These Baby Names Are Going Extinct Because No One Uses Them

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It recently emerged that the name ‘Gary’ is going out of fashion so fast that it could be effectively extinct within the next 50 years.

Sad as that it is, it doesn’t seem to have prompted any sort of resurgence or a wave of new parents stoically naming their kids after the elder Neville brother in an attempt to stave off the demise of the Gary.

But it turns out that it’s not only Garys that are in danger of being confined to the history books.

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It seems that nowadays there are a whole range of absolute classics that are fast becoming obsolete. In fact, BabyCentre, has released a list of all the names that are no longer being registered by new parents.

Sadly, classics including Nigel, Angela, Dennis, Sharon, Tracey and even Clarence are in serious danger of becoming extinct.

It’s worth mentioning that of course BabyCentre isn’t the be-all and end-all of census taking, but it’s undeniable that – in the UK at least- these absolute giants of the name world are simply not as popular as they used to be.

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If you can bare to face it, here’s the 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

So come on guys, anyone who’s expecting it’s now your moral duty to name your kid Horace.

Don’t back down, history will thank you.