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The Fall Of David

by | 6th, January 2005

‘HAD you shouted out “David” in a school playground 30 or 40 years ago, the chances are that several boys would have turned round.

Keira would like to be known as the more exotic Susan from now on

The blind bearded boy in the corner may have carried on fondling Kimberly, the American exchange student, but all the other Davids would have snapped to attention.

But David – like our former Home Secretary – is no longer as popular as it once was and last year it slipped out of the Top 50 most popular boys’ names for the first time.

Even in 1984, the Telegraph says, it was the third most popular name, but dropped out of the Top 20 a decade later and is now ranked a lowly 56th.

Its popularity is, it seems, going

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