Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...
Going, going, gone: Baby names you may never hear again
Vintage and unusual baby names are all the rage, but why do some names catch on and others fall to the wayside? These baby names are definitely unique, but fewer and fewer parents are choosing to bestow them upon their baby boys and girls.
Baby names go in and out of fashion — chances are, if you were born in the '70s or '80s, you know a Jennifer or Amy, and if you were born in the '90s, you know a Jessica or Ashley (and you probably don't know many modern moms giving those names to their little ones).
Sometimes the names cycle rapidly, and other times, they are so steadfast they become a traditional name that reaches back decades. Henry is a good example — while its popularity waned a bit for many years, it's back and nearly as strong as it was in the early parts of the 20th century.
There are also names that peak for a few years and never catch on again, even when other decades-old baby names resurface to find themselves on our babies' birth certificates. These gems below rose to prominence in years past, but haven't really caught on with modern moms and dads. So if you're looking for an unusual baby name, ditch the urge to spell a popular name with a unique twist — choose one of these names instead to save it from extinction.
Barney: Barney's slide into oblivion predates the beguiling purple dinosaur of the '90s, and it hasn't graced the top 1,000 since 1976.
Chuck: In 1979, Chuck was the 1,000th most popular name in the U.S. It hasn't touched that mark since.
Claude: This was the 59th most popular baby name in 1900, but hasn't appeared in the top 1,000 since 1993.
Edmund: This royal name hasn't been all that common in the U.S., having dropped off the popularity chart in 1997.
Elmer: Peaking in 1900, this name dropped off the popular baby names list circa 2009.
Leslie: While the name Leslie is still given to plenty of girls in the U.S., it's far less frequently given to boys — but that wasn't always the case, as it used to be a very common name for baby boys.
Milton: While having a popular, modern format — two syllables with an "N" sound at the end — Milton hasn't seen much light of day since 2008.
Monty: The highest rank this name received was in 1961, and then it only climbed to spot 339. The news hasn't been that great since, as it dropped off the charts after 1983.
Waldo: This baby name hasn't appeared in the top 1,000 popular baby name list for decades.
Wilbur: The friendly character from E. B. White's Charlotte's Web wasn't enough to revive this name when the book was published in 1952, and it's been on the down slope ever since.