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Baby names since 1904

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Persistentdonor Thu 28-Nov-19 10:08:27

How popular in the UK was your name at the time of your birth?
Mine has never been in the top 100. sad
As light relief you might want to play on here for a few minutes.

Tedber Thu 28-Nov-19 10:32:11

Good fun - apparently mine has never been in top 100 either
sad Doesn't really surprise me as my mum always strove for originality and was disappointed in my choice of kids' names as she regarded them as common. I would say more 'popular' than 'common' grin

now we will all be busy sussing out each others names ha ha

Persistentdonor Thu 28-Nov-19 10:37:38

Probably will Tedber.... what set me off was hearing "love grows where my Rosemary goes" played on the radio, and wondering if that song increased popularity of the name, as I know a few "of a certain age".
But nothing conclusive there!

Anniebach Thu 28-Nov-19 10:38:33

Mine was quite popular in 1905 !

MiniMoon Thu 28-Nov-19 10:54:34

My name last featured in the top 100 in 1904.
It disappeared completely, but may be making a comeback.
I don't think it will ever be popular again though. I've always disliked my name.

Teetime Thu 28-Nov-19 10:54:38

Mine was the most popular in the year I was born- probably why there were four of us in the same class at primary school although I was named for my grandmother.

Calendargirl Thu 28-Nov-19 10:58:04

Shouldn’t think mine has ever been anywhere in any poll except at the bottom, as it’s a boring name, not old enough to be trendy, not modern enough to be current, just a non descript unfashionable name. Have never liked it.

Auntieflo Thu 28-Nov-19 10:58:40

Mine has never been in the top ten.
Neither has our DD's
DH has, also DS1 and DS2

Callistemon Thu 28-Nov-19 10:59:01

That was interesting, Tedber, thanks smile

I was interested to see that DS's name has been consistently popular - except that it took a big dip about the time he was born!
I must have been bucking the trend.

Chestnut Thu 28-Nov-19 10:59:31

Brilliant! Thanks for that. My granddaughter doesn't appear in the top 100 at all, and it was also my mother's name. My name was popular at the time of my birth, not any more. I guess in many cases you can tell the age of a person by their name! Interesting to scroll down and see which names were once popular, then dropped out, but have now made a comeback.

Lindylou51 Thu 28-Nov-19 11:15:18

There was a great monologue by Alan Bennett some years ago talking about fashionable names. The residents of the care home were all called Albert, Walter, Ethel, Maud etc only to be replaced years hence by Darren, Chardonnay and the like. Hilarious!!

Persistentdonor Thu 28-Nov-19 11:46:44

Chestnut Exactly so! That's why I posted. My son's names were very popular at the time of their births - though not the reasons they were chosen, but with some names people might almost wear a badge declaring the year they were born.
I know of a lass named Raven, unique I think.

Grannybags Thu 28-Nov-19 12:09:18

How interesting!

My name has never been in the top 10 but it has if spelt without the e on the end that mine has...

Neither of my granddaughters names have been in the top 100

ninathenana Thu 28-Nov-19 12:19:12

Neither of my forenames are listed.

I remember meeting someone I'd worked with who had just had a baby, this was 1987 (year my first was born) and she'd called him Jack. I had to control my surprise as it was unusual then.
So many Jacks in our generation and our GC's

J52 Thu 28-Nov-19 12:42:23

Mine didn’t appear until the 1940s, peaked in the 1950s and has been forgotten about since 1960.
I don’t like it so I’m not surprised!!

GrandmaMoira Thu 28-Nov-19 13:40:28

My name's not there. I did think it was popular around the time I was born as there three of us in my year at school.

Charleygirl5 Thu 28-Nov-19 13:50:43

My name was never in the top 100- if it was heard now, it would not be classed as an "old lady's" name.

Grannycool52 Thu 28-Nov-19 14:53:35

Seems mine peaked in 1960, which rather dates me!

NotTooOld Thu 28-Nov-19 15:07:57

Mine has never been in the top 100, either, and I'm not surprised.

BBbevan Thu 28-Nov-19 15:46:18

My name is vaguely popular now. Until I was about 50 I never met or heard of anyone with the same name . I was born in 1944. I never knew where my parents got it from

Auntieflo Thu 28-Nov-19 15:55:33

I think that the eldest daughter, from the programme 'Our Yorkshire Farm', was named Raven.

LadyGracie Thu 28-Nov-19 16:06:35

My name has never been popular but DH’s 3 christian names have always been.

rosenoir Thu 28-Nov-19 16:47:39

My name is not popular but interesting to see the most popular birth date is the 26th September, 39 weeks 2 days after christmas.

Missfoodlove Thu 28-Nov-19 16:55:58

I hated my name, until my beautiful granddaughter was given it as a middle name. Somehow now it feels far more acceptable.

LullyDully Thu 28-Nov-19 17:53:04

When I was at school there were 6 of us with my name. Don't think there are any now due to a certain prime minister.