Name Forecast 2005: Endangered Species
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.
For contrarian parents, here's a selection of endangered standards showing comeback potential: