Choosing a name for your baby can be difficult — even anxiety-inducing. There are so many beautiful names to choose from. Do you go the creative route or the classic route? Elegant or playful? Sweet or sophisticated?
If you’re debating using a family name, there are some truly gorgeous vintage ones to choose from. While many vintage names have been making a comeback for the past decade or so (like Evelyn, Charlotte, and Alice), there are many names from 100 years ago that are not as popular but just as lovely.
We’ve compiled a list of vintage baby names that we think deserve a little more attention. Apparently, popular names tend to come back into fashion every 100 years or so. So we picked out several names that were in the top 100 baby names of the 1920s but haven’t cracked the top 200 in the past several decades.
Take a look!
This was the 3rd most popular girls name in the 1920s. As of 2018 (the most recent data that Social Security has) it ranked at 413. It means “bright, shining light.” It’s a name that has long been associated with beauty; the 10-year-long Trojan war was fought over a woman named Helen who had a “face that launched a thousand ships.”
This was the 38th most popular girls name in the 1920s. Though the name hit its lowest popularity in the early ’70s (coming in at 988), it has steadily increased since then. As of 2018, it ranked at 295. It means “light” and comes with darling potential nicknames: Lucy or Lulu.
This was the 45th most popular girls name in the 1920s. Though the name hit its lowest popularity in 1986 (coming in at 992), it has steadily increased since then. As of 2018, it ranked at 241. The name is derived from Juno, who was queen of the gods in Roman mythology as well as the goddess of marriage and childbirth. The month of June is also named after her.
This was the 53rd most popular girls name in the 1920s. Though the name hit its lowest popularity in 2001 (coming in at 985), it has steadily increased since then. As of 2018, it ranked at 573. It means “she who brings happiness; blessed.” Potential nicknames include Bea, Bee, or even Trixie if you go with the original from of the name, Beatrix.
This was the 87th most popular girls name in the 1920s. As of 2018, it ranked at 647. The name comes from (no surprise here) pearl, which is the beautiful, shimmery sphere produced by an oyster and worn as a gemstone.
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