If you’ve been debating whether to call your child Soda or Seven just to be original, it might not be a bad idea to consider resorting back to some more traditional names that are soon to be extinct in the U.K.
BabyCentre, a website that tracks baby names from over three million moms in the U.K., recently discovered about 36 names have not yet been registered in their database.
These names were reportedly once popular, but now seem to be losing their appeal amongst new parents, according to the Independent.
As the website notes, boy names like Dean, Derek, Geoffrey, Neville and Wayne aren’t getting the same love they used to. As for girls, names like Angela, Debra, Diane, Elaine and Paula are close to disappearing completely.
But you still have until the end of the year to save these names from only belonging to people who were born in the ‘60s.
Every year, there are new names popping up and old names falling off. Back in 2015, Statista released some interesting infographics that revealed a group of names that were once popular in 1996 and had significantly dropped in their rankings.
Boy names like Craig and Macauley, which were some of the most popular names in ‘96, suddenly became unpopular in 2013, while girl names like Stacey and Kirsty don’t hold up the same as they used to back in the ‘90s.
Now if you’re one of those people who wants a “unique” name for your kid, try looking at some of the most popular names from previous years as well as the most unusual names. Some of the most popular names for girls last year, according to BabyCentre, were Olivia, Lily, Sophia and Emily.
Meanwhile, some of the most unusual names were along the lines of Alaska, Jupiter, Paizlee, Daxten, Kruze, Oz and Marvel.
No data has been released yet for Canada this year, but considering how closely our lists compare to the U.K. we can only assume that some of the more traditional names will also be facing extinction here in our country too.
So go ahead, pick the name that you love the most. Just remember that with your help, you can save a name from going the way of the Dodo bird.
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