Name game changes

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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.

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