dakota/Madison well.

by Anonymousreply 33409/15/2012

R314, Mia was actually the 9th most popular girls name last year (according to US Social Security Administration).

It's interesting how today's popular names like William, Elizabeth, Emma, and Grace have withstood the test of time (according to the charts linked below), while Clarence, Gladys, and Mildred seem so ugly and old.

by Anonymousreply 33509/15/2012

Old DL woman's name:


by Anonymousreply 33609/15/2012

I'm happy my name hasn't showed up in this thread yet.. I guess it's not that bad then.. lol.

by Anonymousreply 33709/15/2012

My great-aunts (all born in the early 1900s) were: Adeline, Gertrude, Annetta, Mildred and Doris. My grandmothers were Phyllis and Ethel.

How's that for some old-timey old-lady names?

by Anonymousreply 33809/15/2012

Tracey Ullman named her daughter Mabel.

Maybe in England that's a "pretty" name but I think it's appalling.

by Anonymousreply 33909/15/2012

Thora Hird

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by Anonymousreply 34109/15/2012

R339, it's pretty ugh in the UK, too. There seems to be a trend for resurrecting old-fashioned names right now, such as Lily, Grace and Ruby. Mabel fits right in there, I suppose.

I think people should dig deeper and bring back Æthelstan and Ælgyfu or not bother.

by Anonymousreply 34209/15/2012

I want to meet a Clytemnestra.

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by Anonymousreply 34409/15/2012

I knew a woman, who would now be mid-50's, whose name was Clyma. But she went by C.J.

by Anonymousreply 34509/16/2012

Birtha, rondah and i think janice are the ugliest names I have ever heard and yes i have no idean how to spell them correctly because why would i need to?

by Anonymousreply 34610/16/2012

yeas you're correct UK do pronounce it Ra-Gy-na, at least where I lived in the south east.

I think Gertrude and Bertha have to be among the worst. The names seem so heavy to me. I can't imagine a little baby girl called Gertrude! Agnes is a personal worst but there's something quirky about it.

I'm not mad on the month names either like April, May, June... but I did have a lovely old lady neighbor once that had a helpful way of remembering her name. (she was a large lady) she said "It's June, like the month coz I'm bursting out all over!"

by Anonymousreply 34711/17/2012

Agatha is the worst.

by Anonymousreply 34811/17/2012

I think Ethel sounds like a cough! Ethyl is worse, it's a chemical name. There are lots of much prettier names IMO

by Anonymousreply 34911/17/2012

My Norwegian great-grandmother had a lovely name, Amanda Marguerite. But she named her daughters Agnes and Mabel. I guess those were pretty names in 1901. Neither Agnes nor Mabel grew up to be beautiful women. They were burly, boozy, frowzy Norwegians that would slap you in the teeth if you looked at them wrong.

by Anonymousreply 35011/17/2012

Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Judy Garland, Jennifer Jones, Linda Darnell and Susan Hayward all popularized their names in the US after they each became stars. Before their respective stardoms their names were rarely chosen for baby girls, though they became the most popular post WWII names.

On the other hand, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner did nothing to particularly popularize their names in spite of their huge success as movie stars.

I find that very interesting.

Clark Gable and Cary Grant also didn't inspire many namesakes in the US.

by Anonymousreply 35111/17/2012

Well Linda means beautiful in Spanish so there you go. Sounds better in Spanish too.

by Anonymousreply 35211/17/2012

Barbara, Susan and Jennifer had been somewhat common names during Vctorian times but by the turn of the 20th century had been considered very old fashioned and associated with people's great grandmothers and spinster aunts.

But then Barbara and Susan were two of the most popular names for baby girls born in the 1940s/1950s and Jennifer resurged in the 1970s/1980s though not so much for new-borns today.

Mary never went out of style until the 1980s.

by Anonymousreply 35311/18/2012

Manerva. The worst

by Anonymousreply 35411/19/2012

I knew two old ladies named Beulah. One was a harridan. The other was hilarious. Why am I telling you this?

by Anonymousreply 35511/19/2012

Hortense. I put this name into a baby name generator and it actually said- DON'T!!

by Anonymousreply 35611/19/2012

You never hear the name Joan anymore. I like that name and wish it would come back.

Hortense, Beulah and Bertha are imho the all-time worst female names. I always picture some old Victorian spinster crone.

by Anonymousreply 35711/19/2012

I imagine Downton has had an impact.

That said, I'd far rather a passel of Ediths over another round of Krystles.

by Anonymousreply 35811/19/2012

My Great-Gran was named Eudoxie Eglantine, called Doxie.

by Anonymousreply 35911/19/2012

Girlie for a boy....had a great uncle named that

by Anonymousreply 36012/21/2012

Gertrude, Bessie, Myrtle, Barbara.

by Anonymousreply 36112/21/2012

It's true that Mavis and Sybil 'ave ways that are winning And Prudence and Gwendolyn set your 'eart spinning Phoebe's delightful, Maude is disarming Janice, Felicia, Lydia - charming Cynthia's dashing, Vivian's sweet Stephanie's smashing, Priscilla a treat Veronica, Millicent, Agnes, and Jane Convival company, time and again Drocas and Phyllis and Glynis are sorts I'll agree are three jolly good sports But cream of the crop, tip of the top It's Mary Poppins, and there we stop!

by Anonymousreply 36201/10/2013

Luba in Russian and Ukrainian translates at "love" or "charity."

Inez, I believe, is Spanish for Agnes

We now have U.S. Senators named Heidi, Tammy and Deb along with Debbie and Dianne.. Sounds like members of the high school cheerleading squad

by Anonymousreply 36301/10/2013

Way too much time on your hands. If Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Beyonce Knowles, Rachel Weisz, Salma Hayek, Elizabeth Taylor, Hilary Duff, or Scarlett Johansson were named Flossie/Bertha/Ethel/Bambi Every other girl born within the past 20 years would be named like them

by Anonymousreply 36401/29/2013

Brucilla... not Drucilla. Have met one Brucilla in my life. I thought someone was mispronouncing her name. She looked like a Brucilla.

by Anonymousreply 36501/29/2013

Medora (Dora 4 short)

by Anonymousreply 36602/04/2013

Well Jennifer Connely's daughter is named Agnes.

by Anonymousreply 36702/04/2013

Ethel Mae Pitter

We'll never forget her.

by Anonymousreply 36802/05/2013

Ethel Mae Pitter....

...We'll never forget her.

by Anonymousreply 36902/05/2013

MY neighbor named her baby girl "Activia."

by Anonymousreply 37002/05/2013

...and her sister is named Chutneigh R370? Just a guess.

by Anonymousreply 37102/05/2013

I hate all those ancient names in my mom's yearbook. Those awful old names that all those haggy old '70s high school girls had. The worst names ever: Jennifer, Lisa, Brenda, Donna, Cheryl, Lori, Samantha, Crissy, Kristy. Ugh. Those are worse and more old timey than Hagatha or gertrude.

by Anonymousreply 37202/05/2013

Prudence is awful. Hearing the name Prudence always makes me think of an old New England spinster/cat lady from the 1900s.

by Anonymousreply 37302/05/2013

Typical gay names

AIDSy Oral Gonorrhea Anal Syphilis Warty McButt

by Anonymousreply 37402/05/2013

R373, the only Prudence I ever knew was one of the sluttiest women on earth. Maybe she thought she had a lot of image to destroy.

by Anonymousreply 37502/05/2013

My grandmother was Phyllis and her sisters were Adeline, Doris and Helen. They were all born in the 1910s/1920s.

by Anonymousreply 37602/05/2013

My mother's name was Colette. It's kind of old-fashioned but I like it.

by Anonymousreply 37702/05/2013

R371, no her sister's name is Restasis.

by Anonymousreply 37802/05/2013

Ida and Myrna are my favorites.

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Is stupid and doesn't know how to quote

by Anonymousreply 38202/05/2013

My grandmother and greatgrandmother were named:

Maureen Andrey

So those two personify 'old lady' names for me.

Edna Peggy May

Are the other three =/

by Anonymousreply 38302/05/2013

Leonora/gladys norah Claudine Ernestine Gertrude

by Anonymousreply 38403/01/2013

Ragnilde (how do you even pronounce it?

by Anonymousreply 38503/01/2013

The only Regina I ever met was from the South and she pronounced it to rhyme with 'vagina' - straight up, the ugliest name I have ever heard!

I quite like some old-fashioned names such as Lily, Isobel, Martha, Irene etc.

One of my pet hates was the trend for using surnames or unisex names such as Madison, Taylor/Tyler, Regan/Reagan, Cassidy, Kennedy, McKenzie etc etc. I find it funny to imagine that there will be nursing homes with multiple occupants with these names in the future.

