Name Forecast 2005: Endangered Species

Dec 18th 2004

A look ahead at the coming year in names. First stop: endangered species.

2005 should see some old standbys drop off the style horizon altogether. The names on the brink today are the familiar favorites of the '30s and '40s -- your parents and grandparents, friends and neighbors. These names that are so simple, so well known, that it's hard to think of them as rare birds. Yet that very familiarity has already pushed names like Joan and Betty into fashion oblivion. Parents want names that sound creative, not comfortable.

Heading out:

GIRLS
Ann
Carol
Janet
Joyce
Nancy

BOYS
Donald
Gene
Gerald
Glenn
Ray

For contrarian parents, here's a selection of endangered standards showing comeback potential:

GIRLS
Alice
Jane
June
Marian
Ruth

BOYS
Carl
Frederick
Lawrence
Hugh
Stuart

Comments

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 9, 2005 3:16 AM

Ray not ready for bustout potential? Hello? Ray Charles? Plus, my wife says she will eat her shoe if there aren't a bunch of baby Carols and baby Janets as soon as Carols' and Janets' grandkids start having babies.My pick for all but extinct: Sylvia.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 9, 2005 3:36 PM

We had a baby boy in 2004, and Stuart was on our shortlist. (We picked Duncan instead.) Interestingly, his six-year-old sister lobbied hard for Frederick, which never made it on the list.You may be on to something here....

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 12, 2005 10:17 PM

what about gladys did you ever think about that?

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 17, 2005 7:04 PM

we have 6 kids--1 boy, 5 girls. My dear hubby always lobbied for Ruth. ICK. The poor thing would always be known as ruthless. Plus with our last name of Krause it would not exactly flow like a river.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 19, 2005 2:42 AM

To the first comment, my aunt is Janet Carol. As long as a name remains in written form, it's not going to become extinct. This post is a bit ridiculous. Unpopular yes, extinct, no.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 20, 2005 2:52 AM

My grand-daughter was just named Anna Kathryn. I think that goes to show that Ann is not extinct.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 20, 2005 2:54 AM

What about names like George (not considering the Spanish counterpart) or like Mabel? Has anyone ever heard of someone near you named THAT?

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 20, 2005 6:59 PM

Sylvia and George are both on my short list. Everyone I talk to likes Sylvia, but argues against George as being too old. I think Sylvia has a lovely meaning (woodland), and George is a strong classic name that nobody else seems to have discovered.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 22, 2005 4:26 AM

How about Jesus Shaped Dildo?

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 22, 2005 4:22 PM

All seems different in England where there seems to big a more adventurous streak. Peolple love to use unusual names or old ones. My children are Oscar, Grace, Jasper, Theodore, Magnus and Hope - we've only ever had positive comments and the children have never been teased.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 23, 2005 4:33 AM

I never find my name: Raynette

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 23, 2005 7:36 PM

Dean should be added to one of those lists? We have a son due in 3 weeks and someone in the family stole our name a couple of weeks ago. It was going to be Alexander but we were going to call him Zander. We have no ideas now.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
February 24, 2005 7:16 PM

Look at Julia Robert she named both of her children names that fell off the list years ago. (Hazel& Phinius(sp?)) So it goes to show you that endangered is in the eye of the beholder.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
March 3, 2005 3:21 PM

Our son is now 33 and we called him Alastair Stuart Hamish, for our Scottish origins. Alastair after my father-in-law, Stuart because we both like it, and Hamish which is Gaelic for James (my husband's name). The initials in the order we named him spell ASH, my maiden name. Cute, eh? Anyway he goes by Stuart.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
March 7, 2005 12:10 PM

In England George is becoming a popular name again, as are other strong old fashioned names such as Harry or Harold.In contradiction to the comments about the names George and Sylvia, I've had the opposite reactions - George seems to be a popular name now, it is my cousin's name for one. But I really like the name Sylvia, but whenever I mention this people say they don't like it and it sounds too old!

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By Anonymous (not verified)
March 10, 2005 3:25 AM

What about those old 70's favourites, Wendy, Tracey and Cheryl? You don't meet many of those under the age of 30.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
March 18, 2005 2:55 PM

How can you think Ann will ever be out. Ann is perfect with all kinds of last names. It also works very well as a middle name. These poor kids that are stuck with wierd hard to pronounce and hard to spell names are someday going to wonder what their parents were thinking of!

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By Anonymous (not verified)
March 22, 2005 10:52 AM

I agree with the comment that the name is in the eye of the beholder. I came from siblings and cousins of good ole 70's names. Personally, they seem sorta boring for me to choose from now. None of us had the hippy names or the names after old or deceased relatives. I'm Carry Ann and have siblings Kelly Lynn etc...Ann, Lynn, Rose, Marie, Elizabeth those names will never be totally out even if there used more for the middle name. I like a wide variety of names but, My husband and I tend toward the less used and more unique names. We are on our 4th baby...due next month and have not settled on one. It looks like we may be having another boy. Our current names are all in the top 1,000 on this site. Chantz Logan, Brooke Tayler, and Peirce Joseph...although we have changed spellings because we enjoy the creative difference. It's an age to open our minds and embrace names!

