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Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: Letter L

leatrice, actress, cinema, nameLooking for an uncommon girl name with a retro feel?

Here’s a list of rare female L-names associated with the earliest decades of cinema (1910s to 1940s).

And I’ve included links to popularity graphs for the names that have seen enough usage to appear in the SSA data.

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Labela
Labela was a character played by actress Virginia Brissac in the short film Hawaiian Love (1913).

Laetitia
Laetitia Bonaparte was a character played by actress May Whitty in the film Conquest (1937).

Lahleet
Lahleet was a character played by actress Bessie Love in the film Tongues of Flame (1924).

Laissabeth
Laissabeth Powys was a character played by actress Una Venning in the film A Welsh Singer (1916).

Lala
Lala was a character name in multiple films, including A Soul Astray (short, 1914) and The Rustle of Silk (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Lala.

Lali
Lali was a character name in multiple films, including The Translation of a Savage (1913) and Behold My Wife! (1920).

  • Usage of the baby name Lali.

Lalia
Lalia Fleming was a character played by actress Gerda Holmes in the short film The Strength of the Weak (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Lalia.

Laline
Laline Coxheim was a character played by actress Marie Walcamp in the short film The Mysterious Contragrav (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Laline.

Laloe
Laloe Berchmans was a character played by actress Julie Suedo in the film The Woman from China (1930).

Lamentina
Lamentina was a character played by actress Nancy Brown in the film Red Wagon (1933).

Lammchen
Emma “Lammchen” Pinneberg was a character played by actress Margaret Sullavan in the film Little Man, What Now? (1934). Lammchen means “little lamb” in German.

Laraine
Laraine Day was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1960s. She was born in Utah in 1920. Her birth name was La Raine Johnson.

Laramie
Laramie Winters was a character played by actress Ruth Terry in the film Man from Music Mountain (1943).

Lark
Lark Ingoldsby was a character played by actress Teresa Wright in the film Enchantment (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Lark.

Lasca
Lasca was a character name in multiple films, including Lasca (1919) and Lasca of the Rio Grande (1931).

  • Usage of the baby name Lasca.

Laska
Laska Winter was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in Missouri in 1905.

Latona
Latona was a character played by actress Anna Demetrio in the film Call of the South Seas (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Latona.

Laurabelle
Laurabelle Ronson was a character played by actress Gloria DeHaven in the film The Thin Man Goes Home (1945).

Lauralee
Lauralee Curtis was a character played by actress Wendy Barrie in the film Wings Over Honolulu (1937).

Laurella
Laurella Consadine was a character played by actress Ricca Allen in the film The Power and the Glory (1918).

  • Usage of the baby name Laurella (which debuted in the data the year The Power and the Glory came out).

Lauretta
Lauretta was a character name in multiple films, including A Bad Egg (short, 1914) and I Was to Blame (1937).

Laurette
Laurette Taylor was an actress who appeared in films in the 1920s. She was born in New York in 1884. Her birth name was Loretta Cooney. Laurette was also a character played by actress Molly Lamont in the film Scared to Death (1947).

Laurine
Laurine was a character name in multiple films, including The Key to the Past (1915) and Expensive Husbands (1937).

Lavara
Lavara was a character played by actress Mae Clarke in the film Lady from Chungking (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Lavara.

Laverne
LaVerne LaPeer was a character played by actress Kathryn Keys in the short film Radio Runaround (1943).

Lavina
Lavina was a character name in multiple films, including Why Smith Left Home (1919) and Young Tom Edison (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Lavina.

Lavita
Lavita was a character played by actress Marie Burke in the film After the Ball (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Lavita.

Lavolia
Lavolia was a character played by actress Etta McDaniel in the film Magnificent Brute (1936).

Leatrice
Leatrice Joy was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1950s. She was born in Louisiana in 1893. Leatrice Joy Gilbert (Leatrice Joy’s daughter) was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1940s. She was born in California in 1924.

