Vintage Baby Names

   Written by on January 18, 2018 at 12:19 pm

logo- community news & viewsParents draw baby name inspirations from a variety of eras throughout history, but some names get lost over time. This re-porter came across some interesting facts about names that were once popular. For baby girls, there is Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alpha-bet and the brightest star in every constellation. Next, I discovered Bethel, the Biblical place name, but leading to the shortened version of Beth. Of course, Beth can also derive from Elizabeth. How about the name, Effie? I once knew an Effie which is the nickname for the 1926 popular name, Euphemia. Back in those days, many nicknames were used that aren’t heard much in today’s world. In the very early 1900’s, popular nicknames were Flossie, Tillie, Kitty, Patsy, Bet-sy and Mamie. (Mamie Eisen-hower was President Eisenhow-er’s wife). It’s interesting that in this day and time I know a Flossie, a Kitty, a Patsy, a Betsy and a Mamie! Also, in the early 1900’s were gem and flower names used by new parents for their baby girls. A few gem names were Pearl, Ruby and Garnet. I know three ladies with these names now. For flower names, consider Rose, Heather, Daisy, Violet and Iris. I have also heard Holly and Ivy as names but they come from plants. The name, Geneva, was quite popular a century ago but now folks use Gen or Jen. In 1916 many girls were named Lula, Lola, or Luna, more likely a nickname for Tallulah. All I remember about that name was the movie star, Tallulah Bankhead. The most popular boy names in the early 1900’s were John, George, Joseph and Henry. These four names are widely used to-day. What do Ryan Gosling, Donald Trump, Albert Einstein and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? They are all recipients of some of the most popular boy names of the last century. A few more popular baby boy names in the early 1900’s were Samuel, Raymond, Frank, Edward, William and Charles. Nick-names used were Sam or Sammy, Ray, Frankie, Eddie, Bill or Chuck. Several old-fashioned boys’ names are Latin in origin, such as Calvin, meaning “hairless”; Chester, meaning “fortress”; Clar-ence, meaning “bright”; and Oliver, meaning “olive tree.” Names of Greek origin include George, meaning “farmer”; Ho-mer, meaning “security”; and Theodore, meaning “gift of God.” Names of English or European origin are Norman, meaning “Norseman” and Wallace, meaning “Welshman.” Old-fashioned Scottish names include Finley, meaning “fair-haired hero” and Gus, meaning “one-strength.” These girls and boys names just touch the “tip of the iceberg” but this reporter found them to be quite interesting. In the 2000’s, many parents are naming their children after TV or movie stars, popular singers, book characters, etc. and the naming game continues…

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