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Regret to Name

I was listening to the radio this morning explain how 1 in 5 parents regret the names they choose for their children. They went on to explain the most regretted names which most were surprisingly normal. According to The Sun, the top 10 most regretted are:

BOYS

  1. William
  2. Oliver
  3. Jack
  4. Alfie
  5. Thomas

GIRLS

1.  Chloe
2.   Ruby
3.  Olivia
4.  Emily
5.  Grace

In the world of names, there was something called The Hundred Year Rule. This rule had the assumption that it took a century for a name to come full circle and sound good again. The lists of popular names from a century ago (1910) demonstrate a number of names that have resurfaced in popularity. Among some of these are: Grace, Ruby, Emma, Isabel, Max, and Oliver.

Some of these names have resurfaced in popularity. It would be interesting to take a look at the popular names from a century ago and see if we have overlooked some names. Below are some names that made the list in 1910.

*note – US population was much smaller back then, and there were a fewer number of babies with these names*

*second note* Comments italicized are not claimed as factual, but rather my commitment to provide anecdotal ‘evidence’  to my own blogging.

GIRLS (starred names were in the top 100 then)

  •  ADELIA
  • *AGNES
  • AILI
  • ALBERTINE
  • AMALIA
  • ANTONIA
  • ARA
  • AURELIA
  • AVIS
  • BERNADINE
  • BETHEL
  • CELESTINE
  • COLETTA
  • CORDELIA
  • DELPHINE
  • DELTA
  • DOROTHEA
  • EASTER  (Why not Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Halloween?)
  • ERIE
  • FLORRIE
  • GENEVA
  • *HATTIE
  • *INEZ
  • KITTY  (Too easy)
  • LELIA
  • LOTTIE
  • LUCRETIA
  • *LULA
  • MAGNOLIA
  • *MAMIE
  • MAY
  • MINERVA
  • NELLA
  • NOVA
  • OCTAVIA
  • ODESSA
  • *OPAL
  • OPHELIA
  • OUIDA
  • PALMA
  • *PAULINE
  • POLLY
  • ROXIE
  • THEODORA
  • THORA
  • TILLIE
  • VERONA
  • VEVA
  • *VIOLA  (Cause tuba wasn’t appropriate for a girl)
  • WINIFRED
  • WINNIE  (Wondering if winnie the pooh was a girl…)
  • ZADIE

BOYS (starred names were in the top 100 then)

  •  ABNER
  • AMBROSE
  • ARCHIBALD
  • AUGUSTINE
  • BASIL  (Getting hungry)
  • BENEDICT  (Basil on top of eggs benedict, not helping)
  • CASPER  (Friendly and pale)
  • *CHESTER
  • *CLAUDE
  • CLEMENT
  • CLEVE
  • *CLYDE
  • DORSEY
  • DOYLE
  • DUDLEY
  • *FLOYD
  • GROVER  (Sesame Street)
  • HARDY
  • HIRAM
  • *HOMER  (Simpson)
  • JARVIS
  • JUDSON
  • KERMIT  (the frog)
  • LEMON  (The first fruit they saw in the room when naming their baby)
  • LEMUEL
  • LIONEL
  • LONZO
  • LOYAL
  • LYLE
  • MACK
  • *MORRIS
  • NORRIS  (For individuals who kept writing ‘M’ like an ‘N’)
  • OTTO
  • PERRY
  • RALEIGH  (None of which birthed in Virginia)
  • ROSCOE
  • RUFUS
  • SMITH
  • VALENTINE
  • *VERNON
  • VIRGIL

Names I hope don’t make a come back:

FAIRY, PINKIE, TINY, BUCK, BUSTER, CURLEY, DOCK, NAPOLEON   (Only if he is short), ORA, & OTHO

One interesting thing on this 1910 favorites list is the number of gender reversals.  In the girls’ column, we find:

  • CECIL
  • CHARLES
  • HENRY
  • IRA
  • LOUIS
  • ROBERT
  • THEO

There are boys named the following, a few dating back to when they were male or unisex:

  •  AGNES
  • ALICE
  • ANNIE
  • AUDREY
  • BEATRICE
  • BONNIE
  • DOROTHY
  • ELSIE
  • ETHEL
  • GLADYS
  • HAZEL
  • HELEN
  • IRENE
  • IVY
  • JEWEL
  • MARIE
  • MARTHA
  • MARY
  • PAULINE
  • THELMA


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This entry was published on May 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm. It’s filed under Lifestyle and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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