fàvorite 'dated' names
Do you love any names that you consider dated?
Is there any formula for figuring out if a name is dated or is it more like "most Theresas I know are 50"?
Would you use a dated name and if so what era are you ok with?
Personally I love a lot of names in this category and I find Nancy, Annette, Joan are usable moreso than Jennifer, Heather, Amanda.
Olga, I really think that one needs a comeback.
Others I like are Nancy, Maude, Agnes, Esther, Dagmar, Ingrid etc. I don't know which era those names would place me in.
I'm an absolute sucker for old-fashioned names.
I LOVE eighties and nineties names!! I hate that they are now the "mom names," because I love the names:
Jamie (girl) (my ALL-TIME FAVORITE name, that I will probably never use :( )
Alicia (as a first name, or more likely as Jamie's middle name)
I know there are more, but these are the first ones that come to mind.
I don't know that there's a specific formula, but I think for most people the names of their own generation are "dated" while those of their parents or grandparents are coming back around as "vintage" or seem fresh again. Of course, this rule of thumb is subject to generation length--my friend's family were a series of short generations and mine were late bloomers, so her grandma is a year younger than my mom. (Her mom was 16 when she had my friend and my mom was 36 when she had me.)
I like Joan a lot. I think if the name is more commonly used on 40 or 50 year olds, it would be considered dated. I don't think I would use a dated name, there are so many great modern names.
Cynthia, which is my own name. Many people said it is very dated, old lady name. But then I thought, I am even younger than most people who said it. *sigh
Cynthia's pretty, mythological, and even classic to me.
Alicia (is it really considered dated?)
I think it's beautiful, but it definitely has that dated feel.
Laura-Kate. Or any double-barreled Kate name. As a kid I was entranced by Mary Lou Retton, and I thought having a double-barreled name was the height of coolness. I guess part of me still does. :-)
Whitney- Sounds so clean and crisp, and the W softens it a bit.
Chelsea- on a girl or boy.
I love the name Cheryl. It just sounds so bright and clear to me, like a bell :)