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What’s a really dated name that you love?

What’s a really dated name (that you don’t really think is usable for a baby today due to being dated lol) that you absolutely love?

For me it’s Heather… I’d love to see her have a comeback! It’s crazy that most Heathers are in their 40s/50s or even 60s now. I think it’d be really refreshing to meet a baby Heather.

Lucyinthskyy

Heather must’ve had a resurgence in the late 80’s early 90’s because all the Heathers I know are in their 30’s😅


HazMatterhorn

I was curious so I looked it up. In the US, Heather was a top 10 name between 1972-1987 (except for one year) peaking at #3 in 1975. So those people would be 36-51 now. It was top 50 from 1969-1994. So there are also plenty aged 29-54.


Lucyinthskyy

That’s interesting. Also I just realized you were taking about ages and not the decades of 40s, 50s and 60s so you were right 🤦🏻‍♀️😅


1_Non_Blonde

The interesting thing is how sharp the decline was after the 90s. Heather is not even in the top 1000 names right now.


Waylah

I reckon that was because of the movie Heathers


Art_and_the_Park1998

I read something once about how 1988's "Heathers" had a hand in the steep decline of the popularity of the name.


wordnerdette

It should have made Veronica surge, but I don’t think it did.


Art_and_the_Park1998

Veronica is another classic, underrated oldie. But she didn’t get the credit for saving the school, so it makes sense the name didn’t get the popularity surge as well.


ednamillion99

Back in the 70’s, my pregnant mom wanted to name me Heather. She told my grandmother about her name idea — my grandmother said ‘Heather?!??!’ in her beautiful thick Boston accent, and as a result, my name is….not Heather 😅


goatywizard

😂 From Boston area and suddenly feeling thankful I didn’t give my daughter a name ending in -er.


KookyKrista

I’m also from metro Boston. Funny, my -a name magically picks up all those dropped -er endings when you apply the accent. Yup…”Krister”.


ednamillion99

All those orphaned R’s have to go somewhere ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


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Yeah I'm 31 and my best friend from high school was named Heather and I have a co-worker around my age named Heather as well.


Strict_Emphasis_9086

Yes, I was just about to comment my sister born in 1985 is a Heather 😂


RubyDax

Yep! Born in 85, class of 2003, had 2 Heather's in my class and plenty of Heather's in other years. Brother was class of 2000 and he had 2 or 3.


saddinosour

I was like thinking how is Heather an old name, Heather is 27 😂


kittyroux

Keith! I just like it. Cool sound, cool spelling. Never met one born later than 1968.


deanna6812

Married to one born much later than that!


Exciting-Hedgehog944

My stepson is friends with a 15 yo named Keith.


TranceMakesMeDance

Me too! My keith is 33 😂 I see the name shat on so much in this sub but I love it!


heylauralie

I know a Keith born in 1983 🎉


Feebedel324

Went to school with one! Born in the 90s.


PicardiB

I know one born 1982 and two born mid-to-late 70s :) I actually think of it as a 60-80s name, I’d be surprised to meet Keiths from before 1960 tbh!


lyndseymariee

I know someone who named her daughter Hattie. I think she’s probably around five now. The only other Hattie I knew was my great-grandma who was born in 1918. I love the name. ETA: sounds like Hattie is making a comeback based on all the responses I got. Happy to see it!


mommaTmetal

There is a Hattie that is in her early 20's that works at the same hospital as me


LostButterflyUtau

Cordelia. It’s so “High Maintenance Edwardian Rich Lady” but that’s why I like it.


GimpMom2Three

"Oh, I'm not ashamed of it," explained Anne, "only I like Cordelia better. I've always imagined that my name was Cordelia--at least, I always have of late years. When I was young I used to imagine it was Geraldine, but I like Cordelia better now. But if you call me Anne please call me Anne spelled with an E."


Charming_Friendship4

My exact thought!! Love these books to death 🩷


bananalouise

Good literary associations though!


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I love this name. So maximalist and fab! If Amelia can be a top 10 name, why can’t Cordelia be popular? They’re similar and Cordelia is way better imo!


wheres_the_revolt

Reminds me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer


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I like Courtney, Stephanie, Whitney, Angela, Tiffany, and Jennifer. sue me.


BrowningLoPower

I like Angela, Pamela, Sandra, and Rita.


nyokarose

And as I continue, you know they gettin sweeter.


