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Popular names from the 1900s

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The turn of century, in 1900, saw many changes and important events -- the Wright brothers took to the air, President McKinley was assassinated, San Francisco experienced a devastating earthquake and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published. What were parents naming their babies in 1900? Read on to find out!

Vintage photo of mom and babyOld fashioned, or trendy and modern?

While flight was still in its infancy, moms and dads whose babies were born in 1900 chose traditional baby names for their children. The wonderful thing is that many of those names make suitable choices for modern parents also. Eva, for example, is currently quite popular in the United States, coming in at 91 in 2010 and rising every year. Edward, perhaps courtesy of the Twilight series rise to fame, is another hot choice for today's expectant parents. 

The classic baby name trend continues in full force today and you can find many gems below that you may not have thought of before. Some good choices for girls are Viola, Hattie, Ruth, Clara, Elsie, Minnie and Ida. For boys, why not name your little one Thomas, Will, Oscar, Jesse or Henry? You may not have the urge to reuse your great-grandma Mildred's name but maybe she had a simple, timeless middle name you would love to use.

Elizabeth is a name that will likely be popular and classic for years to come and also makes a beautiful middle name. Joseph is a good example of a boy's name that sounds suitable for a boy as well as a grown man and has easy nickname possibilities -- and it also makes a terrific middle name.

Check out the top 50 boy and girl names from 1900 and see if you can find one that suits your fancy as you hearken back to times long ago in a world that, while much different than ours today, also had parents with similar hopes and dreams for their little ones.

Top 50 boy names from 1900

John
William
James
George
Charles
Robert
Joseph
Frank
Edward
Henry
Thomas
Walter
Harry
Willie
Arthur
Albert
Fred
Clarence
Paul
Harold
Roy
Joe
Raymond
Richard
Charlie
Louis
Jack
Earl
Carl
Ernest
Ralph
David
Samuel
Sam
Howard
Herbert
Andrew
Elmer
Lee
Lawrence
Francis
Alfred
Will
Daniel
Eugene
Leo
Oscar
Floyd
Herman
Jesse

Top 50 girl names from 1900


Mary
Helen
Anna
Margaret
Ruth
Elizabeth
Florence
Ethel
Marie
Lillian
Annie
Edna
Emma
Alice
Bessie
Bertha
Grace
Rose
Clara
Mildred
Gladys
Minnie
Gertrude
Pearl
Mabel
Frances
Dorothy
Martha
Hazel
Ida
Irene
Myrtle
Eva
Catherine
Louise
Edith
Sarah
Elsie
Esther
Lillie
Agnes
Ella
Nellie
Mattie
Laura
Julia
Josephine
Carrie
Viola
Hattie

 

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