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2019 Baby Names from 1919: Metro, Marvel, Maude

100 century-old discoveries

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Which 2019 baby names follow the hundred-year rule and are ready for a comeback from the 1919 popularity list? At the beginning of each new year, we like to take a century-long look back hoping to discover some lost names that could be perfect for today.

In 1919, the First World War—aka the war to end all wars—was finally over and the emphasis was on preserving the peace as the Treaty of Versailles was signed and the League of Nations was founded.

In the US, Prohibition went into effect, and Babe Ruth joined the Yankees.

1919 saw the births of J. D. Salinger, Jackie Robinson, and Nat King Cole, the debut of Felix the Car and the passing of Theodore Roosevelt and there were new literary works by Proust, Kafka, Virginia Woolf and Thomas Hardy.

And how about baby names? As they were for so long, John and Mary still topped the list, to be followed by William and Helen, James and Dorothy, Robert and Margaret and Charles and Ruth. But diving deeper into the list, we were able to unearth 100 names from the 1919 Top 1000 that have disappeared from today’s list—but had the potential to find their way back.

And this year, we’ve found some particularly promising word names for boys, and nickname names for both genders, so I have separated those out.

GIRLS’ NAMES

(starred names were in the Top 200)

Nickname Names

Betty*

Effie

Flossie

Kitty

Libby

Lottie*

Lulu

Mamie*

Mazie

Minnie*

Nellie*

Polly

Sally*

Tillie

Winnie

The rest

BOYS’ NAMES

Nickname Names

Archie*

Freddie

Fritz

Ike

Ned

Ollie

Pete

Rollie

Teddy

Word Names

Booker

Early

Garland

Loyal

Noble

Sylvan

Urban

The rest

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Liberty_Bell Says:

January 11th, 2019 at 11:31 am

Love Myrtle, Minnie, Prudence, Edwina, Maude, Polly, Claude and Virgil 😍

GoogleChrome Says:

January 11th, 2019 at 1:11 pm

Loving: Effie, Kitty, Libby, Lottie, Nellie, Tillie, Winnie, Agatha, Dixie, Maude, Myrtle, Archie, Freddy, Fritz, Teddy, Sylvan, Chester, Cornelius, Floyd, Murphy, Olaf, Roscoe & Rufus.

mmurphy Says:

January 11th, 2019 at 6:03 pm

My great great aunt Agatha was born in 1919. We were going to name our baby after her, but he ended up being a boy!

Msleahpeah Says:

January 11th, 2019 at 9:53 pm

My son’s name “Wiley” is on here. I purposely named him that as our style is anything popular in the early 1900s that isn’t popular today. It’s never on lists. Eeps hoping it doesn’t catch on and stays out of the top 1000. Funnily enough his name is rare but not rare enough that a little girl in his very first class had the same name (Wylie) so much for him not having to go by his first name and last initial! 😅

Kipperbo1 Says:

January 12th, 2019 at 4:24 pm

Love Effie, Libby, Lottie, Nellie, Winnie, Antonia, Augusta, Cleo, Etta, Leonora, Theodora, Viva, Zella Teddy, Casper, Percy, and Roscoe!

julia5500 Says:

January 12th, 2019 at 5:50 pm

I love Lulu, Augusta, Cleo, Marvel, Theodora, Archie, Fritz, Booker, Early (but for a girl), Murphy, Percy, and Rufus.

EvaThyssen Says:

January 12th, 2019 at 8:52 pm

I love Lavinia, Myrtle, Prudence, Winifred, Theodora, Geneva, Cordelia, Georgiana, Ida, and Maude, and Leander and Cornelius!

blueylit Says:

January 14th, 2019 at 7:06 pm

I would really love to see Ambrose, Myrtle and Leander making a comeback. I love a lot of these but those are the ones that feel like they’ve got a big hurdle to be accepted again…

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