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Rare Baby Names: Parents Reveal The Once Popular Names 'Becoming Extinct'

Gail, Kelly and Troy are also less popular today.

30/03/2016 16:55

Parents looking for unique baby names for their children could be missing a trick when it comes to finding inspiration.

Mums and dads in Australia discussed the names they often heard in their classes at school, which are now "becoming extinct".

"Thinking of my generation, some names were everywhere and are now nowhere," one mother wrote on the Essential Baby forum.

"Amanda, Michelle, Stephen and David seem to have just dropped off the radar."

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Many other parents agreed.

"So true," said another mum. "Kelly, Joanne, Nicole, Tracey, Sharon, Justine, Vanessa and Jackie were all in my school, but very rare now."

Essential Baby collated the most common names that seemed to have dropped off in the past generation into two lists. 

Girls' names:

Amanda

Angela

Barbara

Belinda

Christine/Christina

Cheryl

Danielle

Diane

Donna

Fiona

Gaye 

Gail/Gayle

Jacqueline/Jacqui

Jennifer

Jenny

Jessica

Joanne

Jodie

Julie

Karen

Kathy

Katrina

Kelly

Kerry

Kirsty

Kristy

Kylie

Laura

Leanne

Linda

Lisa

Marie

Megan

Melanie

Melissa

Melinda

​Michelle

Nicole

Pam

Rachel

Rebecca

Renee

Sarah

Sharon  

Stacey

Susan

Stephanie

Tanya/Tania

Trish

Tracey

Boys' names:

Adam

Andrew

Anthony

Bill

Brendan

Brett

Bruce

Chris 

Craig

Damien

Darren

Gary

Geoff/Jeff

Ian

Jason

Jim

Justin

Mark

Matt

Michael

Paul

Peter

Phil

Scott

Stuart

Richard

Ross

Troy

Are there any names you remember hearing a lot when you were younger that are rarely used now?

Let us know in the comments below.

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