Aug
01

Baby names: 100-year-rule means Esthers, Agneses, Opals and more

Posted in Name my baby
by Lorain County Moms

By nameberry.com

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:

Girls

  • ANNA
  • CHARLOTTE
  • ELEANOR
  • ELLA
  • EVA
  • GRACE
  • JULIA
  • LUCY
  • ROSE
  • STELLA
  • VIOLET

Boys

  • ANDREW
  • BENJAMIN
  • CHARLES and CHARLIE
  • HARRY
  • HENRY
  • JACK
  • LEO
  • RAY
  • SAM
  • WILLIAM

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:

Girls

  • ALICE
  • BEATRICE
  • CLARA
  • EDITH
  • ESTHER
  • EVELYN
  • FLORENCE
  • HAZEL
  • JOSEPHINE
  • JUNE
  • LENA
  • LEONA
  • LILLIAN
  • MABEL
  • MAE
  • MARGUERITE
  • MINNIE
  • PEARL
  • RUBY
  • SYLVIA
  • VERA
  • VIOLA
  • VIVIAN

Boys

  • ARTHUR
  • EDWARD
  • FRANK
  • HOMER
  • LEON
  • LOUIS and LEWIS
  • OSCAR
  • RAYMOND
  • VICTOR
  • VINCENT
  • WALTER

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:

Girls

  • AGNES
  • ALMA
  • BESSIE
  • BETTY
  • BLANCHE
  • DOROTHY
  • EDNA
  • ELSIE
  • GENEVIEVE
  • HELEN
  • IDA
  • IRENE
  • MARIAN and MARION
  • MARJORIE (by popular demand!)
  • MAXINE
  • MILDRED
  • MYRTLE
  • OPAL
  • PAULINE

Boys

  • ALBERT
  • BERNARD
  • CECIL
  • CHESTER
  • CLARENCE
  • CLAUDE
  • CLYDE
  • EDGAR
  • EDWIN
  • EVERETT
  • FLOYD
  • FRED and FREDERICK
  • HAROLD
  • HARVEY
  • LEROY
  • LLOYD
  • MARTIN
  • MILTON
  • RALPH
  • ROY
  • STANLEY
  • THEODORE
  • VERNON
  • WARREN
  • WILBUR
  • WILLARD

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.

Girls

  • BERNICE
  • BERTHA
  • BEULAH
  • DORIS
  • ETHEL
  • GERTRUDE
  • GLADYS
  • LOIS
  • MARJORIE
  • PHYLLIS
  • THELMA
  • WILMA

Boys

  • ALVIN
  • ARNOLD
  • EARL
  • ELMER
  • ERNEST
  • HERBERT
  • HERMAN
  • LESTER
  • MARVIN
  • MELVIN

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.”

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