50s and 60s name extinction – say it isn’t so!

Timeless names. Where would expectant parents be without them? Yep when it comes to naming our little bundles of joy what could be a better honour than taking on the moniker of Hollywood icons past and present.

50s and 60s name extinction

But all that could be set to change, if the findings from the latest name-based research is to be believed. Yep if you thought your name had survived the cull you’d be wrong!

BabyCentre have pulled together a list of boys and girls names that are at risk of becoming ‘extinct’ this year!

The list is made up of names which haven’t been registered on the company’s website yet in 2017.

Unlike one of the most popular girl’s names so far this year – Olivia – these are the baby girl names going out of fashion and facing extinction:


  • Cilla
  • Bertha
  • Cynthia
  • Janice
  • Anita
  • Marcia
  • Mildred
  • Dorothy
  • Edna
  • Bonnie
  • Cindy (Sindy)
  • Donna
  • Gail
  • Karen

The most popular boy’s name at the moment is Noah, but this male names are quickly falling out of fashion in favour of more modern monikers:


  • Ian (Iain)
  • Frank
  • Clarence
  • Ricky
  • Edmund
  • Gus
  • Roger
  • Bertram
  • Clive
  • Ronald

Earlier this year, more figures from The Baby Centre – which analysed its database of 3 million UK mums, all of whom have given birth this year – found that 36 popular names from the ’50s and ’60s could also be at risk of extinction!

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Sarah Redshaw, managing editor at BabyCentre, said: “We see names rise and fall in popularity over the years but some names do fall out of favour completely.

“So, if you are looking for a unique name for your baby that won’t be shared with lots of other children then maybe Cilla or Clarence should be on your list” she added.

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50s and 60s name extinction – here’s full list:

  • Angela
  • Bertram
  • Beverley
  • Cecil
  • Carol
  • Clarence
  • Clive
  • Cyril
  • Debra
  • Diane
  • Donna
  • Dean
  • Doris
  • Dennis
  • Derek
  • Duncan
  • Elaine
  • Ernest
  • Geoffrey
  • Horace
  • Joanne
  • Leonard
  • Maureen
  • Malcolm
  • Nigel
  • Neville
  • Paula
  • Roy
  • Sally
  • Sandra
  • Sharon
  • Sheila
  • Tracey
  • Wendy
  • Yvonne
  • Wayne

We’re keeping out fingers crossed that this doesn’t play out. We’ve always dreamed of being a modern day Doris Day! What a legend she was!