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Old-fashioned "ugly" names for girls making a return?

In my office in the last two years, co-workers (not hipsters) have named their newborns "Hazel" and "Vivian," two names I haven't heard in decades. And Hazel was almost named "Lulu," her mother told me.

What's next? Myrtle? Inez? Heloise?

by Anonymousreply 402Last Monday at 2:37 PM

Hoping for Clarabell.

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These seem like cow names. Have they been approved?

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OP is apparently posting from the 90s. Old-fashioned girls' names have been a thing for two decades.

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Agnes. Reminds me of Lorrie Moore’s excellent short story, “Agnes of Iowa”.

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It is better than when I was in school and we had multiple Jennifers, Jessicas, Stacys, and Stephanies.

by Anonymousreply 1204/14/2019

Vivian's not ugly. I'd take that over another Isabella. I swear to god, every other little girl born in the past five years has that name.

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^ This

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R13 I agree. I think Vivian is a lovely name.

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I think the trend of homely names is an upper middle class signifier. Poorer people name their kids variations of Halle and fake grand sur names like Winston. Also every other dog is named Bella where I live, not the people. That must be because of that vampire show?

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Barbara. It sounds like a bra - a brassiere

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Wasn't Emma considered an old lady's name until it became inexplicably popular?

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I prefer the Vivienne spelling. I know a little girl named Edith, goes by Edie.

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every old name comes back eventually. The only one who never made a comeback is "Mary". I haven't met a woman named Mary in more than 30 years. (only a few latin older ladies called Maria). The only Mary's i meet are all here on DL.

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My grandma was named Bertha and she was very defensive about it. She said it was “a very old Welsh name” so that made it classy, I guess.

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Thalia is a pretty name.

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I can't imagine Bertha or Gertrude coming back--those are really, really ugly names. I think they haven't been much in fashion since the 19th century.

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In South Carolina, I knew this couple who would take little romantic weekend trips to the coast every so often. Later they told me these trips were where they conceived their children, and they named them after the city they were conceived in, so they had two girls named Myrtle and Savannah, and two boys named Charles and Hilton.

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Persephone, Deirdre, Daphne, Drusilla, Talulah, Zelda, Hephzibah

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R26 I bet Mary is still quite popular as a middle name.

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I believe Julia Roberts named her daughter Hazel.

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My grandmother was named Nelly and it used to make me snicker

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Mine too r34. She was from Scotland.

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[quote]Wasn't Emma considered an old lady's name until it became inexplicably popular?

Emma became popular after Rachel Green on “Friends” named her daughter Emma. It wasn’t “inexplicably”.

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“Traditional” names for girls I like:











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It’s too bad I’ll never have children. Well, not really.

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My sister's name is Mary and in her 40s. Family name though. I like the name Marion.

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Names come in cycles, OP.

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R40, "Attracta" doesn't exist

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Yes it appears they are making a comeback. But these names are still miles better than the suburban wasp trend of giving children English or Scottish surnames, ie Campbell, Taylor, Tyler, etc. Blech!

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Frances or Francie

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R42 indeed it does.

Very popular Catholic Irish name

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I'll take all of these over the Brittany, Brianna, and Madison's of yore.

by Anonymousreply 5304/14/2019

Emma became popular on the late eighties, along with Emily and Lucy etc. Old lady names when I was growing up.

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Recently at a wedding I saw a kid named Maverick.

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Agreed, R53, along with the aforementioned Isabella.

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Maverick, did his parents not like him?

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Brunilda (Brunhilde) is a name some Puerto Rican women have. They're usually called "Bruni" for short. I laughed the first time I heard it, because it immediately reminded me of the comic strip "Broom-Hilda."

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Names are cyclical. My grandma and her sister born about 100 years ago were Hazel and Phoebe, which are both popular again. 50 years ago names like Debbie and Karen are definitely unfashionable but may make a comeback 50 years from now. My grandma had an Aunt Haggar. Talk about an ugly name.

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Esther's a nice name.

Esther Williams and Judy Garland in "Meet Me in St. Louis" both were pretty cool.

I know a cool chick named Vivian -- she reminds me of Wanda Sykes.

Amaryllis on the other hand...

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R29 If you've met anyone named Trudy, most likely their real name is Gertrude.

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Verificatia. After St Verificatia of Ibiza, patron saint of gaping holes.

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What about Truvy?

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Esther, Enid and Olga all sound like old lady names.

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Cloris -- when was it ever popular?

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Aunt Esther would have kicked your ass, sucka!

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Alberta, Saskatoon, and Ipswichberta right off the top of my head or at least the map on the wall behind my head.

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so would Esther Williams!

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I've never met anyone named Sally.

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I know a Sally. Total whore.

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In case you haven't noticed, many of the names that are "making a return" are biblical names.

You may want to consider what may be driving THAT trend.

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One instagram breeder named her latest spawn ‘Agnes.’

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[quote]I know a Sally. Total whore.

Every Sally I’ve known was a miserable cunt.

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This has got to be the ugliest name ever.

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Agnes is truly an ugly name.

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It sounds pretty nice in French.

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R84 LOL I worked with an Angie and my email spell check always converted it to Agnes. She hated it and I'd rarely proof-read!

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Melba and Nettie and Henrietta

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I’ve seen many “Marys” in the past few years, and each cunty mom thinks she’s very creative. It’s also everyone’s grandma’s name in these instances. It’s the next “Bella”, “Megan”, “Jennifer” etc

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Melba is pretty.

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Lutiebelle, since you brought up Melba (which is actually kind of a nice name)

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LOL R37, "Zachary" is probably one of the most popular names for guys between the ages of 15 and 30 right now. Whole lot of Zach's and few of them names after Efron.

Thinking of my nieces and nephews and their friends, there are a lot of "old lady names' that are popular right now:

Lily, Sadie, Sophie, Miriam, Ella, Rose for girls

Sam, Max, Benjamin, Julian, Will, Eli for boys

As someone mentioned above, it's 100% a class marker--the top 15% gives those kids those sorts of names while the lower 85% does the Jadyn, Mackenzie, Cody, Parker thing.

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Melba toast, Melba sauce, sounds good to me -- I'll have it to go

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Hortense and Mildred will NEVER back.

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Edna was kind of an old fashioned name, too

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Melba sounds too much like Mulva.

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Tracy Ullman named her daughter Mabel.

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Virginia -- reminds me a joke someone much older told me from the army -- "Virginia, virgin for short, but not for long!"

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Among all the Vivians, Hazels, Matildas, and Eleanors, a hipster I knew named her kid Ida Gertrude. I guess she thought she was cool enough to bestow cool onto her child. Unfortunate choice all the way around.

