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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
Pauline,F,985
Lula,F,976
Fannie,F,971
Vera,F,947
Ada,F,921
Rosa,F,909
Leona,F,875
Beulah,F,873
Maggie,F,853
Eleanor,F,837
Maude,F,834

Bernice,F,794
Dora,F,780
Ann,F,753
Ellen,F,753
Daisy,F,748
Nora,F,724
Kathryn,F,717
Susie,F,717
Sadie,F,716
Marguerite,F,695
Georgia,F,664
Effie,F,658
Doris,F,656
Hilda,F,649
Violet,F,649
Della,F,609
Emily,F,606
Lois,F,594
Olive,F,593
Flora,F,587
Betty,F,580
Katie,F,572
Nancy,F,571
Nettie,F,569
Lola,F,565
Anne,F,564
May,F,560
Sallie,F,556
Theresa,F,549
Marjorie,F,543
Lottie,F,537

After the boy's top ten, the list is as follows. You can see perennial favorites like Andrew, and those left in the dust, like Herbert.


Thomas,M,2134
Walter,M,1858
Harry,M,1750
Willie,M,1565
Arthur,M,1486
Albert,M,1375
Clarence,M,1292
Fred,M,1286
Harold,M,1077
Paul,M,1067
Raymond,M,1065
Roy,M,1002
Joe,M,955
Carl,M,952
Louis,M,912
Richard,M,908
Earl,M,877
Ralph,M,867
Ernest,M,790
David,M,761
Charlie,M,760
Jack,M,743
Samuel,M,702

Theodore,M,642
Howard,M,632
Herbert,M,615
Lawrence,M,598
Francis,M,597
Alfred,M,590
Elmer,M,574
Sam,M,559
Andrew,M,558
Leo,M,551
Eugene,M,524
Daniel,M,501
Lee,M,475
Floyd,M,471
Michael,M,461
Herman,M,457
Jesse,M,437
Peter,M,433
Leonard,M,426
Russell,M,422
Anthony,M,420
Oscar,M,397
Edwin,M,393
Ray,M,391
Lester,M,385
Lewis,M,385
Clyde,M,382

Benjamin,M,374
Leroy,M,370
Donald,M,366
Will,M,359
Cecil,M,354
Eddie,M,353
Lloyd,M,344
Claude,M,336
Stanley,M,334
Frederick,M,330
Clifford,M,326
Martin,M,325
Jessie,M,323
Chester,M,321
Tom,M,312
Edgar,M,307
Jim,M,300
Kenneth,M,275
Ben,M,273
Homer,M,269
Luther,M,266
Harvey,M,264
Bernard,M,259
Norman,M,256
Leslie,M,251
Leon,M,248
Melvin,M,248
Everett,M,238
Allen,M,227

Philip,M,226
Johnnie,M,221
Hugh,M,217
Alexander,M,216
Stephen,M,210
Jacob,M,207
Milton,M,207
Victor,M,205
Patrick,M,203
Alvin,M,201
Horace,M,199

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