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Baby Name Gems from 1902 (5 births)

Having trouble sifting through modern names? Take the time machine back to 1902 and have a peak at the bottom of the SSA list. Can I just say - the parents in 1902 had mighty fine taste.

Allegra,F,5
Araminta,F,5
Athena,F,5
Calista,F,5
Camelia,F,5
Cassandra,F,5
Clarabel,F,5
Clio,F,5
Clover,F,5
Corina,F,5
Delphina,F,5
Elinore,F,5
Elodie,F,5
Eufemia,F,5
Euphemia,F,5
Fanchon,F,5
Frida,F,5
Gabrielle,F,5
Garland,F,5
Genevia,F,5
Honor,F,5
Isadore,F,5
Isola,F,5 (means island in Italian)
Lidia,F,5
Lindy,F,5
Lotus,F,5
Malvena,F,5
Marcelina,F,5
Melrose,F,5
Oneida,F,5
Penelope,F,5
Pheba,F,5
Rafaela,F,5
Romana,F,5
Rosemond,F,5
Roxana,F,5
Roxy,F,5
Seferina,F,5
Valera,F,5
Vesper,F,5
Vietta,F,5
Vivia,F,5
Willow,F,5


Adrien,M,5
Ansel,M,5
Archer,M,5
Artis,M,5
Author,M,5
Ballard,M,5
Beecher,M,5
Benedict,M,5
Berkley,M,5
Blanchard,M,5
Calvert,M,5
Carlo,M,5
Cas,M,5
Colin,M,5
Cruz,M,5
Domenick,M,5
Essex,M,5
Estes,M,5
Fenton,M,5
Fidel,M,5
Fleetwood,M,5
Fredric,M,5
Garnett,M,5
Gilmore,M,5
Hayden,M,5
Hershell,…

Baby Name Gems from 1902 (Outside the top 1000)

Minta,F,13 Selina,F,13 Stephanie,F,13 Tennessee,F,13 Beverly,F,12 Dinah,F,12 Maebelle,F,12 Sabra,F,12 Silvia,F,12 Sofia,F,12 Talitha,F,12 Chessie,F,11 Mozella,F,11 Osa,F,11 Alexandra,F,10 Clarabelle,F,10 Gracia,F,10 Isobel,F,10 Izetta,F,10 Maida,F,10 Margaretta,F,10 Melinda,F,10 Ottilia,F,10 Portia,F,10 Rosabelle,F,10 Amber,F,9 Gabriella,F,9 Isla,F,9 Jessica,F,9 Odette,F,9 Parthenia,F,9 Sonia,F,9 Stephania,F,9 Texie,F,9 Violetta,F,9 Beatriz,F,8 Genevra,F,8 Gregoria,F,8 Honora,F,8 Ingrid,F,8 Lana,F,8 Lunette,F,8 Marina,F,8 Meredith,F,8 Olivette,F,8 Roselle,F,8 Trixie,F,8 Arabella,F,7 Azalea,F,7 Capitola,F,7 Cleopatra,F,7 Corinna,F,7 Isadora,F,7 Jetta,F,7 Louisiana,F,7 Madonna,F,7 Maebell,F,7 Marilla,F,7 Natalia,F,7 Orlena,F,7 Snow,F,7 Tabitha,F,7 Valentine,F,7 Vivienne,F,7 Adriana,F,6 Alexandria,F,6 Assunta,F,6 Blossom,F,6 Delfina,F,6 Dove,F,6 Eulalie,F,6 Georgette,F,6 Gustavia,F,6 Gwendoline,F,6 Indiana,F,6 Izola,F,6 Jemima,F,6 Juliana,F,6 Lake,F,6 Nanette,F,6 Quilla,F,6 Romaine,F,6 …

Baby Names from 1902 (The Boys Top 1000)

Interesting boy's names from the 1902 top 1000. Some of these sound right at home in 2012, over hundred years later, but were used much less back then.

Glenn,M,185 Oliver,M,181 Morris,M,150 Warren,M,149 Jerry,M,148 Vincent,M,148 Mack,M,147 Wesley,M,145 Isaac,M,143 Nathan,M,143 Sylvester,M,135 Max,M,132 Calvin,M,130 Glen,M,123 Roland,M,116 Felix,M,114 Johnie,M,113 Dave,M,112 Ellis,M,112 Nicholas,M,112 Gordon,M,109 August,M,108 Irving,M,104 Mark,M,104 Matthew,M,104 Jake,M,102 Adam,M,99 Mike,M,99 Emmett,M,98 Franklin,M,97 Marshall,M,94 Forrest,M,91 Roscoe,M,90 Ross,M,90 Nathaniel,M,88 Phillip,M,87 Gus,M,85 Reuben,M,82 Aaron,M,78 Tony,M,74 Roger,M,73 Grady,M,70 Johnny,M,70 Noah,M,69 Elijah,M,66 Bob,M,64 Dale,M,63 Owen,M,63 Timothy,M,62 Bruce,M,60 Forest,M,59 Monroe,M,59 Troy,M,59 Emory,M,58 Leland,M,58 Wiley,M,57 Silas,M,55 Grant,M,54 Harrison,M,53 Carroll,M,52 Christopher,M,48 Grover,M,45 Miles,M,45 Boyd,M,42 Ike,M,41 Luke,M,41 Dean,M,40 Wade,M,40 Emery,M,39 Garland,M,39 Murray,M,38 …

