By Tiana Putric
Girly appellations ending in the vowels ‘ie’ hold an endless appeal, perhaps it’s due to their innocent femininity. Think of today’s chart-rankers –– Annie, Dixie, Ellie, Elsie, Evie, Gracie, Hallie, Hattie, Jamie, Josie, Katie, Kenzie, Lexie, Lillie, Macie, Maggie, Maisie, Millie, Rosie, Sadie, Sophie, and Zoie. And yet, as appealing as these contemporary favorites are, there is a long list of lost vintage ‘ie’-ending names for girls that could be ready for a renaissance.
Here are five such vintage charmers –– from Acie to Kizzie to Mossie –– along with a long list of others –– that are not only fitting for a middle spot or a nickname but are also on par with some of today’s most popular ‘ie’ ending firsts.Acie
Acie, a feminine version of today’s rising male appellation Ace, debuted on the U.S. Top 1000 in 1881 as a male moniker. It is extremely rare today – in 2014 it was given to only five baby girls. While truly vintage, Acie has a familiar ring; perhaps because its sound is heard in so many familiar appellations: Gracie, Kacie, Lacey, Macy, Stacy, and Tracy.
The charming Essie is a Victorian and Edwardian favorite that was featured on the U.S. Top 1000 for 81 consecutive years – from 1880 to 1960. Given to only 32 American baby girls in 2015, Essie can be a nickname for the biblical name Esther as well as for Estella (Latin), Estelle (French), and Estrella (Spanish). Perhaps one day Essie will become the new Ellie or Emmy.
The spirited Kizzie, quite popular in the late 1800s but very seldom heard today, is both a biblical and a nature name. Kizzie is a diminutive of the beautiful Keziah, a daughter in the Hebrew Scriptures who represented equality between sons and daughters. The appellation Kizzie also has origins in the “cassia tree,” which yields the fragrant cinnamon spice. Kizzie, which brings to mind the classic Lizzie and the trending Kenzie, can also be spelled Kizzy, as it was for the memorable character in the TV drama Roots.
The lilting Lulie, a one-time nickname for Eulalia and pronounced LOO-Lee, last graced the U.S. Top 1000 in 1887. Although a rarity today, Lulie, just might become the next ‘Lu’ star to be rekindled– Lulie definitely has an air of originality, evoking a host of other long-lost ‘Lu’ belles – Luella, Lula, and Lulu.
Mossie may sound like a 21st century hippie nature name but it was found for over twenty years on the U.S. Top 1000 in the late 1800s and early 1900s, long before the hippie era began. Mossie, also spelled Mossy, has roots in the English surname Moss and means “descendant of Moses.” Interestingly enough, the ‘ossie’ suffix was held in high regard for baby girls during the turn of the last century: Dossie, Flossie, Jossie, Lossie, Ossie, and Rossie were all commonly heard in America.
Here are some other ‘ie’ ending girls’ names that ranked on the U.S. Top 1000 during the 1800s and 1900s, but could be appealing on a 21st century baby girl: