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The "What's In A Name?" thread got me thinking about how certain names go out of fashion. I just looked at the list of most popular names from 2021 and was pretty surprised at how low on the list the names of my generation have fallen. From my perspective, we had fairly common names that I imagined would be popular indefinitely. Nope. The current top 20 names include a few of us but many, many more are apparently uncool. Old guys, see where you fall in this excerpt from the list:

The Top 20:
1. Liam
2. Noah
3. Oliver
4. Elijah
5. James
6. William
7. Benjamin
8. Lucas
9. Henry
10. Theodore
11. Jack
12. Levi
13. Alexander
14. Jackson
15. Mateo
16. Daniel
17. Michael
18. Mason
19. Sebastian
20. Ethan

Where the usual names of the 50s and 60s now fall:
213. Eric
214. Patrick
215. Peter
216. Richard
217. Edward

257. Paul
258. Kenneth

486. Gregory

523. Phillip

529. Allen

535. Bruce

578. Lawrence

592. Donald

597. Keith

607. Scott

693. Dennis

698. Lee

739. Douglas

782. Wayne

804. Darren

836. Allan

896. Robin

900. Alfred

904. Gary

927. Carl

962. Harold

Gerald didn't make the top 1000 names list last year. Neither did Jerome. But Anakin is #644...
 

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Looking to see what Germany favoured, I was surprised to note that all the top ten female names end with an "a"
As far as my name goes, 60 years ago there were not many Benjamin's, but for quite a while now it has been a popular name, and in the top 10.
1. Emilia1. Noah
2. Hannah/ Hanna2. Matt(h)eo/ Mat(h)eo
3. Sophia/ Sofia3. Leon
4. Emma4. Finn
5. Mia5. Paul
6. Mila6. Luca/ Luka
7. Lina7. Elias
8. Ella8. Emil
9. Klara/ Clara9. Felix
10. Lea/ Leah10. Louis/ Luis
 

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Wait a minute. That list does not explain all the Jeremys we seem to be infested with.
Justin, Jeremy, Jason, Jordan- I probably missed some, but those J's ruled for years, mostly (if I recall- which I wouldn't bet on) in the 90's. Derick Derek Daric etc. would probably be higher if any two people spelled it the same way.
 

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There's a guy at work named Jaryde. Pronounced just like "Jared." Born in the 90s!

Some parents...

My other half used to teach a kid called "Jorj", pronounced "George", in a little school (about thirty kids) in a tiny village in rural Wales. One can only assume the parents went for a fun mix of Jorge and George and got it all wrong. Likewise there is a girl in this area named "Porsche". Presumably her folks had heard the name Portia but hadn't read The Merchant of Venice.
 

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A Dorcas rennaissance is waaaay overdue.
When I worked in historic interpretation, we called all the (1851) female household help Dorcas.
My other half used to teach a kid called "Jorj", pronounced "George", in a little school (about thirty kids) in a tiny village in rural Wales. One can only assume the parents went for a fun mix of Jorge and George and got it all wrong. Likewise there is a girl in this area named "Porsche". Presumably her folks had heard the name Portia but hadn't read The Merchant of Venice.
Hadn’t seen Fish Called Wanda either, apparently.
 

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My birth name is still (always) in the top 20, which is one reason I shunned it. My current name is rarely above 900 in popularity. I win.
 

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The "What's In A Name?" thread got me thinking about how certain names go out of fashion. I just looked at the list of most popular names from 2021 and was pretty surprised at how low on the list the names of my generation have fallen. From my perspective, we had fairly common names that I imagined would be popular indefinitely. Nope. The current top 20 names include a few of us but many, many more are apparently uncool. Old guys, see where you fall in this excerpt from the list:

The Top 20:
1. Liam
2. Noah
3. Oliver
4. Elijah
5. James
6. William
7. Benjamin
8. Lucas
9. Henry
10. Theodore
11. Jack
12. Levi
13. Alexander
14. Jackson
15. Mateo
16. Daniel
17. Michael
18. Mason
19. Sebastian
20. Ethan

Where the usual names of the 50s and 60s now fall:
213. Eric
214. Patrick
215. Peter
216. Richard
217. Edward

257. Paul
258. Kenneth

486. Gregory

523. Phillip

529. Allen

535. Bruce

578. Lawrence

592. Donald

597. Keith

607. Scott

693. Dennis

698. Lee

739. Douglas

782. Wayne

804. Darren

836. Allan

896. Robin

900. Alfred

904. Gary

927. Carl

962. Harold

Gerald didn't make the top 1000 names list last year. Neither did Jerome. But Anakin is #644...
My name was Never Popular.
It is still unpopular.
YEP!!!
 

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The "What's In A Name?" thread got me thinking about how certain names go out of fashion. I just looked at the list of most popular names from 2021 and was pretty surprised at how low on the list the names of my generation have fallen. From my perspective, we had fairly common names that I imagined would be popular indefinitely. Nope. The current top 20 names include a few of us but many, many more are apparently uncool. Old guys, see where you fall in this excerpt from the list:

The Top 20:
1. Liam
2. Noah
3. Oliver
4. Elijah
5. James
6. William
7. Benjamin
8. Lucas
9. Henry
10. Theodore
11. Jack
12. Levi
13. Alexander
14. Jackson
15. Mateo
16. Daniel
17. Michael
18. Mason
19. Sebastian
20. Ethan
Nice. In my day, a boy would be bullied simply for being named Oliver, Noah, Lucas, Henry, Ethan, Mason, Sebastian, etc. Went to school with a kid named Sherman who was teased mercilessly from the second grade on because of his name. Glad things are evolving. P.S. I should Google him to see how he turned out.
 

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Ya it use to be many old New Testament names. Now some unique ones If they would spell them right. And then came Zappa.
 

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Nice. In my day, a boy would be bullied simply for being named Oliver, Noah, Lucas, Henry, Ethan, Mason, Sebastian, etc. Went to school with a kid named Sherman who was teased mercilessly from the second grade on because of his name. Glad things are evolving. P.S. I should Google him to see how he turned out.
No kidding. Ethan is a stupid name!

-Ethan
 

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Always an interesting topic in our marriage. My wife's name is Isolde. After still angry with her deceased parents' name for her, she's not happy that our twins' names got popular since they were born. At the core, she doesn't like to stand out but, has had the name and good looks that have given her unwanted attention.
 




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