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Is "Jobyna" an "ugly" name? It's an old-fashioned one. I'm going by the casts of Pre-Code and silent movies.

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R37 doesn’t get out of his Dixie cup much.

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Gertrude can easily be Gertie or Trudy, two names which can be carried off as groovy if she acts and dresses appropriately.

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Someone up thread mentioned Bertha. Ewww.

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Trudy is cute.

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Esther is not.

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Is Jane an old lady name?

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You know what. Anything to put an end to the current trend of last names as fist names. No more little Larkins, Sheas or Madisons.

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Agnes MUST be the ugliest name in the entire English language.

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Chew on these.

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Agnes means "lamb" (as in "agnes Dei") - lamb of God. I don´t find it at all ugly.

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I like the name Sylvia.

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r114 Just yesterday I was wondering if Ivor (Cutler, Novello) was one of those late 19th, early 20th century names would make a comeback.

I like the name "Mimi" very much, maybe because Maurice Chevalier introduced it to me.

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peach Melba

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Ernestine and Venetia

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Stop trying to make Melba happen. It’s horrendous.

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Mimi will always be in style for opera lovers (the heroine of La Boheme). It's often short for Miriam. It's a cute name I've always thought.

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I loved Miss Melba Moore!

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You can go to the website and look up the most popular boys and girls names by year. The earliest year on the site is 1880. That’s where the real old-time names are.

Also interesting to look up is WWI, WWII, the 50s etc.

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my mother's name was Virginia. she was called gin or ginny..... her middle name was Margaret.

One of my cousins named her 1st son Maverick.

and my next door neighbors have a cute little girl named Mabel. Her middle name is Georgia.

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One old-fashioned girl's name I've always liked is Daisy. It seems to have resurgences every 10 years or so, and we seem to be in a Daisy decline lately.

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Irene, Harriet, Penelope

My favorite female name is Celeste

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Mabel - my dogs name cause it’s funny/ugly

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Top 10 girls’ names in 1880:

1 Mary

2 Anna

3 Emma

4 Elizabeth

5 Minnie

6 Margaret

7 Ida

8 Alice

9 Bertha

10 Sarah

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I like the old name Josephine. My great-grandmother had the Spanish version (Josefina).

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Alice is ugly.

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Thelma & Louise

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[quote] You know what. Anything to put an end to the current trend of last names as fist names. No more little Larkins, Sheas or Madisons.

Totally different crew R111

The people naming their kids Larkin and Shea are in a different zip code than the ones naming their kids Lily and Maxwell.

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And yet, R113, in French, "Ahn-yay" is nowhere near as horrible.

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One thing these threads reveal is how removed so many DLers are from their families and from children.

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R139, So?

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[quote]Dorcas. This has got to be the ugliest name ever.

No, the ugliest name is Griselda.

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I wish Heather would die off.

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Enid is just plain nasty.

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R103 is a Jobyna Ralston fan and she is quite wonderful. I'm fan too.

Esther Williams was not in MMISL. You're thinking of the very beautiful fabulous dancer Lucille Bremer. Maybe her character was named Esther. I've forgotten. What happened to the name Lucille?

I worked with a very young woman named Mona. I never thought anyone would use that name again.

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[quote]And yet, [R113], in French, "Ahn-yay" is nowhere near as horrible.

Rhymes with Kanye.

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r145 I might not want to marry you as is the common hyperbolic expression here, but I certainly want to attend a silent film festival with you.

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[quote]I worked with a very young woman named Mona. I never thought anyone would use that name again.

Mona was a character on “Friends” for a whole season.

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Female names from my family tree: Henrietta, Clementine, Samantha, Nelly (Ellen), lots of Margarets and Bridgets.

Names come and go. My name is Greg. Try finding a Greg under the age of 50. It's completely off the radar, but it was a popular name in the 50s and early 60s, I suppose because of Gregory Peck.

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No, it was because of Greg Brady,

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A neighbor (in the 1960s) named her oldest daughter Myrtle Yvhonne. She told me once that Myrtle was such a beautiful name. Another daughter was Rollyns. The other two (of her four) were Peggy and Becky.

Her own name was Ethel so maybe it was misery loves company?

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Ethel, ugh.

The Brady Bunch was filmed during 1969 through 1974, so much of the sixties was finished.

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Some people I know named their son Shade, which is unique because it's kind of stupid. I told them to name him Declan but did they listen?

Doubtful we'll see a resurgence of the 1980s white trash names that practically guaranteed a lifetime of bitchiness or stripperdom: Heather, Krystal, Amber, BreeAnn and the like.

Are we done with Brooklyn and Dakota yet? Let's hope.

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Don't blame the messenger, but r153 and r155 are wrong about Gregory. It's high point was in the early 60s before the Brady Bunch even aired, and it's attributed to Gregory Peck. It was in steady decline during and after the period that the Brady Bunch aired.

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Well done, R157

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Waiting for Cora, Mona and Eunice to return.

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However, the article points out that kids named Gregory in the 50s started to call themselves Greg after the Brady Bunch came on the air, and that might have hastened the decline of Gregory as a name because it's perceived as a bit of a dorky nickname.

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I believe Agnes in French is pronounced Ahn-yes, with the accent on the second syllable. Certain French words ending in S sound the letter, i.e., plus (at the end of a sentence--en plus). It's confusing. As a French name it's much prettier IMO.

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[Quote]Try finding a Greg under the age of 50.

I actually know a gay Greg who's 28-years-old. He lives in Queens.

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I know a few young guys named Greg and my father is Gregory and called himself Greg long before graduating HS in the mid sixties. But all this is irrelevant since the thread is about ugly old fashioned names for girls making a comeback.

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[quote]As a French name it's much prettier IMO.

Can we agree that almost everything sounds better in French?

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Eurydice Colette Clytemnestra Dido Bathsheba Rabelais Patricia Cocteau Stone.

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R157 According to the website Gregory rapidly gained in popularity starting in the mid 1940s, peaked in the early 1960s and started rapidly losing popularity in the late 90s.

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I'm noticing a plethora of little Lotties at the moment. It's like a Victorian dollhouse.

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If you're going to go old fashioned go Shakespeare. Tybalt, Mercucio, Titus, Viola etc.

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Yeah my brother has a son who calls himself Greg, short for Gregoire, which he hates. My brother doesn't like it either and secretly blames ex-wife no. 1 for it. It's her father's name. She's a Quebecoise named Nathalie.

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No one now is naming their baby boys Greg, Mark, Randy or Steve. Or Jeff. The names from the generation before have been having a comeback with Henry, Harry, Sam and Max.

