In this day and age, vintage is cool when it comes to just about anything. Record players and vinyl are the coolest way to listen to music, fashion styles from decades past are seeing a renaissance, and every popular movie from the last 30 years seems to be getting a reboot.Well, baby names are no different.
Well, baby names are no different. Old fashioned baby names are definitely becoming popular again for millennial parents — but that doesn’t mean that all retro monikers are making a comeback. In fact, some names are dangerously close to being a thing of the past for good.
Baby Centre has compiled this list of baby names that have yet to be registered in 2017, which means these unpopular choices could soon be on their way out.
Typically a boy’s name, this German name meaning “bright, wise” can have a unisex use. This name hasn’t been registered in 2017 OR 2016 and was the 6,450th most popular name in 2015. Needless to say, this is a dying moniker.
Once the name of great women like Carol King and Carol Burnett, this traditional name comes the French and means “joyous song.” The last time this name was in the Top 100 baby names was in 1971, but it was extremely popular in the 1940’s.
The moniker of the great Clive Owens was actually never that popular. Neither was the name it originally comes from, Clifford. This classic English choice meaning “from a steep cliff” came in at 2,878th in 2017.
Derived from the Latin name Diana, which means “divine,” this name had a long run of being in the Top 20 baby names from 1946 to 1959. Since that time, however, this name has slowly been falling out of vogue.
Surprisingly, this once-popular name has really taken a fall from grace. This name has Latin origins meaning “presiding official,” and is still pretty common compared to the other names on this list; it came in at 184th this year.
This popular German name meaning “ruler” has really seen a dip in numbers since the 1980’s. Even when it was at its most popular, this name only just broke into the Top 50 names.
This beautiful French name meaning “Light” started gaining steam around the time of the Great Depression and saw popularity all the way through World War II. Since the 1950’s, however, this lithe and lovely name has been slowly disappearing.
Although nowadays associated with one of the worst characters from Game of Thrones, this English name meaning “heavenly boy” saw popularity for decades. Maybe it’s the negative connotations in pop culture that now have this moniker ranked 4,142nd.
Yes, this popular name is on the chopping block this year! This Hebrew name means “God is gracious” and currently stands at 1,511th, far from its Top 50 ranking in the mid-1930’s.
This Celtic name meaning “great girl” starting gaining popularity in the mid-1940’s and started its fall from the limelight in the mid-1980’s.
This moniker has Latin origins and means “dark,” which we can understand not being particularly attractive for a child. Funny enough, this name has never been terribly common, as it’s never broken into the Top 500 baby names.
This fun name of the 1980’s is actually derived from the Latin phrase, “small girl.” Although the name was extremely popular from the 1940’s into the 1990’s, it’s now fallen to 696th on the list.
About as regal as they come, this French name literally means “King.” However, Roy isn’t quite the king of the monikers anymore. The name was in the Top 100 names (often in the Top 50 names) through the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s but has now fallen below the Top 500.
Whether it’s spelled Sally or Sallie, this shortening of Sarah is now well beyond the Top 1,000 baby names. This is quite a fall from when the moniker started catching on in the late 1920’s, where it only grew in popularity into the 80’s and 90’s.
Another 80’s classic! This name, which was in the Top 10 names during the 1940’s, is now close to the Top 2,000 baby names. Wow.
This fun name meaning “warrior” in Latin is, without a doubt, the lowest ranked on our list. Currently at 9,534th, this moniker is far from its golden age of the 1950’s, where it was solidly in the Top 100 baby names for years.
Unless it has the name “Bruce” in front of it, it’s unlikely you’ll be hearing this once-common name too often. Although it’s now rapidly approaching the Top 1,000 baby names, this moniker has been solidly popular from the turn of the 20th until the 1990’s.