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From Sandra to Gary and Elaine, the unfashionably kitsch baby names heading for extinction


For all the thousands of newborns being called Amelia and Oliver (Britain's most popular), there's a set of parents fighting for a revival of unfashionable retro names that are fast falling away from our lexicon altogether.

This week a couple named their son Gary in hopes of preserving it (in 2014, only 33 boys were given the name). 

Now resurfaced data from the Office of National Statistics shows exactly which names are falling rapidly out of fashion and might need saving. 

Carol and Annette were in the top 100 baby names for girls in 1964, but no parents gave their children these monikers last year.

The once popular Nigel and Barry fell to 2079th positions in 2014 and Clive and Norman fell to 2964th place.

This comes as a particular calibre of vintage names are seeing a resurgence in popularity, especially among celebrities. Lily Allen has named her daughters Ethel and Marnie, Dido has named her son Stanley and Amy Poehler called her son Archie. And actress Zooey Deschanel recently revealed that she named her first child Elsie.

But this trend for retro names of the early 20th Century has not yet extended to popular names of the Sixties and Seventies - such as Barry, Nigel and Annette - that are still widely considered out of date, and sound passé in a way that's not fashionable. 

Take a look at the once-popular names that could soon fizzle out - if we don't start using them soon...

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Declining popular girl names, from 1996 to 2014

Carol – fell from 802nd most popular name to 0, after no babies were named Carol in 2014

Annette -  fell from 944th most popular name to 0, after no babies were named Annette in 2014

Kathleen – fell from 227th most popular name to 715th

Susan – fell from 397th most popular name  to 1882nd

Julie – fell from 436th most popular name to 1272nd

Donna – fell from 441st most popular name to 3514th

Elaine – fell from 441st most popular name to 3514th

Ann – fell from 539th most popular name to 1299th

Debbie – fell from 571st most popular name  to 2464th

Sandra – fell from 686th most popular name to 1016th

Tracy – fell from from 686th most popular name to 3160th

Declining popular boy names, from 1996 to 2014

Gary – fell from 147th most popular name to 889th in 2014. 

Neil – fell from 232rd most popular name to 754th

Graham – fell from 341st most popular name to 1819th

Barry – fell from 441st most popular name to 2079th

Ronald – fell from 427th most popular name to 1935th

Nigel -  fell from 552nd most popular name to 2079th

Gerald – fell from 680th most popular name to 2248th

Bernard – fell from 680th most popular name to 1012th

Maurice – fell from 818th most popular name to 1327th

Clive - fell from 898th most popular name to 2964th

Norman – fell from 1337th most popular name to 2964th



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