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The baby names headed for extinction…

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
August 21st, 2019

If there’s anything we’ve learned about baby names over the years, it’s that they’re just like flares… they’ll dip in and out of fashion through the decades. When I was a kid growing up in the 80’s, my name was one of a handful that reigned supreme in primary schools across the country – Melissa. Ugh, I always hated the bogan genericness of my name, as I’m sure the many Louises, Kylies, Kathys, Rebeccas and Belindas I grew up with did too.

Classics like Alexandra, Ava, Olivia and Charlotte will always get a run… but the Leannes and the Craigs?  According to the Office of National Statistics in the UK, there’s a list of names that are on the endangered list, and it seems they’re as dead and buried as the stirrup pants and fluro leg warmers we rocked back in the day.

Catch ya later Kristy and Jodie…

The Girls:

  1. Kirsty
  2. Shannon
  3. Danielle
  4. Gemma
  5. Jodie
  6. Lauren
  7. Jadie
  8. Rhiannon
  9. Ashleigh
  10. Chelsea
  11. Leanne
  12. Samantha
  13. Hayley
  14. Rachael/Rachel

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The Boys:

A national treasure – Shane Keith Warne

  1. Craig
  2. Jordan
  3. Kieran
  4. Scott
  5. Ashley
  6. Shane
  7. Shaun
  8. Sean
  9. Andrew
  10. Christopher
  11. Curtis
  12. Dean
  13. Connor
  14. Callum

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On the other end of the spectrum, there’s the list of the most popular names of 2019 so far, courtesy of Nameberry. It’s no surprise that many timeless classics are in the list, as well as some more recent celeb baby name inspo (we’re looking at you, Archie).

The Girls:

  1. Isla
  2. Olivia
  3. Aurora
  4. Ada
  5. Charlotte
  6. Amara
  7. Maeve
  8. Cora
  9. Amelia
  10. Posie
  11. Luna
  12. Ophelia
  13. Ava
  14. Rose
  15. Eleanor

King Archie

The Boys:

  1. Archie
  2. Milo
  3. Asher
  4. Jasper
  5. Silas
  6. Theodore
  7. Atticus
  8. Jack
  9. Aarav
  10. Finn
  11. Oliver
  12. Felix
  13. Henry
  14. Wyatt
  15. Aryan

We had a hilarious chat about the worst baby names ever on a recent ep of Show+Telling. Listen in below and subscribe here.

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