Australians remember the classic baby names you rarely hear anymore – from Wayne and Greg to Donna and Charlene
- Aussie baby names that have fallen out of fashion have been remembered online
- Discussion began on a Facebook page for Australians born in the ’70s and ’80s
- Brett, Wayne and Bruce were among the most mentioned names for boys
- Shirley, Charmaine and Charlene topped the list of ‘forgotten’ names for girls
Classic Australian baby names that have fallen out of fashion have been fondly remembered in a trip down memory lane on social media.
A post, uploaded anonymously to the ‘We grew up in Australia in the ’70s and ’80s’ Facebook page, has racked up almost 1,000 responses since it asked members to share monikers popular during that era.
Shirley, Charmaine and Charlene – the fictional character portrayed by Kylie Minogue on Neighbours – topped the list of ‘forgotten’ names for girls.
Meanwhile Brett, Wayne and Bruce were some of the most mentioned names for boys, along with Keith, Daryl and Norman.
Classic Australian baby names that have fallen out of fashion like Clinton and Charlene have been fondly remembered on social media (stock image)
‘I had five Bretts and two Joannes in my class at school, but nobody calls their baby Brett anymore,’ one woman wrote.
Another said the same of Lisa, Kylie and Michelle.
‘In current baby naming you never see [them]. They’re all adult names,’ she added.
A third poked fun at herself, saying: ‘Clinton and Belinda – mine and hubby’s names, born in 1974 and 1975.’
Others have done their best to keep old traditions alive, with one woman settling on Clinton less than two decades ago.
The name ranked an abysmal 1,834th on a list of Australia’s most popular boys names in 2020.
Australian girl names that fell out of fashion
Sandra or Sandy
Kim or Kimberley
Australian boy names that fell out of fashion
‘I named my son Clinton 14 years ago. Not unheard of, but very rare in his age group,’ she said.
One woman recalled the popularity of the name Kim in her school during the 1980s.
‘At one stage there were three of us Kimberley, Kim and Kim that were friends. Not sure if that name is used much anymore!’ she said.
One man called Clarence called himself out, saying there’s ‘not many of us around’.
The top ten girl names in Australia in 2020
The top ten boy names in Australia in 2020