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I just had the bizarre realization that one day there will be a generation of grandfathers named Jayden.

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My son went to school with a girl named Violet. I wonder if her nickname is “Vie.”

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^^ My neighbors just thad a baby they named Violet. It's a very pretty name.

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That’s a good one R175. Poor things.

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Err, oops. Correction, I meant R174.

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A millennial acquaintance named her newborn Mabel. Actually, I think it's kind of cute.

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R172 And nursing homes full of grandmas named Brittany, Crystal, Ashley etc. etc.

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I've noticed many Filipino women of a certain age have Anglo names from a generation previous to theirs. Ones I can think of just of-hand are Lillibet, Ruby, Mary-Anne, Molly, Mabel, Grace.

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Griselda wins this thread. It must be due for a comeback, absit omen.

The British have obscure saints' names that reactionaries like Rees Mogg—or even milder forms of reactionary—like to impose on their spawn: Eadburgh, Mungo, Æthelthryth, Chad.

The florid, operatic ones from ancient imperial women—redolent of brazen whoredom in the palace and fearsome battlefield prowess—should definitely come back: Theodora, Semiramis, Artemisia, Boadicea, Messalina.

Teodora, Semiramide, Artémise, Boadicée, and Messaline if you want to sound continental.

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I forsee Cassandra making a comeback.

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Phyllis is a pretty bad one. Are there 2 year Phyllises?

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^ I can't stand the name Phyllis either. Never liked it. Sounds like Syphilis.

Olga, Helga and Prudence are also quite awful as is Millicent.

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Funny story: A few years ago when my nephew was 2 yrs old we took him to a Halloween party held at the Bronx Zoo in the children's common play area. All the little kids were running around, dressed up in their costumes. My nephew was dressed as Elmo from Sesame St, his favorite muppet character.

As we were getting out of the car to bring him to the party he requested that we call him Elmo for the day. So we did. At one point during the party he started to wander a bit and I was becoming concerned he was getting too far away from us so I called out really loud "ELMO... come back here, please." Everyone turned and looked at me, about a dozen people, especially some older people sitting nearby who were there with their grandchildren. My sister and I both got some really dirty looks.

Apparently, they thought that was his real name. The gasping and bad looks made me not want to bother explaining that his real name is Matthew and that he asked us to call him Elmo just for the day since he was dressed up as Elmo. I suppose they thought we dressed him as Elmo because that is his actual name.

by Anonymousreply 18704/14/2019

R36 It was a popular name before Friends used it.

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Mimi can also be short for Marie.

I don't see Clothilde (rhymes with Matilda) making a come-back any time soon.

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Joan, Vera, Bea, Doreen, Lizzie.

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All the gem/stone names: Beryl, Opal, Pearl, Jade, Esmeralda, Ruby, Flint

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Sapphire, Jasper, Malachite, Crystal, Obsidian, Topaz, Amethyst, Agate.

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My grandmother was named Ruby which she considered old fashioned. So she went by her more sophisticated middle name which was Nadine. I had a great aunt who was named Bird but changed it to Anne.

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Betty - There was always a Betty in the old Hollywood movies.

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Nancy, Mamie, Pat, Betty, Barbara, Martha,.

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Edna. Always loved the old actress Edna May Oliver.

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My grandmothers name was Antigone. " Tiggi" got short.

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Some names sound ugly or plain in a language and sexy and mysterious in another.

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[quote]Thalia is a pretty name.

Is it? It sounds like an STD.

by Anonymousreply 20104/15/2019

I’m waiting to meet a Dot. My Nana was named Beatrice, called Bea for short. I thought it was cute.

[quote]I've noticed many Filipino women of a certain age have Anglo names from a generation previous to theirs.

I came in to post this. I’m an RN and have worked with a lot of Philippinos/as. I’ve worked with Daisy, Mary-Lou, Eula Mae, Phoebedel, Stanley, Harold, Elmer and Francis. All were in their thirties and forties. Would love to know how that happened.

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Upper middle class Californians give their kids bizarre names according to my sister. She knows various people who have named their kids Lion, Tiger and Bear (all together now; "Oh My!") and the most unfortunate was a kid named Jedi, as in Star Wars. She said it was even worse because the poor kid had a very Jewish last name so it was something like Jedi Rosenblatt. At least he can go by Jed when he gets older, lol.

That's in marked contrast to the Northeast where grandma and grandpa names like Lily, Sophie, Sam and Max are the rule.

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Some I couldn’t see coming back, but you just never know. Myrtle, Ethel, Mavis, Ena, Wanda, Winifred, Shirley, Sandra, Susan

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It's an old Welsh name, and no one does ugly names like the Welsh.

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I have a friend who was named Lisle after the Sound of Music daughter.

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Jethrine is due for a comeback as is Ellie Mae.

Also my neighbor has a granddaughter named Calliope. Ugh.

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Virtuous names:

Boys: Clement, Ernest, Justice, Noble, Reliance, Royal, Valor, Will

Girls: Amity, Concord, Fidelity, Patience, Prudence, Sincerity, Temperance, Virtue

by Anonymousreply 20804/15/2019

My 45 yr old friend is named Greg. The world is a big place, look outside of your own terrarium!

by Anonymousreply 20904/15/2019

I believe it started when the Mad About You couple named their daughter Mabel.

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I ❤️ Ruby!

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r114's link is interesting:

Carol fell from 802nd most popular name to 0, after no babies were named Carol in 2014

No one in Britain named their kid Carol in 2014? Not even one person?!

by Anonymousreply 21204/15/2019

My niece just named her baby Hazel Evelyn. My nephew named his son Toby Frank. My nurse friend helped deliver a baby last year. The mother wanted to name her precious child Placenta because she thought it was such a pretty name until my friend explained its meaning.

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Didn't Charlene have a cousin named Absorbine Junior, back in Poplar Bluff?

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My cunt boss named her brat Elsie ugh

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If you don’t consider the meaning, medical names roll off the tongue in a lovely way: Pneumonia, Influenza, Apoplexy, Dyspepsia, Arthritis, Dipsomania, Hysteria, Dropsy, Consumption, Melancholia, Constipation, Malaise, Carbuncle, Chancre, Induration, Ecchymosis, Tuberosity, Tamponade, Medulla, Omentum…

by Anonymousreply 21704/17/2019

R20 & R8 the name Sophia made a comeback about 20 years ago. Not even Sophie. The dogs named Bella is so common in Italians. Usually Yorkies or some other small breed. Never a Siberian Huskie

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In ny grandmother’s family — Adelaide, Geseine, Dorothy, Hatty (appearently a nickname for Henrietta). Adelaides nickname was Addy, so there was talk of Addy & Hatty. I used to picture Hatty as someone with a giant hat on her head

by Anonymousreply 21904/17/2019

In the late 70s everyone I knew had a male dog named Dylan. In the 80s, everyone started naming their sons Dylan.

by Anonymousreply 22004/17/2019

R206, no. Named after Lisle von Roman.

by Anonymousreply 22104/17/2019

Etienne NEVER goes out of style. Ever!

by Anonymousreply 22204/17/2019

R200 agreed. Gertrude in English or Spanish is horrible but in French it is divine

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In my maternal grandmother's family: Gisella.

by Anonymousreply 22404/17/2019

I had a boss named Erna. Outside of Datalounge, I don’t see that name making a comeback.

