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Popular baby names from the 1920s

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Why would you choose a name from the 1920s for your very modern baby girl or boy? Many parents-to-be site their family tree as an important source of inspiration. A much-loved grandfather named William may be your son's namesake, or a great aunt named Betty may have been an important person in your life that you wish to honor. Check out which names were popular in the 1920s and get inspired to name your own little one.

Old fashioned baby girlToday's classic names

Many of these names (that may have graced our grandparents' birth certificates) have come roaring back into popularity and have become a trend of their own. Classic names are a good choice for a baby -- after all, you know it definitely ages well and will not only be cute on a baby but classy for an adult as well. The trick is to pick names that aren't too old-fashioned, but even the most hardcore "grandma" names are coming back into vogue, such as Alice, Ruth and Esther. As for boys, Leo, Jack and Henry have been popular for a few years but will we see names like Walter and Howard climb back up the popularity charts in the coming decade?

Old fashioned names also make terrific middle names. For example, a current popular choices for a middle name, Jane, was #48 in 1920. What about Roy, Carl, Jean or Irene?

Also, it's interesting to note that some names just never go out of style. David, for example, has always been a popular choice for a boy's name, as has John, James and Michael. For girls, Elizabeth has always had a strong showing. So has Anna, Rose and Lillian.

Too grandpa-ish?

Are there old-fashioned names from the 1920s that will never come back into style? Can you see yourself naming your baby boy Clarence, for example, or Elmer or Ernest? What about naming your baby girl Florence, Martha or Helen? It will be interesting to see whether these wonderful classic names regain a foothold on the modern popularity charts or if they stay unique and treasured for a few families.

Take your time perusing these names -- there are some that you may have forgotten about, that may not sound too old fashioned for your own use. Marjorie. Evelyn. Ruby. Arthur. Warren. Anthony.

Tell us -- which ones are your favorites?

Top 50 girl names from 1920

Mary
Dorothy
Helen
Margaret
Ruth
Mildred
Virginia
Elizabeth
Frances
Anna
Betty
Evelyn
Marie
Doris
Alice
Florence
Irene
Lillian
Louise
Rose
Catherine
Gladys
Martha
Marjorie
Eleanor
Ruby
Edna
Josephine
Lucille
Ethel
Thelma
Edith
Jean
Hazel
Annie
Pauline
Grace
Lois
Esther
Bernice
Beatrice
Gertrude
Marion
Clara
Katherine
Emma
Barbara
Jane
Ann
Sarah

Top 50 boy names from 1920

John
William
Robert
James
Charles
George
Joseph
Edward
Frank
Richard
Thomas
Harold
Walter
Paul
Raymond
Donald
Henry
Arthur
Albert
Jack
Harry
Ralph
Kenneth
Howard
David
Clarence
Carl
Louis
Willie
Eugene
Earl
Roy
Fred
Francis
Joe
Lawrence
Ernest
Leonard
Warren
Stanley
Herbert
Alfred
Anthony
Samuel
Elmer
Bernard
Norman
Leo
Andrew
Michael
 

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