Boys’ names set to disappear

If you want a name that won’t be common in the playground but isn’t too out there, take a look at this list of boys’ names facing extinction over the next year

Boys’ names to save from extinction

Our pick of boys’ names that are falling from favour but could be worth reviving

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After pouring over the most popular names of this year, we’ve also taken a look at the boys’ names set to disappear altogether and ask could it be time for a revival?

For example, once upon a time the Hollywood stars of the early/mid 20th century influenced many boys name choices, but today these names are dying out. Rhett possibly inspired by Clark Gable’s character, Rhett Butler, in Hollywood classic Gone with the Wind, is set to disappear along with Erol, potentially inspired by actor Errol Flynn.

Other names set to become extinct that could have been inspired by actors of the day include Humphrey (Bogart), Heston (Charlton Heston) and even Clint (Eastwood), Kirk (Douglas), Dustin (Hoffman) and Dudley (Moore).

Here are our top 25 names that could be worth reviving as they also give you the option of an uncommon name that is unlikely to be heard a lot in the playground today. 

  1. Rhett
  2. Cecil
  3. Algernon
  4. Clint
  5. Piers
  6. Erol
  7. Charles
  8. Inigo
  9. Walt
  10. Desmond
  11. Humphrey
  12. Lester
  13. Basil
  14. Brynley
  15. Dustin
  16. Dudley
  17. Heston
  18. Hywel
  19. Stirling
  20. Denzil
  21. Kirk
  22. Emlyn
  23. Rodney
  24. Roger
  25. Duane

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Boys’ names set to disappear