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36 baby names are at risk of extinction in the UK

Parents to be, take note

Sarah Young
Tuesday 04 April 2017 15:40 BST
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Are you a Tracey, Dennis or Roy? Well you could be one the last few because scores of names made popular in the 50s and 60s are at risk of becoming extinct.

Tracking name data from its community of three million UK mums this year, online resource BabyCentre has compiled a list of 36 once-popular names that are yet to be registered on its database in 2017.

The long list proves that once-common names like Sharon, Leonard and Carol just aren’t getting the love they used to.

Among the boys names which are falling out favour are Dean, Derek, Geoffrey, Neville and Wayne.

While it seems Cecil, Duncan, Horace and Malcolm are becoming less and less common too.

For girls, traditional names like Angela, Debra, Diane, Elaine and Paula were ranked among those that could soon become extinct.

And it looks like other classic names such as Joanne, Sally, Sharon and Wendy are fading fast too.

Of course, we’re only March so there are still nine months to save them.

On the hunt for a unique name for your baby? Then you might want to bypass eccentric modern monikers like Apple, Tansy or Eurpides.

And instead look to your parents and grandparents because its their names that are proving to be the most unique.

Read 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

• Wayne

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