Leda
Leda was a character name in multiple films, including The Worst Woman in Paris? (1933) and Cleopatra (1934).

  • Usage of the baby name Leda.

Ledda
Ledda Perrin was a character played by actress Alyce Mills in the film Faint Perfume (1925).

Lelia
Lelia Dodson was a character played by actress Margaret Livingston in the film Lying Lips (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Lelia.

Lemona
Lemona Reighley was a character played by actress Alma Rubens in the film Reggie Mixes In (1916).

Lenie
Lenie Retief was a character played by actress Caroline Frances Cooke in the film De Voortrekkers (1916).

Lenita
Lenita Lane was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1950s. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1901.

  • Usage of the baby name Lenita.

Lenke
Lenke was a character played by actress Julanne Johnston in the film Prisoners (1929).

Leo
Leonore “Leo” Bewlay was a character played by actress Mary Astor in the film Enticement (1925).

  • Usage of the baby name Leo.

Leonie
Leonie was a character name in multiple films, including The Sword of Damocles (1920) and Safe in Hell (1931).

  • Usage of the baby name Leonie.

Leonora
Leonora was a character name in multiple films, including Susan and God (1940) and The Girl Who Forgot (1940).

Leontine
Leontine Dranet was an actress who appeared in 2 films in the 1910s. Leontine was also a character name in multiple films, including The Closing Net (1915) and The Shielding Shadow (serial, 1916).

Leopoldine
Leopoldine was a character played by actress Luise Rainer in the film Escapade (1935).

Leota
Leota Long was a character played by actress Katherine DeMille in the film Banjo on My Knee (1936).

  • Usage of the baby name Leota.

Lescaboura
Lescaboura was a character name in multiple films, including So’s Your Old Man (1926) and You’re Telling Me! (1934).

Letitia
Letitia was a character name in multiple films, including Pretty Mrs. Smith (1915) and 52nd Street (1937).

Lettice
Lettice Musgrave was a character played by actress Vola Vale in the short film Harvest (1915).

Leva
Leva Lemaire was a character played by actress Barbara La Marr in the film Souls for Sale (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Leva.

Levinnia
Levinnia was a character played by actress Louise Beavers in the film The Dark Horse (1932).

Levisa
Levisa Hatfield was a character played by actress Hope Emerson in the film Roseanna McCoy (1949).

Li Wanna
Li Wanna was a character played by actress Elena Verdugo in the film The Lost Tribe (1949).

Liane
Liane was a character name in multiple films, including Shadows of Paris (1924) and Parisian Life (1936).

  • Usage of the baby name Liane.

Lianne
Lianne Demarest was a character played by actress Mae Murray in the film Princess Virtue (1917).

  • Usage of the baby name Lianne.

Lida
Lida was a character name in multiple films, including Red and White Roses (short, 1913) and Atlantic Convoy (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Lida.

Liddy
Liddy was a character played by actress Bonita Granville in the film Silver Dollar (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Liddy.

Lihula
Lihula was a character played by actress Marie Walcamp in the short film Tribal War in the South Seas (1914).

Lil
Lil Vanderhoven was a character played by actress Marjorie Rambeau in the film Oh, What a Night! (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Lil.

Lilac
Lilac was a character played by actress Julanne Johnston in the film Twinkletoes (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Lilac.

Lilas
Lilas Niles was a character played by actress Sarah Truax in the film Fool’s Gold (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Lilas.

Lilaya
Lilaya was a character played by actress Mona Maris in the film The Man Called Back (1932).

Lilibelle
Lilibelle Bolton was a character played by actress Martha Raye in the film Navy Blues (1941).

Liliha
Queen Liliha was a character played by actress Florence Bates in the film Tahiti Nights (1944).

Lillo
Lillo was a character played by actress May Allison in the short film Lillo of the Sulu Seas (1916).

