Category: vintage baby names

Vintage Baby Names: Gone girls of 1916

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Sometimes it feels as though our attics have been completely cleared out of stored vintage baby names. But every time we go back up there we do manage to succeed in finding a number of past treasures that haven’t been dusted off yet. The names shown here were all in the Top 1000 in 1916, one hundred years ago, several in the top half of the list and many of them not seen again for fifty years. Let’s see if the Hundred Year Rule applies and they’re ready for a comeback.

By Linda Rosenkrantz

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Fresh Vintage Baby Names for Girls

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By Abby Sandel

The best thing about vintage baby names is that there are always new ones to consider. Emma, Clara, and Alice were big in the 1890s, and all are in style in 2016, too.

Looking for baby names for girls that are equally vintage, but less common? Names like Dorothy, Ruth, and Marjorie were darlings of the 1920s, and are all on the upswing now, too – but all are outside of the Top 300.

Lately vintage baby names for girls have been in the news, with an appealing mix of relatively uncommon possibilities making headlines.

Let’s take a look at the antique appellations chosen by parents for their daughters in recent weeks, all vintage baby names for girls.

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Baby Names Before 1850

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Records on baby names only started in the US in 1880, and so getting an accurate read on what babies were named before that has been difficult at best. But now a researcher named Douglas Galbi has compiled lists of baby names drawn from census records of the early 19th century. With the help of Esita Rocha, we combed through Galbi’s data on baby names from 1800 to 1850 in search of trends, patterns, and vintage baby names that go way beyond the expected John and Mary, Elizabeth and James. Here, our findings, illustrated by American folk art of the same period.   – Pamela Redmond Satran

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EcoVintage Baby Names

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Looking for the middle ground between River and Felix, Ruth and Wren? EcoVintage baby names might be the answer. They’re borrowed from the natural world, but unlike Winter or Skye, they have long histories of use. EcoVintage names were just as popular in 1916 as 2016. Many of the most stylish baby names of our day belong to this category.(by Abby Sandel)

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By Tiana Putric

The following ten people have four things in common: all are women, all are American-born, all have uncommon appellations, and all are living super-centenarians. Super-centenarians, or Super-C’s, are very rare people: they have lived to be 110 years old or more. Meet ten women who have reached super-centenarian status:

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