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Traditional names 'dying out'

Gertrude Bell was an explorer and spy in the First World War. Photo: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Many traditional names are at risk of dying out, and more are becoming less popular, a new study has revealed.

Analysis of millions of birth records from 1905 revealed that some firstnames have virtually disappeared, with many others becoming increasingly rare.

The report by Ancestry.co.uk showed the most "endangered" girls' names include:

  • Gertrude
  • Bertha
  • Blodwen for girls and

Endangered boys' names:

  • Willie
  • Cecil
  • Rowland

Names like Cyril and Mildred were also at risk and becoming increasingly rare.

Many popular names from the early 20th century are still being used in a shorter form.

The trend has seen Freddie replace Frederick, Archie overtake Archibald and Charlie become far more popular now than Charles.

The same applies to girls' names, with Lexi replacing Alexandra, Sophia making way for Sophie and Ellie overtaking Eleanor.

The analysis also showed more girls' names disappearing or "at risk" than boys.