20 Popular Baby Names That Millennial Parents Just Aren't Picking Anymore

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So many controversial parenting debates are no fun to talk about, but everyone has an opinion about choosing the best baby name.

While celebrity parents have always been creative, new names like Stormi, Dream, and Saint are pushing the envelope.

Millennial parents are equally creative, and names like Liam, Emma, Oliva, James, and Sophia topped last year's baby name list.

The Kardashians and Jenners have led the way with trendy baby names.Khloe Kardashian - Instagram

But some names just aren't as popular as they used to be. A few hugely popular names of the 1970s and '80s are practically extinct these days.

The UK parenting site Netmums rounded up some classic names that are no longer in vogue. See if yours made the list.

All of the U.S. rankings on this list come from Social Security's name popularity tool. The agency records two 1,000 name rankings of boy and girl names each year.

10. Ian and Debbie

Ian McKellen and Debbie ReynoldsGage Skidmore / Allan Warren - Wikimedia

Ian is faring a little better in America than the UK, earning the 76th most popular spot on last year's boy's name list, but it's definitely become rarer since the early 2000s.

Debbies, meanwhile, are disappearing fast. The name peaked at 20th place on the girl's name list in the 1950s, and has been steadily dropping ever since.

9. Clive and Judy

Clive Owen and Judy GarlandA&E / MGM

Unlike the UK, Americans have never embraced Clive, except for a short burst of popularity in the 1930s.

Judy was of course more popular. It nearly cracked the top 10 in 1946, before starting a slow slide down and out of the top 1,000.

8. Roy and Tracy

Roy Orbison and Tracy ChapmanZoomer / Vlastní­ dí­lo - Wikimedia

Roy is a name with a long history, but it peaked way back in 1901. Despite managing to say in the top 50 until 1949, today it trails down past the 500th spot.

On the other hand, you probably went to school with plenty of Tracys if you grew up in the 1970s. The name was a hit in that decade but fell out of popularity in the '80s. Today it has fallen out of the top 1,000.

7. Barry and Donna

Barry Manilow and Donna SummerThe Grammys / Casablanca Records

Barry may not be as popular as it once was, but it had a good run. It was a regular on the top 1,000 list between 1901 and 2004.

As recently as 2010, the name Donna was still clinging to a spot just inside the top 1,000. A popular pick since the beginning of the 20th century, it peaked in the middle, earning the 5th most popular spot in both 1959 and 1960.

6. Gerald and Janey

President Gerald Ford and Janey Lynch (who doesn't actually go by "Janey")Ford Presidential Library / Peterb1234 - Wikimedia

Despite losing its popularity (it was the 20th most popular boy's name in 1941) Gerald still made spot 824 on Social Security's 2017 list.

But the name Janey is definitely suffering. While Jane is still going strong, Janey only cracked the top 1,000 in the 1940s and '50s, peaking in 1945.

5. Nigel and Carol

Nigel Lythgoe and Carol BurnettMathieu Young - THR / NBC

Americans definitely didn't embrace the name Nigel like parents from the UK did, but it did have a short bump here. Strangely, the name was most popular in 1994, when it earned the 478th spot.

Netmums reports that UK parents did not pick Carol at all in 2014, and it's just as unpopular here. Carol broke the top 10 throughout the '30s and '40s, but left the top 1,000 list in 2006.

4. Ronald and Susan

Ronald Reagan and Susan SarandonWhite House / David Shankbone - Wikimedia

Despite making Netmums' list, Ronald is still going strong here in America - even if it's getting rarer by the year. Once the 9th most popular boy's name, Ronald has never left the top 500 since Social Security's records began in 1900.

Susan has an impressive history, but today it's struggling. It stayed the second most popular girl's name from 1957 to 1960, but barely made the top 1,000 list in 2017.

3. Norman and Linda

Norman Fell and Linda HuntCBS

Norman had an impressive run in the list of top 50 boy names list, from the 1910s to 1940s. But after dropping steadily for decades it left the top 1,000 in 2005.

Millennial parents are also skipping Linda, which was the most popular girls name for several years around 1950, but ranked 708 on the girls list in 2017. Trendier names like Lia and Liana ranked much higher.

2. Gareth and Elaine

British actor Gareth Hunt and Elaine HendrixBBC / Gage Skidmore - Flickr

We'll trust that UK parents are giving up on Gareth, but it was actually never popular enough to rack America's top 1,000 list, at least after 1900. While Gary was once popular, it's struggling too...

The name Elaine was most popular in the 1940s, but is actually experiencing a small spike right now. It ranked 675th in 2015, but climbed to 588 by 2017.

1. Gary and Annette

Gary Cooper and Annette BeningParamount Pictures / WireImage

Netmums reports that just 33 baby boys named Gary were born in the UK in 2014, and the numbers in America are just as bad. The name actually bounced back from unpopularity to crack the top 10 in 1950, before sliding down to the 637th spot last year.

Meanwhile, there were no girls named Annette born in the UK in 2017, and the name isn't faring much better here. Once the 62nd most popular girl's name in America, Annette left the top 1,000 list in 2007.

[H/T: Netmums,]

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