If the Hundred-Year Rule — which states that it takes a century for most names to come back into fashion — holds true, then we’re in for some interesting times, judging from the list of 100 Most Popular Names of the 1910s.
A handful of the top names in the decade from 1910 to 1920 are already solidly back in style. These include:
- CHARLES and CHARLIE
A larger group is, not surprisingly, on the cutting edge of style, supporting the whole hundred-year theory by indicating which names we’ll be hearing more of in the decade ahead. The names from the Top 100 in the 1910s that sound fashion-forward today include:
- LOUIS and LEWIS
Other choices still seem a bit far out right now, but we predict will become more stylish and feel more acceptable over the next decade, echoing their popularity of a century ago. These include:
- MARIAN and MARION
- MARJORIE (by popular demand!)
- FRED and FREDERICK
Other names it’s just hard to imagine coming back in the foreseeable future….or ever. But we’ve eaten our hat before so we may well see a resurgence of babies with these, uh, not-so-attractive names last popular a hundred years ago.
Nameberry (http://nameberry.com) is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, “Beyond Ave and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby.”