The Baby Name Class of 1915

January 19, 2015 Pamela Redmond
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By Pamela Redmond Satran

At the start of 2015, it’s interesting to look back a hundred years to see what was happening in the world of baby names.

The Baby Name Class of 1915 included several choices that are once again stylish: Evelyn, Alice, Florence, Lillian, and Rose for girls; William, James, Walter, Henry, and Harry for boys.

Other names in the 1915 Top 20 are starting to be rediscovered, notably Frances and Louise for girls, Raymond and Arthur for boys.

The full Top 20 for each gender in 1915 was:


1.  Mary

2.  Helen

3.  Dorothy

4.  Margaret

5.  Ruth

6.  Mildred

7.  Anna

8.  Elizabeth

9.  Frances

10. Evelyn

11. Marie

12. Virginia

13. Alice

14. Florence

15. Lillian

16. Rose

17. Irene

18. Louise

19. Catherine

20. Edna

Other stylish names in 1915 that are in fashion again today include:

Names from the 1915 Top 100 — well, Top 58, actually — that have a bit further to go before they’re considered in step with 2015 styles include:

Which baby names from 1915 are you most likely to use today?

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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