I can't honestly imagine the circle turning far enough for names such as Bertha, Marjorie, Gertrude, Ethel, Hortense, Ida, Mavis & Ermintrude coming back into fashion, but I've always loved the name Walt for a boy, so what do I know!?

by Anonymousreply 38603/02/2013


I've never encountered anyone who had that name other than Madge. How crazy were her parents to name her after the mother of Jesus?

by Anonymousreply 38703/02/2013

"Laverne" -- opinion on this old name?

by Anonymousreply 38803/02/2013

r374 LOL

by Anonymousreply 38903/02/2013

Ada Adelaide Adelia Adeline Agatha Agnes Alberta Alma Anastasia Antonia Augusta Beatrice Blanche Celia Clara Constance Cora Cordelia Cornelia Dora Dorothea Edith Elsa Elsie Esther Etta Eudora Eugenia Evelyn Fay Flora Florence Frances Frederica Geraldine Harriet Hazel Helen Henrietta Hermione Ida Imogen Iris Ivy Josephine Kay Lavinia Leonora Letitia Lucasta Lucinda Lucretia Mabel Mamie Martha Matilda Maude May Mildred Millicent Minerva Miriam Muriel Myrtle Olive Opal Pearl Penelope Priscilla Prudence Ruth Theodora Ursula Vera Viola Vivian Wilhelmina Winifred Zenobia

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I met someone with a four-year-old daughter named Yetta, and it immediately made me think of this thread.

by Anonymousreply 39303/11/2013

Elyse Ginger Edith Nan Lydia Maura

by Anonymousreply 39403/11/2013

My mom used to talk about her female cousin, Dorkas. I think that's how it's spelled. We used to call people "dorkus" in elementary school as an insult.

by Anonymousreply 39503/11/2013

It was probably spelled Dorcas. I think it means "gazelle."

I have met two "Madonna," one was a nun, the other I went to school with

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Wilma. Thelma. ugh.

by Anonymousreply 39803/12/2013

r387, my late great-aunt was named Madonna! It's not that uncommon amongst Catholics.

by Anonymousreply 39903/12/2013

My grandmother was Myrtle Faye, my mother Beryl and I have aunts named Thelma, Marjorie, Mildred, Frances, Marian and Wilma.

by Anonymousreply 40003/12/2013

Leila, Constance, patty

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Thelma, Guadelupe, Stella...

by Anonymousreply 40403/14/2013

pita and patricaya and patric

by Anonymousreply 40503/20/2013

patty Stella December patricya

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what is that tattoo?

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R403 is onto something

by Anonymousreply 40903/20/2013

Lorraine (I've never met a Lorraine that wasn't a nasty, twisted low-rent cunt), Jennifer, Anita, Sharon, Eunice, Audrey, Dierdre, Isobel, Karen, Doreen. Just ugly.

I know an Esme, which I really like. Also Veronica.

by Anonymousreply 41003/20/2013

Hortense is pretty bad. If spelt Whoretense, that could be a good name for a granny porn star.

I used to know a Stella. She was an old boozehound who they found dead one day. Anytime I hear the name Stella, that's who I think of.

One of my favorite bartenders had a mother named Howard.

by Anonymousreply 41103/21/2013

FatMussy, maybe ?

by Anonymousreply 41203/21/2013

my name is hattie and i love my name it isnt short for harriet or anything anyone who wants to say that those names are horrid are just upset because they dont have such a old name and i was named after my great grandmother btw i dont need any bad comments cause im only 11 years old

by Anonymousreply 41305/26/2013

If there was a character on TV named Bertha who was pretty, rich, and arrogant, then there would suddenly be 1000s of Berthas.

by Anonymousreply 41405/26/2013

The New England spinster trio:




They are all currently haunting the big Queen Anne Victorian mansion in the center of town.

by Anonymousreply 41506/15/2013


[quote]I've never encountered anyone who had that name other than Madge. How crazy were her parents to name her after the mother of Jesus?

I went to school with a girl named Madonna, who was born long before Ms. Ciccone became famous. Many years ago, Madonna was not an unusual name in French or Italian families that were super-Catholic.

by Anonymousreply 41606/15/2013

Madge, Gretel, Uhgh and yuberta( not sure how you spell it )!!!

by Anonymousreply 41708/28/2013

I have an Older Sister who is named Geraldine---But She doesnt go by it,.....She refers to go by Jeri-Ann----

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r417, are you really familiar with a real woman who was named Uhgh?

by Anonymousreply 42010/16/2013

A lot of these names will come back into fashion again, believe you me. My sister's last son was named Harry Lewis, not exactly an on-trend moniker, but he was named after his grandpa Henry, so you get the gist. Quite Anglo sounding considering he's Irish, but however. Gertude should go the way of the dinosaurs, I know, my Aunt was called that and I believe she hated it! Bertha is another that must never see the light of day again, reminds me of the women of those Gary Larson cartoons.

