Baby Names That Are Going Out of Style

Updated on April 20, 2019
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Some popular names that have been at the top of lists of baby names over the years are going out of style. According to Laura Wattenberg, founder of BabyNameWizard, many of the names that were once popular have lost their flavor.

Baby names, like so many other things, are changing with the trends. Names, like fashions, music, and other things go out of style and are replaced by things considered to be more modern. Celebrities are choosing odd names for their babies, such as Saint, Apple, Dream, Sir, Sage, and Suri.

This is not to say that the names that are disappearing this year will not ever be popular again. We just have to wait to see if they will come back in style. In the meantime, just look around and name your baby after something in your kitchen cabinet, in your office, or in your garden.


The name Anita is not popular anymore. However, it was in the 1950s. Down through the ages, fewer and fewer parents are naming their babies Anita.


The name Brenda dates back to the 1950s, but it made a comeback in the 1990s. The name appears to be fading in popularity again. If history repeats itself, the name Brenda will return as a popular name again. However, don't expect parents to name their baby girls Brenda anytime soon.

Britney Spears


When one thinks of a Britney, singer Britney Spears comes to mind. The name Britney is fading away because so many new names are following the trends.


Carrie is known to some as an old-fashioned name. After all, it dates back to the 1880s. Think of all the Carries you know. Don't they remind you of older people?


Cindy is thought to be the nickname for Cynthia. Even so, parents are omitting it from their list of names for their baby girls. Cynthia has not been a popular name for a long time. It was once a good option for a girl's name back in the 1960s.


The name Denise has been popular as a first name as well as a middle name. Everybody probably knows someone named Denise.


Heather used to be a popular name for girls in the 1970s. It is being retired perhaps because it has been overused over the years. It is almost guaranteed that everybody knows someone named Heather.

Perhaps there is a Heather on your job, in your class, or in your neighborhood. While Heather is a beautiful name, it is not as popular as it used to be.


Kathleen was a popular name during the '50s, but it is disappearing from the list of popular names.

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell | Source


Kristen has been a very popular name in the past. It was very popular in the 1980s, but it is losing its popularity. You probably have heard of the following Kristens who are celebrities.

  • Kristen Wiig
  • Kristen Bell
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Kristen Johnston


Usually, people whose real name is Michael are called Mike. That is not true in all cases. For instance, the following Michaels are addressed by their full name.

  • Michael Strahan
  • Michael Douglas
  • Michael Learned (who is a woman)
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Michael Jordan
  • Michael Jackson

The above list proves that even though Michael will not be as popular as it once was, it surely has been a popular name among celebrities in the past.

Michael Strahan



The name Pamela was popular in the 1950s but not too much anymore. There are so many other unique names parents are choosing. Pamela is losing in popularity and is not one of those names.

Sterling K. Brown as Randall On 'This Is Us'

Sterling K. Brown as Randall
Sterling K. Brown as Randall | Source


The name Randall is disappearing. That's too bad because the adopted child on the popular NBC television show, This Is Us, is named Randall. Maybe it will make a comeback, but it is not on the popular list of names for boys.


Sharon is another vintage name dating back to the 1940s. It is unlikely that many parents will name their girls Sharon in the future.


Sheila was a popular name in the 1960s. If you know anyone named Sheila, it is probably someone in their 60s or close to that age.

It is interesting that this name is spelled in different ways. While pronounced the same, it can be spelled Sheila, Shiela, and Sheilah.

Susan Lucci

Susan Lucci
Susan Lucci | Source


Susan was a popular name in the 1950s but not so much in recent years. Parents just aren't naming their babies Susan as often as they used to.

Susan B. Anthony, Susan Sontag, and Susan Lucci are people named Susan that you might be familiar with.

Was your name on the list of names that are going out of fashion?

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