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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 old fashioned baby names 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 old-fashioned names from the Top 100 in the 1910s that sound fashion-forward today include:

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How To Find An Antique Gem

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One of the most popular lists on nameberry is the Old Lady Cool Names: names that have been in retirement for several decades now but just might be ready for a comeback.

Antique names for both sexes are popular too, as parents search for names that are out of the ordinary yet have the backing of tradition.

Of course, not every neglected name deserves to be revived.  Gertrude, Ethel, Melvin: These may be best left in the time capsule, at least for now.

Some of the quirkier old-school names — Olive, Rufus, Hazel, Edwin — have already been resuscitated by hipster parents.  But what are the less obvious old gems worthy of a fresh look?  We wouldn’t necessarily stake the farm (or the loft) on the comeback of the following, but parents who are both adventurous and tradition-minded may want to consider these choices:

girls

ADELIA

AGATHA

AUGUSTA

ESTHER

FAY

FLORENCE

GLORIA

HARRIET

HELEN

HENRIETTA

LENORE

MILDRED

MURIEL

RUTH

SYLVIA

boys

ALBERT

ALFRED

ARTHUR

BERNARD

CLYDE

FLOYD

FRANK

GEORGE

HAROLD/HAL

HOWARD

MARTIN

RALPH

VICTOR

VINCENT

WALTER

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