But I fear we may be doomed. I recall reading an article in a British magazine about future regression a few years ago, and there was an elderly lady who discovered that she might be a Brian in the future, the 23rd century to be precise, married to a Maureen with an Irene as a close friend! So what's cool today maybe passe tomorrow and what's passe today will get their moment again I guess.

by Anonymousreply 42110/16/2013

r416, Nothing wrong with Madonna until a certain Miss Ciccone came along and ruined the name for a couple of generations. It will take another generation or two for it to lose it's American chaviness before it becomes a respectable name again!

Only Ida of the New England Trio, I think has a chance of surviving and Florence. It's a horrible name but it will in time become popular as a young Miss Cameron, daughter of a current Prime Minister grows up, who was born in Cornwall while her parents were on their annual British holiday! What superb timing! If only Endellion was her first name rather than her second. And the joint will be plagued also by William's, Katherine's and George's within a few years, both human and canine! (My workmate acquired a puppy, a samoyed, named it George and all this before the Duchess of Cambridge even gave birth!).

by Anonymousreply 42210/16/2013

One of the worst names I've ever come across is Cait. Before you protest, you've no idea how it is really pronounced. Certainly not Cait as the phonetic style spelling would suggest like Kate, though it would be a vast improvement, but it's pronounced 'cawtch'. Yes that's right, with the 'w' sound in it, giving the sound of 'Caw' like a crow. It's horrible and ugly and has no place in the modern world where most people prefer more softer sounding names. Yet I worked with a young woman, mid-twenties whose parents inflicted the original pronunciation on her even though it was long out of fashion by that time, replaced by Fiona's, Sharon's, Elaine's and Tracy's, Sarah's by that time. Heck even Bridget would be a vast improvement. (I've no objection except I would with the Continental spelling of Brigitte, which is far softer than the British version. My grandmother was Bridget BTW.)

by Anonymousreply 42310/16/2013

R377, I've got a neighbor called Collette, her daughter's called Melody. And she's pursuing a career in Media, so how's that for irony.

by Anonymousreply 42410/16/2013

Ceil Janie

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Eunice is not pretty. Betty is short for Elizabeth - terrible, terrible nickname. Very fat sounding name. Henry sounds like a fat name.

Linda and Debbie, Debra and Deborah were popular when I was a kid, like Sandra et al. I don't know if those names will ever come back in. Sheila, Shirley, Rita, those were considered low rent names.

Shaniqua makes me grind my teeth, and all such names. I know someone names Jaquarius, believe it or not.

by Anonymousreply 42610/16/2013

R-1 R-4 I named my basset hound Blanche.

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I named my cat Pippa. It was actually Pip, short for Pipsqueak but she grew into such a lovely cat Pippa seemed more fitting. The only other Pippa I know of is Middleton.

by Anonymousreply 42910/16/2013

Petunia. My grandmother's neighbor's sister had that name. She was about 80-something when I was five years old. Terrible name.

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When I worked in retail, I met an attractive young woman whose name was Pleasure Belle.

by Anonymousreply 43210/17/2013

Reminds me of Belle Watling. Wonder what your customer did for a living.

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by Anonymousreply 43411/05/2013

Irene is a beautiful name.

by Anonymousreply 43501/04/2014

IDK, somehow, everything old makes its way back around, and manages to somehow sound cool again.

Just look at clothing fashions.

The only one I can't in any way, ever, perceive as pretty is [bold]Hortense[/bold]. Come on. Hands down winner.

You can't even make a cute nickname.... Hor? Hortie? 'Tense?

by Anonymousreply 43601/05/2014

I dislike Molly, Pam, which haven't been mentioned.

by Anonymousreply 43701/05/2014

Roxie, Viola, Imogene and Eunice

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by Anonymousreply 43901/05/2014

Agnes, Mathilde and Florence are beautiful in French.

The worst names are the ones where you can tell when the woman was born because they were trendy in a particular year.

by Anonymousreply 44001/05/2014

My grandmother and her two sisters were named Ada, Georgina and Flossie. Little English ladies.

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[quote]I've never encountered anyone who had that name other than Madge. How crazy were her parents to name her after the mother of Jesus?

Madonna was named after her mother, Madonna Louise Fortin.

by Anonymousreply 44201/05/2014

Harriet, not so much any longer. But was it ever?

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It seems like Vivian is also not as popular nowadays? I think it's a pretty name.

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A sampling of the old ladies in my neighborhood growing up:


Cordie Ray

Eunie (who went by Prissy)

Fannie Kate

Ida Mae



Minnie Lee






by Anonymousreply 44801/06/2014

Dorcas, Lavinia, Matilda

by Anonymousreply 44901/06/2014

"Trendy" names from 1970s & 80s America:





by Anonymousreply 45001/06/2014

Opal & Ophelia

by Anonymousreply 45101/06/2014

Irene is boring & old, in its English language pronunciation.