When I was a little kid, women named Claire were big, old & ugly. Now it seems “Claire” is a name for a pretty girl.

Roz is a horrible name.

My MIL is Millie. I worked with a Filipina named Lulu. My neighbor’s (grown) daughter is Kiki. When I was growing up, “kiki” was the word my mother’s family used for “bowel movement” to children. “Do you need to go kiki or peepee?”

by Anonymousreply 22504/17/2019

"Kiki" is a High WASP nickname for Katherine. Pretty common in those circles, your mother's bathroom euphemisms notwithstanding.

by Anonymousreply 22604/17/2019

NANCY. The name is a curse

by Anonymousreply 22704/17/2019

My neighbor’s daughter Kiki isn’t named Katherine. And she’s not a wasp. She’s Sicilian & Puerto Rican and naned Lisa.

by Anonymousreply 22804/17/2019

Kiki means vagina in Tagalog.

by Anonymousreply 22904/17/2019

A coworker named her son Desmond. And they’re white.

by Anonymousreply 23004/17/2019

Ob la di, ob la da, life goes on, BRA!

by Anonymousreply 23104/17/2019

Morag. Scottish

Gobnait. Irish

by Anonymousreply 23204/17/2019

These two early 30’s NYC/hipster lite women in my named their recent spawn Helen and Mavis. So yes, old lady names are official back.

by Anonymousreply 23304/17/2019

Mavis reminds me of this video which makes me ugly cry laugh every time I watch it

by Anonymousreply 23404/17/2019

My mother's name was Myrtle Leola. She would be 102 this year.

by Anonymousreply 23504/17/2019

I doubt we'll be seeing many baby girls named Fanny in the future.

by Anonymousreply 23604/17/2019

Hate the name Margaret.

by Anonymousreply 23704/17/2019

LA Dodgers utility player Enrique Hernandez goes by the nickname Kiké. People sometimes call him Kiki, but apparently that’s slang for a sex act en Español.

by Anonymousreply 23804/17/2019

[quote]. I worked with a Filipina named Lulu.

Me too -- but her real name was Lourdes. Which brings the mind that we seem to be ignoring the fact that many first or second generation immigrants are continuing to use the names that were popular in their homelands -- something that was not done as much 50+ years ago--when pretty much everyone got a "standard" American name irrespective of their ethnic background. My surname is Italian, but I would have to go back several generations to find someone with an Italian first name in my family. But you see plenty of kids now named Giovanni or Roberto.

by Anonymousreply 23904/17/2019

My mother (born 1921) was named Theodora, but she hated it so much she changed it when she was in high school. So it was old-fashioned even then.

by Anonymousreply 24004/17/2019

[quote]If you don’t consider the meaning, medical names roll off the tongue in a lovely way: Pneumonia, Influenza, Apoplexy, Dyspepsia, Arthritis, Dipsomania, Hysteria, Dropsy, Consumption, Melancholia, Constipation, Malaise, Carbuncle, Chancre, Induration, Ecchymosis, Tuberosity, Tamponade, Medulla, Omentum…

I had a relative named "Aspasia," and I used to always think of aphasia when I heard that name. (And I used to joke that they should've named her sister "Dyspepsia.")

by Anonymousreply 24104/17/2019

My cousin named her daughter Mavis as a middle name, in an ironic hipster way, 15 years ago. Flash forward 15 years and Mavis identifies as a boy named Dan.

by Anonymousreply 24204/17/2019

I would like to see someone name their female offspring "Zenobia".

by Anonymousreply 24304/17/2019

Her friends can call her "Zen".

by Anonymousreply 24404/17/2019

or Xenobia.

by Anonymousreply 24504/17/2019

R216 Haven't you heard of Areola, The Little Mermaid.

by Anonymousreply 24604/17/2019

Agnes, Mabel, Esther are easily the ugliest names ever. I can guarantee you that NOBODY wants those names. I cringe every time I hear them and truly feel sorry for kids saddled with them.

by Anonymousreply 24704/17/2019

My 1960s classmates' names are due for a comeback: Nancy, Debbie, Susie, Lisa, Kathy, Laurie. Timmy, Tommy, Johnny, Bobby, Jimmy, Joey.

Of all the old lady names in this thread, I like Violet, Mary, Margaret.

ENOUGH with Isabella, Emma and Sophie.

Here in California, a lot of boys have "C" names - Cameron, Cody, Colton.

by Anonymousreply 24804/17/2019

I think Esther is a pretty name. I don't like Mabel, though.

by Anonymousreply 24904/17/2019

You are so right R248 . Carson, Colby, Creighton.

Is Sophie the Susie of the aughts?


by Anonymousreply 25004/17/2019



Gwendoline or Gwndolyn


by Anonymousreply 25104/17/2019

Marvalon is my personal favourite.

by Anonymousreply 25204/17/2019

Names of two of my deceased older cousins:



Americus's shortened name was "Meck" (Aunt Meck to us kids).

by Anonymousreply 253Last Thursday at 12:03 AM

I'm waiting for 3-syllable black-girl names to make a comeback... among white girls with woke hipster parents.

by Anonymousreply 254Last Thursday at 12:18 AM

My adopted sons are named Colton, Packer, and Madison. I'm not into adopting daughters, thanks.

by Anonymousreply 255Last Thursday at 12:35 AM

after decades of vanessa, jennifer and lauren , these 'ugly', names are refreshing.

'bertha' is still difficult

by Anonymousreply 256Last Thursday at 1:02 AM

I thought Mona was the short for Desdemona, from Otelo, a tragic name in all the senses. My dear aunt is named Desdemona Bertha, she is not that old ( early 60s) so those names were out of fashion already, and she hate them.

by Anonymousreply 257Last Thursday at 7:10 AM

I heard Amber is making comeback.

by Anonymousreply 258Last Thursday at 7:45 AM

Irish familes used to have so many Marys that they kept having to think up nicknames or adding to the name. My mother's family at one time had a Mary, Mary Junior, Mamie, Minnie, Mame, Maryjane, Marie and AnnMarie.

