Baby Names that Won’t Make a Comeback? guide Robin Elise Weiss recently published a list of 10 Baby Names That Won’t Make a Comeback. These were her picks:

  • Girl names – Mildred, Eula, Deloris, Gladys, Norma
  • Boy names – Herman, Chester, Elbert, Norman, Ralph

Hm. I can’t quite agree with Robin here. The only thing holding most of these back is style, and style is always in flux.

Even Ralph, which became a slang term for “vomit” several decades ago, isn’t necessarily doomed. Slang meanings stick for a while, but not forever. (Just look at Roger.)

Do you think there are any names out there that will never make a comeback? Which ones, and why?

6 thoughts on “Baby Names that Won’t Make a Comeback?

  1. Ralph is high on my list of boy’s names, I know a 6 year old called Chester and Norma and Deloris are the kinda old school names I like!

    I can definately see Eula making a comeback in the trendy sets, it’s quite similar to Elsa I suppose.

    I never knew about the Ralph/vomit thing?! Well I’ve never heard of it over here in England anyways…

  2. In England, too, isn’t it pronounced with a longer A? Here it does sound like someone chucking into a toilet: raaaaooolphhhh.

    I like Norma and Dolores (that’s how I would spell it) although I had names much higher on my list. and Eula definitely shouldn’t be on that list. Gladys Knight? Come on!

    Chester (and Lester) both rhyme with molester and I can’t see them catching on in a big way…And Herman and Norman sound like they wouldn’t come back but I used to think that about Harry so what do I know?

    A name I would be surprised to see make a big comeback…Cunigunda. It’s a German name. Hildegarde (although I had it on my list due to the saint). Brunhilde. Those sorts of things. Adolf. Other names with infamy behind them.

  3. Dick, Fanny, Cletus.
    I think all the names in the original list could come back. Although I am not a huge fan of any of them, I do like some super-unfashionable names like Myrtle, so there must be Norma likers out there too.

  4. When I was 5, I thought Norma was a hilarious name. ( I was sent to the cloakroom for making fun of a classmate’s mother’s name.) Now I find it charming.

    I’m frequently amazed by the names that I think feel modern… only to learn that my dad went to school with a Grayson and my parent’s bought their first house from a couple named Genevieve and Eliot. Like you said, styles are always in flux…

    As for names that won’t come back:

  5. I am quite a fan of Chester, actually.

    I agree with the previous poster who said Adolf probably won’t be making a comeback any time soon.

  6. Then I consider other Chesters and I think it will be ok. I don’t think Lester will, though. And Ebeneezer!! Ha! Cletus and Sambo. Was Sambo ever popular, though? (Laughing…these are so bad…).

    I don’t think we should assume Dick won’t come back. My 6 year old is determined to name her son Dick for the secret identity of Robin.

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