Names Gemma and Kieran could go extinct in the UK

The baby names that could soon be extinct! Gemma and Kieran could disappear completely in the UK as parents opt for shorter monikers and abbreviations such as Albie and Belle

  • Gemma and Kieran are the monikers most at risk of going extinct in the UK 
  • Shorter names and abbreviations such as Albie are soaring in popularity
  • Label manufacturer My Nametags found just 36 uses of the name Gemma in 2020 and none in 2021 so far

The names Gemma and Kieran are the monikers most at risk of going extinct in the UK as parents opt for shortened ones like Albie and Aria, according to a new study.    

Label manufacturer My Nametags analysed their of database of more than 1.5 million names to discover names Gemma and Kieran fell by more than 65 per cent over 10 years, putting them at risk of dying out completely.    

They found just 36 uses of the name Gemma in 2020 and none in 2021 so far, while there have been only four Kierans added to the list this year.

Heather, Scott, Tia, Aimee, Kyle,Rebecca, Ross and Reece are all also at risk of going extinct, as a trend for nicknames as given names has surged.

The names Gemma and Kieran are the monikers most at risk of going extinct in the UK as parents opt for shorted like Albie and Aria’, according to a new study (stock image)

Parents are opting for names such as Ronnie, in place of Ronald and Albie, Bertie or Teddy in place of Albert.

While girls name Belle appeared on the top 10 fastest growing names in place of Isabelle. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the trend when they chose to name their son Archie in 2019, in place of the more traditional Archibald.

Elsewhere, influencer Sophie Hinchcliffe – who goes by Mrs Hinch online – named her son Ronnie in 2019.

As well as modern takes on traditional names, there’s been a trend in ‘old-fashioned names’ such as  Rupert, Mabel, Florence, Arthur in the last 10 years. 

Lars B. Andersen, Managing Director at My Nametags, said: ‘We see thousands of names every day and we were interested to see how the popularity of certain names has changed over time. Our analysis revealed that names once popular with Baby Boomers, such as Gemma, Kieran, Hannah, and Ryan, are experiencing a steep decline in overall popularity.

Heather, Scott, Tia, Aimee, Kyle,Rebecca, Ross and Reece are all also at risk of going extinct, as a trend for nicknames as given names has surged. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the trend when they chose to name their son Archie in 2019, in place of the more traditional Archibald.

‘These names are being replaced by new favourites, and we were interested to find that modern parents tend to fall into three distinct camps when it comes to naming their children. The data shows a strong trend for modern names influenced by pop culture, vintage names that are having a come-back, and shortened versions of more traditional names, such as Ronnie and Albie.

‘We hope that our list can provide some inspiration to expectant parents – and perhaps even help to save Gemma and Kieran from total extinction!’ 

Last year, the ONS revealed Olivia and Oliver remained the most popular baby names in Britain in 2019 –  while they said Kirsty, appears to have fallen out of fashion, with only four babies given the name and a drop in use of a whopping 99 per cent since 2000. 

Meanwhile for boys the name Mitchell was most at risk of being left behind in 2019, with only 21 born – compared to 639 in 2000, a 96 per cent drop.  

Other names following Kirsty on the endangered list included Jordan, Shauna, Shannon, Courtney and Lauren.

Elsewhere, influencer Sophie Hinchcliffe – who goes by Mrs Hinch online – named her son Ronnie in 2019. Pictured together

Lauren has suffered a sharp dip in popularity over the last 20 years, despite once holding the top spot in the year 2000. It has since dropped 98 per cent to its current rank at sixth most unpopular.

Gemma was seventh on the least used list, with Jodie, Jade and Natasha also seeing a steady decline in popularity with new parents.

After Mitchell, the boys names most likely to disappear in 2020 included Ross, Brandon, Craig and Ben.

The name Kieran’s popularity has also plummeted since 2000, with just 116 given the name in 2019 compared to 2,586 in 2000 – a drop of 95 per cent.

Jordan was also on the list of unpopular boys names, at seventh most likely to go extinct. Callum, Kyle and Scott were also rarely chosen as names for the babies of 2019.

On the other end of the scale, an incredible 4,082 babies were named Olivia, the name which has held the top spot of the ONS name charts for three years, and an impressive 4,932 babies were named Oliver.

Emily was knocked out of the top 10 for the first time since 1984, with names including Freya and Lily now taking spots there.

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