BrowningLoPower

Thank you for getting the reference!


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Thankyou for the earworm lol


FluffyHandle1990

Yes!! I made a post recently“ In Defense of Jennifer” on this sub and got alot of great feedback! People are so nasty about the name (it’s my name too!) and it was lovely seeing so many other Jennifer lovers! Also love Heather! It’s naturey to me!


nme44

I feel this way about Jessica. Someone I know was thinking about naming her baby Jessica a few years back and now I’m obsessed with the idea of a baby Jessica.


dberna243

I agree that it’s not a bad name, but reading your post all I can think of is “[Baby Jessica](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rescue_of_Jessica_McClure)”, the little girl who fell down the well in Texas. She’s in her 30s now but it’s still a bonkers story.


booksandcatlover

During covid my hospital had racks of PPE in alphabetical order of first names. We're talking hundreds of suits. Jessica was the only name with its own rack, literally "Jessica" was the only label on the rack.


nme44

What’s strange is I knew a few Jessica’s growing up (80s baby) and the only Jessica I can think of in adulthood is my SIL. Where did they all go?? (I too worked in hospitals for many years and I can’t think of a single Jessica I knew…) ETA: alphabetical by first name is an insane way to organize covid suits.


ferngully1114

One of my friends has a baby Jessica (she’s probably about five now) and I was in a bit of disbelief when they announced her name! It’s such a nice name though.


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I knew sisters named Tiffany, Stephany, Brittany & Whitney!! 80’s girls!


goosepills

That’s the most 80’s set I’ve ever heard


Appropriate_Bird_223

My roommate freshman year of college was named Stephanie and her two sisters were Bethanie and Tiffanie.


untactfullyhonest

Ugh. As a Stephanie, please don’t revive this horrid name! I’ve always hated it.


circusmonkeybrain

Aw, that's one of my favorite names. Why do you hate it so much?


tHisisTeaTime

As a fellow Steph, I agree - I’ve always hated my name! It was so so popular when I was a kid, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but there were always 3 Steph’s in my classes, and not many nicknames other than “Steph” (which like every Stephanie goes by at some point) and “Stephy” (which none of us were super fond of past a certain point) so we had to differentiate by different spellings. “Stephany with a Y” has a much less desirable ring to it, although I also just don’t love how my name sounds anyway.


thunder_haven

I'll see your Stephany and raise you a Hillary - it sounds like a topographical factory. I am where God cranks out the hills.


NefariousSalamander

Stevie is a pretty cool nickname alternative!


circusmonkeybrain

Courtney, Stephanie, Jennifer, and Angela are outdated names now?


ScarletEmpress00

Yes


luckybamboo3

Yep


No_Translator_5898

I love Whitney too!


auntiecoagulent

Tiffany is my guilty pleasure.


ragnarockette

I love Stephanie so much.


tugboatmilton

I know twins named heather and Stephanie who are about 25. And my friends daughter is named Kortnee spelled that 😂


calamity-lala

Doris and Dorothy. I also love Irving.


tea_inthegarden

i think dorothy is usable! dot is a cute nickname


clever-mermaid-mae

We’re naming our daughter Dorothy! I love seeing it show up on a list other than “names you think are ugly” 😂


kelysii

I adore Dorothea!


RhydianMarai

That's what I'm naming my baby! My grandmother was Dorothy and there's already a Dorothy named after her so we're going with Dorothea, plus I love Thea as a nickname.


angie1907

Omg I love Irving! I can’t imagine naming my baby that, but it is a cute name


calamity-lala

Right?! I want to meet some little floppy haired Irving's already. Someone should do it...


tugboatmilton

There was a 5 year old Dorothy at the daycare I worked at but everyone called her Dottie.


Klutche

I adore Doris.


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I love Pearl.


jraeuser

Love it. I also love Opal, my great grandmother's name.


Needcoffeeseverely

That tiktok chick ruined that name for me 😫


gremlin0000

Nicole, always liked this one. A unique sound, good nickname, not too cutesy. I also like Donna 🤷‍♀️. If I met a little Donna I’d be stoked lol


adventurrr

I know a baby Donna, and I also LOVE it


thepeachlady

My toddler’s middle name is Nicole. She was born very close to Christmas, so I chose Nicole as a subtle nod to St. Nicholas. I wanted something a little Christmasy without being too blatant.


