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16 old-fashioned baby names that need to make a comeback

Francis, Jacinta and Sharon — the hipster baby names of 2026.

EXPECTING A CHILD? Want to buck the trend and name your child something unusual?

We took a gander at the CSO’s data for the Top 100 babies’ names registered in 2014 and 1964, and identified some names that are in desperate need of a comeback.

(Note: none of the following names appeared in the Top 100 for 2014.)

1. Cornelius

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Rank in 1964: 39

As fun and flamboyant as one of Prince’s purple suits. Plus it just rolls off the tongue: Cornelius. 

2. Vincent

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Ranking in 1964: 42

Don’t tell us you wouldn’t name your child after the country’s most beloved crank.

3. Colin


Ranking in 1964: n/a

There are many Colins in their 20s/30s/40s. But for some reason, it has become uncool again. #BringBackColin

4. Ann/Anne


Ranking in 1964: 4 and 5, respectively

Ann/Anne was one of the most popular names back in the 60s. Back then, it was so dominant that it occupied two spots in the top five. Now, however? Nowhere to be seen.

Anne Doyle is disgusted.

5. Catherine

AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards - Los Angeles Source: AP/Press Association Images

Ranking in 1964: 2

Fact: Catherine is a really versatile name. You can either keep it long or shorten it to Kate, Katie, Cathy, Kitty… it’s basically five names in one! And yet it’s fallen out of favour.

Time for a revival, we say.

6. Francis

francis_pic Source: Francis Brennan

Rank in 1964: 16

BRB, getting emotional about the name Frank going out of fashion.

7. Bridget

Bridget Jones's Baby Filming - London Source: IIM-11144

Ranking in 1964: 8

Don’t try and tell us that Bridie isn’t a cute name for a little girl. In fact, we’d be willing to bet the house on hipsters naming their babies Bridie in a few years.

8. Rita

WE Day 2016 - London Source: Richard Gray

Ranking in 1964: 59

Ritas are sharp shooters and always good for a bit of gossip. We need more Ritas.

9. Joan

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Ranking in 1964: 31

Joan: the name of a million Mams, aunts and grannys. And yet it’s not “cool” or “in vogue” anymore. What gives, Ireland? Have we forgotten about Joan Rivers/Joan of Arc/Joan Collins?

Joan’s a deadly name.

10. Maurice

Irish parliament sits Sinn Fein's Maurice Quinlivan outside Leinster House. Source: Niall Carson

Ranking in 1964: 51

People of Ireland, I don’t mean to alarm you, but men named Mossy/Mossie/Moss are becoming an endangered species. Please name your firstborn son Maurice and ensure this doesn’t happen.

11. Jacinta


Jacinta is pretty much the sassiest girl’s name of all-time and yet its popularity is dwindling rapidly.

12. Sharon

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Ranking in 1964: 39

Ireland has produced many great Sharons over the years — Sharon Ní Bheoláin, Sharon Shannon, Sharon Horgan. And yet the name is completely absent from the Top 100 Girls’ Names of 2014.

For shame, Ireland.

13. Trevor

YE-POP CULTURE MOMENTS Source: AP/Press Association Images

Ranking in 1964: 100

Trevs are sound, reliable and can chat to anyone in the pub. Trevor is solid. More Trevors, please.

14. Stephen

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Ranking in 1964: 25

It’s hard to imagine a world without Stephens, but IT COULD HAPPEN. 

Think it’s old-fashioned/boring? The most famous basketball player in the world right now is named Stephen, so you couldn’t be more wrong.

15. Angela

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Ranking in 1964: 24

If nothing else, Angie is a class nickname.

16. Carmel


Ranking in 1964: 21

Ireland has a longstanding tradition of producing aunties named Carmel. Let’s keep this tradition alive, yeah?




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