You might think that names plucked from 100 years ago would be stuffy and outdated, (and some are!) but a deeper dive into the most popular names of the 1910’s also reveals a truckload of brilliant names that will be just as appropriate for modern bubs!
Name your baby like an Edwardian
While the list – gleaned from the US Department of Social Security archives – has its fair share of traditional names, many are the kind that translate perfectly across eras.
Elizabeth, Anna, Alice and Rose are choices you would expect to see penned in fancy cursive at the top of someone’s afternoon correspondence. But other names you may not have predicted were top of the pops in the 1910’s too. Goldie, Fern, Stella and Opal are names you might expect to encounter in the offspring of a chic Instamummy account. The mums of the Edwardian era – 100 years ago – thought they were pretty ace too!
When it comes to baby boy’s names, it was more of what you’d expect with the still lovely, super-royal William, George, Charles, Harry and Louis topping the charts. There were other vintage names that seem as excellent now as they obviously did back then. Otis, Felix, Mike and Max are as popular at your local play centre as they were back when boys wore knickerbockers and the occasional frock (perhaps a little more so!)
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Kind of a big deal last century
The other thing that was interesting is the number of babies that snaffled names we consider quite niche now. Take Goldie, for instance. Around 8500 baby girls received this cute name during the 1910’s. There were almost 5000 Augusts in the baby boy names for the same period.
Of course, in the scheme of things and during a ten year period, it’s not a HUGE amount, but they still ranked in the top 200 names for each gender so they were kind of a big deal last century.
“The 200 most popular names were taken from a universe that includes 6,948,478 male births and 8,509,896 female births,” the list points out, so it’s kind of a coup to be top of a list of millions, right?!
Some not quite so niche, and more familiar/solid names made the very top spots with almost 380 000 Johns and almost 400 000 Marys. William came in at 303 000-ish while Helen was the next most popular name for girls of the 1910’s with 248 000 or so given this classic name.
Here’s our pick of the top of the pops for this era – all these names made the top 200 for their gender (and are perfectly lovely choices for modern kiddos!)
Some surprisingly contemporary picks in there, non? Or should we say we’re choosing a lot of vintage-inspired names that we THINK are modern?!