The Baby Names That Could Retire This Year

The Baby Names That Could Retire This Year

If you’re searching for alternative baby names, it’s time to add the likes of Doris, Carol and Wendy to your list.

In fact, lots of classic names from the 1950s and 1960s are set to become extinct later this year, because they are becoming less and less common. Babycentre research has tracked name data from 3 million UK moms this year and outlines which names previously popular in former decades, are yet to be used by any parents on their database this year.

Here are the names yet to be registered in 2017:

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

It may not seem the obvious option, but if new parents want to make sure their baby has a name that stands out from the crowd this year, perhaps they should look to names like Paula, Debra and Elaine that were popular in the 60s, 70s and 80s for girls. For boys, names that peaked in popularity as early as the turn of the last century – like Cyril, Horace and Bertram could be unique choices.

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