Lillums
Lillums was a character name in multiple films, including Harold Teen (1928) and Harold Teen (1934).

Lilongo
Lilongo was a character played by actress Nina Mae McKinney in the film Sanders of the River (1935).

Lilya
Lilya Vallon was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1933.

  • Usage of the baby name Lilya.

Lilybeth
Lilybeth was a character played by actress Gladys Blake in the film Scared to Death (1947).

Linee
Linee Hayden was a character played by actress Alice Joyce in the short film The Cabaret Dancer (1914).

Linette
Linette was a character name in multiple films, including The Open Road (short, 1913) and The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934).

Linnie
Linnie was a character name in multiple films, including Thrown to the Lions (1916) and The Price of Pleasure (1925).

  • Usage of the baby name Linnie.

Lio
Lio Sha was a character played by actress Ressel Orla in the film Die Spinnen (1919 & 1920).

Lione
Lione Brune was a character played by actress Florence Short in the film A Man’s World (1918).

Liseben
Liseben was a character played by actress Gertrude McCoy in the short film The Workman’s Lesson (1912).

Lisetta
Lisetta was a character played by actress Natalie Kingston in the film Street Angel (1928).

Lispeth
Lispeth was a character played by actress Helen Gardner in the short film Vampire of the Desert (1913).

Lissa
Lissa Campbell was a character played by actress Margaret Lockwood in the film A Lady Surrenders (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Lissa.

Lita
Lita Grey was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1940s. She was born in California in 1908. Her birth name was Lillita MacMurray. Lita was also a character name in multiple films, including Bachelor Apartment (1931) and The Girl from Monterrey (1943).

  • Usage of the baby name Lita.

Liva
Liva Weel was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1950s. She was born in Denmark in 1897. Her birth name was Olivia Olsen.

  • Usage of the baby name Liva.

Livette
Livette was a character played by actress Simone Bourday in the film Roi de Camargue (1935).

Lizabeth
Lizabeth Anne was a character played by actress Mary Fuller in the short film The Heart of the Hills (1914).

Lizaveta
Lizaveta Ivanova was a character played by actress Yvonne Mitchell in the film The Queen of Spades (1949).

Lize
Lize was a character played by actress Sarah Padden in the film Wild Girl (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Lize.

Lizee
Lizee was a character played by actress Adele DeGarde in the film The Triumph of the Weak (1918).

Loana
Loana was a character played by actress Carole Landis in the film One Million B.C. (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Loana.

Loey
Loey Tsing was a character played by actress Helen Jerome Eddy in the film The First Born (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Loey.

Lolah
Lolah was a character played by actress Fritzi Ridgeway in the film Prince of Diamonds (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Lolah.

Lolaire
Lolaire was a character played by actress Evelyn Brent in the film The Shadow of the East (1924).

Lolano
Lolano was a character played by actress Mamo Clark in the film Air Devils (1938).

Lolette
Lolette was a character played by actress Rosemary Theby in the film One Year to Live (1925).

Lolly
Lolly was a character played by actress Joan Davis in the film Too Busy to Work (1939).

  • Usage of the baby name Lolly.

Lolomi
Lolomi was a character played by actress Enid Markey in the film The Captive God (1916).

Lona
Lona was a character played by actress Dorothy Lamour in the film Rainbow Island (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Lona.

Looloo
Looloo Blake was a character played by actress Lillian Harvey in the film My Weakness (1933).

Loris
Loris Lane was a character played by actress Josephine Dunn in the film Fascinating Youth (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Loris.

Lorita
Lorita was a character played by actress Edith Borella in the short film As a Man Thinketh (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Lorita.

Lorna
Lorna Gray was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in Michigan in 1917. Her birth name was Virginia Pound. Lorna was also a character name in multiple films, including Traffic in Souls (1913) and The Butterfly Girl (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Lorna.

Lorry
Lorry was a character name in multiple films, including Bed of Roses (1933) and Strange Faces (1938).

