If you wear them, you are on the verge of extinction: First names that have been very popular have completely disappeared today. Parents no longer want this at all for their children.
The modes of first names, it goes, it comes. Some are forgotten, others a little outdated come back to life. the fashion ! “That’s what we often hear. But in reality, there are certain names that are really no longer popular at all and have fallen into oblivion. History is like this: certain first names have completely disappeared or are no longer given at all to newborns these days. He would no longer come to the mind to call your child Pépin, Folquet, Gaubert or even Berth and Guenièvre, first names so popular in the Middle Ages !
The 20th century went through many changes. by certain trends in first names in France and statistics show that a large number, given in the 1960s, are no longer given today by young parents. We thus find in the list of first names in danger of disappearing the Patrick and the Philippe among the boys, the Martine, Catherine and Sylvie among the girls, first names which were the most popular in the early 1960s.
But the phenomenon is even more intriguing for first names which experienced significant fame more recently, in the 1980s and 1990s, and which are no longer popular at all. . Some have even been among the most given first names for one or more years, therefore the most appreciated over this short period, and have become so unpopular that no one calls their children like that anymore. ça (or only a few rare people, let's not exaggerate).
Let's remember a number to seriously compare: the most given male first name is the most commonly given male first name. in 2022 is Gabriel and has been given a little less than 5000 times. This figure allows us to have a good order of magnitude in mind.
However, five first names stood out in the 1980s and 1990s: first there was Kevin, which was the most given first name in the 1980s and 1990s. between 1989 and 1994, with up to more than 14,000 children so called each year, according to INSEE. In the 2020s, only a few dozen per year have received this first name. The star first name of the 1980s and 1990s, Nicolas, also fell in popularity. in disgrace, but it is still three times more given than Kevin. It was given more than 20,000 times in the early 1980s.
On the side female first names, again according to INSEE, the top trio of the most given and most forgotten first names is Elodie, Laura and Marine: the first has té given more than 12,000 times at the end of the 1980s, the other two more than 8,000 times each year over the 1990s. Today Elodie has almost disappeared (only 43 children so called in 2022), Marine also (31 in 2022), Laura is resisting (nearly 300 in 2022).