Wednesday, 14 August 2013

It's Official....I Am No Longer Popular

The Ukrainian Village this morning

The " refugees" came face to face with the field hens early this morning. Apart from the occasional chicken version of " come on girls slap the bitch!" type altercation....things have been pretty quiet so far....I think the refugees are all a bit gobsmacked..... Their former run was a bare patch of earth in the centre of a large wooded area......... Grass on tap is a new experience for them


Anyway.....changing the subject
It's official
I  am no longer popular
I listened to classic fm yesterday, and for some reason the presenter outlined that " John" as a name has now been kicked into touch outside the 100 of most popular of  boy's names.
( According to mumsnet.com that is)!
I am therefore now, officially a dinosaur
John like Susan, Angela, Nigel and Janet is a relic of the 1960s
This surprises me
as I always thought that John was a timeless title......after all John Cusack is a very sexy man and 
He's bleeding 47 for Christsake

When I am a pensioner, I suspect " John" will have gone the way of Albert, Fred and. Ethel ....names that the young bottom wiping health care givers think of as " cute" and on reflection , that really doesn't bother me....after all... It could be worse
A great deal worse.......
I could have been called Jayden

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  1. There won't be many Jeans, Joans or Janets by the tim I fall off my perch either, methinks.

    A friend works in family law and had a client who named her daughter Clamidia. She pointed out the disadvantages of such a name but the lady decided to stick with it because it sounded nice.

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  2. And Mohammed was last year's most popular boys name in London. Maybe Mohammed is Cockney for John.

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    1. It's hi on the mums net list too

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  3. Jayden (or Jaydn) or Moon Unit or Dweezle... John is really not bad.

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  4. The problem with "john" is it is an informal name for the lavatory. Who wants to name their kid after the room we visit for the purposes of defecation? If naming a child after a room I would prefer Cellar, Attic or even Conservatory - but not John. Sorry mate...err...I mean Your Noble Earlship!

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    1. Yorkshire Pudding, couldn't agree more. Maybe John could change his name (by deed pole) to 'Lean On'. Or 'Catch All'.

      U

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  5. John is not the name of every Tom, Dick and Harry, as it used to be. Bad timing, that's all. Old names are coming back into fashion, so if you live until about 120, then so will you be.

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  6. Ive been unpopular for some time now. My pal works for the DSS and has a book of "Names claimants call their kids" that she keeps. Clamidia (as above) is in her book (although she lives near Jean and so its probably the same Clamidia). She also has twins in the book named "Febreze and Lenor". Interestingly when Gary looked through her book, he was aquainted with a few of the names!

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    1. Febreze??? Someone named their kid after an air freshener? *shakes head* Although, really, it's not as bad as a venereal disease.

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    2. Well, my daughter is a Diane but then, since she is now 43, that is an old name! But my not-quite-4-year-old grandson is named Henry, which I consider old. Tom is right - hang around long enough and John (my cousin's name) will be back!

      Nancy in Iowa

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    3. Its true - "old" names eventually come back around. I remember my nanan having a friend called Phoebe. When I had my now 21 year old and I was looking at names, no one called their girls Phoebe, it was deemed too old fashioned - now I know lots of Phoebe;s. (I chickened out and called her Rebecca). As for Febreze and Lenor (the twins) they were some of the better names!

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  7. I am in at number 3! I suppose that makes me common.

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  8. My dog was originally called Jon at NCAR, so we now call him Finley Jon.

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  9. We have a patient that just named her baby boy John--Of course he was named after his father... But in this blogosphere circle, you will always be one of the most popular to us!!

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  10. I think you ought to be able to change your name as you progress through life, depending on how you feel. You don't keep to the same fashions/haircut/tastes in music/films all your life - after all.
    I'm feeling perky just now. I think I'll be Petula Gordeno for a bit....

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    1. Do you look like her too wanda?

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    2. I'm a work in progress....

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  11. A derivative of John, Jack, is quite popular here.

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  12. I haven't met a Sherry under 40 so me thinks that name is way out of vogue! Must be the Frankie Valli lack of influence.

    I've always liked the name John/jack but the derivative of one from the other is beyond me. I think we'd all still love you even if your name was Jayden too.

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    1. Same here - I have never met a Carol under 40- and I love my name!!

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  13. What's in a name...

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  14. Or you could have been called XXJG729 or some such. I think Jayden is better.

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  15. Don't feel bad. I've NEVER been popular.

