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Traditional but extinct baby names in Ireland

By Sheetal Sukhija, Ireland News
16 Oct 2018, 00:02 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - An extensive research conducted by Ancestry.ie has revealed that some traditional baby names are set to become extinct in Ireland.  

According to the findings of the survey, certain names remain popular, including Jack, James and Conor for boys and Emily, Grace, Ava for girls. 

However, the research aimed at discovering the Irish forenames that are dying out found that names such as Doreen, Ethel, Norman and Herbert are quickly dying out.

The researchers explained that they compared various online birth records to measure the popularity of forenames over the past 100 years. 

They concluded that names including Ethel, Sheila, Garrett and Herbert are among those that have become "extinct."

The survey revealed that the most ‘critical’ names on the list are those that have seemingly disappeared since these names have not been chosen by parents as their first choice to name their child.

These include Gertrude, Ethel and Muriel for girls and Herbert, Norman and Cecil for boys.

The research further pointed out that there are some names that continue to remain in use but are significantly less common.

These names have been categorized under 'at risk' and include boys names such as William and Patrick and female names like Ellen, Elizabeth and Annie.

Overall the list of extinct names include Herbert, Norman, Cecil, Bartholomew, Leslie, Cyril, Reginald, Donald, Sylvester, Wallace and Garrett for boys and Gertrude, Ethel, Eveline, Muriel, Gladys, Sheila, Marion, Doreen, Wilhelmina, Doris, Edna, Letitia, Margaretta and Fanny for girls.

Commenting on the findings, Ancestry spokesperson Russell James said, “Whilst we know no name can ever truly become extinct, it’s fascinating to look at the names which have gone out of fashion and those that have boomed in the last 100 years. It would be uncommon to meet a new-born Mary, Margaret or John today while babies with the name Emily or Jack can be found around the country.”

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