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From Gary and Norman to Linda and Elaine: The LEAST popular baby names for 2018 have been revealed

While they may have been all the rage a number of years ago, baby names like Barry, Donna, Gary and Tracy are well on the way out.

And they’re not the only names dwindling in popularity, with Netmums releasing a list of the 52 least popular baby names for 2018 – and many common Australian ones are among them.

Here FEMAIL looks at 20 of the least popular monikers on the list and those that are have topped the charts for 2018.

Recently Netmums released a list of the 52 least popular baby names of 2018 in and a lot of common names have made the list

Although a strong name like Gary was popular in the 50s, it is now close to extinction.

In New South Wales between 2004 and 2008, less than 10 Garys were born each year and after that, it vanishes altogether.

Netmums also said that in 2013 there only 33 babies who were given the name.

The name Annette peaked in the 1950s and 60s at number 41 in Australia with the likes of swimming star Annette Kellermann but it is now on the way out.

Although a strong name like Gary was popular in the 50s, it is now close to extinction

2018’s least popular boy’s names

2018’s least popular girl’s names

Although the name Gareth is still popular in its native Wales, it’s slipped down the popularity ranks over here and is now sitting in second spot.

The name Elaine has a place in the legend of Arthur as the mother of Sir Lancelot’s son Galahad, and more recently, as the hilarious character in Seinfeld.

Despite this it is the second least popular baby name of 2018.

Other declining names for boys are Norman, Ronald, Nigel and Gerald and for girls there has been a sharp decrease in the names Linda, Susan, Carol and Janet.

The name Annette peaked in the 1950s and 60s at number 41 in Australia with swimming star Annette Kellermann but it is now on the way out

The names Donna and Tracy were a hit amongst parents in the 60s and 70s but by the time the 80s rolled around the kids with these classic Australian names had grown up and weren’t naming their children anything similar.

Although the name Ian isn’t completely extinct in New South Wales, there were 30 Ians born in the state in 2010.

This being said, this is nowhere near the amount that were born in the 1950s, as there was an average of 804 born each year during this decade.

Top 10 names for girls

Top 10 names for boys

Mark McCrindle, who is head of the data company, explained to news.com.au the reason for the decline in iconic Australian names.

‘New parents are picking names in their 30s and we need to remember they went to class with people called those names,’ he said.

‘Hearing them drags them back to awkward times in high school and the people they grew up with. Parents don’t want to be reminded of that.’

He said that the moment these names become unique again they will make a resurgence.

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