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25 Names From The 1900s That Need To Come Back

We live in a world where everyone thinks that new is better. How can it not be? We live in a world of new technologies, social media, and a whole new breed of parent. The way we parent is completely different now than it was in the 1900’s, so it is only safe to assume that what parents name their children will be completely different. Boy, is it!

Parents now are going with names that are considered hip, trendy and cool. Unfortunately, this often means the names are a little absurd and almost seem made up. There are a lot of people out there who think that old is better. That the way things were in the 1900’s was the better way of life, and I will admit I am one of them. Maybe not all things, but baby names that were popular in the 1900’s are my favourite. They are classic and timeless names that never go out of style. Except that they have, like most things from times long past, they have gone away but there is always hope that they will one day come back.

We searched and found some of the most popular names from the 1900’s in an effort to spread awareness and get these awesome names to come back into style.

25 Florence

If mom and dad are travellers and they want a name that has a more exotic sound to it than they can’t go wrong with this name from the 1900’s. Parents love this name due to its homage to the beautiful city, but also because of the adorable nickname Flo hidden within it.

The name is of Latin origin and it means “flourishing, prosperous.” In 2017, the name was ranked at #980 but it did rise 43% this week alone so it may slowly be back to its top spot.

24 Louis

This name is already seeing a comeback thanks to the newest royal baby that entered the world earlier this year. There are two ways to pronounce the name, so parents have some variety. The name can be pronounced LOO-ee, or LOO-is.

The name is of German and French origin and it means “renowned warrior.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #277 but I bet we will see it climb closer to the top in the coming years. It is definitely a name to watch.

23 Helen

Helen is a sweet and elegant name for any little girl and it was one of the top names for babies in the 1900’s and we can’t blame them. The name is of Greek origin and it means “bright, shining light.” With a meaning like that it is no surprise why we love it.

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #418, so it is far from being a popular name. It goes to show that even normal names can be unique and uncommon.

22 Joe

You may be thinking that the name Joe is short for Joseph and you are right, this is another nickname that has earned its own status as a first name. The name means “Jehovah increases.” As you can guess, this is a very biblical name as well.

In 2017, the name ranked in at #684 when it comes to popularity and it is staying in that spot pretty steady, not having increased or decreased very much lately. This is the perfect name for those parents who want a simple yet steady name.

21 Mildred

Mildred is definitely a name that makes people think of times gone by and their sweet old grandmothers, but this name has a flair of style. The name is of English origin and it means “gentle strength.”

The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity as of 2017, so it is well due for a comeback. The name has also not risen or fallen for a while now, so it is stuck in name-limbo just waiting for parents to realize how great this name is.

20 Walter

The name Walter had a brief comeback when the hit show Breaking Bad came out as that was the name of the main character. He often went by the nickname Walt. The name is of German origin and it means “army ruler.”

In 2017, the name was ranked at #265 when it comes to popularity and it rose another 10% this week alone. It is common enough to not be considered ‘weird’, but it is still rarely heard, which is probably a perfect combination.

19 Alice

Alice is a sweet name for a sweet little girl. The name has been loved ever since we read the classic tale Alice in Wonderland. The name is of German in origin and it means “noble.”

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #70 so it is still holding on to a spot in the top 100. It is slightly dropping as the weeks go on, so it is still a name that you will not hear very often on the playground. Parent should grab this name quick before it is completely off the charts.

18 Henry

Henry is a popular choice for anyone who is looking for a regal sounding name. Prince Harry’s name is actually Henry, but he goes by the sassy nickname. The name is of German origin and it means “estate ruler.”

This is one of the more popular names on our list, coming in at #18 in 2017. The name also rose another 8% this week alone so it is on its way to top spot. This is one 1900’s name that seems to have already made its comeback.

17 Ethel

The name Ethel has a certain charm to it that always reminds me of The Golden Girls, and if you have ever seen that show you will know that it is not a bad thing at all. The name is of English origin and it means “noble maiden.”

In 2017, the name was not ranked in popularity which means it does not hold a spot in the top 1000. It also dropped another 13% this week alone. It is a name that is bound to put a smile on anyone’s face when they hear it.

16 Lillian

Lillian is the perfect name for parents who love the name Lily but are tired of hearing it everywhere. This name gives them the option of using Lily as a cute nickname. The name Lillian is from English and Latin origin and it means “lily, a flower.”

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #27 so it may be one of the more popular names on our list. It seems to be pretty stable there too as it has not experienced a climb or decrease in a while.

15 Frank

We are starting to see more and more old-fashioned boy names come back into popularity, and Frank is one of them. The name Frank is a diminutive of the name Francis and Franklin and it means “free man.” We are seeing nicknames stepping up to full name status more and more.

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #373 in popularity, so it may be more common than people realize. However, it did experience a 12% drop this week alone so it may be on its way out.

