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Retro Names for your Baby

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So you know what the popular names of today are, but do you know which names were popular in 1880?  The “fashion” of names has changed throughout the years, but some names have stayed on top of the charts.

For boys, J names have stayed in top spots longer than all others.  From 1980 to 1960, Mary was the number one given name for baby girls, being replaced by Jennifer by the 1970’s.  Biblical names have taken the tops of the charts for decades, completely sweeping the boy’s name charts from the 80’s until today.  Looking for a retro name?  This is the guide for you.

American Retro Names by Year 

Year

 

Rank

 

Male Name

 

Female Name

 

1880

 

1

 

John

 

Mary

 

 

 

2

 

William

 

Anna

 

 

 

3

 

James

 

Emma

 

 

 

4

 

Charles

 

Elizabeth

 

 

 

5

 

George

 

Minnie

 

1900

 

1

 

John

 

Mary

 

 

 

2

 

William

 

Helen

 

 

 

3

 

James

 

Anna

 

 

 

4

 

George

 

Margaret

 

 

 

5

 

Charles

 

Ruth

 

1920

 

1

 

John

 

Mary

 

 

 

2

 

William

 

Dorothy

 

 

 

3

 

Robert

 

Helen

 

 

 

4

 

James

 

Margaret

 

 

 

5

 

Charles

 

Ruth

 

1940

 

1

 

James

 

Mary

 

 

 

2

 

Robert

 

Barbara

 

 

 

3

 

John

 

Patricia

 

 

 

4

 

William

 

Judith

 

 

 

5

 

Richard

 

Betty

 

1960

 

1

 

David

 

Mary

 

 

 

2

 

Michael

 

Susan

 

 

 

3

 

James

 

Linda

 

 

 

4

 

John

 

Karen

 

 

 

5

 

Robert

 

Donna

 

1980

 

1

 

Michael

 

Jennifer

 

 

 

2

 

Christopher

 

Lisa

 

 

 

3

 

Jason

 

Kimberly

 

 

 

4

 

David

 

Michelle

 

 

 

5

 

James

 

Amy

 

1990

 

1

 

Michael

 

Jessica

 

 

 

2

 

Christopher

 

Ashley

 

 

 

3

 

Matthew

 

Brittany

 

 

 

4

 

Joshua

 

Amanda

 

 

 

5

 

Daniel

 

Samantha

 

1995

 

1

 

Michael

 

Jessica

 

 

 

2

 

Matthew

 

Ashley

 

 

 

3

 

Christopher

 

Emily

 

 

 

4

 

Jacob

 

Samantha

 

 

 

5

 

Joshua

 

Sarah

 

2000

 

1

 

Jacob

 

Emily

 

 

 

2

 

Michael

 

Hannah

 

 

 

3

 

Matthew

 

Madison

 

 

 

4

 

Joshua

 

Ashley

 

 

 

5

 

Christopher

 

Sarah

 

2005

 

1

 

Jacob

 

Emily

 

 

 

2

 

Michael

 

Emma

 

 

 

3

 

Joshua

 

Madison

 

 

 

4

 

Matthew

 

Abigail

 

 

 

5

 

Ethan

 

Olivia

 

 

 

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