Thelma And Louise Ain’t Poppin’ Like They Used To: Old Timey Female Names We Don’t Hear Anymore

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January 28, 2013 ‐ By Nadia Carmichael
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Sallie Mae

The only time you’ll here this name now is if your taking out a student loan, otherwise I’d have to say its a dud among new parent baby name choices and that’s definitely a check I can take to the bank and cash.

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  • Natasha T

    My 88 year old grandma’s name is Mattie and my 66 year old aunt’s name is Onnie (on-knee) and my grandma from my father’s side is named Dottie and they were born in the south.

  • NaomiCampbellsMissingEdges

    my mom wanted me to name my daughter Sarah…this was in the early 90’s, i was like nah, but i did settle on Xaria…means the same thing: Princess. and she was born BEFORE the Parenthood’s Xaria. thanks

  • Ambitious12

    What about Theresa?

  • NessNess

    Used to work at the welfare office where we had: Sexalean, Wetdreme, Daydream, Female and Male (immigrants who thought the hospital named their children), Coco Chanel…we used to keep a file of funny letters and names to refer to when the day was not going well.

  • Mistyblue

    Wow! funny you brought this up. I have met a lot of young women of Ghanian descent who have those names. Quite a few of them at work too. Women in their 20s with names like Gertrude, Mavis, Beatrice, Esther, Gladys, Geraldine, Edith, Margaret and the list goes on and on..

  • adanie12

    I love old names and nick names. My moms name is Geraldine, (YEEESS)! What do you know about that? She was the oldest girl of my moms 14 kids, so everybody calls her “Sister” or “Sistah.” Then I have an Auntie Ann, Auntie Pat, Auntie Lakinya, Auntie Darlene, Uncle Randolph, Uncle Nathanial, Uncle Jimmy and Uncle Junebug. LOL ahahahah. From Mississippi to Chicago to Los Angeles. And my grandmother’s name was Sara..be we called her Madea. Man, I feel sorry for the younger generation, they don’t know nothin’ about a Madea except from Tyler Perry.

    • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

      Everybody got that uncle with a crazy nickname! You got an Uncle Junebug, I got an Uncle Peewee! LOL!!

      • Cakester

        My husband has some uncles that they call Killah, and Bullet.. I was nervous going to the first family dinner!

  • Babydoll 70

    I believe the standard spelling is Eleanor not Elanor. And who still says “old timey”?

  • Toya

    Lol my grandma’s name is Louvenia, and I have aunts Beula, Eula (pronounced U-la) (they were twins) Cynthia, Barbara, Hazel,

  • MsWright2U

    Muriel, Ella Mae, Etta, Mahailia

  • kickash

    The funny thing is I hear of a lot of white celebrities giving their kids older names like this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RSJefferson23 Shema Jefferson

      Or… giving them outlandish names like: Apple, Air Pilot, Rumor… The list goes on.

      • Ambitious12

        you forgot about blue ivy and pilot inspektor

  • http://www.facebook.com/RSJefferson23 Shema Jefferson

    You forgot Bertha, Deborah, Mable, Esther, Lois, Louise, Mary-Alice, Bessie…

  • KamJos

    Before this conversation devolves into the usual discussion of Orangelo, Lemongelo, La-a, Shi’thead and “ghetto” names, let me just say pre-empt it and say one thing. Tyrone and Jerome are European names. Isaiah and Malachi are Hebrew names. Jamal and Aisha are Muslim names. Yet having any one of these will still get your resume thrown into the trash bin. What’s the point? Hint: It’s not the name that matters.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000614211150 Verna Bonaparte Mitchell

    No problem-we’ll just add ‘La’, ‘Da’, ‘Qua’ or ‘Sha’ to the above names & keep it moving.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000614211150 Verna Bonaparte Mitchell

    No problem-we’ll just add ‘La’, ‘Da’, ‘Qua’ or ‘Sha’ to the above names & keep it moving.

