Babycentre keeps us up to date on the lists of most popular baby names, trends that are coming up and anything else you might want to know when you are choosing a name for your new arrival. This latest list is a little sad though, as it's a list of names that we have fallen out of love with, names that are at risk of dying out as they are getting to be so unpopular.
These are names that have no babies registered with them so far this year, so thee could be none at all for 2016 if the pattern continues. I'm talking about you Diane, Sandra, Clive and Nigel.
A list like this is wonderful for parents who wish to buck the trends so that their child will never have to be distinguished from another with the same name in their class. I remember perusing a similar list when we were naming our youngest and we purposely chose a middle name that was on the 'at risk' group.
The fact that these names are unpopular now means nothing in the long run though. I used to tell people that I would call my children Ethel, Enid or any other 'old fashioned' names I could think of, little knowing that by the time I got round to having children myself those names would be back in 'fashion'. So, who knows, in twenty years the playgrounds could be full of Angelas, Donnas and Traceys like it was when I was little!
Here's the list of those most 'unloved' names:
Angela, Beverley, Carol, Debra, Diane, Donna, Doris, Elaine, Joanna, Maureen, Paula, Sally, Sandra, Sharon, Sheila, Tracey, Wendy, Yvonne.
Bertram, Cecil, Clarence, Clive, Cyril, Dean, Dennis, Derek, Duncan, Ernest, Geoffrey, Horace, Leonard, Malcolm, Neville, Nigel, Roy, Wayne.