Baby Names from 1902 (The Girls Top 1000)

Here are some selected names from the top 1000 in 1902. This is not the complete list (you'll have to see the Social Security Administration for that). These are just names which are very interesting. There is one big difference between today's SSA extended list and that of 1902 - the pool of names in much larger today. #1000 on the charts in 1902 was given in 13 girls, while today, Damaris at #1000 was given to 250 girls.

Are you shocked to see any of these names in the top 1000 of 1902?


Betty,F,580 Lola,F,565 May,F,560 Lottie,F,537 Charlotte,F,524 Opal,F,498 Mable,F,478 Goldie,F,473 Estelle,F,472 Eula,F,466 Caroline,F,452 Iva,F,438 Henrietta,F,437 Vivian,F,425 Sylvia,F,411 Genevieve,F,410 Etta,F,400 Amelia,F,355 Madeline,F,355 Marian,F,338 Naomi,F,327 Olga,F,321 Geneva,F,308 Barbara,F,306 Amanda,F,301 Matilda,F,290 Estella,F,283 Frieda,F,282

Sophie,F,279 Hannah,F,271 Sally,F,266 Luella,F,262 Isabel,F,256 Sophia,F,256 Elva,F,253 Cecelia,F,243 Lila,F,239 Fern,F,238 Winifred,F,…

Baby Names from 1902 (The Top 100)

After the girl's top ten, the list is as follows. Some of these names are very popular at the moment, like Violet and Grace, while others may be left behind (Bertha, I'm looking at you).


Lillian,F,3063
Gladys,F,2809
Edna,F,2754
Mildred,F,2750
Dorothy,F,2707
Annie,F,2664
Grace,F,2642
Emma,F,2514
Bessie,F,2448
Rose,F,2444
Clara,F,2432
Bertha,F,2372
Frances,F,2326
Mabel,F,2280
Hazel,F,2238
Irene,F,2210
Gertrude,F,2207
Pearl,F,2100
Minnie,F,2055
Martha,F,2030
Catherine,F,1896
Myrtle,F,1884
Edith,F,1853
Ida,F,1836
Esther,F,1833
Louise,F,1832
Eva,F,1727
Elsie,F,1720
Sarah,F,1710
Agnes,F,1676
Josephine,F,1566
Nellie,F,1566

Laura,F,1559
Lillie,F,1533
Ella,F,1525
Julia,F,1501
Ruby,F,1458
Viola,F,1447
Beatrice,F,1429
Carrie,F,1376
Mattie,F,1353
Thelma,F,1310
Mae,F,1261
Jessie,F,1240
Alma,F,1229
Lena,F,1225
Hattie,F,1163
Blanche,F,1159
Evelyn,F,1151
Mamie,F,1127
Lucille,F,1087
Cora,F,1081
Stella,F,1075
Willie,F,1071
Lucy,F,1065
Marion,F,1033
Virginia,F,1008
Katherine,F,1004
Jennie,F,985

Baby Names from 1902 (The Top 10)

If the hundred year rule is any accurate, interest in these names should be rising or already in place. Browse the internet and you'll find many mammas-to-be seeking advice on these names, though I'm not sure about Frank and Robert.

Girls:

Mary,F,14485
Helen,F,5967
Anna,F,5288
Margaret,F,5011
Ruth,F,4384
Elizabeth,F,3694
Florence,F,3509
Marie,F,3423
Ethel,F,3295
Alice,F,3135

The next two are Lillian and Gladys. Gladys still has a long way to go.

Boys:

John,M,7908
William,M,6616
James,M,5592
George,M,4223
Charles,M,3361
Robert,M,3180
Joseph,M,3098
Frank,M,2756
Edward,M,2294
Henry,M,2153

The next two are Thomas and Walter.

