Most Popular Baby Names From All The Generations

"What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet?" Shakespeare has a point. What is in a name? It is the title of who we are and who we will become. For some of us, a name is our identity. It distinguishes us from all the other individuals in the world. It gives us a sense of belonging, purpose, and dignity. With a name comes responsible to yourself. A responsibility to protect yourself, and what you attach your title too. Your name is your brand, the label of yourself which you carry for the rest of your life. But how did we come across such names? Our parents of course! Our parents named us before or after we were born. They may have even spent hours pouring over baby name books, magazines, and websites. Here is one such list to assist you in finding your baby a perfectly unique and beautiful name. In this list, discover names of the past and bring them back to life. 

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10 Melatiah

Let's begin with a gender-neutral name, one that can be given to anyone. The name Melatiah is one of beauty and awe. This name was given to boys and girls alike during the 1700s. According to Moonastro, the name Melatiah means, "deliverance of the Lord." Although this name is unisex it has mostly been given to baby girls. Sporting the name Melatiah is one Melatiah Metcalf Everett, her grave can be found in Norfolk, Massachusetts. On her grave, it indicates that she was born in 1736 and died in 1821. If you are looking for a perfectly unique name, look no further than Melatiah.

9 Elizabeth

The name Elizabeth is one that has made its way into many royal families. The current Queen of England wears her title proudly. This name has been popular throughout history and still exists today. The name Elizabeth means, "consecrated to God," (Baby Center). My mother has this name. This name is so popular in my family it has been passed down from generation to generation for three hundred years. This name was especially popular in the 1700s, as one of the top baby girl names of the time. The origin of the name is Elizabeth is Hebrew. Elizabeth has many spellings including, Elisabeth, and Elspeth. Some nicknames included with this name are Beth, Betty, Liz, Elisa, Lisa, and Lizzie, just to name a few.

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8 Joan

Joan is another name that stands the tests of time. This name is not as popular, today as it was in the 1500s. This name was common in England and France during this time and has many variations, spellings, nicknames, and meanings. For starters, Joan, "was the usual English feminine form of John in the Middle Ages, but it was surpassed in popularity by Jane in the 17th century" (Behind The Name). The name Joan has many nicknames which include, Joleen, Jolene, and Joanna. The name Joan also means, "God is gracious" (Baby Name Wizard ). One of the most famous women to sport this name was the Catholic Saint Joan of Arc.

7  Jonas

The name Jonas is well known to Disney fans. It is the last name of the famous trio brothers the Jonas brothers. Long before the Jonas Brothers, the name Jonas was a first name that was popular among boys in the 1700s. The name Jonas is Hebrew in origin, and can also be spelled, Jonah. According to Ancestry it, "comes from the Hebrew male personal name Yona, meaning ‘dove.'" If you are looking into a great name for a baby boy, Jonas is a name that has been around throughout the ages.

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6 Adelia

Of all the names on this list, this rare diamond from the Victorian Era is my favorite. Adelia is a name of, "German origin meaning 'noble, nobility' "(Name Berry). This name is one of simplicity and sophistication. This name sounds regal, as its meaning suggests. Adelia, also has many possible nicknames with it, some of which include, Ada, Addy, Addie, or Adele. According to Baby Name Wizard, the name Adelia is," a shortened form of Adelheid and Adelaide." A famous woman with this name is Adelia Armstrong Lutz. If your family is in search of a lovely, but forgotten name look no further than Adelia.

5  Jasper

When I hear the name Jasper I think of Disney's One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The character Jasper is one of the villains, who wanted to hurt the puppies. The name Jasper has been around since the Middle Ages. In Persian, it means "treasurer" (Behind The Name). The name Jasper has a few variations some being Gaspar, Casper, and Kasper. The name Jasper has made its way in history through famous people such as Jasper Johns, Jasper Redd, and Jasper Morrison. Another famous Jasper is Jasper Hale from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series.

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4 George

The name George was popular in the 1800s, however, this name was around much longer than that. The name George was, "introduced in England by the Crusaders" (Etymonline). The name George has different spellings and pronunciations, Jorge, Georg, and George. The name George means farmer in ancient Greek. Many celebrities and politicians have been a bearer of this name, George W. Bush, George Clooney, and even Curious George. A feminine name of George is Georgia.

3 Gladys

The name Gladys was very popular in the early 1900s. This name was typically more popular in Norway and Denmark during this time. Surprisingly, the name Gladys is the Welsh form of the name Claudia (Nordic Names). Other spellings to this name include Gwladus or Gwladys, which are also Welsh. The name Gladys means princess or royalty. A few celebs sport this name and they are Gladys Mitchell, Gladys Zender, and Gladys Vanderbilt.

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2 Hazel

The name Hazel was popular in the early 1900s. It was given to girls and often referred to a small tree or shrub. Hazel is also used to describe brown/green colored eyes. My own eyes are Hazel. The name Hazel has many different and interesting spellings,  some include Hayzell, Hazell,  and Hazelle (Parents) just to mention a few. This name was only recently declared an official name around a century ago. The name Hazel is worn by the following celebrities, Hazel Brookes, Hazel Dickens, and Hazel O' Connor.

1 Aelric

Lastly, the final name on our list, Aelric. With televisions shows like Vikings and The Last Kingdom, names from history are bound to make their way into our homes. The name Aelric was popular between 1000-1400s. This name is Anglo-Saxon in origin and was very popular among little boys of the time. The name Aelric means, "noble ruler" (Our Baby Namer). The name Aelric is also a shortened version of the name Aethelric. If you are into history and all things Norse related, this might be the perfect name to add to your family tree.

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