Friday, May 9, 2014

Unusual Boy Names from 1900 You Don't See Today


We see plenty of interesting and odd baby names being used today but it is not a new concept. People have always had strange names. I thought it would be fun to take a look in the past and see what kind of names were being given to the peers of our [great] great-grandparents.

Way back in 1900, I found some interesting choices for baby boys. These were all listed on the US Top 1000 chart for boys 114 years ago. Do you think any are actually usable or are they too out there?

Admiral                            
Alford
Brown
Buddie
Burl
Cleve
Cloyd
Collis
Colonel
Connie
Curley
Doctor
Dorsey
Earlie
Early
Effie
Elige
Ellsworth
Elmore
Elzie
Ewell
Fate
Foy
French
Furman
Gaylord
Goebel
Green
Gust
Hamp
Henery
Hobart
Hosie
Hyman
Junious
Lemon
Less
Lige
Luster
Mearl
Moody
Norval
Otha
Pink
Pinkney
Pleas
Pleasant
Rolla
Rosevelt
Rossie
Sim
Son
Spurgeon
Tallie
Vester
Wash
Wayman
Zollie
Sometimes names that we consider "female-only" were used on males in 1900. I tried not to include those that were "male first" and have since been taken over by females. I'm not sure if these were just errors in documentation or if they were legitimately given to boys but you will find these listed on the SSA Top US Baby Names chart for boys in 1900:


Alice                                
Anna
Annie
Beatrice
Bertha
Bessie
Bonnie
Callie
Clair
Clara
Cora
Dorothy
Edith
Edna
Elizabeth
Elsie
Emma
Ethel
Eva
Frances

Gertrude
Hallie
Hazel
Helen
Holly
Ida
Lacy
Lillie
Lois
Louise
Mae
Margaret
Marie
Martha
Minnie
Nora
Patsy
Pearl
Rose
Ruth
What do you think of the list? Do you know of any odd names being given to boys today?
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