Which baby names follow the hundred-year rule and are ready for a comeback from the 1919 popularity list? At the beginning of each new year, Nameberry likes to take a century-long look back hoping to discover some lost names that could be perfect today.
In 1919, World War I was finally over and the emphasis was on preserving peace as the Treaty of Versailles was signed, and the League of Nations was founded. In the US, Prohibition went into effect, and Babe Ruth joined the Yankees.
The year 1919 saw the births of J. D. Salinger, Jackie Robinson, and Nat King Cole; the debut of Felix the Cat and the passing of Theodore Roosevelt; and there were new literary works by Proust, Kafka, Virginia Woolf and Thomas Hardy.
And how about baby names? As they were for so long, John and Mary still topped the list, to be followed by William and Helen, James and Dorothy, Robert and Margaret and Charles and Ruth. But diving deeper into the list, the folks at Nameberry were able to unearth 100 names from the 1919 Top 1,000 that have disappeared from today’s list ― but have the potential to find their way back.
This year, they’ve found some particularly promising word names for boys, and nickname names for both genders.
*Starred names were in the Top 200.