vintage first names no longer in use today or not popular anymore

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  1. Drappa

    Drappa One Too Many

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    My husband is called Paul, and I can think of at least four other Pauls I know. Seems to be very popular still.
     
  2. jessesgirl08

    jessesgirl08 One of the Regulars

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    we all have pretty traditional names in our family but some are still common today however
    Thelma (my grams name)
    Jeffry - this is the way they spell it in our family :)(my uncle and brothers name)
    Ralph (my grams brother)
    William (my grams dad)
    Gerald (brother and uncles middle names)
    Gary (dad's middle name)
    Glen (cousins name) are not really common any more I hardly ever hear them.
     
  3. Gaylord my dad's middle name and Gilbert my step-dad's middle name.
     
  4. nostalgic

    nostalgic New in Town

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    I went to school with one :p. That's the only one I can think of under 50 [huh]
     
  5. Espee

    Espee Practically Family

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    I know of a Paul who's 52 and one around 49.... but I'd think there would be a bunch around 47 and a bit below, named for Paul McCartney.
     
  6. djd

    djd Practically Family

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    I'm a Derek - which only seems to have been popular in the UK in the 1950s - although my parents (obviously behind the times!) named me in the 60s. I did notice when I was in the US about ten years ago, that it seemed to be making a come-back of sorts there (or maybe just in Pensilvania). Other than that it only seems to have been popular in the caribean community.

    I've never liked it myself!
     
  7. Puzzicato

    Puzzicato One Too Many

    My husband is also Paul - he's 40. I think he was named so his mum didn't have to buy new name tapes for his school uniforms (his brothers are Pieter and Philip).
     
  8. nostalgic

    nostalgic New in Town

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    Sorry to stir up such debate :eek:. I actually didn't even think of Paul McCartney either :eusa_doh:
    ... on that note, what about Elvis? :D
     
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  9. tonyb

    tonyb I'll Lock Up

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    Elvis seems a popular name for dogs (literally dogs, the four-legged kind), which I suppose is kinda unfortunate for those humans so named. The folks next door have an English bulldog named Elvis, and I've been introduced to a few other canine Elvises over the years.

    I've noticed a gradual trend toward bestowing upon pets what we used to think of (maybe?) as exclusively human names.
     
  10. Drappa

    Drappa One Too Many

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    ^I have noticed that as well, and similarly some acquaintances have given their small children names I used to think of as mainly pet names.
    As a teenager I once borrowed a friend's much too small bike to get home, and whilst cycling through a park attracted the attention of a dachshund, who tried to bite my leg. The owners started calling my name, over and over again, which really confused me as I didn't know them, until I figured out that the aggressive little dog and I shared a first name. What a sad day that was!
     
  11. Amy Jeanne

    Amy Jeanne Call Me a Cab

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    Lola!!!

    I don't know any Lolas, but it seemed like a pretty popular-ish name back in the day.

    I named my dog Lola because when I got her Bombshell (1933) was my favourite movie :D
     
  12. AtomicEraTom

    AtomicEraTom

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    My cats have people names. Earl and Randy.

     
  13. Jaguar66

    Jaguar66 A-List Customer

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    Ora
    Aida
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    Leslie

    My GF named Guy, as my brother

    Another name not seen Eunice, only other person I knew with that name was Eunice Shriver.

    Speaking of southern names, mothers name I liked, Mary Helen
     
  14. tonyb

    tonyb I'll Lock Up

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    One more thing we have in common, Tom. Our cat is named Earleen, but we long ago shortened it to Earl. She doesn't seem to mind.

    Our dog? He's an Otis. The only human Otis of my acquaintance, or at least the only one I can think of right off the top of my head, went by Peewee. I had known him a good while -- years, actually --before I learned his name was actually Otis, and I recall learning that from his son, who was (is) close to my age. I assume that old Peewee/Otis has since gone the way of all things, seeing how he wasn't young when I knew him, and that's going back 30-plus years. So yeah, Otis is another of those names you just don't hear much anymore.
     
  15. cecil

    cecil A-List Customer

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    Oh, I see. Pretty! Australia doesn't have the large Spanish-speaking population like you guys do, so I don't hear it often.
     
  16. cecil

    cecil A-List Customer

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    My name is Cecil, but I changed it to that legally when I was 19 so I kinda cheated :p

    I work with volunteers at a maritime museum who are mostly retired sailors etc and are around 70+ years young...if I had a dollar for every time someone said "Cecil is my father's name" I could probably retire too! Lol
     
  17. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    My roommate's Mom is named Lola. She originally like the song Lola by the Kinks until her dear son showed her the lyrics. The song is about a cross dresser....

    Later
     
  18. topango

    topango Familiar Face

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    Millicent, I have not heard or seen it used since looking through my fathers Year book (1944)
     
  19. Among my parents' friends were a Millie, Dottie and June (the latter two are sisters) as well as a Cedric (Millie's husband).
     
  20. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    The gal who used to serve the Cokes at the drug store when I was growing up was named Cora. She was a high school classmate of my mother's, and I've never known anyone else by that name.
     

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