25 Names That Are Going Extinct

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25. Delores (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 4,152 in 1932
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 73 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 6,890 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -6,817

Delores is a variation on the Spanish name Dolores, which means aches or sorrows. It’s short for La Virgen María de los Dolores, Virgin Mary of Sorrows. American actress Delores Taylor co-wrote and starred in the hit “Billy Jack” movies from the 1970s.

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24. Bob (male)
> Baby boys born with name in peak year: 2,477 in 1934
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 86 out of 701,765
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 7,028 out of 98,754
> Drop in average rank: -6,942

Bob is shorthand for Robert, and it may be surprising that this name appears on the list of names going extinct. There are no shortage of famous Bobs in our culture: singer Bob Dylan, comedian Bob Hope, and baseball pitcher Bob Gibson, to name a few.

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23. Bert (male)
> Baby boys born with name in peak year: 348 in 1880
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 74 out of 701,765
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 7,145 out of 98,754
> Drop in average rank: -7,071

Bert is a short form of various names such as Albert and Herbert. Fans of the children’s show “Sesame Street” will remember the Muppets Bert and Ernie, and though they may be saddened by the name’s demise, at least Ernie did not make the list of 25 names going extinct. Another spelling of the name is Burt, and the famous people with that name include actors Burt Reynolds and Burt Lancaster and songwriter Burt Bacharach.

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22. Gail (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 9,884 in 1951
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 59 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 7,259 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -7,200

Gail, also spelled Gayle, is a short form of the name Abigail, the name of first lady Abigail Adams, the wife of the nation’s second president, and the mother of the sixth. Gail’s heyday was during the 1950s, and it has since been surpassed by variations of the name including Abigail and Abby.

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21. Maude (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 1,089 in 1882
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 50 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 7,314 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -7,265

Maude has German origins and it means “battle-mighty.” That aptly described the title character of the sit-com “Maude,” whose feisty female lead was played by Bea Arthur.