Lily Allen’s Baby Name Leaked

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British singer Lily Allen had a baby girl on November 25, and had managed to keep the name a secret until now… when her mom leaked the name on Facebook!

The name? Ethel Mary. I think Jessie, our assistant editor, said it best: “Ethel is such an old-fashioned name. I have a great-aunt Ethel and always think the name sounds old, even for her!”

To me, it sounds — I’m sorry, I’m sorry, but I just have to say it — like a name for a cow. An adorable cow, though!

I think Jessie’s point is interesting — old-fashioned names are back in style big time.. but are there some names that are just too old to ever be cool again? Maybe Ethel is one of them.

What do you think of the name? Are Jessie and I being too harsh? What names are too old to ever be fashionable again?

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  1. by shannon curtis

    On January 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Very old fashioned, but unique and different in a non-Hollywood way.

  2. by Sarah

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    We named our son Theodore Raphael. Before he was born everyone said, ” why that name? Are you giving birth to an 80 year old man?”. I love his strong old fashioned name, and now everyone agrees, my sweet Teddy had the perfect name :-)

  3. by Yudelka

    On January 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Agnes, Gertrude, Ruth, Mildred, Rose…to name a few.
    P.S. How do you like my name ?

  4. by Terri

    On January 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I agree with Yudelka on all except Rose…