Special Report

25 Names That Are Going Extinct

Say goodbye to Maude, Ed, and Vicki, And bid adieu to Myrtle and Bert. We’re not acknowledging the demise of people with those names, but rather the names themselves. Based on data compiled by the Social Security Administration, those names are among the 25 baby names that are going extinct.

Parents-to-be adopt various tactics when choosing a name, hoping their child will like it and that it won’t go out of style when they grow up. There are ways to predict what names will stay or become trendy in the future. These are the most popular names in the next decade.

We probably know some Vickies, Caroles, Eds, and Bobs, however, all of those names are going the way of the dodo. The name Garfield, the surname of America’s 20th president, reached its peak in 1881, the year he was assassinated.

However, it is not a name preferred by parents today. Blanche, a character’s name made famous by playwright Tennessee Williams in his scorching play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” has fallen out of favor.

Some names became connected with tragedy or misfortune and have lost their appeal. One of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the United States was named Beulah, which slammed into Texas in 1967, and the average number of babies with that name tumbled to just over 14 each year from 2012 to 2018.

Nine of the 25 names had their peak years in the 19th century, and the decreasing popularity of these names has been accelerating since 2012. Of the 25 names on the list compiled by 24/7 Tempo, all but five are female monikers. These names have given way to the top baby names of 2018, which include Emma, Olivia, and Ava for girls. These and other names go through phases; they come and go, and some reappear years later. Maybe you were ahead of your time and your name became trendy sometime in the future– these were the most popular names the year you were born.

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