WHAT'S IN A NAME: Old vs. new "names". Whats in, whats not?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 20, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    OK so here I am, walking in to see a new prospective client, one my assistants had scheduled. Her first name is "Pearlie". I had kind of chuckled about it to my Dad and got into a discussion about old vs. new names. Some of those who are considered old:

    Women: Pearlie, Victoria, Maude, Evelyn, Eleanor, Esther, Frances, Ruby, Maxine (I had a great Aunt Maxine, I remember).

    Men: Frank, Arthur, Clarence, Harvey, Malcom, Oscar, Rupert
    Can you imagine going on a date with a gay guy named "Rupert"?

    There are names that just sound "good looking".... and others that don't...

    So what are some of the names you think are "old" or "out" and those you like and are in?

    Oh and Pearlie? She was 25 and a fox..... so much for my limited thinking... LOL
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    Jan 20, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    If you go to wolframalpha.com and just type any name in the search box, it will return a graph of US births registered with that name per year since 1890 or so. For example, the graph for "Rupert" had to use a log scale and the line plunged to zero around 1950.
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    Jan 20, 2011 7:04 PM GMT
    Robb is so boring and ordinary. I thinking about changing my name to either Trig, Tripp, or Track.
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    Jan 20, 2011 7:50 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidIf you go to wolframalpha.com and just type any name in the search box, it will return a graph of US births registered with that name per year since 1890 or so. For example, the graph for "Rupert" had to use a log scale and the line plunged to zero around 1950.


    This site proved exactly what I thought; the name kellan exploded in the 2000's and is likely to become the next justin, which exploded around 1980.
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    Jan 20, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    ^That sounds like a list of Corbin Fisher models. lol.
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    Jan 20, 2011 11:11 PM GMT
    Old Names:

    Millicent
    Pamela
    Gregory
    Roy

    New names:

    Serena
    Lilly
    Evan <-- Sexy male name :p (I don't know any personally except myself)
    Keith (I like that one)
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    Jan 20, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    Lily/ Lilly is a very old name.
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    Jan 20, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
    OtterJoq saidLily/ Lilly is a very old name.


    icon_sad.gif I was gonna name my future daughter that

    I guess I'll follow Chris Martin and name her Pomegranate
  • mizu5

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    Jan 20, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    My name, Jeremy, is fairly boring, but also not as common as it used to be. Otherwise Jeremiah, a very old name ahaha.


    Then my Hebrew name Avraham, Abraham, Avi. Ahaha. Still quitepopular in israeli families.
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    Jan 20, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
    Methuselah is the sexiest Jewish name, but Jeremy (Jeremiah) is a quite sexy close 2nd ;)

    Also, sidebar: does 'mizu' stand for 'water' in your nick or is it related to something else? Sorry it's my Japanese fanboy coming out :S
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    Jan 20, 2011 11:34 PM GMT
    Soyfan saidMethuselah is the sexiest Jewish name, but Jeremy (Jeremiah) is a quite sexy close 2nd ;)

    Also, sidebar: does 'mizu' stand for 'water' in your nick or is it related to something else? Sorry it's my Japanese fanboy coming out :S
    Ahaha it does mean Water.

    I was a nickname given to me when i went to Japanese school/Lived in Japan. It stuck with me as my Monicker I suppose, and helped with a lot ahaha,
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    Jan 20, 2011 11:35 PM GMT
    mizu5 saidMy name, Jeremy, is fairly boring, but also not as common as it used to be. Otherwise Jeremiah, a very old name ahaha.


    Then my Hebrew name Avraham, Abraham, Avi. Ahaha. Still quitepopular in israeli families.


    Avi is a very sexy sounding name.

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    Jan 20, 2011 11:39 PM GMT
    mizu5 said
    Soyfan saidMethuselah is the sexiest Jewish name, but Jeremy (Jeremiah) is a quite sexy close 2nd ;)

    Also, sidebar: does 'mizu' stand for 'water' in your nick or is it related to something else? Sorry it's my Japanese fanboy coming out :S
    Ahaha it does mean Water.

    I was a nickname given to me when i went to Japanese school/Lived in Japan. It stuck with me as my Monicker I suppose, and helped with a lot ahaha,


    Ahh lol. Very nice! I hope to visit Japan someday soon =] I wonder what nickname I will get rofl ....'Burraku Boy' tee-hee
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    Jan 20, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    Soyfan said
    OtterJoq saidLily/ Lilly is a very old name.


    icon_sad.gif I was gonna name my future daughter that

    I guess I'll follow Chris Martin and name her Pomegranate


    What's wrong with Lilly? Why saddle a poor kid with a stupid name like Pomegranate?
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    Jan 20, 2011 11:45 PM GMT
    alphatrigger said
    mizu5 saidMy name, Jeremy, is fairly boring, but also not as common as it used to be. Otherwise Jeremiah, a very old name ahaha.


