Names come in and out of fashion like clothes, music, and movies. One minute a baby name is all the rage, only for it to vanish a few years later. So what's the reason? Firstly, celebrities across the globe can seriously impact a parent's decision on what to name their child. However, like all trends, celebrities also come in and out of fashion. Therefore, one name might be extremely popular until that particular person's career suddenly dries out.
Secondly, parents often want to impress their peer groups, thus choosing names that other parents of the same age might respect. Whatever the reason may be, it doesn't stop names from vanishing into thin air. It's okay, though—they will probably reappear in a few hundred years. Here are 10 boys' names that will vanish by 2020.
Clarence is one of those names that you know exists, but only within the elderly community. That's right—Clarence is a name that belongs in the past, as it's rather difficult to imagine a teeny-tiny baby rocking the name with pride.
However, some still do, with the name somehow holding on over the last few years. Mostly remembered as the angel in It's a Wonderful Life, the name first originated in Britain, especially amongst the Royal family. Nevertheless, despite its blue blood connections, it is likely the name will become obsolete by 2020. Goodbye, Clarence.
Ian is one of those names that is usually passed on through generations, only for one person to put their foot down and say no, not again, no more Ians! The name is said to have come from the English name, John, and can be spelled "Ian" or "Iain."
Ian, as a name, was one of the most popular baby names in the United Kingdom throughout the 1960s but has now dropped so far out that it is nowhere to be seen. In fact, the whole world is fed up of Ian, with the name likely to vanish by 2020.
Edmund derives from the old English words of "property," "riches," and "protector" and was once an incredibly popular first name. Back in the day, the name was connected to royalty, old money, and religion. In addition to this, famous authors of the past, such as Shakespeare and Jane Austen, were also exceptionally fond of the name and used it for main characters and important roles.
However, over the years the name has disappeared for a number of reasons. For instance, it is now connected to one high-profile criminal, as well as some unsavory characters as of late. Therefore, the name has dropped off the face of the earth. Understandable!
Clive is usually that family member that you don't actually know very well who turns up at weddings. Clive also loves dancing and will probably make a fool of himself on the dancefloor regularly. And who invited Clive? You never find out, because Clives just appear and disappear without a word.
Yes, Clive is a name just as obscure as the person who it belongs to and is now becoming extremely rare as a result. The name first derived from the old English word "slope" or "river" and was once a common name among the working class. That's right: the name was usually given to those who worked along the river, hence the connection.
Frank was once one of the most popular names in the Western world, with many famous people connected to the name. For instance, one of the most famous Franks to have ever existed is crooner Frank Sinatra, who brought the name back into fashion during the early 1940s.
However, over the years, the name has dipped in and out of popularity, with the general public preferring to spice it up a little by adding a "y" or an "ie" on to the end of the name. Yes, Franky and Frankie have become increasingly popular as of late for both boys and girls.
The name, Roger, first originated in Germany, only to become exceptionally popular in France. After a while, the French brought the name to England, where it again became very common. Then, the English took the name to the United States, where it became popular not only as a first name but also as a surname.
However, these days, the name is virtually nonexistent and is instead associated with a variety of other things. The name is actually very common amongst people's pets, with the name seemingly just right for cats, dogs, rabbits, or any other domestic animal or reptile.
The name, Ricky, isn's actually that old and was pretty popular only around twenty years ago. The name, which is short for Richard, was very common during the nineties both stateside and in Europe. However, for some reason, the name just fell out of favor and is likely to vanish completely by 2020.
Strangely, its full form, Richard, has somewhat bounced back into fashion, with Richards popping up all over the world. The name Richard has dipped in and out of popularity for a number of years but is still regarded as a regal and wealthy first name.
Roald is mostly famous for belonging to one of the greatest ever children's authors, Roald Dahl. Dahl wrote a number of amazing books such as The Witches, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, and many more.
However, for some reason, the name has never really taken off in the United States, nor much in Europe, and instead stays pretty popular in its hometown of Scandinavia. Yes, the name is quite common in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark and regularly penetrates the top 100 list each year. In fact, the name derives from the old Norse word of "old Ruler" and is connected to Scandinavian royalty.
Gus, which originally came from the longer name of Augustine or Augustus, was one of the most popular boys' names of the last few years. However, strangely, just as quickly as it came into fashion, it dropped out of fashion, with people suddenly realizing that the name wasn't that great after all.
Nonetheless, despite it not being as successful with people, the name is still very common amongst animals, especially cats. Yes, Gus is actually one of the most popular names for cats across the world, with the three-letter boy's name rather fitting for the four-legged furry feline.
Gary seems like one of those names that have been around forever. However, it looks like 2020 is going to be the year where the world will finally say goodbye to Gary! The name, which originally came from the Germanic word of "spear," stems from the long names of Gareth, Garrison or Garret.
Back in the 1950s, the name was extremely popular, and regular pierced the top 10 baby names, mostly due to the then-famous actor and heartthrob, Gary Cooper. Sadly, these days, the name is obsolete and is now nowhere to be seen.