The Baby Name Class of 1915
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 full Top 20 for each gender in 1915 was:
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?
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on January 20th, 2015 at 5:51 am
I didn’t know that Berenice was considered unfashionable.
on January 20th, 2015 at 9:30 am
Would happily use these from the girl top 20 – Mary, Helen, Dorothy, Elizabeth, Frances, Evelyn, Marie, Alice, Florence, Lillian and Rose.
Most likely to use Mary, Elizabeth and Rose though.
I love Margaret too, well obviously, but wouldn’t use it as a first name.
From the boy top 20 I’d use – John, James, Charles, Edward, Walter, Albert and Arthur.
Most like to use John, James and Edward.
Of the girl names in side the Top 100 I’d use – Josephine, Hazel, Edith and Beatrice.
Boy wise I’d use – Jack, Samuel, Frederick and Charlie (the latter as a nn).
I could see Lois coming back one day, and in fact it’s been lingering in the early/mid 100’s in England & Wales for several years, reaching as high as #109 in 2008. I know this, because my cousin (in Wales) named her daughter Lois the following year, when it was ranked #111.
Boy wise I could see Leonard coming back soon, perhaps inspired by TBBT!
on January 20th, 2015 at 9:32 am
Ah, it’s the bottom list, Gladys and all that I adore!
on January 20th, 2015 at 10:32 am
I love (and would use!) Alice, Louise, Catherine, Charles, Thomas, Walter, and Arthur. Irene is lovely, though I prefer the Russian Irina. Florence, Rose, Virginia, Frances, Evelyn, Margaret, Ruth, Dorothy, Helen, Raymond, Richard, Edward, and Henry are either already on their way back or teetering on the cusp of cool. While not my cup of tea, Doris, Gertrude, Myrtle, Clarence, Earl, Ernest, Eugene, and Leonard also have potential for hipster revival.
on January 20th, 2015 at 11:24 am
I love and would consider using Alice, Marie, Elizabeth, Rose, Hazel, Lillian, Ruby, Clara, and Beatrice for girls and William, Harry, Theodore, Charlie, and Leo for boys. I think these are very beautiful, and slightly vintage names that are definitely coming into style.
on January 20th, 2015 at 2:56 pm
I like Irene, never noticed it means “peace”. I’ve also always liked Clara.
on January 20th, 2015 at 5:34 pm
Love this post. My family tree has a Mary Louisa Jane, John William, William Lee, Helen, James Edward, Robert Ray, George Emory, Pauline Elizabeth, Benjamin Frank, Dennis Walter, Alice Beatrice and Richard Lawrence. I would definitely use any of these.
on January 21st, 2015 at 3:25 pm
I would love for Irene to make a comeback!
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on January 21st, 2015 at 4:44 pm
Gladys, oh how I love thee. I wasn’t aware it is considered unfashionable and not that I care.
on January 21st, 2015 at 7:42 pm
I’ve got a 1 year old Walter! So that’s where my allegiances lie. But I love pretty much all of these names. Even the unfashionable ones.
on January 22nd, 2015 at 1:29 pm
These comments make me feel so good! My name is Irene and I’ve hated my name for the longest time. In a time of Ashley’s, Brittany’s, Stephanie’s and Jessica’s, my name always felt so wrong. I’ve grown to love it, though.
As for my favorite classic names… Elizabeth (Elsa, Ellie, Liz, Liza, Betsy) and Margaret (Maisie, Mags, Greta, Gretchen, Maggie), with their many, many nickname possibilities. Catherine, Louise and Marie, with their beautiful softness. Clara and Hazel, edgy sound with classic appeal. New favorites to my list are Helena and Eleanor, absolutely beautiful ways to get to the nickname Nell. Prudence (nickname Prue) and Gertrude (nickname Trudy) have nicknames I love but am on the fence with on their full names.
on January 22nd, 2015 at 1:33 pm
Oops! I think I posted that on the wrong article!
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