    Then my Hebrew name Avraham, Abraham, Avi. Ahaha. Still quitepopular in israeli families.


    Avi is a very sexy sounding name.

    it would be sexy if you call me avi ; D
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    Jan 21, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    To me Rupert and Malcolm don't sound old, just British. But I agree on some of the others.
    Hazel and Gretchen are not heard much. Nor is my grandmother's name, Edna.
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    Jan 21, 2011 2:13 AM GMT
    OtterJoq said
    Soyfan said
    OtterJoq saidLily/ Lilly is a very old name.


    icon_sad.gif I was gonna name my future daughter that

    I guess I'll follow Chris Martin and name her Pomegranate


    What's wrong with Lilly? Why saddle a poor kid with a stupid name like Pomegranate?


    That's what all hip parents do, then again, I do think apple is pretty ridiculous...maybe I will stick with Lilly. Maybe I won't even get a girl haha. I think It'll be a spur of the moment thing.
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    Jan 21, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    My grandmother was Lilly. One of her sisters was Gay.
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    Jan 21, 2011 6:22 AM GMT
    mizu5 said... it would be sexy if you call me avi ; D


    The pleasure would be mine, Avi. icon_smile.gif

    -Joe (<--- waaaaaay common name, I'm afraid)
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Jan 21, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    Soyfan saidOld Names:

    Millicent
    Pamela
    Gregory
    Roy

    New names:

    Serena
    Lilly
    Evan <-- Sexy male name :p (I don't know any personally except myself)
    Keith (I like that one)


    Here's another sexy Evan. Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays...

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  • Descamisado

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    Jan 21, 2011 7:03 AM GMT
    I've thought about this when I was looking into my genealogy and realized my four great-grandmothers' names were Bertha May, Zella Virenda, Blanche Aurelia, and Maude Wellesley. Their husbands were Albert Delno, Daniel Otis, Harvey Ezra, and Norman Clark, of which only Daniel (without the "Otis," please) sounds at all like a current name.

    In one apartment complex where I lived, the guy across the courtyard got engaged, and told me his fiancee's name was Gladys. Without thinking, I blurted out, "Oh, nobody's named Gladys any more!" I guess it didn't cause too much offense - they still invited me to the wedding.

    I don't get the custom of giving a child a surname as a first name (Tyler, Cooper, Madison, Mckenzie....) Those are going to be the Berthas and Clarences 70 years from now. But I realize there are many first names that were originally surnames (Bradley, Howard, Russell, Stanley) that are now so common they have acquired their own diminutives (Brad, Howie, Russ, Stan...etc)

    FWIW, if I could choose my own name, it would be Gabriel.
  • mybud

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    Jan 21, 2011 7:05 AM GMT
    I told myself...if I ever have a son I'd name him Sam...it's an old fashion type of name but at the same time it's strong...BUD
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    Jan 21, 2011 8:38 AM GMT
    mybud saidI told myself...if I ever have a son I'd name him Sam...it's an old fashion type of name but at the same time it's strong...BUD

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  • Jessie_Lee

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    Jan 21, 2011 9:02 AM GMT
    Interesting topic. I even searched "Jessie" on the mentioned website and it first referred me to the female version first. For guys, the most common age for someone with the name is 28. I checked, and it seems they DO keep different alternative names separate (I looked up "Jesse" too).

    I've heard the name "Frank" many times on TV, but I don't recall ever meeting a "Frank" in-person. I just realized this...

    I actually met a "Myron" who's around mid-20's to early-30's age range. He told me that he was named after his father, who was named after HIS father (basically the guy's grandfather). When I asked if that makes him "Myron the Third", he asked me not to called him that, lol.

    I've also met an "Igor" around my age at the gym, although he's actually from Serbia.

    Parents will name their kids whatever they want. I've met a guy who goes by JC, short for Jean-Claude (he says his parents were fans). And there was a FML on the www.fmylife.com website where someone met a boy named "Harry" with a brother named "Potter".
  • mizu5

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    Jan 21, 2011 8:13 PM GMT
    alphatrigger said
    mizu5 said... it would be sexy if you call me avi ; D


    The pleasure would be mine, Avi. icon_smile.gif

    -Joe (<--- waaaaaay common name, I'm afraid)
    My heart is all aflutter!