Category: baby name Chester
Last week we took a look at the ladies in limbo, the girlsâ€™ names not old enough to fall under the Hundred Year Rule, but were most popular from the 1920s to the 1960s, to question whether any of them were eligible for resuscitation.
And now, as promisedÂ we perform the same operation on the boysâ€™ list.
We find several differences between the genders.Â For one thing, the popularity of the boysâ€™ names tend to stretch over longer periods of time (122 years for Howard, for instance), and clearer syllabic and sound patterns tend to emerge.Â In the 1920s and 1930s, for example, we see a preponderance of two-syllable names ending in the letters n and d.Â By the fifties and sixties, there are lots of four and five-letter single syllable favoritesâ€”the Todds and Troys, Deans and Dalesâ€”those surfer dudes weâ€™ve labeled â€˜Beach Boysâ€™ in our books.
Not manyÂ of these names, except for a few in the pre-1920 list, have shown significant signs of revivalâ€”once again, because theyâ€™re the names of our grandpas and great-uncles and fathers-in lawâ€”the older men in our lives, the men still smoking pipes on Fatherâ€™s Day cards.