Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hidden Gems or Never-Agains?: Unusual Girl Names from the 1910s

We previously explored some of the most unusual boy names from the 1910s. Now it is time to take a look at some interesting names given to females from 1910-1919.

Now, there were so very many names to browse through and I'm sure there are dozens more that could be added to this list, but these are some of the top choices I could find. 

All of these had either 5, 6 or 7 births for the year within the decade of the 1910s. The names came straight from the US Social Security Administration's data.

Let's get started! While some aren't quite as unusual as others, browse slowly and try to imagine what it would be like to live with one of these names:




Albirdia
Allien
Almeter
Alphild
Amparo
Appie
Areather
Arloene
Bannie
Beedie
Bernetha
Binnie
Birchie
Bird
Birdella
Blandina
Bleeker
Blossie
Bonzie
Boots
Borgny
Brooxie
Brownie
Bular
California
Casilda
Cellie
Clatie
Clesta
Clevie
Cliffie
Clister
Clova
Cozy
Creasie
Cumi
Darthula
Delight
Delitha
Dester
Dicksie
Dimples
Domitila
Dotsie
Dymple
Earnie
Edmae
Eduvigen
Equilla
Ercie
Esteller
Eulogia
Euple
Exilda
Ezola
Fairie
Ferol
Fleeta
Folia
Freedom
Fritzi
Gurtha
Gypsy
Happy
Hellon
Henretter
Icel
Inus
Iota
Kansas
Lapriel
Lauretha
Leafie
Leather

Leler
Lockie
Loice
Lubie
Maclovia
Majel
Mayo
Mertice
Methyl
Mimmie
Missouria
Modest
Narcissus
Neppie
Nervie
Nieves
Ninfa
Nobia
Novice
Novis
Occie
Ogie
Okie
Ozite
Pairlee
Panagiota
Panzie
Parthena
Peaches
Peachie
Pebble
Pecolia
Persis
Piedad
Pinkey
Pleasant
Plina
Porfiria
Pricie
Providence
Quessie
Reathel
Rebel
Refugio
Rettie
Rilda
Senora
Shadie
Siller
Simmie
Sirkka
Sissie
Snoda
Spicie
Statia
Stellar
Sueno
Sunbeam
Swannie
Sweetie
Tassie
Tatsue
Tenner
Theckla
Thekla
Theopal
Thetis
Thurza
Thusnelda
Tishie
Toini
Toots
Topsy
Toy
Trannie
Treasie
Trieste
Trilby
Tinnie
Vandora
Vangie
Vanilla
Velvie
Verbal
Vermell
Verneal
Verniece
Verva
Vicy
Viletta
Virgin
Walburga
Wanna
Wavie
Wealthy
Weeda
Welcome
Westonia
Willola
Wilsie
Wincie
Wreatha
Yaeko
Yoshi
Zannie
Zeffie
Zetha
Zolar
Zorka
Zuella
Zylphia

What do you think of this list? Pick a few names that catch your eye and share your choices in the comments below! Do you know anyone with an unusual name?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Have You Heard of These Unusual Boy Names from the 1910s?

Today we are zooming in on the decade of the 1910s to discover some of the most unusual names given to boys at the time.

I analyzed the data from the Social Security Administration and looked at the names at the very bottom for each year from 1910-1919. I pulled interesting names that only had 5-7 births per year, and I did so for each of those years.

Take a look at this list and try to remember that these were once names given to baby boys. Some of the boy names that I found within the far-reaches of the data were straight up words.

Here are some of the most interesting ones:


Admiral
Battle
Bland
Boss
Boots
Carless
Castle
Champion
Chief
Choice
Colon
Coma
Commodore
Concetto
Converse
Doctor
Doll
Dunk
English
Fess
Flake
Fleet
Fort
Friend
Gentle
Glee
Happy
Hooker
Jolly
Math
Method
Normal
Orange
Other
Perfecto
Precious
President
Press
Seaborn
Shade
Smiley
Speed
Square
Swift
Tiny
Tip
Watt
Welcome
White
Worthy

Here are even more unusual names that I handpicked from several hundred options. It was hard to narrow it down and know which to include and which to ignore, but these ones made the cut:

  • Albino
  • Alcide
  • Anibal
  • Argyle
  • Ausby
  • Australia
  • Barksdale
  • Bilbo
  • Bolish
  • Boysie
  • Brack
  • Brainard
  • Broadus
  • Broughton
  • Broward
  • Brownie
  • Brownlow
  • Bubber
  • Bunion
  • Burdette
  • Capus
  • Cataldo
  • Cledith
  • Cleother
  • Clim
  • Cloid
  • Cooley
  • Curlee
  • Deloss
  • Delphis
  • Dolphus
  • Drexel
  • Elree
  • Emo
  • Erdman
  • Erling
  • Ettore
  • Eulis
  • Fermin
  • Flavil
  • Flory

  • Flournoy
  • Garwood
  • Gildo
  • Glade
  • Goldman
  • Irby
  • Haakon
  • Hargis
  • Harless
  • Harm
  • Hartsell
  • Hazen
  • Helge
  • Helmuth
  • Hezzie
  • Hipolito
  • Hjalmer
  • Holsey
  • Hyrum
  • Iwao
  • Kee
  • Kermith
  • Knowlton
  • Landrum
  • Lankford
  • Legrand
  • Ludie
  • Man
  • Mancil
  • Mayo
  • Miner
  • Mont
  • Moultrie
  • Nesbit
  • Oather
  • Offie
  • Ottaway
  • Oval
  • Ovid
  • Ozro
  • Quitman