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By Allan Smithee (not verified)
March 23, 2005 7:17 AM

Parents must exercise caution before applying such distinct names to an entire brood. For those in the UK, and those in the know, several of the names (Chantz Logan, Brooke Tayler, and Peirce Joseph) seem to have a rather chav-ish tone. See for mocking chav baby name generator.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
March 31, 2005 10:21 PM

What's wrong with George? It was good enough for our first and two of three of our last presidents!

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By Anonymous (not verified)
April 27, 2005 8:14 AM

Oh, please don't tell me Hugh is coming back. That's my son's name. We called our daughter Emma in 1990 when it wasn't popular and now I see it's the number 2 name. For the record we chose names that can be written both in English and Japanese Kanji.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
June 14, 2005 6:22 PM

My youngest child is named Kaysa Elisabet Maj, which in "American" means Katherine Elizabeth Pearl......in honor of my Swedish roots.....Kaysa can also be spelled Kajsa, Kaisa, or even Kasa. We have had all positive comments, probably since it is so easily pronounced with the KAYSA spelling...Britt in Maine

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By Anonymous (not verified)
June 22, 2005 7:34 AM

I hate boring names like Jane and Carol.Although i think they are not commenly used names i hate these types of names.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
June 24, 2005 2:13 PM

In the Catholic upper middle class school I graduated from in Upstate NY, the 1970 8th grade class had over 10 Barbaras in it. Over 10% of the class! If you were a college educated Catholic mom in the mid-1950s, that was the hot name for your baby girl. Fast forward: I went to college in the deep South. In 4 years, I met only one other Barbara. There used to be regional differences with names. Not many people discuss this. Also, Catholic parents have drifted away from saint names (except for Latinos) and this trend would be fascinating to plot.

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By Justine Case (not verified)
June 28, 2005 8:00 PM

Of course, Janet and Carol could make a comeback with tryndee, kreighaytyve spelling variations such as Jha'Nytte and Khareollhh. Or, they could be freshened up with the prefix "Ash" pasted to the front and the suffix "Lyn" slapped to the back--Ashjanetlyn or Ashcarolyn.Or, just give them a different spelling altogether: name your little girl Hortencia (pronounced Carol).

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By Justine Case (not verified)
June 29, 2005 7:38 AM

For the posters who thought Anna is the same as Anne...it ain't. It may be one syllable, but it makes a world of difference. Take, for instance, Mark and Marco, Carl and Carlo, Christina and Christine, Rosanna and Roseanne...you get the picture. Adding a vowel to the end usually makes an American standard more exotic sounding, and, thus, more fashionable. Hence, Anna is still fresh and girly, wheras Anne is a Gran.And speaking of Stuart...the "little boy" character on Mad TV, funny as he may be, has totally trashed that name for me. Completely.

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By Antoinette (not verified)
November 22, 2005 3:45 PM

Sylvia is second on my list! If I ever have another daughter I'm definately using it.Donald is cute but the others I won't really miss.

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By Anonymous (not verified)
March 24, 2006 2:11 AM

Hey!
I'm a fourteen yr old girl. I'm carrying identical twins! My babies are due around the middle of July. I'm wondering if I should find out the sex of the babies. But if their both girls I was thinking Emberlynn and Rhiannon. Boys maybe Jonas or Lyric. But if their a boy and a girl Owen and Oleidia. What do you guys think bout that names???

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By Blah (not verified)
November 2, 2006 6:02 PM

I love the names rhiannon and jonas by the way,
My best freinds called rhiannon and her boyfreinds jonas so its kind of wierd you say that.
Any way i got 4 kids
Kristof, Mikeal, Oscar and Melody and they dont get teased. common names never appealed to me or my husband but each to their own!

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By kate (not verified)
February 9, 2007 2:14 AM

ughh yea kate is the best name ever, it just cant go wrong. kate katie katherine kaitlyn and all that

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By bunkers (not verified)
February 9, 2007 2:17 AM

awsome names:

kate, nikki, jameson, matt, josh, tyler, chrissy, alyssa, tina, olivia, ava, isabella and all that good jazz

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By Liliana (not verified)
April 22, 2007 8:53 PM

hey, my cousin just had a baby girl named Natalie Kate, which I absolutely adore!! I also love the name Ryland Cooper. I like names that are cute, but not particularly common. I personally don't like any of the names on that list. sorry. :)

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By anonomous (not verified)
June 1, 2007 5:18 PM

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By Braden (not verified)
July 23, 2007 8:55 PM

braden is a lovly name!!

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By Braden (not verified)
July 23, 2007 8:55 PM

braden is a lovly name!!

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By Mick (not verified)
August 4, 2007 2:12 AM

Suggestions, please. Middle name ideas for a little guy whose first and last name will be Cooper Smith. Thanks!

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By anonomous (not verified)
November 3, 2007 5:48 PM

Mick, he should be named cooper bob smith. bye!

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By kye (not verified)
January 2, 2008 10:29 PM

i think kye is a lush name 4 a bairne thatz wot my baby boy is gonna b called

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By kye (not verified)
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i think kye is a lush name 4 a bairne thatz wot my baby boy is gonna b called

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