There’s a lively discussion going on over at our message boards on what names have gone out of style and will probably never come back. On the permanent Out List, by consensus, are:
BRUNHILDA (was this ever in, I mean since the 11th century?)
We’re with you so far, name lovers, and can even understand why you disagree on whether some choices belong on the Out-Forever List. One person sees Gertrude as cute, like little Drew Barrymore in ET, while another says it reminds her forever of the word girdle. Myrtle is fresh and flower-like to one visitor, terminally dowdy to another. And Grover is adorable to one message boardie, doomed to Sesame Street purgatory by another.
And Linda! ?! Let’s not even go there.
Here some names that we once declared dead forever (or forever-ish) only to see them rise again.
Are there any besides the ones already identified by the message board devotees that we’d still call as out forever? Gladys. Myrna. Phyllis, Shirley, Wanda. Arnold and Dewey, Egbert and Elmer, Hyman and Melvin. Which I guess pretty much guarantees that they’ll come back into style any day now.