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Zoomers Declare Popular Millennial Names ‘Old People’ Names

Zoomers Declare Popular Millennial Names ‘Old People’ Names

A woman has shared the names that Generation Alpha views as ‘old people’ names and quite a few may ring a bell for millennials. Amber Cimiotti, aged 37 from Los Angeles, learned from her young daughter that names commonly associated with millennials are now considered names for “old people.” This includes names like Ashley, Amanda, Samantha, and even Amber herself.

“The other day, my daughter told me the names Ashley or Amanda — or my name is Amber — are like old people names,” Cimiotti said in her TikTok post. “She’s like, ‘Yeah, my teacher’s names are like, Ms. Erica, Ms. Samantha. There are Amandas and Ashleys,’” Cimiotti said. “She’s like, ‘Those are just old people names.’”

Cimiotti’s video had garnered more than 3 million views. The comment section was abuzz as viewers pondered the cyclical patterns of names. “My son’s principal is Kyle, his teacher is Chad, a different teacher is Tiffany, and the secretary is Samantha,” a TikTok user commented under the video. “Where’s Nancy and Frank?”

“Little do they know that the “new names” are actually grandma names to us lol,” another user pointed out. “‘[Zoomers] have no clue that they have the old people names,” another user agreed.

Old Millennial Names Will Surely Be New Again… Someday

Of course, names falling out of fashion is a common phenomenon. The name Charlotte ranked among the top 100 most popular baby names in the U.S. for a significant portion of the first half of the 20th century. It reached its peak in 1944, according to Very Well Family.

Penelope ranked among the top 500 most popular baby names in the US from the late 1930s to the late 1950s. However, it gradually faded into obscurity. The name regained popularity in 2012 when Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick named their daughter Penelope. Since 2013, it has consistently ranked in the top 100 most-chosen baby names nationwide.

The recent rise in popularity of names such as Isabella and Bella can be attributed to the protagonist of the immensely popular Twilight young adult fantasy series. The first book of the saga was released in 2005, followed by the debut of the movie three years later.

However, Bella already had its time in the sun. Isabella ranked among the top 300 to 500 most favored names for baby girls in the late 19th century through the early 1920s.