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9 'unpopular' baby names young parents are now avoiding

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A handful of once popular baby names are now being shunned because of their 'negative' connotations in the modern world.

Yep, some pretty monikers have faced the mighty wrath of 2018 and have an even lower chance on appearing on this year's top baby names list than ever before.

Some are a result of viral memes, low-brow reality tv stars and even Amazon is to blame for the fall of some baby names.

Here are the 9 'unpopular' baby names young parents are now avoiding according to

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1) Alexa - Two thirds of young parents are deciding against the girl's name, because it's the same name as Amazon’s digital assistant.
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2) Felicia - the 'Bye Felicia' viral meme and well-used catchphrase to say goodbye to something/someone you didn't like, has saw the name's popularity slide.
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3) Christian - not only the name used for the very kinky Mr Grey, but is also feeling 'old-fashioned' in today's multicultured Britain. 
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4) Scarlett - millennials are now lusting after softer pinks and purples and are favouring names such a Violet for their new arrival. 
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5) Katie - From new mums not wanting to copy Kate Middleton, to the very controversial remarks by Katie Hopkins - this name has become less popular in 2018. 
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6) Stan - New parents are wary after the hashtag Stan is slang for 'stalker fan'.
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7) Harvey - Weinstein... need we say more. 
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8) Ryan - this name has plummeted in popularity after mums are worried of the connection to the budget airline. 
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9) Lauren - With plenty of reality TV star connections, it’s no longer an aspirational choice

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  • Author: Aimee Jakes Aimee Jakes
  • Job Title: Shopping and Community Editor

Aimee is the Shopping and Community Editor at Bauer Media where she works on fitness, fashion and beauty content across a number of titles such as heat, Closer and Grazia.

Her hobbies include truffle mac and cheese, Class Pass and relentlessly checking (and scolding!) the weather app.

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