names coming back around

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When do you think Andrew will be popular again?

I have two Andrews very significant to me. It seems to have been quite popular around 1988-89.

How common is it now? Just musing really. Charlie was an "old" name when I was growing up and its adorable now.

Anyone with a baby Andrew on here? Any other names you would like to see make a comeback?

Oooh ds's middle name is Allan after my favourite cousin smile i wanted that as a first name but my aunt would get all giddy and annoy me (ha! Ooh my giddy aunt!)

sleepingbeautiful Mon 13-May-13 23:51:14

Surprisingly I've 2 babies called Desmond at Mum and tot groups recently.
DH's nephew is Jeremy.
The only other people I know with these names are in their 40s.
Also met a couple of little Louise/Louisas and the others I know are all in their 30s.

sleepingbeautiful Mon 13-May-13 23:53:10

I think Andrew will probably start being used again soon but it's not a faddy name so I imagine there's always a few.

TheSecondComing Mon 13-May-13 23:58:55

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SleepyCatOnTheMat Tue 14-May-13 08:45:58

Some great names on here. My pre-school DS loves the name Desmond! To him it is funky and cool. I've always liked Deborah/Debbie, and about a year ago, after always thinking of it as a boring old man's name, I had a revelation regarding Alan. It's simple, classic and clean.

Kikithecat Tue 14-May-13 08:50:28

Although lots of granny/grandad names have come back into fashion I wonder if there are some that no one will ever want to revive. Doris? Edna? Doreen? -

forgetmenots Tue 14-May-13 08:53:10

I know a baby Martin,which struck me as really retro.

I know a teenage Martin. It really doesnt "fit" him for some reason.

I have heard of a baby Agnes. IMO thats a step too far.

farmersdaughter Tue 14-May-13 09:27:03

I'm longing to met a baby John. I think it's a brilliant name.

I have a cousin called Sarah, she's 2, I also know a baby Laura too.

Wonder when Stephanie, Rebecca, Louise and Cheryl will return wink primary school in the 80's! I through Cheryl was so cool as her name was really 'fun' blush

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Tue 14-May-13 09:57:48

DS has a (really retro) name mentioned on this thread. He's 4. He's known by a diminutive, and is always the only one in any context - playgroup, kindy, activities, etc. grin

He has an instantly recognisable, known name, but I can categorically state that he will never need to add his surname initial to his name to differentiate himself!

JennyEnglish Tue 14-May-13 10:11:48

My son's class sounds like Ivykaty44's list. His name is not a current name either.

yes cremeeggthief, Sarah is still fairly popular for young girls in Ireland and so is Rachel. Two names that would be considered more dated in the UK? In the UK there are a lot of Hannahs but here that is spread between Hannah and Rachel. I think Rachel is about the 6th most popular name here (??) and not so popular in the uk.

Claire needs to rest for a while longer! jmo

LeonieDeSainteVire Tue 14-May-13 10:24:57

Both my boys have names popular (very!) in the 60s/70s - I love the names, everyone knows them, easy to spell etc but not so commonly used nowadays. They are statistically unlikely to be at school with more than 1 of that name however DS1 did end up with another of the same name in his reception class and now has two others in his scout troup so you can never be certain of anything. But I didn't pick them for the rarity value so it doesn't matter.

I generally get very positive comments about their names especially from the innumerable adult men with the same names I meet who are delighted to see their names being used again. When I call either boy at the park usually several dads turn round to see who is calling them smile

JennyEnglish Tue 14-May-13 10:27:11

Yeh, my son has a name like that Leonie, I was coming out of a shop recently and I shouted 70'sname, hold my hand! and this fat bald bloke of a bout fifty pointed out himself and looked a bit startled!

StellaNova Tue 14-May-13 12:42:01

In my 80s school year of 90 children there was: Sarah A, Sarah B, Sarah C, Sara C, Sarah D, Sarah K and Sarah T. My cousin is also Sarah.

see, this is where Scotland is different - i know children called Andrew, Robert, Alan, Martin, Craig, Sean, Peter, John, Mark, Stephen, Alistair, Michael and Paul - most of the male names mentioned here. I'm not so up on girls as I have boys so thinking of their friends etc. Pretty sure I've heard a Sarah or two though.

I can also add: James, Anthony, Nicholas, David, Matthew and Gordon - all under 12.

TheSecondComing Tue 14-May-13 13:00:45

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SleepyCatOnTheMat Tue 14-May-13 13:56:07

I've come across quite a few babies and teenagers called Agnes. Don't forget this was an incredibly popular name in the UK at one time, up there with, Sarah, Elizabeth and Anne.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Tue 14-May-13 14:00:01

Sorry, with Sarah, Elizabeth and Anne.

idiot55 Tue 14-May-13 17:37:05

Im in Scotland Soontobe, and I see a lot of young kids in my job, but perhaps have only seen a couple of roberts, odd Mark, odd David, a phillip but none of the rest Im sure.

I haven't seen a lot of each, but all the names are in my sons circle or are neighbours kids - so a group of "normal" names all being used currently. Presume they are after parents/grandparents.

Happiestinwellybobs Tue 14-May-13 20:02:25

DD's name has been mentioned a couple of times on here. I didn't want an outrageous name nor one that was so common either. I was always the only one in my class with my name - even though it often comes up as a 'typical 70s' name, and I liked it that way.

People do pass comment on DD's name - never in a negative way (well not to my face anyway), but usually to say they haven't heard it in years smile

olivertheoctopus Tue 14-May-13 22:31:38

I know of a baby Andrew born within the last few months. My DH and Dad are both Andrew so will prob be used as a middle name for this baby.

emmyloo2 Wed 15-May-13 07:03:52

We are going to name this baby due in 10 days time, Alison, which I think is quite a retro name, probably not quite yet due to be revived. We are doing so after my late aunty. We really liked the family connection and we actually think it's a pretty name, with the nickname Ally. I am expecting some hmm looks though. I have thought long and hard (and posted a lot) on other choices which are more "now" but we ultimately decided that honouring my Mum's sister was really important.

She will be Alison Catherine.

harryhausen Wed 15-May-13 07:27:45

I'm a 70's girl and a Sarah. When I was in college my 3 close friends were also called Sarah. We just grin laugh about it. I don't know any now.

Seriously, whoever said that the 'unusual' names now are the Andrews, Simons, Paul's, John's etc. I know of none at my dcs school. Not one.

I have a Lucy. When I named her it was just in the top 10. I got a few comments about the name being a bit 'dull' or common ( yes really!). Now she's older, she's the only one in the school.

The age old idea - go with what you like, is really true. We also have a ds with one of the most common names around. The name is meaningful to our family so we went with it anyway. Also, if I laughed off all my 'Sarah' friends I'm sure my ds could cope.

Andrew is a lovely name.

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