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Unpopular Baby Names: 30 Names on the Brink of Extinction

As we head into 2023, it’s time to say goodbye to some of the most familiar names of our past, including Barbie, Kelly, and Bill.

These are just a few of the unpopular baby names on the brink of extinction, according to BabyCentre UK – names that were not registered by parents at all in 2022 (in the UK at least).

Goodbye classic 80s starlet names

On the girls’ unpopular baby names front, some of the most popular names of the 70s and 80s didn’t even get a single shout-out at the baby registry including Barbie, Carrie, and Farrah, all pretty iconic celebrities back in our childhood.

Britney, Kelly, and Stacey also failed to inspire parents in 2022. Oddly enough, these names were all top of the charts at one stage or another. The 80s role call is crying right now.

Here’s the full list:

Girls’ name on the brink of extinction

  1. Barbie
  2. Britney
  3. Carrie
  4. Deirdre
  5. Farrah
  6. Gail
  7. Gayatri
  8. Katrina
  9. Kelly
  10. Lindsey
  11. Shania
  12. Sheila
  13. Shirley
  14. Stacey
  15. Tegan

Grandpa names given the boot

Moving to the boys’ names on the brink of extinction, we’ve got some seriously old-school studs that will soon join the ranks of other relics from our past like rotary phones and cassettes. These unpopular baby names include Harold, Giles, and Nigel.

There are a few surprise contenders too such as Baxter and Quinton, plus Maxmillian. Max is quite popular, but apparently, no one s choosing the full name.

Check out the full list: 

  1. Baxter
  2. Bill
  3. Brent
  4. Clement
  5. Cliff
  6. Giles
  7. Harold
  8. Kamran
  9. Maximillian
  10. Nigel
  11. Quinton
  12. Rashid
  13. Rhett
  14. Saul
  15. Wallace

Names no one loves from last year

In addition to the names above, there are a few other names that have seen a steady decline over the years. These all made it to the ‘brink of baby name extinction in 2021.’

baby names no one is using

These include:

  • Brian
  • Barry
  • Cecil
  • Clive
  • Colin
  • Gareth
  • Gary
  • Geoff
  • Greg
  • Gordan
  • Karl
  • Norman
  • Melvyn
  • Roy
  • Amanda
  • Angela
  • Ainsley
  • Carol
  • Cindy
  • Debbie
  • Donna
  • Doris
  • Elaine
  • Edna
  • Janet
  • Karen
  • Linda
  • Norma
  • Marlene
  • Tammy
  • Tanya

What names will rise?

Names like Isla, Amelia, Olivia, and Charlotte are sitting pretty at the top of the girls’ lists with Leo, Jack, Noah and Henry taking the top four for boys.

But we can expect a few new names to enter the list in 2023. We don’t know for sure, but here are a few ones our baby-naming expert is predicting.

Rising baby names of 2023

BOYS

  1. Elio
  2. Sterling
  3. Archer
  4. Cosmo
  5. Apollo
  6. Soren
  7. Zayn
  8. Koa

GIRLS

  1. Wednesday
  2. Everly
  3. Ivy
  4. Harper
  5. Esme
  6. Remi
  7. Myla
  8. Sadie

See the full list here.


Baby name trends to watch

Maximalist names

Go big or go home. This appears to be a theme with baby naming already for some celebs such as Nick Cannon who has gone with some serious heavy hitters like Rise Messiah and Legendary for his kids’ names this year. Others to expect: Amadeus, Cassiopeia, Lysander, Ottoline, Wolfgang and Wednesday.

Neo-Cowboy names

Neo Cowboy names combine the ruggedness of old-school cowboy names with a more modern appeal like Brando, Tex, and Wilder. Others to watch: Hawkins, Abbott, Boone and Jones.

Golden names

Sunny, energetic and bright names like Apollo, Aurelia, Sunny, Orla and Elio.

Blue-Green names

Another colour trend are baby names inspired by the cool tones of blue and green including Bluebell, Caspian, Fern, Forrest, Ivy and Sky.

Punchy “i” names

Short, sweet, fresh and a little bit funky, punchy “i” names tend to be just three to five letters and end with the mandatory “i” such as Leni, Esti, Joni, Kiki and Rafi.

X-factor names

X-names have always been a little bit trendy and hipster-ish. In 2023, expect the ‘x’ to predominately feature at the end such as Beaux, Dixie, Felix, Fox and Hendrix.


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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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