If you need any evidence that history repeats itself, just take a look at baby names. Many golden oldies have come back into fashion in recent years (and some never really left). So if you’re fond of ye olde monikers, why not turn back the clock a full century for some inspiration?
Nameberry has stepped back in time to find the top names for boys and girls in 1915. Some in the top 100 have already found their way back into modern parents’ hearts – Ruby, Alice, Hazel, Grace, Louis, Leo and Charlie, to name a few. Others seem like they’ve lasted through the generations since – for example, Emma, Louise, Benjamin and Jack.
But there are plenty of others waiting to be rediscovered, such as Doris, Gladys, Thelma, Ethel, Bessie and Myrtle for girls, or Ralph, Eugene, Leonard, Elmer and Earl for boys.
Here are the top 20 names for newborns 100 years ago:
Top 20 names for girls from 100 years ago
Top 20 names for boys from 100 years ago
For more baby name inspiration, check out our baby names posts.