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  1. #1
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    Names from old postcards

    Today my mom and I went to a little boutique-y and antique-y part of my town and found the most wonderful store. We spent two hours in this store. I spent the majority of these two hours looking through old postcards - they were from about 1900-1915 - and writing down all of the wonderful names I saw.
    I decided I had to share with you lovely Nameberries! These vintage names were wonderful, and I can't wait to see what you all think.
    Just a note - I left out the commonplace names I found, like Helen, Ellen, John, James, etc. because there were so many gems hidden among those names. I was also surprised to see different spellings of some names! Who knew that "yooneek" spellings were common 100 years ago?
    Also, some of these names might not be completely correct because the spelling was hard to read, so I'll put a (?) next to the ones I wasn't sure about. Oh, and some of these came from different countries, not just the United States.

    Enjoy!

    Girls:
    Audra (first one I found, and I was so excited that I looked through hundreds more postcards)
    Cora
    Georgia
    Harriet / Hettie / Hattie
    Henrietta / Etta
    Blanche
    Nora
    Olive
    Beatrice
    Pearl / Pearle
    Adela / Adelia / Ada / Addie
    Hazel
    Prudence
    Lottie
    Clara / Claire
    Wilhelmina / Billie
    Lizzette
    Minerva / Minnie
    Florence / Flossie / Flora
    Gertrude
    Viola / Violet
    Esther / Ethel
    Ida / Irna / Irene
    Sahara (shocking, right?)
    Selena
    Marnie
    Dorothy / Dorthy
    Lilliane / Liliane
    Celia
    Margaret / Margret / Margarete
    Leda / Leta / Lena
    Lola / Lula / Lulu
    Ruth
    Ola (has anyone heard this before? because I saw Ola in a lot of the postcards)
    Sylvia
    Myrtle
    Cerea (?)
    Beulah
    Mollie
    Phoebe
    Marion
    Mabel
    Evelyn / Eva / Evangeline
    Lillie / Lilla
    Winnie
    Mildred / Millie
    Cassie
    Ella / Bell
    Effie
    Baby (not sure if it was to a boy or girl)
    Josie
    Sasie (?)
    Zaida
    Agnes / Aggie
    Bessye
    Lydia
    Lorene / Lorry
    Alta
    Vesta
    Thelma
    Bernice
    Jeanette
    Verna
    Dara
    Chloe
    Celeste
    Pettie
    Caddie
    Imogene
    Darma (saw a strangely large amount of Darma's)
    Elsie
    Alura
    Lennea
    Dora
    Maren
    Aula
    Estalene (?)
    Louisa
    Edith
    Beasil
    Luella
    Stella
    Amelia
    Kathrane
    Maud
    Libby
    Bonnie
    Genevieve
    Kitty
    Catharina
    Therese
    Leona
    Delphine

    Boys:
    Cain
    Julius
    Austin
    Edwin
    Nelsen
    Tray
    Mathis
    Cecil
    Oscar
    Elmer
    Arthur
    Oliver
    Horace
    Kenneth
    Sherman
    Alfred
    Harvey
    Henry
    Hugh
    Owen
    Arnie
    Archie
    Jonas
    Harold
    Everett
    Clarence
    Rowland (?)
    Mede (? not sure if it was male or female)
    Theo
    Hi / Hy (one was signed "Uncle Hy," which was pretty funny to me because I have a Great Uncle Hy)
    Emery
    Clyde
    Howard
    Maurice
    Glen
    Willis
    Guy
    Edurn (?)
    Francis
    Mattie (not sure if it was a boy or girl)
    Otto
    Slate
    Marvel
    Anton
    Harrein (?)
    Ruben
    Tige (?)
    Martino
    Cal
    Bernard
    Crawford
    Wesley
    Walter
    Grayle (?)
    Heinrich
    Geo
    Louis
    Homer
    Chas
    Harlow

    Sorry this is so long!! I tried to group together the girls names that I found relatively similar.
    I was just really excited to share with you guys. Feel free to look through all of it, or not.
    I just wanted to share! So enjoy!

  2. #3
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    Re: Names from old postcards

    These are great--I've done the same thing myself. There are also actual name postcards, with a name such as Bertha or Ben scrawled across the front, sometimes with glitter added and usually surrounded by flowers. I've found quite a few on eBay.

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    Re: Names from old postcards

    Wow, that sounds amazing!!! I love old letters and things, and when they come with cool names it's a bonus! I'm hugely jealous right now. I'm going to have to go out and search for a store like that; it's like my ideal pastime. My favorites:

    Adela
    Minerva
    Margaret
    Sylvia
    Phoebe
    Agnes
    Lydia
    Vesta (interesting goddess name!)
    Celeste
    Louisa
    Maud
    Genevieve
    Catharina
    Therese
    Delphine

    Julius
    Mathis
    Oliver
    Henry
    Wesley

    Some really interesting ones... Slate, Marvel, Petty, Bessye... Beasil?! And Harlow, that one was the most surprising... are you sure it was a woman?
    cordelia ~ jessamine ~ alice ~ louisa ~ maeve ~ julia ~ eloise ~ fiona ~ genevieve
    matthias ~ william ~ henry ~ finn ~ benjamin ~ frederick ~ leander

  4. #7
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    Re: Names from old postcards

    @linda: I actually saw some cards like that too! There was one with Lola written on the front, dated 1911. It was so darn cool.

    @irisrose: Oh gosh that store was like a heaven to me and my mom. We were planning on spending the 2 hours we were downtown-ish going to a few different stores, but the postcards were so awesome I couldn't bare to leave! You'll have to find a fun store like that, but as a warning, you might spend your whole day there. Haha.
    Aren't some of those names just bizarre? You know, you might be right about Harlow. I've gotten so used to it being associated with girls these days that I put into the girls category. I'll switch it over to the boys. Thanks for catching that!

  5. #9
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    Re: Names from old postcards

    Wow, Rachelmarie, you've found some gems. I love some of these names. Here are my faves. Thanks for posting!
    Girls:
    Cora
    Georgia
    Harriet / Hettie / Hattie
    Pearl
    Adela / Ada
    Hazel
    Prudence
    Lottie only as a nn for Charlotte
    Clara / Claire
    Minerva / Minnie
    Florence / Flossie / Flora
    Viola / Violet
    Esther
    Ida / Irene
    Dorothy
    Lilliane / Liliane
    Celia
    Margaret
    Leda / Lena
    Lola / Lula / Lulu - only as nn's for Louisa
    Ruth
    Ola (it's a unisex name: a boy's name in Scandinavia as an alternative to Olaf and a girl's name in Poland as a short form of Alexandra. I think it works for both quite well).
    Sylvia
    Phoebe
    Marion
    Mabel
    Evelyn / Eva / Evangeline
    Lillie
    Zaida
    Agnes / Aggie
    Lydia
    Vesta
    Celeste
    Maren
    Louisa
    Edith
    Luella
    Amelia
    Maud
    Genevieve
    Catharina
    Delphine

    Boys:
    Julius
    Edwin
    Cecil
    Oscar
    Arthur
    Oliver
    Alfred
    Harvey
    Hugh
    Archie
    Jonas
    Everett
    Clarence
    Rowland - Alternate spelling of Roland
    Theo
    Emery
    Maurice
    Francis
    Otto
    Bernard
    Walter
    Grayle (?) - Maybe for the Holy Grail???
    Louis
    Homer
    Harlow
    All the best,
    Mischa.

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