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Tuesday’s post about the Victorian-style Tylney Hall Hotel reminded me of a list of Victorian-era names that I’ve had bookmarked forever.
The list was created by amateur genealogist G. M. Atwater as a resource for writers. It contains names and name combinations that were commonly seen in the U.S. from the 1840s to the 1890s. Below is the full list (with a few minor changes).
Which female name and male name do you like best?
Source: Victorian Era Names, A Writer’s Guide
A reader named Abby is expecting a baby boy at the end of the year, and she’d like some helping coming up with his name. She writes:
His sister’s name is Adalaide Joy Foley* and we would like to use the middle name Bernard in honor of his grandfather who is no longer with us.
Abby also mentions that she likes names that are easily shortened. (Adalaide goes by the nickname Ada, for instance.)
Here’s what I came up with:
Dominic (Dom, Nic)
Frederick (Fred, Rick)
Roderick (Rod, Rick)
Theodore (Ted, Theo)
William (Will, Bill)
Do you think any of these go particularly well with Bernard? What other names would you suggest to Abby?
*The actual surname is not Foley, but it’s similar.
Update – The baby is here! Scroll down to see which name Abby chose.