These traditional names are officially out of fashion

Can you remember the last time you met a baby Nigel? What about a baby Carol or Clive? The truth is, you probably can’t and we’d be surprised if you could, as it seems that traditionally British names have been swapped out for more modern monikers.

While we won’t all be rushing to name our babies after a direction on a compass or a fruit (we’re look at you, Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow), it has become increasingly clear that’ve strayed away from all the options that were once deemed popular.

Carole Middleton
The name Carol (or Carole, as it’s spelled by Carole Middleton) has fallen out of favour. Image: Getty Images

In fact, new research dug up by parenting website Channel Mum has revealed that certain old school names are dying out completely. After analyzing data from Office for National Statistics (ONS), they curated a list of the names given to less than one child a week in 2019 and sadly, you may find that yours may be featured.

However, some are more understandable than others. For instance, the least popular baby name for a girl in 2019 turned out to be ‘Isis’, which makes sense for obvious reasons. Other lesser-chosen options include Carol, Tracy and Donna. Meanwhile for a boy, the name ‘Jeff’ or ‘Geoff’ was the most unpopular choice.

Piers Morgan
The name Piers is no longer in fashion, says the new survey. Image: Getty Images

The least popular girls names in 2019

Isis
Tammy
Justine
Tracy
Norma
Carol
Leoni/Leigh
Marlene
Donna
Reese
Rowena
Kelly
Carly
Monica
Ashley

The least popular boys names in 2019

Jeff/Geoff
Melvyn
Graeme
Piers
Greg
Ken
Clive
Chandler
Niles
Kirk
Ainsley
McCauley
Brett
Grant
Ross

Channel Mum’s name expert SJ Strum, explained the transition saying: ‘It’s a lesson to modern parents that naming your child after the latest trend or popular TV show could see a swift decline in that name being one you’ll love forever.

‘However, what goes down must come up. Highly unpopular baby names are often chosen by hipster parents as these mums and dads seek out a unique name which will make their child stand out in real life and increasingly online.’