Tiana

I am disappointed that Disney chose this name for their "The Princess and the Frog" character. Why? Because it's not Creole, French, or African (thus having little to do with the Disney princess's heritage). It likely comes from Tatiana, a Russian name from a Latin family name with no known meaning, as a short form. And the chances of it being used in 1920's New Orleans are slim to none, especially compared to popular names of the day like Fannie and Ruth. Disney was supposed to have named her Maddy (which would have been more accurate if it was a nickname for Madeleine), but it's similarity to a derogatory term, "mammy," made it less desirable, and I guess the public wanted something more in-step with our modern created nature, not caring about accuracy, so Disney found this gem that is one letter different from "tiara." Coincidence? And while Tiana's similarity to "tiara" is creative, it would not have been hard to find a d…

Hermione

The Meeting of Orestes and Hermione
Will Hermione forever be linked to the Harry Potter character? Will anyone search for her history before the wild success of Ms. Granger & Co.? Will people think you're crazy?

Let's start with how often Hermione is used. 55 girls were given the name in 2011, but the all time high was 74 in 2006. The name was used between 1898 and 1975, no more than 17 times in a year. So, very rare, but not unheard of. As the female variant of Hermes, Hermione means "messenger," and is pronounced her-MY-oh-nee.

Long before Hermione Granger was born, Hermione was a figure in Greek mythology. Her mother was "fairest of them all" Helen, who launched a thousand ships and ran off with/was abducted by Paris, the prince of Troy. Paris was promised the most beautiful woman in the world if he would name Aphrodite the most beautiful goddess. Hermione was nine when her mother left. Hermione's father was Menelaus, king of Mycenaean Sparta, w…

Is this name too over the top?

How do you know if a name is outrageous, or you're just over-thinking? Let's use Andromeda as an example. While everyone's opinions will vary - one person will tell you to use it, the next will say not to, Andromeda carries some well known associations, like the mythological princess, TV show, and the galaxy, that could help or hurt it being used today. Is it too long and dramatic or does it have the perfect amount of wow-factor? It's really a matter of taste and perception.

General guidelines if you're having a hard time deciding:
Don't use it if...
- it is hard for the majority of people you know to say
- it is hard to remember how to spell
- it was used in an extremely negative light (like Adolph)
- it is the name of something like a well known brand, company, product, or food (examples include Nivea, Siri, Apple and Kale)
- it is a one-person name, like Oprah or Lucifer
- it is overly sweet, like something you'd see on a child's fairy doll (Pixie, F…

Are Alexandra and Andrea Offensive to Women?

The potential problem I'm talking about is the Greek -andro element, which means "man." It can be seen in people names, medical terms and plant terms. Andrea and Alexandra are two popular baby names used that fit this description. (I would include Andromeda and Andromache in this, but they are extremely rare.)

I don't know if Americans were once highly interested in the meaning and origins of names and then became disinterested over time, or if only a small percentage were and still are interested. Early in our recording of name statistics, parents were naming their children largely based on tradition, religious beliefs and honoring family, so I don't think the meanings of Alexandra and Andrea were deal-breakers. How is it possible to find the logic behind every female ever named Alexandra, for example? It is nearly impossible to say with any certainty that X percent of people named Alexandra, or Andrea, had parents that knew -andra meant "man" and how …

Monroe

What kind of name can compete with Eponine? Any literary name can work, for girls and boys, but Monroe has the right contemporary feel for a boy, just as a random suggestion. While a lot of parents consider Monroe for a girl, most likely with Marilyn Monroe in mind, Monroe's vibe is very masculine. It falls into a few different categories: "modern hero" names (both for the 5th American president and Marilyn), surnames, and nature names. It even falls under the comic book category - Ororo Monroe was Storm's real name in the X-Men. Most recently, Monroe can be seen as a male character in the TV show Grimm, and was used by Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon for the female twin of their son Moroccan.

This Gaelic name is composed of the elements moine (marsh) and ruadh (red), translating to "[from the] red marsh" and once applied to people living near the mouth of a river, with the meaning "[from the] mouth of the Roe River." Alternate spellings have been us…

Eponine

Eponine in the latest movie
A little while ago there was this debate on Nameberry about the name Eponine (ay-po-neen), now in the spotlight because the movie Les Misérablesis taking American fans by storm. Actually, there are several threads on the internet about this name, and it is a much-searched baby name. People will inevitably be curious about Eponine as a name for their daughter, and opinions most definitely vary on whether it should be used. Some say it is too much the character's name to be used on another face, some say the name goes back further than the play and can be a real choice. I'll give you the facts, and you can decide for yourself if Eponine should be used on today's babies.

Eponine, French variant of Epona from the Latin name Eponina (sometimes spelled Epponnina), all meaning "mare," which is "female horse," and/or "great mare." The exception is Eponina's -ina ending, making it "little horse/mare."

Eponina …