Top Baby Names Then & Now + Some Crazy Names For Fun
Top Baby Names Then & Now + Some Crazy Names For Fun
My once upon a name twinkies are 5 years, 1 month, 2 weeks & 6 days old.
I was just looking to see if the top 100 baby name list of 2014 was posted yet to share with you all, but I happened upon a list of the most popular baby names over the past 100 years, and I was wondering.. do the classics ever come back? Some of them do but some seem to have given way to the trends.
What were the last recorded top baby name for girls and boys?
(2013, though I do predict that once 2014 comes out it won’t be that much different.)
Girls top ten
8 ) Abigail
I knew of only one Abigail growing up, however, now I hear the name far more often, but it did exist back in my younger years. I just don’t think it was really common. Despite knowing of (not personally) one Ava from the past – Ava Braun, Ava certainly has never been as popular as it is now. In fact, here in my part of New York I hear it more than any other girl’s name on the list, even though Isabella tops out as New York’s most popular name. (Too bad because I would have loved to have used it. It just was too common around me, but I do meet more Ava’s for sure.)
Emily has been a long-standing favorite, and Elizabeth is definitely a classic that hasn’t faded away with the fads. It has had a lot of staying power, and is even on the most recent top 10 baby name list. It keeps growing in popularity, fading and then growing again. It’s never been off of the top 100 list it seems.
Boys top 10
8 ) Alexander
Now William certainly is a classic baby boy name. My father-in-law who would be in his 90’s now, and my brother-in-law both share that name. Michael, Daniel and Alexander have certainly been around for a long, long while. Alexander the Great. We all know Noah from the Bible, but the name was never as popular as it is now, unless we don’t have lists that go back in time far enough to know. I heard of a baby Noah back in 1993 when I was in college, and I was like ‘WOAH’ it was so different. Not anymore it seems.
Sophia definitely has been heard in passing even many decades ago, but doesn’t ever appear to have been as popular as it is now. Now I hear it on a consistent basis. It’s a pretty name though, hence the rising popularity. Jayden I never once heard of before, back in the day, but now I have met many of them. It certainly was never on popular baby name lists from the past. Not sure exactly where it came from, but is it here to stay? We will find out.
Now what were the popular baby names from back in the day? Let’s go over a few from each generation and see if any match up to now.
(Since we did now I am going to go back 10 years and then go back twenty for each generation thereafter, since we are a decade and 1/2 in now. Too close to leave out.)
Jacob and Michael are the top two boy faves of this decade, and for the girls Emily is followed by the trendy but cute name Madison. Surnames as first names started gaining immense popularity during this decade into the most current years AKA now.
Michael and Christopher topped the chart for the boys in the 90’s. That explains my godson Christopher Michael.
Jessica and Ashley topped the chart for the girls, however, Emily comes in a close 3rd place.
Michael and Christopher were taking up the top spots back then also for the boys. Michael is still on the top 10 for boys now so its got some definite staying power.
For the girls, and growing up by far I would agree, Jennifer was the number 1 name of the decade. We always had several in each class I was in come the 80’s. It was followed by Amy as the second top name. I have 3 close gal pals and two of them are named Amy.
James and Michael top the list for the boys during this decade. Michael will continue to grow strong in the next decades we have seen. For the girls it’s Mary as #1 and Linda as #2. I have a sinking feeling that we will be hearing Mary again as we go along here. A definite classic. Maybe the most classic girl’s name since the days of Jesus, but let’s continue on.
Robert and James push Michael out of the top 2 spots and out of the top 10 altogether. Actually, during this decade Michael ranks in at #35. For the girls we have Mary holding the top spot, and in second place is a name we never hear of anymore, Betty. Betty Boop and Betty White are the only two Betty’s that I have ever known.
John and William top the charts back in the 1910’s, and for the girls Mary is a #1 staple followed by Helen. Do you hear the name Helen anymore? Surely, I have known many boys named John. Most of my brother’s childhood friends had that name. Nowadays I barely hear Mary, though I know it is still out there. However, I do hear names with a ‘Mary twist’. Example: Mary-Beth and Marianna. I like that last one!
John and William are there on top again, and for the girls it’s Mary and Anna. Anna has certainly made a big comeback over the decades, but is not currently seen on the top 10 list. It’s pretty much always in the top 100 for girls as far as I can see, and thus it is a classic baby name.
We can’t go back any further, however, I would think that Mary for girls and Joseph for boys (even though we did not see Joe in the top two here) were likely tops in the ‘older decades’ and are maybe the most classic baby names ever. It started with a manger and a stable 😛 .
Did you name your baby after a classic baby name or did you go with the trends? Surely there were no Madison’s or Jayden’s way back when, but I am guessing that few but certain names of the present could turn into some classics that follow into the future. Perhaps, some names from the past can in fact reincarnate themselves in future years and decades to come.
Is your own name on here? Is one of your kids? Share your baby name choices, and tell us why you went with that name or names. Check out the full top lists of baby names over the past 100+ years (by decade) and see where you fall in the charts. Was your name popular for your time of birth? How about your kids? I know when I named my boys back in the mid-90’s their names were far from popular and now they are all over the place. I guess you just can never tell if that great unique name you chose can turn out to be one of the popular names of tomorrow.
I happened to like Annaliese because I only heard it once and met one girl named that with a good association. Alessandra wasn’t my 2nd choice at all, but I did bend for the hubby. Now I really like it, and it suits her. Presley was my fave baby name at the time. Mega-trendy I know. Hub hated it. Natalia was way up there and Daniela. I also liked Adriana, however, I took hub’s fave and mine, and we made it work for our twins.
Gabriella was there to, but now I’m kind of glad we changed that one. Two different names, not one very common and one not common at all. Mikayla was all we could agree on with our 9 year old at the time. I don’t hear it THAT often, here in NY anyway, though it is the most common out of the 3 names. I spell it in the more trendy way. I personally don’t like Michaela, though many do, and it is more classic. I happen to like the modern spelling better. That’s just me though.
Just a little bit of fun. No matter what names you picked, surely these odd baby names are nowhere near as different as the ones on this list below. I just thought it would be fun to share some whacked out , insane baby names. Only celebs get away with these names, but still.. children are children. Consider that celebs, please!
(Nothing seems abnormal now, hey?)
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Have a happy Wednesday friends!