HotBlondeFromSpanish

A baby (character) was born on the US soap opera General Hospital 3 or 4 years ago and they named her Donna in honor of a longtime/beloved crew member that passed away around the same time. Everyone was questioning/criticizing the name choice but it’s so cute and fits the character. Soaps historically have had a influence on naming trends so maybe Donna is poised for a comeback and GH was ahead of the curve.


nicoleyyycatt

My name is Nicole! And born in 1995 :)


unknown_viewer7

when did nicole become dated ? i went to school with so many nicole’s. i love donna


Lambamham

The fact that you went to school with so many Nicoles dates you, that’s why it’s dated.


bananalouise

Right, but is that because it's a perennial favorite or because it was popular for that cohort?


Far_Aside3844

We all know grandma names are in but I’m kinda digging like 70s 80s realness like Maxine, Beverly, Kelly, Veronica


Primary-Move243

Maxine is fantastic!!!!


madmelon_

Yesss! Veronica! Such a cool girl name.


swag24hrs

lol glad to see some Kelly love


SkatingGator

Love Beverly!


Capital-Buy2723

Edith. Edie as a nickname 😙 love it


three20puahua

I know a 4yo Edith nn Edie!


LibrarySeeker

Amanda, I know it screams eighties but I’ve thought it was pretty since I was a kid. I also love Annette, which I think deserves a comeback.


PinkPuffStuff

I've always loved Amanda, such a pretty name. Also Sarah. It seems like such a common, boring name, but when you really think about it, the sound of it is so pretty and elegant.


RhydianMarai

I know so many Amandas in their 20s, meanwhile the one Annette I knew ruined the name for me.


New_Ambassador9089

My mother is Amanda and her mother is Annette. Strange coincidence!


notamanda01

Wow I'm flattered thanks 🤣


weinthenolababy

I love lots of dated names. Would totally use them if I had a kid. Lindsay, Misty, Tiffany, Stephanie, Holly, Kimberley, Aimee, Christa, Christina, Erika, Julie, Jasmine, Leanne, Lynette, Sheena, Vanessa, Martina Bradford, Erik, Shane, Garrett, Cliff, Brandt, Randy, Frank, Judd, Gerard


Psyclone09

Haha my best friend in elementary was named Misty, but after the cigarette brand 😝


TranceMakesMeDance

God I feel old. So many of these names don’t seem dated to me because everyone I grew up with had them 😩


kelseydot

I think this is the idea, people do not love names that they relate to people they know or met. 😂 we all know that one person who has ruined a name for us. So the most outdated is the names of those who are currently giving birth.


little_canuck

My youngest is Holly. I wasn't aware it was dated 😅.


Marshmallowfluffer

Well in 1980 the name Holly was ranked 53 in popularity and it ranked 459 in the year of 2022 so that’s why it’s somewhat of a dated name. Nothing wrong with that though!


pettybette

I think these are still usable but just generally very dated! -Etta -Beatrice -Mabel -Cindy


sketchthrowaway999

Etta, Beatrice, and Mabel all seem downright trendy to me.


AtlanticToastConf

I know both an under-10yo Mabel and Beatrice.


gremlin0000

I’d argue that Cindy is dated, but still a fan. The others are classic.


sketchthrowaway999

Sheila. Everyone seems to hate it, and it especially doesn't work for me as an Australian, but I think it's a really lovely name outside those associations.


BenignYam1761

My Australian husband moved to the US for me 6 years ago. The first time he met someone named Shelia here he was genuinely confused. He didn’t even know it could be a name. Deffo off the table for aussies but I agree it’s kind of cute.


Primary-Move243

My 5 yo daughter has an imaginary friend named Sheila…maybe it’s making a comeback?!


graciegirl1989

Della!


DarlingClementyme

One of my favorites. My great-great aunt was named Della Love. I think that is so charming.


Mundane_Horse_6523

Vera. My grandmother, every time I meet one I seem to love them!


okmae

I know of two baby Vera’s!