But Irena, ee-ray-nuh, is much prettier

by Anonymousreply 45201/06/2014

r447: hard to believe, but Sadie has made a comeback! Last year, it was the 120th most frequent female name for American babies, right after Natalia and the DL's beloved Kaitlyn! This is right about where it ranked 100 years ago (in between, it fell of the list of Top 1,000 names entirely in the '60s and '70s).

(Linked is the Social Security Administration page where you can search all these things.)

Very weird to me as I associate the name Sadie with old ladies and Mrs. Strakosh's married daughter in FUNNY GIRL, but I guess this is one that has broken the old-lady curse. (On the other hand, Ethel, Gertrude, Gladys, and Agnes don't currently make the Top 1,000.)

by Anonymousreply 45301/06/2014

I love the old names, and most of them do come back into fashion.

by Anonymousreply 45401/06/2014

You twinks do realize that when you are elderly "Tiffany" and "Britany" will be Ugly Old Female Names.

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Beulah, Bertha, and Mildred are the most hideous names EVER!!! Beulah literally sounds like something you would hear while someone was puking. Mildred sounds depressing. Bertha is like the ultimate breeding cow name.

The other names I don't mind so much. I like old fashioned names really. I LOVE the name Gretchen.

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Hermione (the worst)

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Lucinda, Lucy, Lucille

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Agnes is coming back and 10 years ago I never thought that would happen. I actually know a woman who named her kid Mildred in sort of a so-dowdy-it's-hip move (Mildred was also a family name). People are already naming their kid Mabel - that's come back.

I just can't see any way that Bertha would come back, but a lot of those early 20th century old lady names are coming back. We should really be asking if any of the mid-century names will come back. Linda. Nancy. Karen. Carol. Janet. I bet you could find more baby Hildas or little Hildas than a baby Carol or Nancy around today.

by Anonymousreply 46301/06/2014

Abigail Beatrice Clara Dorinda Ethel Fannie Gertrude Hortense. Imogene Josephine Katrina Lavinia Myrtle Nina Opal Pearl Queenie Ruth Selma Tallulah Ursula Veronica Wilhelmina Yolanda Zelda

by Anonymousreply 46401/06/2014

I love classic names like Anne, Anna, Marie, Sophie (Marie not spelled Mary) and above all, I love "Éléonore", for me it's the most beautiful, noble and classy name for a girl/woman. I dislike names that sound like diminutives: Debby,ie, Becky or Jenny... But for me the worst names are Germaine, Gertrude, Bertha, Edmee, that kind of manes. Someone said that the names beginning with an E were ugly but Eleonore is such a great name!I also like Emmeline, . Those are French names. I love MacKenzie or Brianna for American girls, as well as Autumn (yes a season! and Violet (yes a flower)!!!

by Anonymousreply 46503/12/2014

Reply to 222: Hortense is related to the French flower/arbust hortensia (Hydrangea in English), so yes, it's an old flower name, like Daisy, Violet, Fleur, Iris, Anemone, Rose, Eglantine, Jacinthe, Lily, Lilas, Lila, Dalia, Antea, Flor, Jasmin, Chloe (yes!), Hanae etc.

by Anonymousreply 46603/12/2014

Here are some of the names of older women I knew growing up:









I think some of those names are making a comeback. Anyway, isn't it still popular to name your kid some awful name from the past? Julia Roberts named her poor kids Hazel and Phineas. The only "Phineas" I ever heard of was P.T. Barnum and the only Hazel I ever heard of was the nosy, yammering maid played by Shirley Booth on that tv series of the same name.

by Anonymousreply 46703/12/2014

R467, there's an animated show on the Disney Channel called PHINEAS AND FERB. My nieces and their friends watch it all the time. Maybe that's where Julia got the inspiration.

by Anonymousreply 46803/12/2014

I have an Aunt Eulala (we are souther). Usually shortened to Layla or Layley

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Irma Myra Myrtle Inez Lurlene Imogene Iphigenia

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I like Agnes, Ramona, and Violet.

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Honoria. With any luck, the accent is on the third syllable.

by Anonymousreply 47303/13/2014

Hillary, Merna,

by Anonymousreply 47404/18/2014

I think Magnus for a girl OR boy is a horrible name, also the names Gladys, Gwendoline and Ruth sound like old grannies names, I would advise not calling any child this name unless you want them to live their entire childhood dealing with torment and bullies

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by Anonymousreply 47609/19/2014

Demi Moore/Bruce Willis daughters names

Rumer, Scout and Tallulah

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Sophie and Sofia










Myrtle and Muriel

Tessie or Tess


Violet or Viola



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Maud, Hilda & Norma.