  • Usage of the baby name Lorry.

Loru
Loru was a character played by actress Nina Quartero in the film Isle of Escape (1930).

Lory
Lory James was a character played by actress Eileen Percy in the film East Side – West Side (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Lory (which debuted in the data as a girl name the year East Side – West Side came out).

Lota
Lota was a character played by actress Kathleen Burke in the film Island of Lost Souls (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Lota.

Loti
Loti San was a character played by actress Bessie Eyton in the short film The Love of Loti San (1915).

Lotta
Lotta was a character name in multiple films, including One Thousand Dollars (1918) and Black Oxfords (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Lotta.

Lottice
Lottice Howell was an actress who appeared in films in the 1930s. She was born in Kentucky in 1897.

Lotti
Lotti Pelgram was a character played by actress Rita La Roy in the film Amateur Daddy (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Lotti.

Louella
Louella Parsons was a gossip columnist who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was born in Illinois in 1881.

Louelle
Louelle Fenwick was a character played by actress Dorothy Christy in the film Forbidden Company (1932).

Louisiana
Louisiana Rogers was a character played by actress Vivian Martin in the film Louisiana (1919).

Loulie
Loulie was a character played by actress May Allison in the film The Secretary of Frivolous Affairs (1915).

Loulou
Loulou was a character name in multiple films, including Kiss Me Again (1925) and Breakfast at Sunrise (1927).

  • Usage of the baby name Loulou.

Lou-scha-enya
Lou-Scha-Enya was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1930. She was born in Oklahoma in 1906. Her birth name was Tessie Mobley.

Louvette
Louvette Corbeau was a character played by actress Paulette Goddard in the film North West Mounted Police (1940).

Lovey
Lovey was a character name in multiple films, including Love’s Greatest Mistake (1927) and Blondie Goes Latin (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Lovey.

Lowizie
Lowizie Smith was a character played by actress Sarah Padden in the film Private Snuffy Smith (1942).

Loxi
Loxi Claiborne was a character played by actress Paulette Goddard in the film Reap the Wild Wind (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Loxi.

Loyola
Loyola O’Connor was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Minnesota in 1868.

  • Usage of the baby name Loyola.

Loys
Loys Andres was a character played by actress Peggy Pearce in the film The Red-Haired Cupid (1918).

  • Usage of the baby name Loys.

Lu
Lu was a character name in multiple films, including The Good Fairy (1935) and Across the Sierras (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Lu.

Luana
Luana Walters was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in California in 1912. Luana Patten was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1980s. She was born in California in 1938. Luana was also a character played by actress Dolores del Rio in the film Bird of Paradise (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Luana.

Luani
Luani was a character played by actress Burnu Acquanetta in the film Rhythm of the Islands (1943).

Lucette
Lucette was a character played by actress Bessie Eyton in the short film The Going of the White Swan (1914).

Luchia
Luchia Luff was a character played by actress Claire Du Brey in the film Ponjola (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Luchia.

Lucienne
Lucienne was a character played by actress Merle Oberon in the film Berlin Express (1948).

Lucile
Lucile Watson was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1950s. She was born in Canada in 1879. Lucile Browne was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in Tennessee in 1907. Lucile was also a character played by actress Marguerite Snow in the short film Lucile (1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Lucile.

Lucilla
Lucilla was a character played by actress Alice Joyce in the films The Green Goddess (1923) and The Green Goddess (1930).

Lucindy
Lucindy was a character played by actress Edna Murphy in the film Silver Comes Through (1927).

Lucita
Lucita was a character played by actress Ethel Wales in the film The Bonded Woman (1922).

  • Usage of the baby name Lucita.

Lucretia
Lucretia was a character name in multiple films, including Lucretia Lombard (1923) and The Flaming Frontier (1926).

Lucrezia
Lucrezia was a character name in multiple films, including Don Juan (1926) and Private Angelo (1949).

