The millennial name shame! Retail worker Graeme believes his name is 'cool' ... trends now
Previously popular names are under threat of extinction, new research shows, but the few left in existence are calling for more young people with older names as a key reminder of the UK's history.
Graeme Currie, 34, says his name is still 'cool' and believes it will make a comeback - despite it being officially extinct just two years ago.
The name Graeme was claimed to be extinct in January 2022, after research by language experts Babbel found it was not used at all in 2020 for any newborn babies.
But the retail assistant doesn't believe that makes it uncool - and says he is more than happy with his name. It comes as the latest naming trends for 2023 were reported, with retro names tipped to be big this year.
Graeme Currie, 34, said he wants more people to be named Graeme in the years to come
Graeme was one of seven male names labelled as extinct by Babbel in a study last year (stock image)
Graeme, 34, said: 'I think more people should be named Graeme. I think it's a kind of cool name.
'I was noticing a lot of younger people had different names and it was like Graeme seemed to be rarer.
'I think it's always good to encourage the older names like Graeme, Guy and Greg.'
Graeme was one of seven male names labelled as extinct by Babbel in a study last year.
According to the research, the other six names, which have become extinct since 1994, are Horace, Iain, Leigh, Melvyn, Nigel and Royston.
Extinct names for girls - meaning they did not appear in 2020 - include Bertha, Beverley, Carol, Carole, Doreen, Gail, Gertrude, Gillian, Glenys, Glynis, Hilary, Jeanette, Jill, Kay, Kerry, Lesley, Lindsay, Lyndsey, Lynne, Lynsey, Mandy, Maureen, Muriel and Phyllis.
The language experts analysed the last century of records from the Office for National Statistics, comparing parents' 2020 choices for their babies with the 100 most popular names between 1914 and 1994.
Retail assistant Graeme said his name 'sets you on a good path', adding many older names 'set you out in a certain way'
Graeme said he had noticed that less babies were being given his name and that it