These Were the 20 Most Popular Baby Names Exactly 100 Years Ago
If you’re expecting baby’s arrival this year, you may be searching for the perfect name. While the popular naming website Nameberry released its predictions for the hottest baby names of 2020 back in November, we thought we’d take a look back at the most popular baby names from a century ago—just in case there are any dusty gems worth reviving.
It’s no doubt that 1920 was a monumental year—at the start of the roaring 20s, not only was jazz on the rise, but women gained the right to vote nation-wide. But what about its baby names? According to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) baby name database, John and Mary were the leading names for boys and girls, respectively. Below, a look at the top 20 names for boys and girls from 1920 and how some of them have changed in rank over the last 100 years.
1920 Top 20 Boys’ Names
While John was the leading name in 1920, it’s popularity has steadily been decreasing since, according to the SSA’s database. In 2018, the name John ranked at 27th place. Meanwhile, Jack has seen a resurgence. Though the name ranked 20th in 1920, it saw a big decline—ranking at 179th place in the year 1989. However, it has since been on the rise again and came in at 28th place for 2018’s most popular boys’ names.
1920 Top 20 Girls’ Names
The leading name for girls has faced a similar decline. Though the name remained in the top five names for girls until 1968, it ranked 126th for most popular names for girls in 2018. The name Rose has seen a similar dip in popularity—it even dropped to 359th place for the year of 2003. But the name has since seen a small resurgence, coming in at 123rd for the year of 2018.