Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Trendy Girl Names from 1900 + Unusual Choices


In 1900, there was a big trend occurring among baby girl names. Parents loved the cutesy style of names that ended in -ie. These were not nicknames, they were given names. As you can see by the list below, there was a plethora of options just within the US Top 1000 names.  We're seeing a few of these threaten to come back into style today while others, like Sophie, Ellie and Sadie, are already hot! Drew Barrymore just used the name Frankie for her daughter last month!

Did your [great] great-grandmother have a name like this? If so, do share it with us in the comment section below! Which of these -ie names are your favorite? Would you ever use it?

Abbie                  
Addie
Aggie
Allie
Amie
Ammie
Angie
Annie
Arie
Arlie
Arrie
Artie
Audie
Bennie
Berdie
Bertie
Bessie
Bettie
Billie
Birdie
Bobbie
Bonnie
Callie
Carrie
Cassie
Charlie
Christie
Classie
Clemmie
Cordie
Corrie
Dessie
Dicie
Dixie
Dollie
Donnie
Dottie
Dovie
Dulcie
Eddie
Effie
Ellie
Elsie
Elvie
Emmie
Erie
Essie
Ettie
Eugenie
Evie
Exie
Fannie
Florrie
Flossie
Frankie
Freddie
Georgie
Gertie
Goldie                  
Gracie
Gussie
Hallie
Hassie
Hattie
Hessie
Hettie
Icie
Jamie
Janie
Jannie
Jennie
Jessie
Jettie
Jimmie
Johnie
Johnnie
Jonnie
Josie
Jossie
Julie
Kattie
Kittie
Kizzie
Lannie
Lennie
Leslie
Lessie
Lettie
Lexie
Libbie
Lillie
Linnie
Lizzie
Lockie
Lonie
Lonnie
Lossie
Lottie
Louie
Lovie
Lucie
Ludie
Lutie
Macie
Madie
Maggie
Mallie
Mamie
Mammie
Margie
Mattie
Maudie
Maxie
Maymie
Mazie
Mellie

Mettie
Millie
Minnie
Mittie
Mollie
Monnie
Mossie
Myrtie
Nannie
Nellie
Nettie
Nonie
Ocie
Odie
Ollie
Onie
Osie
Ossie
Ottie
Pattie
Pearlie
Pinkie
Pollie
Queenie
Ressie
Robbie
Rosalie
Rosie
Rossie
Roxie
Rubie
Ruthie
Sadie
Sallie
Sammie
Sophie
Sudie
Susie
Tempie
Tennie
Tessie
Tillie
Tommie
Tressie
Trudie
Valerie
Vallie
Vassie
Vergie
Verlie
Versie
Vertie
Vinnie
Virgie
Willie
Winnie
Zadie
Zettie
I'd also like to point out some unusual girl names from 1900 that you may find interesting, including some names that are typically viewed as masculine-only. Do you think any of these will ever be in style on a modern girl?:


Aleen                  
Almeta
Alpha
Arthur
Atha
Beaulah
Besse
Beula
Bina
Birtha
Bula
Charles
Clella
Clifford
Clora
Clyde
Dale
Dellar
Dorcas
Dortha
Easter
Ebba
Electa
Ellar
Elmer
Ena
Ether
Fairy
Fleta
Florida
Floy
Frank
Freeda
Frona
Hazle
Hedwig
Hertha
Hildegard
Hildur
Hulda
Huldah
Icy
Isa
James
Joe
John
Lady
Lavada
Leatha
Lelar
Leo
Letha
Lue
Malvina
Marvel
Melba
Meta
Missouri
Mozelle
Myrtice
Myrtis
Nena
Neoma
Nevada
Oda
Olevia
Otelia
Ouida
Ova
Ozella
Paralee
Reatha
Retha
Rilla
Twila
Velva
Vernon
William
Yetta
Zada

1 comment:

Nancy Man said...

I'm kinda surprised Sukie didn't make the list. I guess it just wasn't popular enough back then.

My favorites would have to be Lizzie, Minnie and Winnie.

(Apologies if this ends up being a duplicate comment.)

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