Just recently the lists of the most popular children’s names has been published. I’ve always been interested in names and naming, perhaps because I have an unusual name, and a story behind my name. I was named after my great grandmother, and my sister, Anne, was named after another. Our other two great grandmothers were Kate and Fanny… I can’t see either of us as a Kate, and as for the other name… I’m not sure it’s very popular now! If we had been boys and great-grandfathers’ names were being considered, we’d have had the choice of Reuben, Tom/Thomas, William or Louis all very current with today’s baby boys!
In the list I have found which is nearest to when my sister and I were born, these are the top ten girls names:
No Lois’s but there’s Anne at #10. My second name is Elizabeth which comes in at #8, my sister is Veronica which was #98 when she was born! I’m not sure what I would have been called if I had been a boy, I think possibly Alexander – which doesn’t appear on my contemporaries list:
Now here is the latest list of popular names, in rank order, girls first:
I think there may have been some older girls called Isabel/Isobel when I was at school, but none that I can remember, and I knew of one Rose, but as for the rest, I’m not sure there were any girls I knew of with those names! .. and boys
I remember when I was very young, maybe five or six I had a little Chinese friend called Oliver, but he was the only one I ever knew or knew of. I wonder what next year’s trends will be?
My featured image is of me and my school friends aged eleven; if anyone recognises themselves, do get in touch!!
When I was in grade school in Canada everyone had a nickname. My last name is Lewis so I became Louie. Shortly after that I became Screwy Louie and that name has stuck for 50 years. I guess it could have been worse.
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It could have been! The ex-landlord of the Dolphin was Lewis and he too was Louie! I was Loco, now I’m just Lo! x