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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Texas
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    Girls
    Judith - I just can't see this coming back but then again I don't care for it so I might be biased
    Nancy - I like this, it has a 50's feel but I don't think it has enough appeal to come back
    Maxine - I think this would be nice if it weren't for that annoying Hallmark cartoon of a grumpy old lady
    Coleen - too dated imo, might come back in 20 years or so?
    Cleo/Clio - I like this, can see it coming back but I prefer Clea
    Etta - Love this! I have a great aunt named Etta Mae so I'm partial to it, I think it has a lot of appeal right now with name trends.
    Trudie/Trudy - too dated and cutesy in a 50's stereotype way to come back
    Jeannie - OK but I think Jeanne nn jeanie could come back before Jeannie does.


    Boys
    Alvin - Have never been able to stand this and can't see it coming back but I have a bad association with it so Im biased
    Douglas - have a young cousin named this so I def can see this coming back
    Oscar - too dated, don't care for it and I can't see it coming back
    Forrest - definitely fits todays trends so I can see it coming back full force.
    Reuben - Where I live this name is not exactly considered refined or stylish so I can't see it coming back because of that perspective.
    Virgil - love this, would love to see it come back and I think it has potential
    Wallace - not sure about this, on one hand it has potential, on another it reminds me of Wallace Simpson so IDK
    Stuart - yes I could see this coming back, its NMS but I would like to see others use it
    Clarence - this might be too dated to come back anytime soon
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    Girls: Bérangère, Bérénice, Honorine, Mazarine Boys: Augustin, Emeric, Hugo, Lambert, Lucien, Maxence, Yves

  2. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
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    I love Cleo, and Wallace is in my top 15. I like quirky cousin Waldo even more.

  3. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Maryland, USA
    Posts
    976
    Girls
    Judith- Don't like and really don't see making a comeback!
    Nancy- I think in a couple of years it will be ready to comeback. Don't personally like it though.
    Maxine- Very cute!
    Coleen- Don't like but could see it being used.
    Cleo/Clio- Don't really see this as dated, I find it very exotic.
    Etta- Love it! Definitely ready.
    Trudie/Trudy- Same with Judith.
    Jeannie- I could see it coming back though I don't like it.


    Boys
    Alvin- With Alvin and the Chipmunks I don't think it will comeback any time soon.
    Douglas- Kinda cute, I could see it.
    Oscar- Don't like because of personal association but I think of Oscar the Grouch. It might comeback in a couple of years.
    Forrest- LOVE! So ready.
    Reuben- I could see it coming back into style.
    Virgil- Oh no!
    Wallace- i think of Wallace & Gromit but it is kinda cute.
    Stuart- Don't like but have met some little Stuarts.
    Clarence- I kinda like it but don't know if it's ready to comeback.
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    Naming future twinkles...
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  4. #17
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
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    Judith- In a minority here, but I love Judith. I think its soft and gentle sounding. The soft 'th' is popular where I am- there are Tabithas and Theas popping up, so why not Judiths? I put it in the same boat as Loretta and Marion (used by SJP for her girls.) All it'd take it someone in the public eye to use the name...
    Nancy- This one is coming back, I think! Our PM's daughter is named Nancy, and it pops up quite a lot in the upper middle classes. I quite like it but it has a 'jolly' vibe that I don't think I'd want in a name I would use personally.
    Maxine- I hate this. Please let it not come back! It isn't in the UK that I know of. It sounds SO masculine to me. Brutish almost!
    Coleen- Hmm, not a fan but I could see it coming back. Maybe in a few years anyway- it doesn't seem to have the vintage vibe of some of the others; and its that which seems to be attracting new parents where I am.
    Cleo/Clio- Love both these, especially the latter spelling. Please goodness let them not flare up in popularity. Haven't heard of any Cleos or Clios for a long time, but I can imagine them becoming popular. Mythological link, like Chloe has, and a wearably brief name! I think Cleo/Clio has potential curb appeal- I can't actually see why this name isn't popular already!
    Etta- Yep, as with Cleo. Short and sweet- like Ada, Isla etc. Could potentially come back- especially with the jazz association on its side. However, I also wouldn't bank on it- might need a boost from the outside. E.g. inclusion in a Twilight film or something tragic
    Trudie/Trudy- Nope. This one isn't due for a revamp
    Jeannie- Ditto this one!


    Boys
    Alvin- Like PPs said. Chipmunks still got him
    Douglas- I know a little Douglas, and its grown on me. Still, I think this one will stay gathering dust for a while yet.
    Oscar- This is so so popular in the UK! Maybe meaning that will happen in the US too?
    Forrest- Hmm, don't see this one becoming too popular. It lacks charm IMO.
    Reuben- Meh. This is alright. I see it as a bit 'jolly' too. Kind of silly sounding or something?
    Virgil- Like this a lot, but too similar to the word 'virgin' to ever come back I think. Plus very serious and ancient associations. Not an obvious contender on the popularity charts
    Wallace- This is cool- can see this one coming back. It has the same strong, surnamey but classic feeling as maybe, Lloyd or Clark
    Stuart- NOO so goofy and dated sounding still
    Clarence- I think too effeminate to come back. Too much like Clara, Claribel, Claire etc. And the 'Clar' beginning isn't tremendously cool- Claribel still carries associations with that cow! And I don't think Clarence entirely escapes from those poncey associations..

    This was interesting! Good post
    mum to the lovely Harriet Katia (10) Beatrix Liv (6) and Cordelia Joyce (4) and Lionel Rafferty (1 whole year already)

  5. #19
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
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    Girls
    * Judith - I love Judith. I see the full name as elegant and beautiful. If I had a half dozen daughters, I'd consider using it as a middle name. I would love to see it used more often, but I'm not sure that parents are ready yet for the nn "Judy."
    * Nancy - It was a suave name in its day, but it's not really my style, and I CANNOT imagine it being used now.
    * Maxine - It's not my style, as Max just feels masculine to me. I am not sure the "ine" ending is going to be stylish anytime too soon, but it might in light of the trend to call girls by masculine names. I CAN imagine parents calling their daughters Max.
    * Coleen - I don't mind Coleen, but I CAN'T picture it being revived any time soon.
    * Cleo/Clio - This one is not my style, but I CAN see it being revived at any time.
    * Etta - I love Etta, and I think it is very usable now.
    * Trudie/Trudy - Not my style. I think it might be revived, but it will probably not happen anytime soon.
    * Jeannie - I DON'T think this one will be ready for a comeback for a very long time, IF EVER.

    Boys
    * Alvin - I CAN see it potentially being revived in the near future.
    * Douglas - I think any chance for revival is a long way off. I think its an okay middle name.
    * Oscar - I think it is already coming back, slowly but surely. NMS.
    * Forrest - Any chance of true revival is probably a long way off, but I think it is an acceptable name to use now.
    * Reuben - If Hugo has been revived, then Reuben certainly CAN be revived too.
    * Virgil - I CAN'T picture this one coming back.
    * Wallace - I think Walter has a much better chance. I CAN'T see Wallace, nn Wally, coming back.
    * Stuart - I CAN picture this one coming back.
    * Clarence - CAN'T picture it
    Mother of three teenagers: (1) Daniel Glen, (2) Timothy Austin, and (3) Rebecca Jane... all middle names honor family... 3rd generation mn Jane. (A second girl would have been Susanna Eve and a third boy, maybe Isaac...)

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