These Were The Most Popular Baby Names In The 1910s

Many popular names from the 1910s feel outdated today, but there are also tons of timeless classics.  (Photo: cjp via Getty Images)
Many popular names from the 1910s feel outdated today, but there are also tons of timeless classics.  (Photo: cjp via Getty Images)

Liam, Noah, Emma and Olivia may dominate the popular baby names list today, but 100 years ago, the top picks were quite different.

The Social Security Administration keeps lists of the most popular names for every year and decade since the 1880s. Looking back to the 1910s list, there are many “old-fashioned” names like Mildred, Gladys and Clarence ― as well as timeless classics like Elizabeth, William and James.

Keep scrolling to see the 50 most popular names for boys and girls born in the U.S. from 1910 to 1919. Maybe you’ll find some vintage inspiration.

Girls

  1. Mary

  2. Helen

  3. Dorothy

  4. Margaret

  5. Ruth

  6. Mildred

  7. Anna

  8. Elizabeth

  9. Frances

  10. Virginia

  11. Marie

  12. Evelyn

  13. Alice

  14. Florence

  15. Lillian

  16. Rose

  17. Irene

  18. Louise

  19. Edna

  20. Catherine

  21. Gladys

  22. Ethel

  23. Josephine

  24. Ruby

  25. Martha

  26. Grace

  27. Hazel

  28. Thelma

  29. Lucille

  30. Edith

  31. Eleanor

  32. Doris

  33. Annie

  34. Pauline

  35. Gertrude

  36. Esther

  37. Betty

  38. Beatrice

  39. Marjorie

  40. Clara

  41. Emma

  42. Bernice

  43. Bertha

  44. Ann

  45. Jean

  46. Elsie

  47. Julia

  48. Agnes

  49. Lois

  50. Sarah

Boys

  1. John

  2. William

  3. James

  4. Robert

  5. Joseph

  6. George

  7. Charles

  8. Edward

  9. Frank

  10. Thomas

  11. Walter

  12. Harold

  13. Henry

  14. Paul

  15. Richard

  16. Raymond

  17. Albert

  18. Arthur

  19. Harry

  20. Donald

  21. Ralph

  22. Louis

  23. Jack

  24. Clarence

  25. Carl

  26. Willie

  27. Howard

  28. Fred

  29. David

  30. Kenneth

  31. Francis

  32. Roy

  33. Earl

  34. Joe

  35. Ernest

  36. Lawrence

  37. Stanley

  38. Anthony

  39. Eugene

  40. Samuel

  41. Herbert

  42. Alfred

  43. Leonard

  44. Michael

  45. Elmer

  46. Andrew

  47. Leo

  48. Bernard

  49. Norman

  50. Peter

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