25 Names That Are Going Extinct

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20. Patsy (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 4,195 in 1936
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 69 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 7,665 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -7,596

Patsy is sometimes used as a truncated version of the names Patricia and Patrick, and it remains popular in Ireland. One of the most famous Americans with the name was country singer Patsy Cline, who died in a plane crash in 1963. Patsy is also a derogatory name for someone who is easily fooled.

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19. Traci (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 3,854 in 1970
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 100 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 7,985 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -7,885

Traci is one of several variations on the name Tracey or Tracy, which is a surname as well as a unisex first name. Both versions of the name peaked in popularity in 1970. It is the first name of the spoiled heiress played by Katharine Hepburn in “The Philadelphia Story.”

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18. Margie (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 2,408 in 1933
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 99 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 8,016 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -7,918

Margie is often used as a short form of the names Margaret and Marjorie. An even shorter form is Marge, the name of the wife of cartoon character Homer Simpson. The name reached its peak in the early 1930s. “My Little Margie” was a sit-com that ran for four seasons in the 1950s.

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17. Sue (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 5,144 in 1946
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 76 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 8,127 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -8,050

Sue is a short form of a number of names, including Susan and Suzanne. The name is the Anglicized form of the French name Susanne. It is less common as a given name. One prominent Sue was Sue Grafton, the best-selling author of detective novels.

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16. Beulah (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 859 in 1901
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 82 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 8,159 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -8,077

Beulah is an ancient Hebrew name meaning “married.” The name began to be used in England during the Reformation and was later used by the Puritans. In popular culture, “The Beulah Show” was a radio program in the 1940s and a TV sit-com noteworthy for the fact that it was the first to feature an African-American as the title character.