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by Anonymousreply 260Last Thursday at 8:06 AM

I had a great aunt named Prunella.

by Anonymousreply 261Last Thursday at 8:08 AM

My great aunt ( b.1880's on Isle of Mull ) was named Euphemia or Effy for short.

by Anonymousreply 262Last Thursday at 8:14 AM

The botanical names usually are never completely out or in. Standard, traditional things like Rose, Poppy, Tansy, Lily, Veronica, Daisy, Bryony, Violet, Holly, Heather etc., are safe choices.

by Anonymousreply 263Last Thursday at 8:31 AM

So we're at the point in this thread where various eldergays are just going to list out the unusual names of their deceased female relatives.

Got it.

by Anonymousreply 264Last Thursday at 8:36 AM


by Anonymousreply 265Last Thursday at 8:40 AM

And your point?

by Anonymousreply 266Last Thursday at 8:40 AM


by Anonymousreply 267Last Thursday at 8:41 AM

I teach primary school, yes, myrtle, violet and pearl all are current names

Esther too

by Anonymousreply 268Last Thursday at 8:43 AM

What about LENA, R268?

by Anonymousreply 269Last Thursday at 8:45 AM

R243 - Zenobia is the middle name of one of Tina Fey's daughters. It's of Greek origin as is Tina.

by Anonymousreply 270Last Thursday at 8:46 AM


by Anonymousreply 271Last Thursday at 8:46 AM

"I teach primary school, yes, myrtle, violet and pearl all are current names"

Myrtle is not common, just because you know one kid with that name does not mean it is popular

by Anonymousreply 272Last Thursday at 8:56 AM

The French name Agnès is pronounced ahn-ÑEZ.

by Anonymousreply 273Last Thursday at 9:05 AM

R264 Another one who wanders in from the Madonna threads, reads alllll the way down, and then decides she's not interested. But we should be interested that she's not being, and we should think she's young and hip for being not interested. Got it.

by Anonymousreply 274Last Thursday at 9:11 AM

Vot's wrong mit Hildegard ????

by Anonymousreply 275Last Thursday at 9:12 AM

[quote]r8 Dorcas

I knew one, a woman in her 40s. I'd never heard it before, and wondered if it was some Latin name for a flower.

It turns out it's a (n ugly) biblical name. She was allegedly a disciple who was very charitable, and sewed clothes for the needy (?).

by Anonymousreply 276Last Thursday at 9:26 AM

You can read the book!

by Anonymousreply 277Last Thursday at 9:30 AM

[quote]r28 Thalia is a pretty name.

Thalia Menninger (Tuesday Weld) was a knockout on the old TV show [italic]The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

The Thalia Theater was a famous movie revival house in NYC, too ... so that makes it kind of a cool name.

by Anonymousreply 278Last Thursday at 9:36 AM

^^ sorry my italics became an epidemic : (

by Anonymousreply 279Last Thursday at 9:37 AM

Thalia with Warren Beatty

by Anonymousreply 280Last Thursday at 9:39 AM

I can see why no one was named Carol in 2014 since it's usually a nickname for Carolyn. Though that name itself is pretty rare these days.

My grandmother was Edna and always hated her name. She'd been named after a relative so even back in the '20s it was old-fashioned.

The one name I see never coming back is Ethel. Amazing that at one point it was considered upper class.

I've seen younger French women named Berthe, which like Agnes sounds very different with a pretty accent.

by Anonymousreply 281Last Thursday at 9:45 AM

I detest the name Norma.

by Anonymousreply 282Last Thursday at 9:45 AM

Saints' names will never go out of style as long as there are Catholics in the world, even if it's as a middle name. Most royal names will hang around, too.

by Anonymousreply 283Last Thursday at 9:52 AM

Does anyone name their kid “Linda” anymore? Both my stepmothers and several aunts are named that.

by Anonymousreply 284Last Thursday at 9:53 AM

I love the old English name Edith. Goes back to Anglo Saxon times apparently.

by Anonymousreply 285Last Thursday at 9:54 AM

[quote]r281 I can see why no one was named Carol in 2014 since it's usually a nickname for Carolyn

Carol/Carroll became okay with me after I read actress Carroll Baker's autobiography. That makes me feel affection for it.

She was a good actress, even if her career went straight down the . . . well, you know.

by Anonymousreply 286Last Thursday at 9:55 AM

My middle name is Eugenia, which as a kid, sounded too much like "vagina" to me. It's beautiful in French, but I'm anything but.

by Anonymousreply 287Last Thursday at 10:30 AM

I have a female ancestor named Freelove.

by Anonymousreply 288Last Thursday at 10:41 AM

I love greek names like Iphigenie, Clytemnestra, Xanthipe, Artemise. They sound exotic, grand and evocative.

Ethel was my grandmother's name and I find it quite beautiful, sounds like a whisper. Prudence I find a bit preposterous but not ugly. Yolande is the one weird french name I adore. Agnes in french reminds me of a saint. I've recently read some Proust and both Odette and Orianna stood out to me.

by Anonymousreply 289Last Thursday at 10:48 AM

Mary is back - 2 of them in my life in the last year.

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by Anonymousreply 292Last Thursday at 10:55 AM

friends named their daughter Bronwyn, Maybe it works well in Wales. I thought it was an ugly name to give a kid.

by Anonymousreply 293Last Thursday at 12:21 PM

Winifred probably won’t make a comeback too soon

by Anonymousreply 294Last Thursday at 12:22 PM

[quote]r289 Yolande is the one weird french name I adore. Agnes in french reminds me of a saint. I've recently read some Proust and both Odette and Orianna stood out to me.

I love the name Simone - even if once a Frenchwoman told me it's overly common, like someone who'd be married to a maintenance man.

by Anonymousreply 295Last Thursday at 12:42 PM

My friends named their two girls Astrid and Beatrice. Unfortunately, both are ugly.

by Anonymousreply 296Last Thursday at 12:57 PM

Astrid is the relentlessly abused little heroine in WHITE OLEANDER.

