The researchers saw an obvious difference in the brain regions associated with executive function between bilingual and monolingual babies
The researchers saw an obvious difference in the brain regions associated with executive function between bilingual and monolingual babies

Baby names 'at risk of dying out' in 2016

You are in a minority if you are thinking of calling your child Cecil or Dorris 

Kashmira Gander
Friday 18 March 2016 13:12
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Once-popular names including Tracey and Clive are among monikers which are falling out of fashion, a parenting website has revealed.

Angela topped the list of girls’ names people are shunning in 2016, while Bertram came first for boys’.

Parenting website Babycentre created the list by analysing baby name registration data for 2016 from its 3million users. The data showed which names had been logged in 2015, but not in 2016.

Researchers compared these to the names to names which were popular in previous decades to reveal the names that could die out this year.

Sarah Redshaw, Managing Editor of BabyCentre, said it is "inevitable" that names rise and fall in popularity.

Girls' names falling out of fashion

Boys’ names falling out of fashion

Angela

Bertram

Beverley

Cecil

Carol

Clarence

Debra

Clive

Diane

Cyril

Donna

Dean

Doris

Dennis

Elaine

Derek

Joanne

Duncan

Maureen

Ernest

Paula

Geoffrey

Sally

Horace

Sandra

Leonard

Sharon

Malcolm

Sheila

Neville

Tracey

Nigel

Wendy

Roy

Yvonne 

Wayne 

She added: "The question is will they die out completely, or experience a revival in the future? It may not seem the obvious option, but if new parents want to make sure their baby has a name that stands out from the crowd this year, they should look to names like Paula, Debra and Elaine that were popular in the 60s, 70s and 80s for girls.

"For boys, names that peaked in popular as early as the turn of the last century – like Cyril, Horace and Bertram could be unique choices."

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