2016's least popular baby names

Angela and Beverley were popular in the 60s and 70s, but not so much anymore. Photo / Getty
Angela and Beverley were popular in the 60s and 70s, but not so much anymore. Photo / Getty

For those of you named Angela, Beverley, Dean or Clive, you can expect to see your name less and less, if this year's current trend in baby names continues.

These four names, while reasonably common among the middle-aged among us, have made it to the list of the most unloved baby names of 2016.

Compiled by BabyCentre, the list is based on the analyses of baby name registration data, noting once-popular names that have had no registrations so far this year.

According to BabyCentre's managing editor, Sarah Redshaw, "It's inevitable that as some names rise in popularity, others fall out of fashion. The question is will they die out completely, or experience a revival in the future?"

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Redshaw also noted the list may appeal to parents looking to avoid adding their child to a classroom full of Charlottes and Olivers.

"If new parents want to make sure their baby has a name that stands out from the crowd this year, they should look to names like Paula, Debra and Elaine that were popular in the 60s, 70s and 80s for girls," she said.

"For boys, names that peaked in popularity as early as the turn of the last century - like Cyril, Horace and Bertram - could be unique choices."

Girls' names declining in popularity

- Angela
- Beverley
- Carol
- Debra
- Diane
- Donna
- Doris
- Elaine
- Joanne
- Maureen
- Paula
- Sally
- Sandra
- Sharon
- Sheila
- Tracey
- Wendy
- Yvonne

Boys' names declining in popularity

- Bertram
- Cecil
- Clarence
- Clive
- Cyril
- Dean
- Dennis
- Derek
- Duncan
- Ernest
- Geoffrey
- Horace
- Leonard
- Malcolm
- Neville
- Nigel
- Roy
- Wayne

- nzherald.co.nz

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