What's in a name? Would a rose by any other name not smell as sweet?
Maybe, but that doesn't mean you can name your son "Florent" without worrying that he'll be teased at school. Names surge in popularity and go out of style, and some disappear altogether. The baby name website NameBerry came up with a list of "abandoned" baby names that nobody is using.
They compared their database of names against last year's Social Security Administration records, to find ones that weren't being used at all. Here are 10 girl names and 10 boy names that could be due for a comeback.
1. Artemesia for girls and Bard for boys
Artermis was the Greek goddess of the hunt, and the daughter of Zeus. While that's all very interesting, it's easy to tell why "Artemesia" lost its cool - it's too complicated. And what would her nickname be, Arty?
Meanwhile, a Bard is a professional storyteller. Which would come in handy, because at least once every day for the rest of your life you would be asked to explain what your name means and why on earth your parents picked it.
2. Circe for girls and Cassio for boys
It's hard to imagine why Circe has fallen out of popularity. It's another ancient Greek name, but it's also shared by a popular character from Game of Thrones. Then again, there's a spelling difference. She's not the nicest person either, so maybe she's single-highhandedly given the name Circe a bad name.
Unless a parent is really devoted to their calculator, we probably won't see any Cassios for a few years. Although, in Brazil, Cassio is actually very popular.
3. Daffodil for girls and Gulliver for boys
Flower names for girls are still hanging onto the list of most popular names (Rose, for example) but some of the more obscure plants landed on the list of abandoned names. Both Bluebell and Daffodil were not used in 2016.
Gulliver really only has one famous association, and it's a book from 1726, so maybe this name is finally dying off once and for all. Even the movie adaptation starring Jack Black from a few years ago couldn't bring it back.
4. Franny for girls and Humphrey for boys
"Franny" has undergone a renaissance as a nickname for boys named Francis, but it just sounds too old fashioned for modern girls. Although, it's still a popular nickname for Francines across the country.
Sure, Humphrey is just as old fashioned as Franny, but people are still watching Casablanca, aren't they? We say this name is due for a comeback, if only to honor Bogey's incredible career.