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These retro baby names could make a big comeback in 2021


Would one of these names work for your new arrival? (Picture: Getty Images/Maskot)

Baby names fall in and out of fashion.

While Karen might have been big 40 years ago, it’s not so much now.

But it means the trends often going in cycles, with names from a century ago becoming appealing again.

Amelia, Sophia, Olivia, Theodore and Archie have all been at the top of the baby name charts for the last few years, but other retro suggestions are rising.

According to Nameberry, names like Alberta, Delphine, Isidora, Sybil, Emmeline, Thora and Aphra are growing in popularity for girls.

For boys, Ambrose, Edmund, Barnaby, Claude, Percy and Laurie are all coming back into fashion.

Nameberry created the list from its database of over 70,000 girl, boy and gender-neutral monikers, which it claims is the world’s most complete resource for baby names.

The site said: ‘Like the perfect vintage sweater, the coolest old people names retain the spark and vibrancy that appealed to parents all those decades ago, but feel compatible enough with modern tastes that they stand out for all the right reasons.’



Top retro girls’ names

1. Alberta

2. Aphra

3. Emmeline

4. Hilda

5. Delphine

6. Isidora

7. Thelma

8. Thora

9. Sybil

10. Trudie



Top retro boys’ names

1. Ambrose

2. Edmund

3. Orson

4. Barnaby

5. Claude

6. Hal

7. Laurie

8. Percival (Percy)

9. Llewellyn

10. Waldo

While Nameberry covers the whole world, the list released by the Office of National Statistics is the most extensive UK-specific list.

Top names in the UK in 2019 included Oliver, George and Noah for boys and Olivia, Amelia and Isla for girls.

The latest list, looking at the data from 2020, is due to be released next month.

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