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My mom gave me two middle names. One is Eric, and the other is the rarely heard name of Rolf. In 54 years I had never met a person named Rolf until I met our General Manager here at Townsquare Media, Rolf Pepple.

I think my first name is fairly rare as well. I can count on one hand the number of Craig’s I’ve met in my life.

BabyCenter.com recently published a list of baby names that are falling out of popularity. So far this year, none of the 200,000 babies born in America have been given these names, rendering them ‘endangered':

Endangered Girl Names

  • Bette / Bettie
  • Blanche
  • Erma / Irma
  • Krista
  • Myrtle
  • Olga
  • Rhonda

Endangered Boy Names

  • Carroll
  • Dick
  • Homer
  • Lowell
  • Roosevelt
  • Rudolph
  • Willard

Many other names are considered as ‘on the bubble’ or declining in popularity.

Girl names dropping most in popularity

  • Adrianna
  • Amelie
  • Brynn
  • Cadence
  • Elliana
  • Elsa
  • Giselle
  • Gwen
  • Gwendolyn
  • June
  • Kate
  • Liv
  • Penny
  • Savanna
  • Vera

Boy names dropping most in popularity

  • Alec
  • Bradley
  • Cade
  • Camden
  • Colin
  • Cristian
  • Dillon
  • Dominick
  • Joe
  • Jonah
  • Juan
  • Martin
  • Peyton
  • Phillip
  • Shane

Is your name, or the name of your children on this list? Sound off in the comments.

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