Old Woman Names

Where one might see boredom, I see observation. For absolutely no reason I started listing women’s names that you never see any more. I’d like to know what made these names go out of favor. Some of these are really pretty. What’s wrong with Eleanor? It’s a good name. Pretty much any name that featured prominently in a 50’s play is no longer used today.

Feel free to add to the list. Or tell me if I’m completely wrong.

Josephine
Eleanor
Blanche
Eunice
Muriel
Dorothy
Abigael
Ethel
Esther

25 Comments

  1. Mark April 20, 2008

    Hey Greg, I thought Blanche was something you did to vegetables. Cheryl’s mom’s name is Ethel!! I’m telling her you called her old. You’re screwed.

    How about Maude?

  2. Karina April 22, 2008

    Bertha

  3. john April 22, 2008

    they’re all *****

  4. john April 23, 2008

    there was an “emo” band from the mid to late 90s called “ethel meserve” it was named after some old chick they knew…they were fantastic…i’m listening to it now

  5. Willy May 16, 2008

    Phyllis… who in this day and age would name their daughter Phyllis? I think your wrong on Josephine. I would seriously consider that as a name for my next kid.

  6. Greg June 4, 2008

    Beverly
    Lois
    Mae

  7. Crystal August 9, 2008

    Gladdus (sp?)
    Ruth
    Dorris

  8. sarah and danielle August 11, 2008

    Agatha
    Bertha
    Petunia
    Ida
    Joan
    Meryll
    Audrey
    Rosa
    Annette
    Gertrude
    Bonnie
    Harriet
    Odette
    Marion
    Noreen
    Florence
    Betty
    Maureen
    Cecil
    Mary
    Agnes
    Brenda
    Rosaline
    Laurel
    Claudia
    Lorraine
    Marjorie
    Linda
    Mavis
    Beverley
    Jan
    Arnele
    Marcella
    Barbara
    Nicolette
    Martha
    Doris
    Nancy
    Gilda
    Lois
    Val
    Debbie
    Shelly
    Sue
    Wanda
    Coleen
    Sidney
    Gloria
    Susan
    Melinda
    Renny

  9. Eli December 26, 2008

    Hope
    Faith
    Gracie
    Opal
    Gracie

  10. Mark January 2, 2009

    How about Myrtle?

  11. Heidi February 21, 2009

    Norma
    Wilma
    Irene
    Ruth
    Mayella
    Susan (you rarely hear this name anymore!)
    Julie (this one too!)
    Barbara
    Alice
    Kathy

  12. Tanner May 3, 2009

    Aloaha (a-low-a)
    Geraldine

  13. Rachel May 17, 2009

    Hazel is my favorite name!

  14. Terry June 12, 2009

    ENDORA

  15. Katie July 16, 2009

    Bernice

  16. DRNasrol August 23, 2009

    Beatrice
    Ardith
    Ardis
    Veronica
    Sally
    Molly

  17. missylab October 5, 2009

    Maude, that’s a good one…it’s my middle name.

  18. bitchass October 27, 2009

    Gretchen

  19. bitchass October 27, 2009

    Juanita

  20. Jason November 3, 2009

    Burnadette
    Pearl
    Minnie
    Dolly

  21. ronaldo November 17, 2009

    Janis

  22. Greg December 14, 2009

    Laverne is all but lost.

  23. Maya September 24, 2010

    Edith is a good one

  24. Josephine February 9, 2011

    My name’s Josephine, but I’ve only ever met one other in 21 years of life – it is an old woman name, but hey, with all these names, all they need is the right person to bring them back into fashion, and when I make my millions and become famous (maybe not in that order) it’ll be a popular name again!

  25. Greg September 9, 2013

    Woke up this morning saying this name to myself. Adelaide.

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