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  • Arran
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    Younger Hong Kong Chinese people often have names that were popular in England in the first half of the 20th century although it's less common amongst the Singapore Chinese community. In mainland China English names are becoming quite fashionable but it's common for parents to give names to their kids like Cinderella or Rollex that hardly anybody is called in England because they are often not aware of what is a recognised name and what isn't.

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  • Richard1978
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    I've noticed a few older names have stayed popular with certain ethnic groups.

    It must be confusing if you have a name like Zara Butt.

    When my Brother was presented with his diploma some students on his course were from Hong Kong. I remember a few names you have expected from someone twice their age, Nancy & Irene come to mind.

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  • Arran
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    Adam took off as a baby name with Muslim families in Britain in the late 1980s and had become quite popular in the 1990s despite it being quite a rare name in the Middle East and Pakistan. There were a few Muslims called Adam at my schools. It sometimes caused a bit of confusion or intrigue amongst the teachers.

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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by Arran View Post
    Adam and Daniel - Became popular in the 70s then peaked in the 80s and 90s but are still quite popular today. Adam is a bit interesting.
    It is interesting considering that Adam comes from the bible - i.e. it is thousands of years old. A few years ago, a young mother commented that she wasn't going to call her son Tony because it was so old fashioned. So she decided to call him Adam instead - a name that is even older than Tony, I assume.

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  • Richard1978
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    Originally posted by Arran View Post
    Dean and Lee became popular in the 60s but lost popularity in the late 80s and late 90s respectively.



    Are you referring to the names that were very common during the Edwardian era that fell out of fashion in the mid to late 20th century but have been experiencing a revival in recent years?
    A bit like that, though not even as long ago as Edwardian times.

    While George has become more popular in the last decade, it seemed to be rare for under 40s in the 1980s-90s.

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  • victorbrunswick
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    I remember only one kid named Simon in elementary school. He lived down the street from me and he was from the UK. His dad worked for the British consulate.

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  • Arran
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    Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
    There seemed to be a few names that became popular in the 1960s but by the 1990s had become a bit "Essex Boy"
    Dean and Lee became popular in the 60s but lost popularity in the late 80s and late 90s respectively.

    Some names seem to be in 2 camps thanks to having 2 periods of popularity with different demographics.
    Are you referring to the names that were very common during the Edwardian era that fell out of fashion in the mid to late 20th century but have been experiencing a revival in recent years?

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  • Arran
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    Dale – Not all that common but very 80s.

    Justin – It was supposed to be a trendy name in the late 70s and early 80s.

    Ross – A very 80s and 90s name but became less common after 2000.

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  • Richard1978
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    There seemed to be a few names that became popular in the 1960s but by the 1990s had become a bit "Essex Boy"

    Names, Jason, Garry, Wayne, Glenn etc.

    Some names seem to be in 2 camps thanks to having 2 periods of popularity with different demographics.

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  • Arran
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    Almost every primary school class in the 1970s and 80s would have contained boys with these names:

    Matthew - became popular in the 70s then peaked in the 80s and 90s but became less common after 2000.
    Nicholas / Nick A very 70s and 80s name that lost popularity in the late 90s.
    Craig Another name associated with the 70s and 80s that lost popularity in the 90s.
    Stuart and Simon Fairly common 60s and 70s names that lost popularity in the late 80s.
    Jonathan - Almost everyone with this name was born in the 70s, 80s, and 90s but it lost popularity after 2000.
    Adrian Became popular in the 1950s but declined in the late 1970s and became uncommon after 1990.
    Samuel / Sam Uncommon before 1970 but rose in popularity over the next 20 years and is still popular today.
    Benjamin / Ben Another name that suddenly became popular in the 1970s and peaked around 2000.
    Adam and Daniel - Became popular in the 70s then peaked in the 80s and 90s but are still quite popular today. Adam is a bit interesting.
    Nathan Seemed to come in some time in the 70s then really took off in the 80s but declined in popularity after 2000.
    Martin Common in the 70s but declined in popularity in the late 80s and became rare after 2000.
    Jason Uncommon before 1960 then peaked in the 70s but declined in the 80s and 90s.

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  • victorbrunswick
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    Originally posted by Arran View Post
    There are thousands of saints many of which have names I have never even heard of.
    I've always liked the name Botolph.
    There's a St Botolph's Church, an East London landmark.

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  • Arran
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    Originally posted by Richard1978 View Post
    My Mum reckons the names of saints were popular for boys in the mid-late 1970s, certainly I know a lot of people born around then with Biblical names.
    There are thousands of saints many of which have names I have never even heard of. Andrew and David were popular names in the 1970s. Patrick less so but more popular with parents of Irish origin. George had become a bit unpopular during the 1970s. Biblical names seem more common with boys rather than girls. It's interesting how some Biblical names are very common but others are quite rare.

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  • Richard1978
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    My Mum reckons the names of saints were popular for boys in the mid-late 1970s, certainly I know a lot of people born around then with Biblical names.

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  • zabadak
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    My name is Mark. As far as I can tell, it wasn't widely used before I was born but came into vogue at that time (no idea why) so I've met several around about my age!

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  • Mulletino
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    It was tradition in my Dad's family that the firstborn be called George, he was a George, his father was, his grandfather was etc. He broke the trend though as he didn't like his name growing up (during the war) as it was also his grandad's name (who was very strict). It was also when the name was the least popular going by that chart!
    I gave my firstborn son the middle name George to bring back the tradition, when I told my dad he told me he always regretted not using it even as a middle name (neither me or my siblings have middle names).

    When I was at an Engineering Training Centre in the late 80s "Matt" was the most popular name, there were about 5 in a group of about 20 people, John was the next popular.

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