Baby Names That Have Gone Out Of Fashion

Choosing a baby name is quite possibly one of the hardest decisions that parents-to-be face, with so many possibilities and different trends to try and stay ahead of. We’ve done the research and found that many of the names that were at the height of popularity in recent years have been suddenly going out of fashion. But what could be causing these rapid declines? The reasons behind it may surprise you! Watch the full video to find out if your baby name is facing extinction and let us know what you think about these baby names here.

Alexa, Stan and Ollie are among popular baby names being ditched by parents for the weirdest reasons, our new study reveals.Although it was ranked as the UK’s 21st most popular girl’s name in 2016, two-thirds of digitally-savvy parents now say they don’t want their daughter sharing her name with the Amazon Alexa device.Other popular names being dropped by young mums and dads include Stan – because of the hashtag #Stan which is used online to mean ‘stalker-fan’.Ollie, the 69th most popular name for a boy, is also falling out of favour because of a bizarre internet phenomena which sees humans eat the American ‘Ollie’ brand dog food. As a result, three in five parents say they won’t pick it for their son.

On girls’ names, our study of 1,434 parents found Katie and Cait are becoming less popular for a range of reasons, including links to controversial columnist Katie Hopkins, the ‘I Am Cait’ TV show following Caitlyn Jenner and the decline of Kate Middleton fever in favour of new Royal Meghan.

Overall, 55 per cent of parents would be very worried if their child had a name linked to a hashtag, meme or other internet trend, with one in 25 encouraging their child to use a middle name or change their name altogether.

Our ChannelMum.com baby name expertSJ Strum, said: “Although Alexa was a popular choice a few years ago, the rapid proliferation of Amazon Alexas is killing it off. No one wants a daughter and a device with the same name.”

Is YOUR baby name on the list?

GIRLS’ NAMES:

Alexa – The popularity of Amazon Alexa is making this a tricky choice for modern parents. You can’t have a child and a device answering to the same name

Felicia – As ‘Bye, Felicia’ is a millennial insult and internet-breaking Meme

Katie / Cait – Whether it’s Katie Hopkins, the popularity of TV show ‘I Am Cait’ or worries over being a ‘copyKate’ to Kate Middleton, fewer parents are picking this pretty choice.

Scarlett – Being ditched for the even more on-trend and millennial pink Violet

Lauren – With way too many reality TV star connections, it’s no longer an aspirational choice

BOYS’ NAMES:

Stan – Hashtag #Stan means ‘stalker fan’ in millennial slang

Ollie – It’s the name of a popular American pet food brand and is now a YouTube internet phenomenon with humans scoffing their dog’s dinners

Christian – Whether it’s Grey or a nod to religion in multi-cultural Britain, the popularity of this name is on the slide

Harvey – Weinstein, say no more

Ryan – Ryan where? This was once of the UK’s most popular names but is plunging in popularity, as parents don’t want their kids linked to a budget airline.

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Vlog Of The Week: Name My Baby

This week’s Vlog Of The Week is a really fun one – we’ve chosen Sarah-Jayne Lljungstrom’s ‘Name My Baby‘ vlog where reveals how she is struggling to come up with the perfect name for her third baby. There’s nothing we love more at Channel Mum Shedquarters than talking about baby names so this video has definitely been a highlight.

Sarah-Jayne has made some great videos in the past about picking baby names for her two sons but is stuck when it comes to baby number three. What’s more she doesn’t know the gender of her baby which makes it even harder!

Fancy coming up with the name of her baby? Sarah-Jayne has opened up the floor to suggestions!

Head over and have a watch and hear about the names she loves, the kind of names she is looking for and why not even make a suggestion or two? She’ll definitely thank you for it! Baby is due in only a few weeks time now!

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For more videos from Sarah-Jayne please check out her vlogger page here.

You can watch more videos about picking baby names here.

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