Lily Allen Baby Name Rumor
Ethel Mary Cooper
If the rumor is true, we're betting little Ethel won't be known as Ethel C. in her kindergarten classroom. After all, there were only 3 baby girls named Ethel in the UK last year. (By way of comparison, there were 18 Bethels, and and nearly 5300 Olivias, the #1 name in the UK)
But Ethel really is an old lady name. It peaked in the 1890s at #8 on the popularity charts in the U.S. By comparison, Agnes, the lightning rod of old lady names, peaked at #39 in the 1890s and is currently ranked at 758 in the UK, with 48 baby girls named Agnes last year; Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany named their daughter Agnes earlier this year.
And while names ending in -el like Isabel, Rachel and even Hazel have enjoyed a resurgence, two-syllable names with a strong "th" sound like Ethel, Thelma and Bertha remain decidedly off the fashion radar. Famous namesakes Ethel Merman and Ethel Mertz of I Love Lucy, don't lend the name any air of style.
We're not saying this latest name rumor's true, but if it is, we're kind of surprised. Are you? Do you think the stylish Lily Allen could lead Ethel to a fashion resurgence?