While some baby names are rising up the popularity lists, others are on a slippery slope … to apparent extinction.
The UK’s Office for National Statistics just released their list of the least popular baby names that are set to become ‘extinct’ this year, and with names like Christopher and Andrew getting the chop, it’s clear the world is venturing into a brave new era of baby names.
Boys names that are becoming extinct:
Girls names that are becoming extinct:
I think we all can count people called Lauren, Scott, Rachel and Jordan in our list of friends and acquaintances … in fact, all the names on this list seem like they were on the ‘popular’ list not that long ago.
What does that say about our baby name trends? Are they moving faster than ever – with people always keen to find the next unique moniker rather than choosing a more common name?
The Aussie Edit
Admittedly, the Australian version of this list looks very different – though we’ll point out that neither Andrew or Christopher, Lauren or Samantha make the top 100 baby names list anymore.
The top names becoming extinct in Australia are:
From this short list alone it seems we’re moving away from Bruce and Sheila and heading fast towards Atticus and Aria.
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Just imagine what our children’s children will be calling their children!
So what names are popular?
Australia might be losing its Sharons and Traceys – but we’re getting a whole lot more of these:
And for boys? Australia’s ditching the Darrens and Daryls in favour of:
What do you think? Are you keen to bring back any of these names from ‘extinction’?