Ludivine
Ludivine Bucaille was a character played by actress Betty Balfour in the film Little Devil May Care (1928).

Luena
Luena Hagen was a character played by actress Billie Dove in the film Sensation Seekers (1927).

  • Usage of the baby name Luena.

Luigia
Luigia was a character played by actress Jane Dryden in the film The Man Without Desire (1923).

Lule
Lule Warrenton was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Michigan in 1862.

Lulubelle
Lulubelle (and Lulu Belle) were character names in multiple films, including Cowboy and the Senorita (1944) and Lulu Belle (1948).

Lura
Lura Wood was a character played by actress Gertrude McCoy in the film Miriam Rozella (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Lura.

Lureen
Lureen was a character played by actress Cleo Moore in the film Congo Bill (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Lureen.

Lurene
Lurene Tuttle was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1980s. She was born in Indiana in 1907.

  • Usage of the baby name Lurene.

Lurline
Lurline was a character played by actress Juanita Hansen in the film The Sea Flower (1918).

Lute
Lute Mae Sanders was a character played by actress Gladys George in the film Flamingo Road (1949).

Lutie
Lutie was a character played by actress Ruth Stonehouse in the short film The Fable of Lutie, the False Alarm (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Lutie.

Luya
Luya was a character played by actress Edith Roberts in the film Black Cargoes of the South Seas (1928).

Lya
Lya De Putti was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Austria-Hungary (now Slovakia) in 1897. Her birth name was Amalia Putti.

  • Usage of the baby name Lya.

Lycia
Lycia was a character played by actress Winifred Greenwood in the short film The Beggar Child (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Lycia.

Lyda
Lyda Marston was a character played by actress Alice Hollister in the short film The Scorpion’s Sting (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Lyda.

Lyddie
Lyddie was a character played by actress Dorothy Rowan in the film Far from the Madding Crowd (1915).

Lyle
Lyle Pennington was a character played by actress Kathryn McGuire in the film Children of the Ritz (1929).

  • Usage of the baby name Lyle.

Lynda
Lynda was a character played by actress Marcia Moore in the film The Grip of Jealousy (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Lynda.

Lynne
Lynne Evans was a character played by actress Virginia Brissac in the film Dressed to Kill (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Lynne.

Lynnie
Lynnie Willis was a character played by actress Dorothy Mackaill in the film Twenty-One (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Lynnie.

Lysbeth
Lysbeth was a character played by actress Manora Thew in the film The Homemaker (1919).

Lysette
Lysette DeJon was a character played by actress Ruth Clifford in the film The Storm Breaker (1925).

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…Which of the above names do you like best?

Source: IMDb

The Naming of Eustace Tilley

eustace tilley, 1925
Eustace Tilley

The very first issue of New Yorker magazine came out in early 1925. On the cover was a drawing of a top-hatted dandy pering at a butterfly through a monocle. He was created by the magazine’s original art editor, Rea Irvin, and soon became somewhat of a mascot for the magazine.

He also got a name: Eustace Tilley. It was coined by humorist Corey Ford, who said in his memoir:

“Tilley” was the name of a maiden aunt, and I chose “Eustace” because it sounded euphonious.

Other sources suggest that Ford might have been influenced by English male impersonator Vesta Tilley.

Did you know that, for many years, Eustace Tilley was listed in the Manhattan phone book? Harold Ross, co-founder of the magazine, “was delighted when the city authorities eventually sent this imaginary figure a personal-property tax bill.”

The name Eustace has been used as the English form of either of two ancient Greek names: Eustachius or Eustathius. Eustachius means “fruitful” (eu, “good” + stachus, “ear of corn”) and Eustathius means “well-built” (eu, “good” + histemi, “to stand, to set up”).

What are your thoughts on the name Eustace?

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Popular Baby Names in Paris, 2015

According to Open Data Paris, the most popular baby names in Paris, France, in 2015 were Louise and Adam/Gabriel (tie).

