A HANDFUL of once-popular baby names were given to zero newborns last year.
While thousands of new parents welcomed little ones named Olivia, Emma, Liam or Noah, nicknames that were once all the rage have appeared on few, if any, new birth certificates across the US in 2021.
Pamela Redmond, the creator of Nameberry, is an expert on how naming trends have changed over the years.
And speaking to the US Sun, she revealed that some once-popular baby names have died out.
“These names have been used for hundreds and in some cases thousands of babies over the past several decades, but last year there were zero (or almost no) babies in the United States,” she said.
Once-popular girl names that you don’t see anymore today include Beryl (meaning “sea-green jewel”), Hester, Hortense, and Melba.
Dorinda was once trendy — see The Real Housewives of New York City star Dorinda Medley — but has since fallen out of favor with no children being named that last year.
Also once common but now a rare choice for young moms and dads are Ernestine, Gay, Gilda, Lashonda, Latonya and Myrtle.
That’s not to say it’s impossible to think of someone with those names, but it’s highly unlikely that they were born in 2021.
While no Gildas or Helgas were born last year, there were only five Caroles and eight Rhondas.
Some female names have fallen out of favor due to world events or pop culture associations, including Ghislaine for girls.
There are also some old-fashioned names for boys that used to be popular but are unlikely to be found in the nursery today.
Among them are Alva, Buford, Carey and Dudley – although Harry Potter’s bullying cousin probably didn’t do the latter any favours.
Boys’ 2021 birth certificates were also missing the names Ezzard and Glynn.
Extinct girl names
In 2021, only five little boys were named Elbert in the United States.
Quite a few male names have also fallen out of favor due to associations, real or fictional, including Adolph and Adolf, Alf, Barney, Bart, Kermit, and Moe.
Nameberry creator Redmond notes that there are also some names that were once popular with boys but are now generally accepted as girls’ names.
For example, while in 1950 61 boys were named Beverly, in 2021 zero boys were named.
In 1950 there were 129 little boys named Carol and 82 named Shirley, but in 2021 zero.
Extinct girl names
The year 1950 also saw 554 male Carrolls (up to 2021: 11), 120 male Lavernes (up to 2021: six), and 189 male Sandys (up to 2021: seven).
Meanwhile, both boys and girls were named Gail, Gale and Leigh in 1950, but babies of both sexes were given those names in 2021.
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