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Gretchen is awful, I agree. That name sounds like something a witch would be named.

by Anonymousreply 48202/08/2015

I think Ruby is the ugliest of them more ways than one!

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My Dad worked with a lady named Minerva Texas Snodgrass.

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Jolene, Jolene

by Anonymousreply 48702/12/2015

I like Sophie.

by Anonymousreply 48802/12/2015

I looove Ruby! I think it's a lovely name. Seraphina, on the other hand (and Jen Garner named her daughter Seraphina)

by Anonymousreply 48902/12/2015

[quote]Re "Beatrice" --

[quote]Many old people Down South DID stress that second syllable. "Bee-AT- triss.

Our around-the-corner neighbor was named Eleanor but pronounced it El-LEE-ner.

by Anonymousreply 49002/12/2015

Whenever I hear of or see reference to a woman named Debbie, Lisa or Jennifer I assume she's in her late 40s to mid 50s. I figure in 20 years those names will be the next generation's Ethel, Shirley and Doris.

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Edna.I've never met someone under 60 with this name.

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Ugly old female names don't exist! You're being sexist, OP! What about ugly old male names?! I cry misogyny!!

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Hey Bula

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I had great aunts named Blanche and Adelaide. Adelaide's nickname was Hattie. I never met her and used to picture a pork pie with arms and legs sticking out of it walking down the street whenever my grandmother talked about her.m

Some kids my son knows: Dionysus, Sebastian, Fanny, Taigan, Violet, Lucinda, Wyatt, Sophie, Luca, Kyrese, Audie, Paloma, Dante, Elijah.

That's not even mentioning the foreigners with Balkan, Japanese, indian and Greek names.

by Anonymousreply 49902/12/2015

I had a 19th century woman ancestor named Freelove.

by Anonymousreply 50002/12/2015

Sounds fat, r496

by Anonymousreply 50102/12/2015

I wouldn't be surprised if many, if not most, of these names do make it back into the top 100 or so. In an effort to be clever and different, lots of parents reach back into the classics rather than try to be trendy (although there is an overlap; see multiple Madelines and Sophies in a grade school near you right now).

Karen, Deborah and Claire are due for comebacks. Half of their moms will be named Jen or Courtney.

There's already a resurgence of classic male names (think saints and kings) as people tire of all the soap opera boy names of late. Dad Trevor names his son John; Robert, named after a grandfather, is Kyle's kid.

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[quote] hate all those ancient names in my mom's yearbook. Those awful old names that all those haggy old '70s high school girls had. The worst names ever: Jennifer, Lisa, Brenda, Donna, Cheryl, Lori, Samantha, Crissy, Kristy. Ugh. Those are worse and more old timey than Hagatha or gertrude.

Oh c'mon, Jennifer, Lisa, and Samantha are nice names. I don't know why people think Jennifer has fallen off the grid, it is still the 15th most popular female name since 2000. Lisa is a very pretty name and it will definitely make a comeback. I don't think of Jennifers as women in their late 40's -mid 50's as mentioned in a previous post. I think of Jennifers as women in their late 30's to late 40's

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Hortense Mehetibel Henrietta Leopoldina Grizelda Louella

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Deirdre, Persephone, Penelope, Drucilla, Hepsibah, Wendolyn, Gertrude, Thalia, Dardanella, Fiona.

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Eve, Sarah, Leah, Rachel, Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Joanna, Judith, Rebecca.

For males: Jacob, Adam, David, Jonathan, Joshua, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Benjamin.

Could go on and on.

by Anonymousreply 51002/12/2015

Oh the current kiddy names are SO much better, huh? TAYLOR? A hideous name for either sex. JENNA? Sounds like a kitchen range. other stupid names from soap operas? Puh-leeze.

Rose, Jennifer, Laura, Lori, Cheryl, Linda, Debbie, Elizabeth, Sarah, Sandra, these are all fine names.

And Marigold.

by Anonymousreply 51102/12/2015

I found these on a list of hurricane names from 1970, when it was women only. I'll stick to names we haven't heard:

Bernice, Blanca, Billie, Babe

Celia, Carlotta, Cora, Clara

Doria, Delores, Doreen, Della

Ella, Edith, Evelyn, Eileen

Francelia, Flossie, Freda

Georgette, Glenda, Georgia, Gloria

Hallie, Hope, Hyacinth, Harriet

Iris, Irah(?!), Ione, Iva

June, Joyce (when was the last time anyone named their kid Joyce?)