LadyKnight33

I love Lenore


wanderlust22x

I love the name Vanessa!


lulubooboo_

Isadora 💜


Fluffy-Bumblebee19

Pretty common here!! My coworker is Isadora (she's in her early 30s) and I have met many, many students with this name. I absolutely love it <3


869586

Wow, this is dated? I always thought Isadora sounded kind of trendy/modern.


darthpocaiter

I really love Diana and Nancy but my husband calls them boomer names. Maybe a few years shy of a comeback but I think they're so elegant. I feel like boyish names don't go in and out of trend as often as femme names so I'm not sure these are unusable but I also love Edmond and Wallace. I love the nickname Ned for Edmond. Not a fan of Wally though.


complitstudent

Oh Diana is gorgeous!!


OPMom21

Boomer here. Nancy is probably the ultimate boomer name. That and Debbie. Seems that half the girls I went to school with were either Nancy or Debbie. Those names will return eventually, just not quite yet.


auntiecoagulent

My favorite name is Esther.


hardpassyo

Blanche


echxveria

lol i think of the golden girls but it's not a bad association, i love that show


hardpassyo

I think of A Streetcar Named Desire 😅


TK_TK_

Judy


uhohohnohelp

I love Judy too. Such a retro vibe to it.


DoodlebugCupcake

My mom is Judy (short for Judith) and has always hated her name, maybe because people often called her Julie or Jody. If I had named my daughter after her, she wouldn’t have been honored; she’d be pissed lol


xpollydartonx

Stacey is such a great name with the option to do Anastasia as more of an elegant longer version.


amelisha

That was my childhood dream baby name and I was honestly still tempted when I had my (now-toddler) daughter. I read the Babysitters’ Club too many times in the early 90s, clearly. I married a guy with a hellacious surname so I went with something shorter and easier but I really would have been into a baby Stac(e)y.


Taylap14

My three year old nephew is named Heath that’s quite old fashioned a lot of people think so anyway! Not my favourite boy name ever If I’m being honest but at least it isn’t made up and silly sounding.


queenscreams

Heathcliff it’s me I’m Cathy I’ve come home now


HeyBuddy___

Thelma. It’s a family name. I know it’s an old lady name… but I love it.


Chica3

Old lady names are trending now. They are considered "fresh and timeless".


oiseauteaparty

There’s indigenous Australian music artist Thelma Plum. She’s awesome. She’s 28yo.


October_pumpkin

Valerie


Violet_Saffron

Darlene. I've always loved it.


Crazy-bored4210

I too love Heather. And Tiffany and Ashley


Primary_Assumption67

I genuinely think the name Ashley is nice even tho it’s dated, I knew many growing up but I still think it sounds pretty. This may be unpopular but I also think it sounds much better on a girl even though it was originally a boys name


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Sylvie


booksandcatlover

This name is very popular where I live now


Justworkinglife

Winifred Genevieve Anneliese Odette Anika


LOst8-28_9-17GoNe

Lydia. I think Lydia is one of the most beautiful names ever. It’s feminine and it flows. In my 30+ yrs teaching, I had one Lydia.I tried to talk my family into naming one of my granddaughters Lydia but it didn’t happen.


GoodGentelman

I like dated names like Rudolph, Rupert, Lyle, Roger, Otis, Obie etc.


Bloomer328

I adore Bernadette and the nickname Bernie. It's more than ready for a comeback.


Tracylpn

Janice/Janis/Janet


Duggarsnarklurker

I know there’s that movie the Heathers but almost every Heather I’ve ever met has been crazy so if something about the name does it to the girl I’m glad to see it go 😂


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fireflies2012

It’s Meredith and Whitney for me


Feebedel324

Mary. I know there were a million versions of Mary back in the day. It’s a classic.


These_Tea_7560

Russell. It was my uncle’s name. A very uncle name it was. 💙


aktetta83

My niece named her daughter Betty and I absolutely love it. Helps that she is the cutest little girl and Betty is the most fitting name for her.


The_GrimHeaper

I like Lisa. I’ve only ever met one under the age of 40.


gonegonethanku

Christine. Just a gorgeous simple name


TrekJaneway

I have so many friends named Heather that I don’t really consider it as dated. That being said, I really like Alice, which isn’t terribly common these days.


No_Translator_5898

I know two baby Alices! At least in the South I think it’s making a comeback, can’t speak for other areas.


InexperiencedCoconut

Calvin!


jessg11

Colette. It’s so timeless and don’t know anyone with that name. On my baby name list


h0lych4in

Magdelene, Dorinda, Etta, Eartha, Marlowe


tugboatmilton

I know a baby named Marlowe and sister is Mirabelle.