14 Annie

Annie is an adorable name which probably has a lot of people thinking about the little red-haired orphan who shares the same name. With this name the sun is sure to come out tomorrow (see what I did there?).

The name is considered a diminutive of the name Ann. It is of English origin and it means “grace.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #297 when it comes to popularity. The name did drop 8% this week alone so it may be on its way out.

13 Robert

Now we are moving on to some names from the 1900’s that are perfect for the little men in our lives. Naming a boy is difficult as you are choosing a name that is perfect for a little boy, but that he can also grow into as he becomes a man.

The name Robert is of English and German origin and it means “bright fame.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #65. It has been steady in that spot not having seen an increase or decrease recently in popularity.

12 Mary

Mary is one of the older names on our list and it is one that does not get used nearly enough. I may be a little biased with this name because that is the name I chose for my own daughter. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “bitter.”

According to Nameberry.com, the name was ranked in at #126 in popularity in 2017 so it is nowhere near a top ten spot. It is also the original biblical name with many prominent figures in the bible sharing this name.

11 Harold

I know that this name is old, and the reason I know that is because I have an 87-year-old grandfather who has this name. The name Harold is Scandinavian in origin and it means “army ruler.” It is a great name for a strong little boy.

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #799 which may surprise a lot of people who would assume this name would not even be ranked in popularity. Not only that but the name rose 1% this week alone so it is slowly creeping up.

10 Bertha

Bertha is a name that we may not like when we first hear it, but we should start giving it a chance. The name is of German origin and it means “bright, glorious.” The meaning is so beautiful it may make a lot of people think twice about this name.

It is not surprising to report that this name does not have a place on the popularity rank. What is surprising is that it has dropped 31% this week alone. A lot of people seem to want this name left in the 1900’s.

9 Samuel

This name is absolutely perfect for a little boy. The name can be used in full when he is a grown man, but you can use the cute nickname Sam when he is still little. The name is of Hebrew origin and it means “told by God.”

In the year 2017, the name was ranked in at #21 so it is another one that is quite popular right now. The name also jumped another 9% this week alone so it may be in the top ten by the time we get the 2018 results.

8 Bessie

Sometimes we have images in our heads of certain things when we hear names and that has a tendency to leave a bad taste. Bessie is often thought of as a friendly name for a cow, but we think it needs to go back to being used for little girls.

This name is a diminutive of the classic name Elizabeth, and it means “pledged to God.” The name was not ranked when it came to popularity in 2017 and it dropped another 12% this week alone.

7 Roy

This is actually the first name on this list that is officially listed as a unisex name, meaning it can be used for both a little boy or girl. The name is more routinely heard when used for a little boy though. This name is of French and Celtic origin. In French it means “king” and in Celtic it means “red-haired.” You have your choice.

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #537 in popularity, but it did drop 5% this week alone.

6 Hazel

Hazel is not just an eye colour, it is also a super sweet name for your little girl that was incredibly popular in the early 1900’s. The name is of English origin and it means “the hazelnut tree.”

Surprisingly, this name has a rather high ranking on the list today. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #43. Parents are learning more and more that they love this name. However, this name dropped 8% this week alone. Julia Roberts named one of her twins this name in 2004, so it has celebrity status.

5 Gertrude

Gertrude is another name that people think is just reserved for the older generation, well they were all little girls at one point and carried these names with pride. The name Gertrude is of German origin and it means “strength of a spear.”

In 2017, the name was not ranked when it comes to popularity which is not much of a surprise. The name also dropped another 14% this week alone. It is definitely the name for parents who want one that is one-of-a-kind.

4 Lawrence

The name Lawrence may be from the 1900’s but it is the perfect name for today because it has a trendy, hipster sound to it. The name is also unisex, so it can be used for little girls as well. The name is of Latin origin and it means “from Laurentium.”

The name was not ranked when it comes to popularity in 2017, and it is even dropping even lower off the charts, so it is perfect for those parents who want a name that will be all the rage on the playground.

3 Irene

Irene is a sweet name for any beautiful little girl. The name does have a place on the popularity list, though it is not common. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #594 in popularity. The name also experienced a drop of 20% this week alone.

The name Irene is of Greek origin and it means “peace.” A wonderful meaning as we all want our little girls to feel peace in their hearts and to bring peace into the world.

2 Pearl

Pearl was a hit in the 1900’s and it is about time that it makes its comeback. We all think our little girls are gems, so why not name them after one. The name is considered a Latin gem name and it means “pearl.” Pretty straightforward.

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #652 in popularity. It has experienced a slight drop this week, so it is perfect for parents who don’t want their children to share the name with a handful of other classmates in school.

1 Carl

If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, then you are probably already familiar and in love with this name thanks to one of the main characters. This name is considered the German version of the name Charles and it means “free man.”

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #627 when it comes to popularity. However, the name rose 21% this week alone so it may be on its way into the top 100. It is a good idea to grab this name now before every little boy has it.

References: Nameberry.com

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