Unpleasant associations. Sorry.

by Anonymousreply 297Last Thursday at 1:07 PM

This guy my husband went t9 school with has twin girls, named Sophia and Bella because 1990s. They are fraternal twins. One is pretty, tall and smart and the other us short, ugly and has learning disabilities. Can you imagine what it must be like to have a twin that you’re nothing like?

by Anonymousreply 298Last Thursday at 1:19 PM

these 'ugly' names no longer sound so awful

by Anonymousreply 299Last Thursday at 3:57 PM

I had some friends who named their child Bronwyn for it's literary connotations and rarity and then lo and behold, there was another Bronwyn in the kid's first grade class.

by Anonymousreply 300Last Thursday at 4:16 PM

dunno how to pronounce that name, r300

by Anonymousreply 301Last Thursday at 4:24 PM

The trouble with these older, intellectual sounding names is that they work really well if you're good looking, but if you're not then it just adds to the list of things that are against you. A hot girl called Vivian or a hot guy called Clancy? It makes the whole package more appealing. The same names on frumpy lumpy types isn't doing anyone favors.

by Anonymousreply 302Last Thursday at 4:29 PM

so true, an unattractive girl named 'bertha'? it is too much to take in at once.

by Anonymousreply 303Last Thursday at 4:32 PM

Bron - win, r301. Short o sound for bron

by Anonymousreply 304Last Thursday at 4:33 PM

Perpetua. But only if you're hoping she'll grow up to be a Scottish non-binary lesbian who's a top...

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by Anonymousreply 306Last Thursday at 4:46 PM

I worked with a Bronwynn. She'd be over 70 now.

by Anonymousreply 307Last Thursday at 4:48 PM

I work with a girl in her 20s named Mildred, and wants to be called Mildred. She's very cool about it and popular with everybody. Names I hate: Dawn, Glenda, Lenore, Yolanda, Vera, Justin, Trevor, Brittany. 1980s dreck. I'd name a daughter Clara just to be different.

I actually prefer the Latino names. Carlos, Luis, Jose. Chances are they'll be hot, opposed to Charles, Louis, and Joseph.

And I hate androgynous names: Randy, Lindsay, Stacey, Leslie, Pat, Robin, Chris, Alex, Tori, Terry, Toni! Ugh!

by Anonymousreply 308Last Thursday at 4:48 PM

R308, yes Dawn! I loathe it. Also Misty & Crystal.

by Anonymousreply 309Last Thursday at 4:51 PM

Marnie or Marne or Marni

by Anonymousreply 310Last Thursday at 4:53 PM

Wendolyn, Shorn

by Anonymousreply 311Last Thursday at 4:59 PM

Shorn? What gender?

by Anonymousreply 312Last Thursday at 5:00 PM

Constance, Prudence, Faith, Harmony, and Hope. I've just named your future 5 in-vitrio artificially inseminated biobots. Form a choir with them.

by Anonymousreply 313Last Thursday at 5:01 PM


by Anonymousreply 314Last Thursday at 5:01 PM

Wasn't there a Prudence on a sitcom back in the 60s? Maybe it was "The Flying Nun." No, that was Madeleine Sherwood.

by Anonymousreply 315Last Thursday at 5:04 PM

I've worked with ladies, all under 40, with the names Jane, Bridget, Clothilde, Collette, Alicia, Josephine, Lisolette, Tess, Candy, and Jacqueleen (pronounced een), because Jacqueleen is special, she can't just be Jacqueline, as in Kennedy. Josephine does not like being called Jo, Josie, and is too young to know the plumber she was named after.

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by Anonymousreply 317Last Thursday at 5:18 PM

Bertha, Brunilda, Beatrice, and Hortense are the absolute worst of the above.

by Anonymousreply 318Last Thursday at 5:22 PM

The Greg upthread made me realize how accurately you can (usually) pinpoint someone's age from their name. I'm 56 and named Mike/Michael, I think the most common name for boys the year I was born. There were 7 Mikes in my homeroom my senior year. If you got the entire graduating class in the gym and told everyone named Mike, Dave, Scott, Greg, Jeff, Brad, Eric, Brett, Steve or Chris to sit down, that would probably be close to three quarters of the boys seated. We were also the last generation where classic neutral male names were common--Bill, John, Jim, Robert, Richard, Tom,etc.

By the end of the sixties, traditional was out and proto-traditional was in, and you started seeing the first wave of Biblical names and white kids with hippie or ethnic names or Eastern-inspired names like Seth, Ethan, Declan, Bodhi, etc. I have relatives in Ireland and similar happened there--guys over 50 had traditional Catholic names like Michael, Phillip, and Joseph; guys born during or after the Troubles had old Irish names like Fergus, Feargal, Phelim, Eoin, Seaghan, which hadn't been used in hundreds of years except in very rural areas.

by Anonymousreply 319Last Thursday at 5:29 PM

[quote]My middle name is Eugenia, which as a kid, sounded too much like "vagina" to me. It's beautiful in French, but I'm anything but.

I knew a girl whose first name was Eugenia; she chose to go by "Genie."

by Anonymousreply 320Last Thursday at 5:57 PM

[quote] I thought Mona was the short for Desdemona, from Otelo, a tragic name in all the senses.

The only Mona I know is actually a Ramona.

by Anonymousreply 321Last Thursday at 5:57 PM

I live in an area with a large Asian immigrant population, and it's interesting to see what American/English names people choose for themselves and their children when they move here. (And I understand that some Chinese adopt an alternate Anglicized name when they're born--even if they plan to stay in Asia.) I see lots of Jessicas, Lindas, Winnies, etc.

by Anonymousreply 322Last Thursday at 5:59 PM

Every woman I've ever known who was named Sharon was a cool chick.

by Anonymousreply 323Last Thursday at 6:21 PM

Irish names seem to be trendy for young guys - I know tons of Aidans and Liams.

by Anonymousreply 324Last Thursday at 6:31 PM

I know of about six females named Eleanor and all of them were born in the 1930s. Some of them go by Elle or Ella. I think Eleanor is going to make a comeback.

by Anonymousreply 325Last Thursday at 6:48 PM

R325, it already has. I know 3 Eleanors under 10 years old.

by Anonymousreply 326Last Thursday at 6:56 PM

[quote]r301 dunno how to pronounce that name,


by Anonymousreply 327Last Thursday at 8:17 PM

[quote]r351 Wasn't there a Prudence on a sitcom back in the 60s? Maybe it was "The Flying Nun." No, that was Madeleine Sherwood.

Well, there was THIS one in 1968.

I don't think anyone liked it all that much. It's one of those lame farces that isn't really that funny, and you wonder why they bothered.

by Anonymousreply 328Last Thursday at 8:33 PM

LuAnn. There were 3 girls in my elementary school class named that, with various spellings.

Thalia always brings Thalidomide to mind.

by Anonymousreply 329Last Friday at 2:06 AM

I like Mavis, Vivian and Hazel.

by Anonymousreply 330Last Friday at 2:19 AM

Phoebe, Penelope, Patience, Autumn,

by Anonymousreply 331Last Friday at 2:21 AM

OMG two of my nieces named their daughters 'Beryl' and 'Helga'. I think they were trying to outdo each other.

by Anonymousreply 332Last Friday at 2:22 AM

My aunt named her daughters Deleslyn and Anthea. Not sure which I prefer.

by Anonymousreply 333Last Friday at 3:51 AM

Olivia and Sophie are the new Emily and Ashley.

by Anonymousreply 334Last Friday at 4:33 AM

A friend was born (and baptized) with the name "Mamie" after Mrs. Eisenhower.

