25 Names That Are Going Extinct

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5. Velma (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 854 in 1907
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 93 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 11,967 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -11,874

Velma is a variation on Wilma or Wilhelmina, though its origin is in dispute. The most famous Velmas are fictional — the brainy Velma Dinkley in the animated television series “Scooby-Doo,” the deadly Velma Kelly in the musical “Chicago,” and the meddling stage mom Velma Von Tussle in the movie “Hairspray.”

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4. Blanche (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 711 in 1884
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 64 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 13,048 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -12,984

Blanche, from the French word for white, originally referred to a pale blonde and became connected with the ideal of purity. Another name associated with famous fictional characters is Blanche. Among the best known of these is Southern belle Blanche DuBois, who appears in the Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Another famous fictional Blanche is Blanche Ingram, a character in the novel “Jane Eyre.” There is also a character named Blanche Devereaux in the long-running TV series “The Golden Girls.”

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3. Myrtle (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 1,938 in 1895
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 45 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 14,669 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -14,624

The name Myrtle is of Greek origin and the plant of the same name is associated with peace and fertility. The name peaked in popularity in 1895. Literary characters named Myrtle appear in “The Hand of Ethelberta” by Thomas Hardy, Theodore Dreiser’s “The Genius,” and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”

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2. Maud (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 432 in 1882
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 78 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 15,734 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -15,656

Maud, which peaked as a name in 1882, isn’t a very common name so it is not surprising to see it near the top of our list. There have been some famous Mauds, however. Maud was the youngest daughter of King Edward VII and the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, and she eventually became Queen of Norway. Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne inspired poet William Butler Yeats, while Swedish actress Maud Adams appeared in three James Bond movies.

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1. Willie (female)
> Baby girls born with name in peak year: 1,796 in 1910
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 1880-2011: 75 out of 1,024,255
> Avg. popularity rank of name between 2012-2018: 16,820 out of 132,373
> Drop in average rank: -16,745

The name most likely headed for extinction is the female version of Willie. The female version of the name is derived from German meaning “determined protector” and is a variation on the German name Wilhelmina. The average number of female babies with the name Willie averaged just 5 names between 2012 and 2018.