Names certainly are a sign of the times. You’ll rarely meet a woman in her 50s named Heather or a woman in her 40s named Sasha or a young teenage girl named Ethel. But with the rise of the Blue Ivy’s and Madisons in the names registry comes the decline of names like Mildred and Ruth.
See our list of 20 female names that will soon (or at the very least should) become extinct.
Remember this character from Golden Girls? Her name, like the show, is from a bygone era and we’re not mad at the blah moniker’s demise either.
The only Myrtle most people today probably think of Myrtle Beach as the name being used for a girl is an idea that long been buried under sand.
When’s the last time you met someone named Ethel under the age of 40? Don’t worry… we’ll wait.
Despite the oldness of this name, Barbara’s young granddaughter (daughter of George W. Bush) is named after her. But outside of family sentiment, it’s highly unlikely there’ll be a bevy of baby girls named Barbara on the horizon.
In 1945, Mildred Pierce was the title of a popular movie that centered on a female lead. Today, Mildred is a name most people wouldn’t wish on their worse enemy.
Of all female names, Agatha just sounds too much like agony, doesn’t it? Any parent who cursed their child with this name today should be hit with child abuse charges as the teasing in school would be unending. Oh, the agony!
Names that derived from masculine ones rarely work for long. Phyllis has the distinct dishonor of being a hybrid of two—Phil and Willis. So this one should be put to rest twice.
Despite Beatrice being an ancient name, Fergie (the Duchess of York) thought it was fitting for her princess. We’re guessing that decision has been a royal pain for the young princess.
Only a cartoon reps this name nowadays. Despite Mrs. Simpson’s iconic status in pop culture, her name is synonymous with an annoying voice, drab fashion and blue hair. That’s three strikes.
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Dr. Ruth will always be associated with this name of yore. So who would want to constantly have the above image come to mind whenever their precious daughter’s name came up?
We’re sure that this real housewife of Orange County was the only girl in school with this name—and with good reason.
You never, ever hear this name anymore, although it is a popular name for goldfish. Maybe that’s why they allegedly have only a three-second memory span. See, even goldfish want to forget this decrepit name.
Martha is a pretty safe and conservative name and we must admit Martha Stewart is the only one we actually know with this name. While she’s turned it into a recognizable brand, we’re sure the name caused her quite some grief in her youth.
Although it’s a lovely name, Rose has been surpassed in popularity by other flower-inspired names like Violet and Lily.
Even La Roux lead singer Eleanor Jackson chooses instead to go by Elly than the punishment her parents bestowed upon her.
Actress Elizabeth Olsen played the lead role in psychological thriller “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Martha was mentioned earlier as a female name that needs to go but we think Marlene deserves to be added to the list too.
Motown mainstay Gladys Knight just might be the only leading lady with this name and we’re “glad” that the buck will hopefully stop there.
Performer Josephine Baker may be legendary but her first name doesn’t seem to be.
Vocalist Ilene Woods provided the voice for Cinderella in 1948 making her a household name. Since then the name Ilene has been all but forgotten.