Baby names have changed since day Dot
KNOW anyone called Shirley, Beverley or Ronald? Chances are they’re at least close to 70 as “old-fashioned” names get left behind by parents.
Popular as those names were in 1930, they have gone the same way as names such as Donald and Kenneth, which were all among the top 10 baby names for boys 88 years ago.
It’s the same story for girls called Patricia and Dorothy.
Yet some names linked with yesteryear such as William and Harry have kept going strong — probably because of certain princes.
Interestingly, variations on older names have come into fashion. In 1930, Margaret was a popular name for girls. Now it is no longer popular, although the derivative Maggie is common.
Likewise, the name John has almost vanished from the list of modern baby names, but Jack, once a nickname for John, has become hugely popular.
Mother-of-three Tess Holmes said she had no qualms about naming her 12week-old daughter Dorothy.
“My grandma’s middle name is Dorothy, my mum’s aunty is called Dorothy and my husband’s grandma is also a Dorothy,” she said.
Tess with Dorothy and Scarlett.