Is there such a thing as "extinct" names which will never be used again? When my son was born some 35 years ago (in the heyday of Heather), I would have said that these names would never be fashionable again: Emma, Ruby, Sadie, Sophie, Phoebe, Hazel, Mabel--and I would have been wrong. Whoever compiled the names in this article does not have her finger on the pulse, because some of the names she lists are well on their way, e.g., Beatrice, Josephine, Eleanor, Rose (gee, Rose is everywhere albeit usually in the middle). I even heard of a young Barbie recently.
Are (some of) these names (e.g., Mildred, Blanche, Agatha, Ethel, Gertrude) so 'bad' that we will really never see them again? These names are the names of my mother's generation. My mother was Sylvia Eleanor, her sisters Blanche and Mildred, her cousin Gertrude. So this is the great-grandmother generation, and I expect we will be seeing at least some of these names rolling around again. Phyllis? Opal? (If Ruby and to some extent Pearl, why not Opal?) Gretchen?
I would say never say never.
Sun, 01/19/2014 - 2:01pm