Here are the city’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Louise, 293 baby girls
2. Alice, 244
3. Chloé, 206
4. Emma, 178
5. Inès, 175
6. Sarah, 174
7. Jeanne, 173
8. Anna, 160
9. Adèle, 155
10. Juliette, 149
1. Adam, 355 baby boys (tie)
2. Gabriel, 355 (tie)
3. Raphaël, 320
4. Paul, 260
5. Louis, 256
6. Arthur, 245
7. Alexandre, 226
8. Victor, 208
9. Jules, 205
10. Mohamed, 185

In the girls’ top 10, Anna and Juliette replace Camille and Lina.

In the boys’ top 10, Jules replaces Maxime (now down in 15th).

The prénom mixte (unisex name) Charlie saw a dual-gender decline in 2015, “probably due to the association with the attacks in Charlie Hebdo in January.”

  • 2015: 29 girls and 6 boys named Charlie in Paris
  • 2014: 71 girls and 35 boys named Charlie in Paris
  • 2013: 75 girls and 37 boys named Charlie in Paris

Like the SSA data, the Paris data includes names used as seldom as 5 times per year. Here are some of the names from the bottom of the Paris rankings:

Uncommon Girl Names Uncommon Boy Names
Cléa, Clothilde, Dyna, Isée, Jane, Mélisande, Ornella, Romaïssa, Tasnime, Wendy Demba, Ezio, Foucauld, Harold, Idrissa, Massyl, Sixte, Tidiane, Vianney, Yaya

Slightly higher up on the girls’ side I spotted Armance, used 6 times. It’s both a river in France and a romance novel by French writer Stendhal (born Marie-Henri Beyle).

Sources: Open Data Paris – Liste des prénoms 2004 à 2015, Les prénoms les plus donnés à Paris en 2015

Popular Baby Names in Providence, RI, 1866

providenceLast month we looked at the top Providence names of 1867, so today let’s check out the rankings from the year before — 1866.

First, some stats:

  • 1,633 babies were babies were born in Providence in 1866, by my count. (The number given by the author of the document is 1,632.)
  • 1,457 of these babies (707 girls and 750 boys) had names that were registered with the government at the time of publication. The other 176 babies got blank spaces.
  • 234 unique names (123 girl names and 108 boy names) were shared among these 1,457 babies.

And here’s some extra information I forgot to mention in the last post: In 1860, the city of Providence was home to 29.0% of Rhode Island’s population. In 1870, it was home to 31.7% of the population. So each of these 3 sets of rankings (1866, 1867, 1868) ought to account for roughly 30% of the residents of the state.

Now, on to the names…

Top 5

The top 5 girl names and boy names of 1866 were, unsurprisingly, very similar to the top names of 1867.

Top Baby Girl Names Top Baby Boy Names
1. Mary
2. Catherine
3. Ellen
4. Margaret
5. Sarah
1. John
2. William
3. James
4. George
5. Thomas

The girls’ top 5 is identical, while the boys’ top 5 includes Thomas instead of George.

Girl Names

As expected, Mary was the front-runner by a huge margin. And, while there were dozens of Catherines, and a single Catharine, there weren’t any Katherines.

