Names like Gertrude, Edna, Ethel, Irene, Ada, Norah, Olive and for boys, Norman, Walter, Percy, Harold, Ernest, Herbert and Clifford are not in vogue any more.
Baby Gertrudes and little Normans are down to single figures in recent birth registrations. Some names have evolved or been tweaked to make them more trendy, Alfred shortened to Alfi and Lillian has become Lily. The media and celebrity seem to have been a big influence in these changes.
Some names don’t seem to have dipped in popularity, Thomas, Jack and William have remained in vogue for 200 years.
We have a few traditional names in the family, Alfred, Agnes, Earnest, Fredrick, Ivy, Lillian, Marjory, Maud, Nora, Stella and Winifred are a few first names that I guess wouldn’t be the most popular now, should we use one of them to keep the name alive?