  • Pervie
  • Pincus
  • Pinkney
  • Pledger
  • Plez
  • Pliny
  • Plummer
  • Printes
  • Procopio
  • Proctor
  • Prosper
  • Purvis 
  • Rice
  • Rolla
  • Sambo
  • Sarkis
  • Sears
  • Selso
  • Sewell
  • Sneed
  • Squire
  • Starling
  • Stelmo
  • Stonewall
  • Stoy
  • Swain
  • Telesphore
  • Temple
  • Thelmon
  • Thurl
  • Trygve
  • Tyrus
  • Vasco
  • Vernice
  • Vestal
  • Volney
  • Waclaw
  • Welch
  • Wick
  • Wingate
  • Zoltan
Would you ever consider any of the names listed above? Have you met someone with one of these names, or something equally unusual?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Molly

This featured name is pulled from the list of names that end with the letters "-ly". This list is one of the longest ones in this series so far. It was full of great options, but I decided to highlight Molly.



Not many people will realize that Molly comes from the name Mary. It developed as a diminutive based on Malle and Molle over time. Polly is in the same boat.

Now, Mary ultimately comes from the Greek Mariam and Maria, which were from the Hebrew Miryam. The meaning of Mary has never been absolutely certain, but meanings such as "sea of bitterness," "rebelliousness," and "wished for child" have been thrown about as possibilities. It's also likely that Mary was originally an Egyptian name derived from mry meaning "beloved". So by association, Molly and all of Mary's other forms, variants and translations, mean the same thing.

In the US, Molly has always fared well as a stand-alone name. Since 1880, it has consistently remained within the top half the Top 1000. Even with all the history, Molly's high-point for most usage in a year came rather recently in 1991 with 4,651 births and a rank of #74. Molly has spent a lot of time in the Top 100 in the past 30 years. However, she's slightly on the decline now as of 2015's data which listed her as the 144th most popular name in the country based on 2,235 births for the year.

This decline in usage could be a result of the drug "ecstasy" being nicknamed molly. Not as many parents are willing to commit to the name, but there's clearly many that still do, whether they are familiar with the association or not. Despite that, there have been many famous Mollys over time and the name is regularly heard throughout pop culture. One of the first associations came from James Joyce's 1920 novel "Ulysses" in which the wife of the main character was called Molly Bloom. 

There's also the American Titanic survivor Margaret Brown who was nicknamed Molly. Additionally, the Irish community have a folk heroine called Molly Malone; and there's a song titled "Good Golly, Miss Molly" by Little Richard. These are just a few references among dozens of other Mollys out there. Do you have a favorite Molly?

What do you think of this name? Is it on your list? If so, here are a few ideas for middle names and sibling names for Molly:

Sibling Name Ideas: 
Sisters: Amelia, Charlotte, Elise, Lucy, Olivia, Sadie, Tessa
Brothers: Arthur, Evan, Henry, Liam, Nathan, Raymond, Warren

Middle Name Ideas:
Molly Abigail
Molly Evelyn
Molly Caroline
Molly Harper
Molly Rae
Molly Vivienne

As a Middle Name:
Alexandra Molly
Christina Molly
Eleanor Molly
Julianne Molly
Sabrina Molly
Viola Molly

What would you pair with the name Molly? Share your thoughts below!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Baby Names Ending With The Letters "-ly"

To continue our series, let's take a look at the many names that end with the letters -ly.  This list is not necessarily exhaustive, but it is fairly long and full of great options if -ly is your favorite end-sound.

Girl names:

Ally
Amberly
Aracely
Beverly
Billy
Blakely
Bly
Caily
Caitly
Callalily
Carly
Cecily
Chantilly
Chavelly
Cicely
Connolly
Daily
Dolly
Donnelly
Eily
Emily
Everly
Gilly
Haverly
Havily
Heavenly
Holly
Ily
Irely
Italy
Jessaly
Joely
Josaly
July
Kaily
Karly
Keely
Keily
Kelly
Kessly
Kimberly
Kirrily
Lily
Linsly
Lolly
Lovely
Marely
Mariely
Molly
Nallely
Nathaly
Nelly
Nerilly
Noely
Orly
Paigely
Pialy
Polly
Reilly
Romilly
Sally
Shyly
Sicily
Siddaly
Sonaly
Tally
Temily
Tessaly
Thessaly
Tigerlily
Tilly
Truely
Truly
Tully
Vally
Verily
Waverly
Weatherly
Yanelly
Yanely
Zaily
Zeely
Boy names:

Anatoly
Beverly
Billy
Chavelly
Connolly
Dally
Daly
Donnelly
Early
Huntly
Karoly
Kelly
Kimberly
Landly
Linsly
Manly
Mihaly
Neely
Nelly
Olly
Pauly
Reilly
Romilly
Scully
Sly
Stokely
Sully
Telly
Tully
Vally
Vasily
Vassily
Vitaly
Wally
Wassily
Waverly
Willy
Which of these do you like the most? Pick 3, any gender combination, and pair middle names with them! Share your name combos in the comments!

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