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The Baby Name Class of 1915

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 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:

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girls

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

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boys

John

William

James

Robert

Joseph

George

Charles

Edward

Frank

Thomas

Walter

Harold

Paul

Henry

Richard

Raymond

Albert

Arthur

Harry

Donald

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

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girls

Josephine

Ruby

Hazel

Grace

Eleanor

Lucille

Edith

Beatrice

Clara

Emma

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boys

Louis

Jack

Joe

Samuel

Leo

Frederick

Theodore

Ray

Benjamin

Charlie

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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:

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girls

Gladys

Ethel

Thelma

Doris

Gertrude

Bernice

Bertha

Lois

Bessie

Myrtle

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boys

Ralph

Clarence

Roy

Earl

Ernest

Herbert

Eugene

Leonard

Elmer

Bernard

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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. and Baby Name DNA. 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.