25 Names That Are Going Extinct

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15. Vicki (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 8,221 in 1954
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 67 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 8,288 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -8,221

Vicki, Vickie, and Vicky are often used as short forms of the name Victoria. Vicki peaked in popularity in 1954. Famous Vicki’s in pop culture include comedian/singer Vicki Lawrence and pop singer Vicki Sue Robinson

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14. Kim (male)
> Baby boys born with name in peak year: 3,491 in 1955
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 98 out of 701,765
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 8,427 out of 98,754
> Drop in average rank: -8,329

Perhaps the most famous male Kim of all was the character created by Rudyard Kipling and later made into a movie starring Errol Flynn. The most infamous Kim was the British spy Harold “Kim” Philby, who defected to the Soviet Union in 1963.

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13. Sherri (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 5,456 in 1963
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 88 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 8,950 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -8,862

The Four Seasons had a No. 1 hit with “Sherry” in 1962, and the peak year for the number of babies born with that name (though the spelling is different) was the next year. With apologies to the singing group, it is unlikely girls with that name will be coming out tonight or at any time soon.

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12. Nettie (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 419 in 1881
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 75 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 9,448 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -9,373

Nettie, English in origin, is one of the names whose peak years were in the 19th century. The name is related to the names Annette and Henrietta. The 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel” included a character called Nettie Fowler.

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11. Garfield (male)
> Baby boys born with name in peak year: 147 in 1881
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 88 out of 701,765
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 9,588 out of 98,754
> Drop in average rank: -9,500

Garfield is of English origin meaning “triangular field.” It peaked in popularity in 1881, the same year President James A. Garfield was assassinated. Garfield is also the name of the cynical cartoon cat created by Jim Davis.