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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).
Victorian Era Female Names
Victorian Era Male Names
Abigale / Abby
Almira / Almyra
Ann / Annie
Dorothy / Dot
Elizabeth / Eliza / Liza / Lizzy / Bess / Bessie / Beth / Betsy
Rawhide (1959-1966) was a black-and-white TV Western that was set in the 1860s, just after the Civil War.
It depicted a group of men who drove cattle from San Antonio northward via the Sedalia Trail or, in later seasons, the Chisholm Trail.
One of those men was Rowdy Yates, played by Clint Eastwood.
In 1959, thanks to the show, we see the name Rowdy appear for the first time on the Social Security Administration’s baby name list:
1966: 29 baby boys named Rowdy
1965: 40 baby boys named Rowdy
1964: 39 baby boys named Rowdy
1963: 38 baby boys named Rowdy
1962: 45 baby boys named Rowdy
1961: 29 baby boys named Rowdy
1960: 27 baby boys named Rowdy
1959: 22 baby boys named Rowdy [debut]
Unlike many pop culture baby names, Rowdy didn’t fade away after the show left the airwaves.
Two or three dozen baby boys got the name every year for the next few decades, until the 1990s, when usage actually picked up.
Here are the most recent numbers for Rowdy:
2012: 108 baby boys named Rowdy
2011: 127 baby boys named Rowdy
2010: 100 baby boys named Rowdy
2009: 133 baby boys named Rowdy
2008: 140 baby boys named Rowdy
2007: 106 baby boys named Rowdy
2006: 107 baby boys named Rowdy (+ 5 named Rowdie, + 5 girls named Rowdy)
2005: 79 baby boys named Rowdy
A large proportion of all this usage happened in Texas specifically.
Here are the same years as above, but for Texas only:
2012: 27 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
2011: 36 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
2010: 23 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
2009: 21 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
2008: 27 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
2007: 21 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
2006: 25 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
2005: 27 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
There were also a good number of Rowdys born in Oklahoma.
So, what does the word rowdy mean, and where come from?
It’s a specifically American word that was first recorded as a noun in the early 1800s. It originally meant “lawless backwoodsman” and was probably based on the word row, “noisy commotion.” Today, a rowdy is “a rough, quarrelsome person.” The adjective rowdy is synonymous with words like “disorderly,””unuly” and “boisterous.”