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In search of a baby called Derek

Post by jdaw1 » 19:42 Tue 14 Aug 2012

The BBC, in a story entitled [url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19247787]In search of a baby called Derek[/url], wrote:Despite the trend for pre-war baby names, some seem to resist rehabilitation. Will people ever start calling their babies Derek again?

Alfie, Ruby, Archie, Jack, Evie, Florence, and Ava are all in fashion and conjure up nostalgic thoughts of working-class Britain between the wars.

But there are some names that seem immune to rehabilitation. Will there ever be another baby Derek or baby Maude?

There have been plenty of well-known Dereks in recent decades - footballer Derek Dougan, athlete Derek Redmond and left wing politician Derek Hatton. But it's hard to envisage a baby Derek in 2012.

Yet in 1934 Derek was the 14th most popular baby name in England and Wales. In 1944 it had fallen to 27th in the list. In subsequent decades it fell from 37 to 43 before reaching 100 in 1974. It has not reappeared since.
In my whole life I have met only one Gertrude a name appearing in a Charles Dodgson acrostic. The name has, in this country, entirely fallen from use.

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Post by jdaw1 » 11:00 Thu 16 Aug 2012

The BBC, in a story entitled [url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19275450]Proud Dereks: Readers lumbered with unfashionable names[/url], wrote:Readers sent in hundreds of emails in response to our piece on the decline of Derek and other unfashionable names.

Dereks got in touch with divided opinions on their names. People also shared their experience of other "unfashionable" names.
This was a whole controversy of which I was previously unaware. I admit to having thought, obviously mistakenly, that Derek was a regular male name, rarer than some, commoner than others, but not worthy of two BBC stories. Live and learn.

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Re: In search of a baby called Derek

Post by mosesbotbol » 15:24 Thu 16 Aug 2012

jdaw1 wrote:In my whole life I have met only one Gertrude a name appearing in a Charles Dodgson acrostic. The name has, in this country, entirely fallen from use.
Gertrude was my grandma's name on my mom's side. The only person I know as well with the name.
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Re: In search of a baby called Derek

Post by griff » 20:40 Sat 18 Aug 2012

My aunt's name as well.

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Post by DRT » 10:31 Sun 19 Aug 2012

Thanks for posting. I now feel rare and exotic.

For info, I was named after my paternal great-grandmother Derek Maude Gertrude Tait, wife of Winifred Robert Turnbull.
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Post by jdaw1 » 11:11 Sun 19 Aug 2012

DRT wrote:For info, I was named after my paternal great-grandmother Derek Maude Gertrude Tait, wife of Winifred Robert Turnbull.
That explains a lot.

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Re: In search of a baby called Derek

Post by AHB » 13:04 Mon 20 Aug 2012

DRT wrote:Thanks for posting. I now feel rare and exotic.

For info, I was named after my paternal great-grandmother Derek Maude Gertrude Tait, wife of Winifred Robert Turnbull.
Tait - as in the port family of that name? Are you the long-lost heir to the Tait family port business? Relation of Geoffrey M Tait?
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Re: In search of a baby called Derek

Post by DRT » 00:44 Tue 21 Aug 2012

AHB wrote:
DRT wrote:Thanks for posting. I now feel rare and exotic.

For info, I was named after my paternal great-grandmother Derek Maude Gertrude Tait, wife of Winifred Robert Turnbull.
Tait - as in the port family of that name? Are you the long-lost heir to the Tait family port business? Relation of Geoffrey M Tait?
I was hoping to keep that under wraps, but it seems I have been rumbled!
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