UK baby names that could become extinct in 2017

If you’re a Tracey, Dennis or Roy, you could be one the last, with scores of names made popular in the 50s and 60s now at risk of becoming extinct.


Tracking name data from its community of three million UK mums this year, online resource BabyCentre has compiled a list of 36 once-popular names that are yet to be registered on its database in 2017.

The long list proves that once-common names like Sharon, Leonard and Carol just aren’t getting used the way they did before.

Among the boys names which are falling out favour are Dean, Derek, Geoffrey, Neville and Wayne.

While it seems Cecil, Duncan, Horace and Malcolm are becoming less and less common too.

For girls, traditional names like Angela, Debra, Diane, Elaine and Paula were also ranked among those that could soon become extinct.

And it looks like other classic names such as Joanne, Sally, Sharon and Wendy are fading out fast too.

Of course, it’s only the end of March so there’s still nine months to save them.

Would you call your baby one of these names?