The top 20 most endangered baby names that are going out of fashion in the UK

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Earlier this month the Office of National Statistics released data which revealed the most popular baby names of 2019, with Olivia and Olivier taking the top spots.

But what is popular with one generation can swiftly change, as trends ebb and flow. For example old-fashioned names such Ivy, Ava, and Alfred had lost popularity by the time Generation X came to name their kids, but have since fallen back into favour.

But as these names have increased in fashionability others have dropped right down the list, and now are at risk of extinction.

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As a consequence greeting card company Flowercard have investigated the Office of National Statistics' data to compile a list of the 10 most endangered girls names and the 10 most endangered boys names.

This is useful to look at if you are thinking of names for your little bundle of joy as you can be assured they won't grow up to have five others in their form class with the same name.

Adversely, if you are someone who likes to follow trends and give you child a name that is well-liked, you could treat it as a list of options to avoid.

According to the research, Kirsty is the girls name which is most likely to go extinct because only four babies were called the moniker in 2019 and since 2000 there has been a 99.24 per cent plummet in usage.

Also the name Lauren has become endangered despite being in the top 20 most popular girls names back in 2000, and has experienced a 98.02 percent drop in popularity.

The other names on the list include Courtney, Shauna and Jade.

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As for boys names, Mitchell is the most at risk, with the name having been used 639 times in 2000, then only 21 times last year.

The name Kieran is also on the out, and is down to only 119 in 2019 compared with 2586 in 2000.

It is also getting very uncommon to call your little boy Craig, Brandon or Ross.

Have a look at the full lists below…

The top 10 most endangered girls names:

1. Kirsty

2. Jordan

3. Shauna

4. Shannon

5. Courtney

6. Lauren

7. Gemma

8. Jodie

9. Jade

10. Natasha

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The top 10 most endangered boys names:

1. Mitchell

2. Kieran

3. Ross

4. Brandon

5. Craig

6. Ben

7. Jordan

8. Callum

9. Kyle

10. Scott

Does your name feature? Will you avoid names based on this list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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