She had it changed, legally, to her middle name, Rose, the day after she turned 21.

by Anonymousreply 335Last Friday at 4:48 AM

R351 Are they characters in Jane Austen's latest novel for Jesus?

by Anonymousreply 336Last Friday at 5:03 AM

I know 3 Winifreds under 12 r294. One goes by Winnie and the other two prefer Freddie.

by Anonymousreply 337Last Friday at 5:28 AM


by Anonymousreply 338Last Friday at 9:35 AM

I know a woman who breeds dogs. All of them have human names like Debbie, Jennifer, Lori, Peggy. If this bitch ever had kids, she'd probably name them Rover, Lassie, or Tiger.

by Anonymousreply 339Last Friday at 9:59 AM

Mabel, Peggy (as a full name), Gertrude...

by Anonymousreply 340Last Friday at 10:14 AM

My SIL is a malignant narcissist. She went to court to get rid of her middle name, Susan. She didn't choose s different middle name. Just got rid of it altogether. She did this as soon as she was legally of age.

I mean, can you imagine being so bugged by the middle name Susan that you couldn't wait to get to court to change it?

Worse, her mother can't get a state ID or take out a 2nd mortgage because her name on her birth certificate doesn't match the name she's been using all her life. She had to get a copy of her birth certificate after her husband died because he was the one who did all the financial stuff for the family. Meanwhile, at age 90, the MIL had no photo ID. She never got a drivers license. She always took public transport or cabs. She now needs govt photo ID. She lost her birth certificate so they tried to get s new one, but she's been calling herself Miriam all her life but her birth name is Elizabeth and she has no middle name. She has no way to prove who she is! The state won't issue her a birth certificate because any she has no proof she's Elizabeth "Smith."

by Anonymousreply 341Last Friday at 10:41 AM

I love how ILL's Mrs. Trumball's first name is Matilda. Now there's a name you don't hear too often. It is due for a comeback.

by Anonymousreply 342Last Friday at 10:59 AM

It's simply because the grandmothers are dying off and people are naming their kids in their honor.

by Anonymousreply 343Last Friday at 11:25 AM

^ That is so true. Nail on the head.

by Anonymousreply 344Last Friday at 11:57 AM

Has anyone mentioned Gwendolyn. I used to know two women with that name. They went by Gwen which sounds just as bad. Hope that name doesn't make a comeback. It is ugly. Not as bad as Gladys though, but still ugly.

by Anonymousreply 345Last Friday at 11:59 AM

Charlotte has made a big resurgence. I used to hate the name but now I like it.

by Anonymousreply 346Last Friday at 12:33 PM

I don't think Charlotte ever went away.

by Anonymousreply 347Last Friday at 2:16 PM

There were a few Gwens in my neighborhood, r345, all black, and born in the 1950s. Maybe they were named after the acclaimed author Gwendolyn Brooks.

by Anonymousreply 348Last Friday at 2:38 PM

Both of the Gwendolyn's I used to know were born in the 40s; one early 40's, a successful black woman, the other late 40s, a white neighbor with a bunch of kids.

by Anonymousreply 349Last Friday at 2:53 PM


There was a Gwen on my block growing up. She was an English war bride. My husband has a cousin named Gwen who’s about 60.

by Anonymousreply 350Last Friday at 2:54 PM

[quote]r289 I love greek names like Iphigenie, Clytemnestra, Xanthipe, Artemise. They sound exotic, grand and evocative.

And they're impossible to spell. You'd spend your life chanting it out, letter by letter. Every single day.

Melissa is Greek for "honey bee". Stick with that.

by Anonymousreply 351Last Friday at 2:55 PM

Esmeralda, Esme.

by Anonymousreply 352Last Friday at 2:57 PM

Esme is pretty.

So is Elle.

by Anonymousreply 353Last Friday at 2:59 PM

Recent baby girl names I've heard:




by Anonymousreply 354Last Friday at 2:59 PM

Evangeline is starting to become popular for baby girls.

by Anonymousreply 355Last Friday at 3:00 PM

I ❤️ r274.

by Anonymousreply 356Last Friday at 3:00 PM

I just looked up “old lady names”:and dame up with Carol, Barbara, Deborah, Betty, Doris, Elizabeth.

I have an EX friend who gave birth and decided to name her baby an old fashioned name you never hear anymore. The name? Olivia. Right after she was born the Cosby Show added a character named Olivia. Hahaha!

by Anonymousreply 357Last Friday at 3:01 PM

R274 Finish her!

by Anonymousreply 358Last Friday at 3:02 PM

[quote]I love how ILL's Mrs. Trumball's first name is Matilda. Now there's a name you don't hear too often. It is due for a comeback.

No, it's not.

by Anonymousreply 359Last Friday at 3:05 PM

R357. Olivia is a very popular name for baby girls. You must be out of touch!

by Anonymousreply 360Last Friday at 3:08 PM

[Quote]Esmeralda, Esme.

I had an aunt called Esperanza (Hope in English), who we affectionately called "Espy." I don't think today’s latinos name their daughters Esperanza anymore. In fact, I don't think English-speakers name their daughters Hope anymore, either.

by Anonymousreply 361Last Friday at 3:09 PM

There's a character in the play THE CHALK GARDEN named Laurel, which I always thought was interesting. But I've never met one in real life.

by Anonymousreply 362Last Friday at 3:10 PM

[quote]r361 I had an aunt called Esperanza (Hope in English), who we affectionately called "[bold]Espy[/bold]."

Sounds like "Aspie".


by Anonymousreply 363Last Friday at 3:11 PM

[Quote]Sounds like "Aspie".

This was before Asperger's became a thing, r363.

by Anonymousreply 364Last Friday at 3:18 PM

[quote] [R357]. Olivia is a very popular name for baby girls. You must be out of touch!

You must be illiterate! “Right after she was born the Cosby Show added a character named Olivia” That was about 1990.

by Anonymousreply 365Last Friday at 3:20 PM

[quote][R357]. Olivia is a very popular name for baby girls. You must be out of touch!