    • old school

      LOL

    • Cakester

      Dang… My name is ghetto! LOL! Starts with La… LOL!

  • Charla

    I know a Gladys, Gloria, Betty, and Minnie all from high school lol. And I’m in my mid 20s lol

  • Cakester

    Do not forget about Gertrude… or Gertie for short… or the middle name Mae…

    • Erica

      Omg my mom name is Gertie Jean. It’s not short for anything though

      • Cakester

        My great aunt’s name was Gertie… my mom tried to get my sister to name her daughter after her and my sister was like, “What toddler has the name Gertie??!!!” LOL!

  • autumnbreeze

    My Nana’s name was Ivy…and when I do have a daughter I may honor her by giving her that name. But no lie…I do like SOME old school names…Opal, Hattie, Esther

    • Babydoll 70

      I like the name Ivy.

      • Babydoll 70

        and not because of Beyoncé. I’ve just always liked it and the plant too. I know, random.

  • IllyPhilly

    You can call me Minnie over Da Realest, Shanterrica, Meccaleeka, and Kisha any day. Yes all real names of people I’ve met.

    • autumnbreeze

      Mecca..who???? smh

      • IllyPhilly

        LMAO Mecca-Leeka. I guess a cross between Mecca and Malika? IDK, never asked.

    • SheBe

      Let me add L-Ah. Yes ma’am that’s pronounced La – “Dash”- Ah. The mama would get mad at people that didn’t pronounce her baby’s name correctly. Y’all sit on that for second.

      • KamJos

        L-a doesn’t exist. Neither does A-a. They are both urban legends.

        • http://www.facebook.com/RSJefferson23 Shema Jefferson

          No they really do exist. It’s someone in Richmond, VA with that name just like a girl name “Two-Million Justice Mercedes” that went to high school with me.

          • KamJos

            I’m doing a documentary on the name Le-a and would like to interview her for it. Will you give me her contact information or the exact high school that she goes to?

        • http://www.facebook.com/treysuchasweetheart Trey Suchasweetheart Andrews

          You’re right, that story was made up. Probably by white folks

      • Babydoll 70

        Are you in Dallas. I’ve heard that name before.

        • SheBe

          No I’m in TN. She is an elementary school aged child. I guess the name is in more than one area. Yikes!

    • MLS2698

      Oh, yes! Those hood names…….just won’t quit. My son’s middle name is Ethan, and his first name is very common, so you know I have no clue on how to make up a ” hoodtastic ” name.

  • FAMURattler85

    You forgot about Pearl, Cora, and Hattie

    • http://twitter.com/@Mz_Undrstd Miss_Understood

      HATTIE! lol definitely somebody’s great aunt

    • keesha

      My grandma’s name was Cora Bell. And my other grandmother’s is Sadie Mae. I definitely don’t hear those names anymore.

      • adanie12@yahoo.com

        That’s the name right there! Saaadie. Don’t you know we love you sweet Saaaaadie. Place no one above ya sweet Saaaaaadie. Yeess!

    • Babydoll 70

      Latinos still name their kids Pearl it’s usually Pearla though.

  • Say What?

    Old names just age you right off of the bat. Don’t nobody want to sleep with someone named Ruth!

    • MLS2698

      Not true. I know a girl named Ruth, and let’s just say……..she’s the type you CAN’T take home to mother (Rick James lyric).

      • Babydoll 70

        Rick also had a song about Lucille.

  • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

    I swear, every older woman I know middle name is either Jean or Carole! LOL! My mother’s name is Ruth Carole, I love calling her by it just out the blue! It sounds so country!! LOL… that’s my heart right there!

    • kierah

      Ha! My mom’s middle name is Jean and her sister’s first name is Carrol.

      But on the serious tip, if you run in Park Slope or Williamsburg, you will still see little Marys and Eleanors and Dorothys. Those hipsters take the old names and make them cool again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RSJefferson23 Shema Jefferson

      Or Ann/Anne for middle names… ha!

      • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

        YES!!! LOL!