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    Not sure which part of the forum to put this, but I shall try this part...

    It's amazing how names go into fashion and go out of fashion just as quickly.

    My own name of George was probably one of the least fashionable when I was born back in 1978, and I suppose the only George who was doing the rounds back then were Brian Murphy's character in George and Mildred.

    I bet that pirate radio had made the name Caroline popular in the mid 1960s, and Kylie and Jason's names became popular in the late 1980s for all the obvious reasons. Louise Brown's IVF birth in 1978 probably made that name popular as well.

    I have noticed that women's names go out of fashion a lot more quickly than men's names do. The number of monarchs and Archbishops of Canterbury with familiar names from centuries ago such as Henry, William and Simon just don't feel alien to a present-day person - and Johns, Davids, and Peters have remained neutral in the same respect, although they have gone down the list of popular names in recent years.

    Who would name their baby girl Edna, Gertrude or Doris these days, for example? I doubt that anyone would have since the Second World War.

    I was watching on YouTube a children's game show from around 1983 and two of the teenage boy's names were Keith and Alan, which are not surprisingly, names that I would associate with being-middle aged men these days.

    And I remember this young boy asking his mother or gran whether he will have the same name when he is elderly, or whether he will be called Percy or some name like that.

    I am basically talking about names that were popular and fashionable in the 1970s and 1980s, and are probably not so popular nowadays. Perhaps there was a flurry of them born at the same time, and one shared a school year or even a class with a multiple number of people with the same name. Why indeed do names go out of fashion?

    But then, what's in a name as they say?
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    My Dad's name was George (he was born in 1928 though) and I knew a couple of Georges in school. By far the most popular boys name when I was growing up was probably Jeff. I knew at least half a dozen Jeffs. Other popular boys names were Alan, Brian, David, Greg, Michael, Sean, and Scott. As for the girls the most popular names were Allison, Cheryl, Deborah, Denise, Michelle and Stephanie. With Cheryl and Deborah being the most common.

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    My aunt's name is Jocelyn; rarely used today

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    Quote Originally Posted by victorbrunswick View Post
    My Dad's name was George (he was born in 1928 though) and I knew a couple of Georges in school. By far the most popular boys name when I was growing up was probably Jeff. I knew at least half a dozen Jeffs. Other popular boys names were Alan, Brian, David, Greg, Michael, Sean, and Scott. As for the girls the most popular names were Allison, Cheryl, Deborah, Denise, Michelle and Stephanie. With Cheryl and Deborah being the most common.
    That's interesting - my father was also called George as I was, and he was born in 1920, and I looked at this graph that showed that boys called George was at such a high point back then. You may be interested at looking at this:



    Look at how uncommon my name was when I was born! I am also certain that I got laughs in the playground because of it in the 1980s.
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    Also, there was one other George in Junior school, but I was the only one at Comprehensive school.
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    And I remember hearing about burglars targeting elderly people because they had "old-sounding" names.
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    Sometimes names become fashionable because of people and events. There were a number of people called Neil in the 1970s, supposedly named because of Neil Armstrong.
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    I've noticed most Nadias in the UK were born after 1976.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    I am basically talking about names that were popular and fashionable in the 1970s and 1980s, and are probably not so popular nowadays. Perhaps there was a flurry of them born at the same time, and one shared a school year or even a class with a multiple number of people with the same name. Why indeed do names go out of fashion?
    Are you referring to names that were very popular in the 1980s but have become less popular in more recent years (like Michael, Richard, and Paul) or names that were moderately popular in the 1980s but have almost completely died (like Gary and Nigel)?

    It's interesting how some uncommon or localised names become very popular. Callum is a common name for kids of the 1990s and 2000s – even in the south of England - but almost every baby called Callum in the 1970s was born north of the Antonine wall and it wasn't all that common there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arran View Post
    Are you referring to names that were very popular in the 1980s but have become less popular in more recent years (like Michael, Richard, and Paul) or names that were moderately popular in the 1980s but have almost completely died (like Gary and Nigel)?
    Yes, in a way - I was referring to names that were popular within the scope of this forum - i.e. 1970s and 1980s. There was a Gary in my class in Junior School.

    Funny you should mention that name - I have someone in my family called Callum and he was born in 1992 - for some reason, I think of Callum as a footballer's name these days. When my family chose his name, we thought that it had a Celtic (with K sound), and perhaps Scottish or Irish feel to it, which I believe is the origin of that name.
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