Name game changes
VISIT any classroom or nursery in 1930 and you’d likely find half a dozen Shirleys, Ronalds and Beverleys.
These days, you’d be hardpressed to find anyone under the age of 70 sporting those names. Over the past half a century, traditional boys and girls names have dropped significantly in popularity.
Data from Births, Deaths and Marriages reveals the most popular baby names in 1930 have all but died out today.
Ronald, Donald and Kenneth were among the top 10 baby names for boys 88 years ago. But in 2017, fewer than 10 babies have been registered with those names. Patricia, Shirley and Dorothy were the popular girls’ names – but only a handful were given the name in the past year. Barbara and Beverley were among the top 10 girls’ names for the ’30s but there was not one last year.