Baby names are important – after all, whatever moniker you choose will become a part of your little one’s identity for life.
And, while we all want our child’s name to be perfect for them we’re often swayed by the trends at the time of their birth.
If you were born in the 1960s and 1970s you probably know a tonne of Garys, Karens, Lynns and Johns.
Whereas Gen X and Millennials will know plenty of Sophies, Katies and Olivers.
But, it seems a range of new names are now making a comeback – or, should we say old names?
According to the Office for National Statistics a number of old-fashioned names have been given to babies in the UK, reports the Metro.
You may have noticed more Wilfreds and Agneses in your local area.
Family history platform MyHeritage opened their archives to reveal the traditional baby names having a resurgence in 2021.
Top of the list was Bertie, which went up 1646 places in the rankings alongside Olive which has almost hit its 1800s peak once again.
After almost a century out of the top 100 these names have skyrocketed in popularity.
Girls names Violet and Elsie have also reached or overtaken their first Victorian-era peak in 2019.
And Mabel jumped 558 places, Agnes 584 places, Elsie 492 spots and Clara 219 places.
And, the boys aren’t falling behind.
Alfred, Bertie, Frank, Fred, Leonard and Sidney have all re-hit their peak of popularity too.
As did Wilfred – the name Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave his new baby boy.
Popular 20th Century names like Thomas, Jack, Daniel and James have retained their high spots in the name charts.
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But, Nicola, Claire, Lisa and Gemma have all dropped in the rankings.
Some boomer generation names have failed to reach popularity in recent years with some almost falling into extinction (sorry, Gary).
But, luckily, this proves that names always come back eventually – even after 100 years.
So, we’re sure babies will be named Linda, Peter and Mark again at some point…
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