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  16. Or DuWayne, or any number of the vomit inducing names parents dream up these days ... heaven save those innocent babies from such indignities. John is one of my all-time favourite names, so much so it's one of the names I gave my son, and he's 44 for goodness sake :) Elizabeth (another timeless yet old-fashioned name)

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  17. i hate my name, always have. joyce...blah! what will you do with all the new chickens? did yo find out why he had to get rid of all of them?

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  18. Ukranian Village looking beautiful in the morning light. Lucky chooks. Bet they don't care what you are called!

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  19. As an official 'Susan' (but call me that at your peril) I feel your pain.

    We are outdated, outmoded and so out of fashion we are surely due for a revival.

    SUE xx

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  20. ... and yes, you'll always be popular to us :-)

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  21. Don"t worry John I"ve been unpopular many times in my life. It"s the person that counts not the name. Imagine being named after the disc jockey of the time "Roy Rich" we all have a cross to bear.

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    1. At least people don't refer to you as DICK!

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  22. Call me old fashioned, and I admit I am, I think some of the names people give their babies these days are horrendous! Gawanda and Gyrus... what kinds of names are they? Think I would rather run around with the name Sharon, or John, or Edward than some of the made up names now. When I think of how other children will rhyme these new names to insult others... OMG, what were their parents thinking?

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    1. I heard a child being called by her mother the other day
      Her name?
      " princess"

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  23. I'm on the out list also but my parents gave us all simple, short no nonsense names - Joan, Lee, Laura and Lynne. I was the odd one out!

    Call me anything. Just don't call me later for dinner.

    I hope everything stays quiet on the Ukrainian Front.

    Joan

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    1. Joan was my mothers name

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  24. My dad was a John, John Smith. I think the story goes that he wasn't believed once when asked his name, so from then used his middle name !
    I know a young John, it's rather sweet.

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  25. The village looks lovely today! The name may be going down on the list...but I believe your popularity is growing.

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  26. My son John will have to be informed. Still love the name.

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  27. Woah...wot no bitch fight...disappointing. My son has both Fred and Albert in his name, so it seems I've consigned him to being a dinosaur even before he's left home...

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  28. When you're a pensioner it'll be the new popular name. I was named Dorothy in 1949 after my granny and it was the most old-fashioned name ever (so I use my middle name). It's coming back into fashion now along with Ruby, Connie and the like. I've yet to meet a baby Ada but give them time.

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  29. Hi my name is Susan, and I'm a relic.

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  30. Well "John" will always be popular in blogland so take stock in that dear.

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  31. But which is better - having a popular name or one you personally like? I'd prefer the second, myself. In fact I prefer my own name to ANY of the top ten boys' names for 2013.

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  32. That's my grandsons name (John that is, not Jayden) so I certainly hope it hasn't been kicked to the curb.

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  33. Just looking at some of those names. On one list, Ashton was the number name with Finn being second and Django four or five or something. *shakes head*

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  34. I like your name, it's popular in my book "John", thank God your parents didn't name you Apple.

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    1. Buti do have a twin sister called janet!

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    2. I wish you were referring to me! But alas, you're not. After a ride on the Wall of Death and in need of a stiff drink, me and Karina took ourselves off to the local hostelry. A bar louch asked what we were called and we said: (me) Janet (pal) Karina. He said we should sound more exciting, so after 2 double brandies each we were relaunched on the innocent population as Deidre and Dolores! Didn't make much of a difference to anything, but we had our day in the sun. Did you read books?

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  35. My name wasn't popular this side of the Pond when i was young, and then, after the book The Thornbirds became a best seller, there were Megans, Meagans, and Meghans all over the place. For a bit, "Meghan" seemed to be the most popular spelling, and i had one person "correct" my name by adding an h. When i pointed out to her i was the one who printed my name, and no, it's never had an h in it, she looked a little put out.

    She went on to tell me she'd never seen a Megan so old.

    Youf!

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  36. John is a strong name! I have a 6 year old nephew named John and his 5 year old sister is Anna. Old fashioned names that stand the test of time. Better than being a child of celebrities with names like Moonbeam. Good grief. What do they call them for a shortened version? Moony or Beamy? bleech.

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  37. You made me curious. I looked up baby names in the US, and according to Social Security, Nancy was #651 last year. I've been a dinosaur for quite a long time!!!

    Nancy in Iowa

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  38. My hubby is John, my son is also John, my daughter is Mary, and I am Susan. My other daughter is Erin, so she is the odd one out.

    I refuse to go quietly.

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    1. That's the spirit old gal

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  39. Stop being so coquettish, John: You not being popular? And who needs a name if you are known as Mr Bosoms c/o Ukrainian Swamp?