I think that's exactly the point R375 was trying to make.

by Anonymousreply 366Last Friday at 3:20 PM
by Anonymousreply 367Last Friday at 3:22 PM

My grandmothers name is Gladys. She always hated it and went by her middle name.

by Anonymousreply 368Last Friday at 4:53 PM

Some of my female ancestors' names: Annie (not short for Anne - Annie was the name she was born with. This was circa 1880), Queenie (born in London around 1920), Ethel, Lillian, Elenora

by Anonymousreply 369Last Friday at 6:35 PM

It’s hard to imagine a young Hattie.

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by Anonymousreply 371Last Friday at 7:29 PM

R370 Tori Spelling named her daughter Hattie. IIRC the little girls middle name is Margaret.

by Anonymousreply 372Last Friday at 8:39 PM

Matilda is a very common name now in the UK, as is Tallulah.

I am very surprised no one has mentioned the name Ruth.

by Anonymousreply 373Last Friday at 8:48 PM

Seems like all the ugly names begin with E - Enid, Edith, Ethel, Erna, Edna, Erma, Esther, Eloise, Esmeralda.

by Anonymousreply 374Last Friday at 11:02 PM

Eunice, Eileen, Edwina, Endora, Eudora, Evaline, Effie…

by Anonymousreply 375Last Friday at 11:41 PM

The letter M offers up some real treasures as well: Mabel, Madge, Mae, Maeve, Magda, Magdalene, Magnolia, Maisie, Mame, Mamie, Marge, Marigold, Marion, Marjorie, Marlene, Marsha, Martha, Maude, Mavis, Maxine, Melba, Mercedes, Mercy, Merle, Mildred, Mina, Miriam, Moira, Mona, Morgana, Morag, Muriel, Mylene, Myra, Myrleen, Myrtle

by Anonymousreply 376Last Saturday at 12:23 AM

[quote]There's a character in the play THE CHALK GARDEN named Laurel, which I always thought was interesting. But I've never met one in real life.

Laurel is a character on "How To Get Away With Murder."

I went to college with a girl named Laurel; her sisters were named Heather and Poppy. (Sort of a modern version of Violet, Hyacinth, Daisy, and Rose.)

by Anonymousreply 377Last Saturday at 9:44 AM

Apropos of nothing, I know, butI knew an evangelical (cult type) family who had seven children named Joshua, Jonathan, Judah, Jeremiah, Jessica, Joseph, Joy.

Did the 19-kid Duggar family all have J names too? Only watched one episode and I just couldn't stomach another.

by Anonymousreply 378Last Saturday at 11:26 AM

R378, that J family sounds like the Turpins

by Anonymousreply 379Last Saturday at 11:51 AM

We had a J family on our block in the 70s. Jason, Jamie and Jeremy. My mother didn’t like them.

Jason was a very popular name for boys in the 70s and early 80s. So was Matthew.

by Anonymousreply 380Last Saturday at 11:53 AM

Boomer bames












by Anonymousreply 381Last Saturday at 12:07 PM

Janice is kind of an unsightly, nothing name.

My one friend with that name uses her middle one.

by Anonymousreply 382Last Saturday at 12:14 PM

R381, Are you from New England? Very common boomer/early X names here

by Anonymousreply 383Last Saturday at 12:16 PM













Marianne/Mary Ann

Joanne/Jo Ann

Someday these names will return.

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by Anonymousreply 385Last Saturday at 12:47 PM

It is funny how names get so common. I knew a million Debbies, Pattys, Carols, Karens, sharons, Joanies.

Boys were Michael, James, John, Robert, William, Steven, Richard, Thomas, Charles, Peter.

My grandparents weee Irish and gave their kids Anglo names - Daniel, John, James, Rose, Thomas, Mary, Susan, Theresa. All of their children named their kids basic Anglo names, too, except for my youngest uncle, who named his his kids Kelly, Erin and Brian — identifiably Irish names. I guess a lot of immigrants did that.

“Nancy” was a nickname for Anne in Irish American communities. Nobody (Irish) back then was ever given Nancy as a proper name. In some Italian American communities “Jimmy” was often a nickname for Vincent, and Pat was short for Pasquale.

by Anonymousreply 386Last Saturday at 1:02 PM

Sharon is kind of a trashy name. No one in my town had it.

Susan is a waste of breath. Only Ann has less personality.

by Anonymousreply 387Last Saturday at 1:11 PM

There is a special place in hell for Deirdre/Deidre- however the fuck you spell it.

by Anonymousreply 388Last Saturday at 1:18 PM

Stacey is a trashy old fashioned name. It’s mine and I’m male.

by Anonymousreply 389Last Saturday at 1:30 PM

R386 In my Italian neighborhood "Vinny" was always the nickname for Vincent.

by Anonymousreply 390Last Saturday at 1:33 PM

Dreary Deirdre.

by Anonymousreply 391Last Saturday at 8:18 PM

Never hear of Wilma and Betty these days.

by Anonymousreply 392Last Saturday at 9:56 PM

There was one Margaret in my class at school. It was old fashioned but she was the only girl with the name. There were countless Lynseys, Samanthas, Sophies and Natashas so all those 'unique' names (at that time) were common as muck at school. Margaret is versatile, it has so many diminutives that you can choose something you like. It isn't dated now like so many trendy names can put you immediately within a 5 year window.

The boys names were all Murray, Taylor etc., all the surnames as first names fashion. I got a traditional family name (one of the disciples, like everybody used to do). Me and Margaret had no doppelgangers.

by Anonymousreply 393Last Sunday at 11:35 AM

Mary Agnes





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by Anonymousreply 395Last Sunday at 12:00 PM

Kitty is adorable ... but practically no one's given that name outright. It's short for Katharine.

by Anonymousreply 396Last Sunday at 12:08 PM

Dorothy seems to be gone for good

by Anonymousreply 397Last Sunday at 6:47 PM

My co worker named her new little girl Alma. Her dog is named Lisa though.

by Anonymousreply 398Last Monday at 12:22 AM

Sofia is so common now in Mexico, I'm bored sick with that name. Is it the same in english speaking countries? Gladys seems to be a somewhat popular name as well considering how derided it is in the US. I don't mind it.

by Anonymousreply 399Last Monday at 1:06 AM

I feel like those "Christian Virtue" kinds of names that used to be popular in the 18th and 19th century will never make a comeback because they're hideous as well as tacky. Prudence, Chastity, Silence, Patience, Comfort, Mercy and Honor aren't names millennial hipsters are going to make popular but they used to be the Isabella, Lily and Ava of their time.

by Anonymousreply 400Last Monday at 1:14 AM

^ Isn't Honor pretty popular in Great Britiain? I think Jessica Alba has a daughter named Honor, too.

by Anonymousreply 401Last Monday at 7:16 AM

Constance has always held on, though never a top 10. Faith, Hope, Charity... some of them are fairly popular,

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