'I don't care if my name has gone extinct - I still think it's cool'

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Retail Assistant Graeme Currie thinks more people should have the
Retail Assistant Graeme Currie thinks more people should have the 'cool' name (Image: Graeme Currie / SWNS)

There's no doubt that choosing a name for your child is a tough choice, considering the label will follow them for life. While many parents may choose to opt for something unique and rare, it doesn't come without the fear that the name could inevitably become extinct.

After his parents chose a rare name for him as a child, Graeme Currie's first name was highlighted last year as being extinct - meaning that it has not been used for babies in recent years.

And while you might think this is sad, the retail assistant has admitted that he doesn't care that his name isn't in use any more as he still thinks it's 'cool'.

'I don't care if my name has gone extinct - I still think it's cool' rriqudirriezinvGraeme is hoping that his name will make a comeback (Graeme Currie / SWNS)

Graeme - who is more than happy with his name - is anticipating a comeback of the unique moniker.

The 34-year-old said: "I think more people should be named Graeme. I think it’s a kind of cool name.

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"I was noticing a lot of younger people had different names and it was like Graeme seemed to be rarer.

"I think it's always good to encourage the older names like Graeme, Guy and Greg."

According to reports, Graeme was among the likes of seven male names labelled as extinct by Babbel in a study last year.

'I don't care if my name has gone extinct - I still think it's cool'The retail assistant's name was one of seven to go extinct last year (Graeme Currie / SWNS)

The language experts analysed the last century of records from the Office for National Statistics, comparing parents' 2020 choices for their babies with the 100 most popular names between 1914 and 1994.

Graeme said he had noticed that fewer babies were being given his name and that it represented a societal shift.

He said: "It's getting a bit rarer these days. I think names like David are more popular.

"To be honest, I guess society is moving on in a way. I think names are a good thing that show a part of history.

"I wouldn't say I've felt lonely, but I guess the only good side [of having an extinct name] is that you don’t get confused with other Graemes.

Graeme went on: "I believe the name Graeme sets you on a good path. I feel the same with a lot of older names, it sets you out in a certain way.

"I quite like it, I think it's actually quite a cool name – but my brother's nickname for me is Grey Hair and I think that’s the association with Graeme.

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"Sometimes I get called Grams or Grammy, I like those nicknames, but my brother likes his name for me.

"I think people notice my second name more, the only thing they comment on with my first name is the spelling."

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15.07.2024, 17:44 • Investigation