Kit, Kara, Kendra (doesn't sound that old, but neither does it sound great)

Lorna, Lorraine, Lillian

Mamie, Madeline, Mona

Nadine, Noreen, Nona, Nita, (No No) Nanette

Ora, Orlene, Orchid, Orva, Orla

Phyllis, Priscilla, Patty (or Patricia, or Patrice, for that matter)


Rena, Rhoda, Roslyn

Sherry, Selma, Simone

Trix, Thora, Trudy, Tara, Tillie

Verna(!), Vesta(!!), Virgy(!!!!!!!)

Wilda, Wallis, Wilna, Wenda

Sadly, very few of these were ever used, so we were deprived, say, the coquettish wrath of Hurricane Francelia.

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A coworker recently named her baby Maire. It's pronounced like Myra, but is more visually appealing, I guess. She'll probably spend a lifetime correcting people who call her Marie.

by Anonymousreply 51402/13/2015

[quote]hate all those ancient names in my mom's yearbook. Those awful old names that all those haggy old '70s high school girls had. The worst names ever: Jennifer, Lisa, Brenda, Donna, Cheryl, Lori, Samantha, Crissy, Kristy. Ugh. Those are worse and more old timey than Hagatha or gertrude.

Has to be a troll. No one thinks of those names as old timey or ugly. I know plenty of young women with those names.

by Anonymousreply 51502/13/2015

A friend's mother, Gladys, pronounced her name, gla-DEEZ.

by Anonymousreply 51602/13/2015

Euphemia, Edgolina, Penuche

by Anonymousreply 51702/13/2015

I think it's funny in films/TV shows where two young and dumb parents-to-be decide to name their daughter after their recently deceased beloved grandmother who has some dreadful old-fashioned name like Norma.

by Anonymousreply 51802/13/2015

R515, I agree. All those names are cool. Linda makes me think of The Exorcist. Bad-ass! Sharon and Susan, The Parent Trap. So much fun! Tammy? Cool stoner chick with feathered hair. Debbie Does Dallas. They're all great.

by Anonymousreply 51902/13/2015

Thelma. Bertha (??!!) Dorcas.

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by Anonymousreply 52102/15/2015

Phyllis is a horrid ugly name I know one under 50. Reminds me of syphilis, Ester, Doris, Martha, Philomenia.

Princetta , no shit, I knew one in grade school- a white girl) her family was hillbilly.

Melissa and Samantha are over used as are Dakota, Jennifer, Madison, Taylor, Tyler, Jordan, Yuck. Trendy names are useless.

As are most of the stupid black apostrophe names they come up with. Horrible. names all of them.

by Anonymousreply 52202/17/2015

Millicent Weatherbee

by Anonymousreply 52302/17/2015

"Norma" totally sounds like an old spinster.

by Anonymousreply 52402/17/2015

Hattie. But I think Tori Spelling named her daughter that. Sybil. Lorna. Norma.

All of these are dyke names.

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by Anonymousreply 52802/17/2015

Agatha, Ernestine, Minnie, Norma and Helga have got to be the worst... except for Gladys.

by Anonymousreply 52902/17/2015

My ex sister-in-law is named Marge, short for Margaret. She never came over to visit when she was invited.

Only when she wasn't invited or expected, and when she did come over she barely knocked on the door before she barged in... so I renamed her Barge.

by Anonymousreply 53002/17/2015

Imagine if someone named their twin girls Midge and Madge.

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by Anonymousreply 53402/18/2015

But OMG. Aren't they the perfect poodle names?!?!❤️❤️

by Anonymousreply 53502/18/2015

And .... THE WINNER IS .... GERTRUDE!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 53602/19/2015

When a glamorous woman with that name becomes a public figure, it'll make a comeback. Irene is a Greek name, Agnes a Catholic saint.

by Anonymousreply 53702/19/2015

Irene is kindof nice although it does conjure up old ladies.

St Agnes was a pushy virgin--would you want to saddle you kid with that?

Hortense isn't coming back any time soon, and hopefully neither will Ida, Miriam, Bessie or Hilda.

Bronwyn is usually some wacky rich woman.

by Anonymousreply 53802/19/2015

My ex mother-in-laws name is Elsie, short for Elsinore. She is 92. Never liked her name.

by Anonymousreply 53902/20/2015

I don't think anyone mentioned Helena and Henrietta... awful names, but Hildegard is even worse.

I also can't stand the names Pauline and Paulette.

Genievre also sucks.