    I think it a curse to have a popular name. Not least because it reflects on your parents being quite unimaginative. How depressing it must be, sitting in class, one of five Johns. Only to ask your teacher (see Yorkshire Pudding's comment) whether you could go to the John (mid lesson). Yes, so commiserations there.

    GG (gay guy) whose name is not John, quite the opposite, once asked me to not send him a "Dear John" letter. Do you want me to go on or can I shut up now? Please. Thank you, John.

    Hugs and kisses,
    U

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    1. I always wanted an " interesting" name
      As a child I always wanted to be called
      ROGER

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  40. I wanted my son to have the best of all names...so we called him John.

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    1. A woman of obvious taste

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  41. I think John will always be a popular name. You could be known as a Johnny. Now there's a thought!!!

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    1. My best friend Nuala calls me Jonney

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  42. at work there are 3 Helens, 4 victorias, 2 kellys, 2 sarahs, 3 claires, 2 nicolas. all about the same age. and lads there are 3 james and 3 Roberts. only 1 Thomas...

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  43. I wanted to call our son John (in 2004), but was told it was boring! I think it's a great name and it's a national tragedy that it's so unpopular.....well a bit sad anyway. x

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    1. Boring? BORING.?
      Ok I am a bit boring Em

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  44. My grandparent's names were Eslie and Ocie. In my 59 years, I have never met or heard of anyone else with those names.
    The 'village' looks quite peaceful. :)

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    1. Off to google Eslie and ocle!

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  45. A rose by any other name . . .? I HATED my name, Andrea, (renamed myself Chantal for a bit when I was 11 and started learning French, but no one took any notice!) My older siblings names are Frances and Nicholas, then after me came Claire and then Christopher. One day my mum got fed up with my whinging and told me her first choice for me had been PEARL! With apologies to any Pearls out there, but this was even then deemed an elderly lady name!

    I always liked the name John. It is classy and classic.

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    1. Andrea.....is lovely.....she is also a lead character in The Walking Dead.....so it's a great name for me! X

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  46. I never thought I'd be a relic, but I am. When I was in elementary school, there were four other "Kathleen"s in the class. We each had to identify ourselves using our last names, a habit I find hard to break even now. My brother has two small children with old names: his three-year-old daughter is named Grace Elizabeth and his one-year-old son is named Henry Patrick (after a great grandfather). Especially with women's names, you can guess their ages. The Barbaras, Dianes, Carols, Susans and Patricias are from the 1940's and 50's with girls named Lisa, Kim, and Jennifer from the 1960's and a great number of Ashleys and Brittaneys in the 1970's. The 80's and 90's brought a profusion of newly popular older names like Emily, Charlotte and Abigail. It's interesting how men's names have been more timeless in general -- though it seems like old favorites like Robert, Thomas, Michael and...yes...John aren't favored as much now. I much prefer them to faddish names like Jayden. (I bet lots of those become "Jay" in adulthood!)

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    1. I love the old unfashionable women's names
      Such as Ethel, Betty, etc... I see violet is still in the top 100

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  47. Judiths are somewhat thin on the ground, these days. I wish I was (thin on the ground, that is).

    I'm glad the bitch-slapping was at a minimum. How are the new arrivals doing now?

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    1. Many of the " refugees" are a sorry lot indeed...
      But they seem to have settled down....EVENTUALLY

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  48. If only your surname had been Bon Jovi, you'd be popular forever. John is indeed a fine name, my maternal Grandfather being one (Jock to his friends, believe it or not!).What do 'Mumsnet.com' know anyhoo??!!
    ps Scotland and Wales have their own parliaments and are therefore not subject to the whims of Central Government Ministers who ought to know better - our railfares are set to remain static for the foreseeable future.

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  49. Clamidia!! that's plain wrong, surely.
    Will you be naming the refugees, or will they always be the "refugees"? . . The very lucky refugees x

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    1. Bugerlugs..... They will be know as a generic " The refugees"

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  50. I've always liked John Cusack, but his performance in "The Paperboy" was creepy to say the least.

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  51. My name will never be on the list here in the US thank goodness. I used to work at a mortgage company and came across a man named Senator and mother and daughter named Cinderella.
    Currently, a popular boy's name on a few baby sites is Jase. All I could think was "Really????"
    And John Cusack is my boyfriend so hands off ;-)

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  52. Novelty names won't last. The 'old' names are tried and true.

    Glad the chickens seem to be fitting in well.

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  53. Haha! I haven't heard of someone calling their daughter Susan in years. My daughter is called Ruby and people said how old fashioned when I called her it. There are hundreds of them now.

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