There’s good news for all the Eleanors and Reggies who might be starting kindergarten in the next few years. Their names aren’t old-fashioned any more — they’re downright trendy.
Vintage is cool. Polaroids, Edison bulbs and wide-leg trousers have had their moments. Vinyl records, flip phones and Barbie have tilted toward vogue. Now it’s Baby’s turn.
“The prediction … is that it takes 100 years for most baby names to become popular again,” say the experts at the U.K.-based Bella Baby. “After the century, they will become desirable again and have an incredible spike in popularity.”
Using that logic and considering we’re in Quebec, maybe we’ll soon see more of these names, which were popular in France in 1923: Ferdinand, Ernestine, Pierrette, Jean-Baptiste, Leopold, Prosper, Muguette or Irma.
Popular names in Canada in 1923 included George, Dorothy, Mildred and Donald (we probably won’t see too many of that last one). How about Clarence or Thelma? Mabel has a lovely ring to it.
Mia Bardot, the editor-in-chief of Random Names, is excited to see timeless classics coming back into fashion. “Eleanor, Margaret Julia, and Adelaide have royal and elegant rings, while Betty and Inez were immensely popular in the 20th century and present a charming simplicity.”
Blake Lively and everyone’s favourite Canadian, Ryan Reynolds, named their children Betty, Inez and James. And you know the royals just have to get into it. “The sturdy and enduring appeal of names such as Henry, James and Louis is hard to resist,” Bardot says. Harry and Meghan went old-school with their children, Archie and Lilibet.
Another hit from Canada in 1923 was Baby, who you cannot put in a corner and whose name you are unlikely to forget. It might be a little awkward to grow into, however.
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