Names of the 70s re­turn

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By EMMA GILL [email protected]­i­tymir­ @Fam­i­lyManc

WE know names from yesteryear have well and truly made a come­back.

No­body bats an eye­lid at the likes of Al­fie and Archie as names com­mon­place among our el­derly folk have crept back into the class­room.

But now it seems a dif­fer­ent decade is in­spir­ing our baby names – the 70s.

BabyCen­tre says last year saw a rise in clas­sic 80s names like Michael and John. But now the preg­nancy and par­ent­ing web­site reck­ons par­ents are now go­ing back even fur­ther for in­spi­ra­tion as fa­mil­iar names of the 1970s gain a strong­hold.

Among the big­gest sur­prises in the 2018 charts was the huge in­crease in reg­is­tra­tions for Brian. Barry and Pa­tri­cia were also pop­u­lar with par­ents and BabyCen­tre is pre­dict­ing names like Cliff, Chris­tine and Su­san could make a come­back this year.

We’ve been on the hunt for ba­bies in Manch­ester whose names were pop­u­lar in the 70s – and we’ve cer­tainly found a few crop­ping up.

Mum Han­nah Jack­son liked the 70s name Ken­neth for her two-yearold son, but changed it slightly to Kenny.

The mum-of-eight, who lives in Hyde, said: “We named Kenny af­ter his grandad Ken­neth. We felt turn­ing it to Kenny kept the old style but made it a cute, more mod­ern name and he so suits it.”

Mum Bri­ony Evans was pre­ma­ture with the 70s trend, call­ing her Brian Blessed and Pa­tri­cia Rout­ledge – names are back! son Steven when he was born in 2007.

The 11-year-old, from Staly­bridge, was also named af­ter his grandad.

So what other names might be mak­ing a come­back this year? Well here’s a list of the top 100 girls and boys names in Eng­land and Wales back in 1974, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish Baby Names. So watch this space!

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