How about the name of the TV character and old spinster neighbor woman, Iola, from that boring 70's sitcom Mama's Boy. That name sucks too.

by Anonymousreply 54002/20/2015

The name Emma was popular from the early 1920's to the late 1950's and then it kind of died out and came back again in the 1990's and is now one of the top ten most popular girl's names, which I think is a cute name for a girl.

by Anonymousreply 54102/20/2015

My former (now deceased) neighbor's name was Mabel. If she were still alive she'd be 90 so I guess her name was popular back in the day.

I couldn't stand her name then and like it even less now.

But Mabel is still a good name for a pet cat.

by Anonymousreply 54202/20/2015

The name Beatrice is becoming less popular and is making its way to the ugly old names list.

by Anonymousreply 54302/20/2015

{Reply 542} Hey, the name of one of my female cat's is Maybelline, maybe I'll call her Mabel for short.

I think retired old ugly female names can be recycled and revived as they make really good female cat names now.

by Anonymousreply 54402/20/2015

Has Hortence been mentioned?

by Anonymousreply 54502/21/2015

R-545 - I think Hortence is a guy's name...?

Either way, I think it's a great sounding name for a dog, like maybe a Pit Bull.

by Anonymousreply 54602/21/2015

Eileen: Irish gal with one leg.

Irene: Japanese gal with one leg.

by Anonymousreply 54702/21/2015


I get the Eileen 'having one leg would make her lean', hence "I lean".... but I don't get the Japanese Irene thing.

by Anonymousreply 54802/21/2015

Sally, Sallie-Mae, Fannie, Fannie-Mae, Celeste, Cecelia, Abigail.

by Anonymousreply 54902/22/2015

There are many but Muriel and Mildred top my list. Agnes is ugly in English but beautiful in French (Ah-nee-yas).

by Anonymousreply 55002/22/2015

I don't think Lois, Doris, Dorothy, Francis, Edna, Frieda and Gloria were mentioned.

by Anonymousreply 55102/23/2015

Selma, Thelma, Alma.

by Anonymousreply 55203/07/2015

I find something kind of sexy about a cute girl with an old fashioned name. I've met some extremely hot "Esther"s. Those names sound classy and reserved.

I personally think "your name shouldn't be prettier than you" anyways.

The standards (Jennifer, Sarah, Amanda, etc..) are so boring, the newish favorites (Madison, Jordan, etc...) make women sound like roads or jeans.

by Anonymousreply 55303/07/2015

I think these names sound truly ugly (either clunky or prissy) and wouldn't even give them to a pet:

Gertrude, Mildred, Agnes, Ethel, Myrtle, Griselda, Bertha, Beulah, Gretchen, Myrna, Blanche, Phyllis, Hildegarde, Doris, Enid, Dorcas, Claudette, Lettice, Henrietta, Glynis, Edna, Priscilla, Heloise, Hortense, Hester, Beryl, Dulcie, Maude, Rowena, Isolde, Maureen, Roxanne, Irene, Olive, Irma, Doreen, Harriet, Lorna, Scarlett, Ernestine,, Brunhilda, Leticia, Cornelia, Dagmar, Dolores, Thelma, Lurline,

by Anonymousreply 55403/07/2015

Brunhilda is pretty ugly.

by Anonymousreply 55503/15/2015

Mamie, Grace and Louisa.

by Anonymousreply 55603/15/2015

Huguette is somewhat old.

by Anonymousreply 55703/15/2015

My Southern grandmother was a "Gertrude." She was born at the end of the 19th century.

I remember her matronly friends would pronounce her name with that Old South accent that television and radio have effectively killed. (Other older Southerners know what I mean by that and also remember the accent of which I speak.)

Close approximation: "Guh-troood" with a slightly elongated second syllable.

by Anonymousreply 55803/15/2015

Unice is the one

by Anonymousreply 55903/17/2015

R548 Japanese can't pronounce the letter 'L' and instead pronounce it like 'R.' Hence, a Japanese would pronounce 'Eileen' as 'Irene.'

by Anonymousreply 56006/25/2015

Old thread, but enjoyable. I'd vote Hester, Esther, Martha, Elvira, Delores and the cow names (Florrie, Flossie, Elsie). I knew a mean old drunk named Honoree. It always came out as Ornery.

by Anonymousreply 56106/25/2015

Pieces o' shit.

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by Anonymousreply 56301/25/2016

Pearle Mae, Seal, Shug, Daffney Eleanor, Annie Mae.

by Anonymousreply 56401/25/2016

Madison, Ashley, Brittney, Courtney, Stephanie, Emma, Ava, Isabella, Mia, Zoe, Lilly

by Anonymousreply 56506/27/2016

Fuck you

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