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Some of these names are from an earlier time; some had a sharp peak in popularity and then fell dramatically, tieing them firmly to a particular era; some may sound “old-fashioned”, but never went out of common use, or in fact are soaring up the popularity charts like you wouldn’t believe. And some, for an undefinable reason, simply sound like old school names.

Originally, I was going to tell you which names were which – but then I decided it would be more fun for you to work that out for yourselves.

Do these blasts from the past make you inwardly cringe, or are you delighted to see them on new babies? Cosy, sturdy, elegant, classics,  still cool, going stale, or utterly daggy – you decide!

GIRLS

Adelaide

Agatha

Annette

Brenda

Candice

Cheryl

Christine

Coralie

Courtney

Daphne

Edith

Esme

Ethel

Francine

Gillian

Gwendoline

Hazel

Heather

Iris

Jeanette

Joanna

Jocelyn

Julie

Kylie

Lynda

Mabel

Marnie

Mary

Melissa

Michelle

Millicent

Mona

Monica

Monique

Nicole

Norah

Rachel

Rebecca

Stacey

Susan

Valerie

Vera

 

BOYS

Albert

Arthur

Barry

Bertrand

Bruce

Chester

Craig

Darren

Dean

Donald

Douglas

Edwin

Elroy

Eugene

Floyd

Frank

Garry

Gavin

Glenn

Harvey

Keith

Kevin

Perry

Ralph

Roy

Stanley

Sylvester

Theodore

Travis

Vincent

Walter

(Photo shows Ginninderra Public School in the ACT, 1905)

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