KittensArmedWithGuns

I absolutely adore the name Priscilla! Makes me think of a well brought up young lady with a mischievous grin lol trying to convince my husband to consider it was a lost cause, though


Technicolor_Reindeer

Thomasin Yes I first heard it in the movie 'The Witch' and thought it was a really beautiful name but probably too old to bring back.


Upbeat_Media_8387

The V names: Valerie, Veronica, Vivian, and Victoria. Even Violet, which is becoming popular again so not quite as dated, is so beautiful to me.


Legal_Potato8958

Ruth


prettygiraffee

I love Queenie and Heath. My family hates both of them 😂


uhohohnohelp

Queenie is definitely a horse’s name to me. lol


Lambamham

I Can only think of Queenie McBear


DoogasMcD

Amy


HazMatterhorn

I like a bunch of old names. have a list of names that I got from books that take place in the 18-19th century that I love but wouldn’t actually use. I don’t even really know if all of these names were ever normal/common. Anthea, Althea, Prudence, Theodosia, Dorothea, Cornelia, Lucretia, Lucinda, Ancilla, Hester, Philomena Thaddeus, Archibald, Phineas, Wilfred, Linus, Benedict, Merrill, Morris


panaceaLiquidGrace

I love Heather… and Dawn


_gigabitch

Genevieve. Its prettier in Spanish, Genoveva.


heycheesecake

I think Joan could be a really cool name if I separate it from the dated vibes. Of course, Joanie as a nickname too, so cute.


leytourmaline

Estelle.


afternoonmoons

Rhonda!


hb3th

Opal


hrvstwmn

Agnes, Cecilia and Augustus


feliniaCR

Dorian (a la Oscar Wilde)


Downtown_Detail2707

Rosalie. I know it's kind of making a comeback. I was a CNA at a nursing home while I was in college and had a resident with this name. She was the sweetest woman in the world & I mourned her for years. I still think of her sometimes. It's the reason I love the name, but also the reason I'll never use it.


circusmonkeybrain

I actually really like the names Dorothy, Eleanor, Glenn, and Ralph. But you don't see too many of those nowadays.


bebe_inferno

Dorothy and Eleanor are very popular right now


Regular_Anteater

I like Glenn but it will forever remind me of that weird kid from Mad Men


ragnarockette

Nancy.


nme44

Linda. I love it. I don’t know why. For my husband it’s Stephanie.


luckytintype

Jocelyn, Kenneth


Kind-Chicken-888

Beverly, Barbara, and Lois 🤷🏼‍♀️


SJinRVA

Sybil, Fran, Ingrid, Laurel, Walter, Roger, Harvey


yesiamyam233203

Kathleen -lends itself to a lot of nicknames


TheRealTabbyCool

I’m 40 and all the Heathers I’ve met have been younger than me!


tunestheory

Courtney feels outdated and I love it


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I’ve always loved Courtney! I’d love to see Courtney and Whitney go back to the boys!


spiritual-witch-3

Josephine and Gwendolyn. I think they’re beautiful and elegant names.


babygrlnad

Aloysius


thotfullmind

Sylvia 💕


Zorobeans

Lauren, Erin, Meghan, Allison, Jillian


unifoxcorndog

Tallulah :) "three L's and an H"... Dr. Who reference lol but I love it.


tittsmcghee

I love Bonnie!! Almost wanna name my future baby that lol. Is it too dated?


orionstarboy

I love the name Ruth


icouldwander

Oscar!


wigglefrog

My great grandpa's name was Clifford and I think it's so nice. Also Magill, Percy, Lonnie, Elmer For girls: Janie, Hannah, Addie, Hazel, Velma, Nellie


cutesytoez

Every Heather I know is a bit of a mess. I have several Heathers in my family, both paternal and maternal. The youngest one is 27yo. But I personally like the old lady names, such as Dorothy, Barbara, Elsie (my late great grandmother’s name).


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Hazel


sortofsatan

Edith. Except I still might use it


SkatingGator

Hilda


oiseauteaparty

I love Clive so much (thanks to an Alison Lester book when I was a kid) but there’s this gross old AH in Australia named Clive Palmer who is ruining the beautiful name!


dayglo1

Lois


Stunning-Note

How very.


infertiliteeea

Kristin