These are the 25 baby names on the verge of becoming extinct in Ireland 1 month ago

These are the 25 baby names on the verge of becoming extinct in Ireland

Do you know a Doris or a Sheila?

Because it looks like their names are on the brink of dying out.

Yes, according to a survey by Ancestry, they have used online birth records to compare the popularity of forenames over the past 100 years and their findings are seriously interesting.

Compiling their collected data into three categories, the study labeled one category as "critical" and this features the baby names in Ireland on the brink of extinction.

These are names that were once popular in Ireland and now, have plummeted in circulation over the past 100 years.

For the "extinct" names, there has been hardly any data of them in the past five birth records leading researchers to believe they're on the way out.

Do you recognise any of these?

Male names

Herbert

Norman

Cecil

Bartholomew

Leslie

Cyril

Reginald

Donald

Sylvester

Wallace

Garrett.

While for ladies, the names are...

Gertrude

Ethel

Eveline

Muriel

Gladys

Sheila

Marion

Doreen

Wilhelmina

Doris

Edna

Letitia

Margaretta

Fanny

While on the other hand, names that have risen in popularity over the past 100 years include Matthew, Luke, Leo, Adam and Aidan for males while, Anna, Emily, Grace, Charlotte, Lucy, and Lena have become popular girls names.

Speaking on this research, Ancestry spokesperson Russell James said:

“Whilst we know no name can ever truly become extinct, it’s fascinating to look at the names which have gone out of fashion and those that have boomed in the last 100 years.

It would be uncommon to meet a new-born Mary, Margaret or John today while babies with the name Emily or Jack can be found around the country.”

Fascinating!