  1. Mary, 149 baby girls
  2. Catherine, 43
  3. Ellen, 40
  4. Margaret, 37
  5. Sarah, 36
  6. Elizabeth, 32
  7. Alice, 18
  8. Annie, 15
  9. Anna & Eliza, 14 each (2-way tie)
  10. Clara, 13
  11. Ann, 11
  12. Carrie, Emma, Jane & Susan, 10 each (4-way tie)
  13. Grace & Ida, 9 each (2-way tie)
  14. Esther, Martha & Minnie, 7 each (3-way tie)
  15. Anne & Julia, 6 each (2-way tie)
  16. Agnes, Charlotte, Cora, Harriet, Jennie, Joanna, Maria & Rosanna, 5 each (8-way tie)
  17. Amelia, Bridget, Ella, Frances, Hattie, Lydia, Nellie & Theresa, 4 each (8-way tie)
  18. Abby, Emily, Florence, Josephine, Laura, Lillian, Lizzie, Louise & Marion, 3 each (9-way tie)
  19. Ada, Amy, Augusta, Deborah, Edith, Etta, Eva, Fannie, Georgianna, Hannah, Henrietta, Honora, Isabel, Isabella, Lottie, Lucy, Mabel, Marietta, Maud & Teresa, 2 each (20-way tie)
  20. Almira, Annette, Bertha, Catharine, Cedelia, Celia, Christina, Delia, Diana, Dora, Dorcas, Eldora, Eleanor, Elsie, Emeline, Etherine, Eugenie, Evangeline, Fanny, Flora, Geneva, Georgia, Gracie, Helen, Helena, Imogene, Janette, Jessie, Kate, Lena, Louisa, Lucia, Lucinda, Madelina, Marian, Marsalin, May, Millie, Mina, Mini, Minna, Neatah, Nettie, Phebe, Rebecca, Rosa, Roselia, Rosetta, Ruth, Sophia, Stella, Susanna, Susannah, Tillie & Winnifred, 1 each (55-way tie)

Boy Names

John had an even more commanding lead in 1866 than in 1867.

  1. John, 109 baby boys
  2. William, 78
  3. James, 62
  4. George, 44
  5. Thomas, 41
  6. Charles, 36
  7. Edward, 28
  8. Joseph, 27
  9. Frederick, 20
  10. Henry, 18
  11. Frank, 17
  12. Michael, 15
  13. Francis, 14
  14. Daniel, 13
  15. Albert, Patrick & Robert, 12 each (3-way tie)
  16. Walter, 11
  17. Arthur, Peter & Samuel, 8 each (3-way tie)
  18. Alfred, Harry, Louis & Stephen, 7 each (4-way tie)
  19. Martin, 6
  20. Matthew, 5
  21. Christopher, Clarence, Herbert, Howard & Hugh, 4 each (5-way tie)
  22. Benjamin, Eugene, Ira & Jeremiah, 3 each (4-way tie)
  23. Aaron, Alvin, Arnold, Earl, Edgar, Elisha, Freddie, Harrison, Lewis, Marcus, Nicholas, Philip, Richard & Timothy, 2 each (14-way tie)
  24. Abner, Adam, Adolph, Alanson, Alden, Ambrose, Antonio, August, Augustavus*, Augustus, Bartholomew, Bernard, Bradford, Byron, Chauncey, Clinton, David, Duncan, Eben, Ebenezer, Edwin, Elias, Elliott, Ethan, Everett, Ezra, Ferdinand, Frederic, Fullerton, Gilbert, Gwynn, Harold, Herman, Isaac, Jesse, Josiah, Lauriston, Luther, Manuel, Marks, Maurice, Miles, Mortimer, Oliver, Olney, Oscar, Otto, Rana, Rectol, Salisbury, Shamball, Simon, Terence, Theodore, Victor, Willard, Willie & Wilton, 1 each (58-way tie)

(I didn’t combine any variant spellings, but I did lump the abbreviated names Chas., Benj., and Fred’k in with Charles, Benjamin and Frederick.)

*Does Augustavus = Augustus + Gustav, I wonder?

Twins

I counted 19 pairs of twins born in Providence in 1866. I didn’t notice any triplets this year. (All of these names have already been accounted for above.)

Twins (b/b) Twins (b/g) Twins (g/g)
Edgar & Oscar
Edward & James
Francis & James
James & John
John & Thomas
(blank) & (blank)
Frederick & Alice
John & Alice
Samuel & Sarah
Stephen & Annie
(blank) & Catherine
Agnes & Anna
Eldora & Ellen
Eliza & Mary
Elizabeth & Julia
Frances & Mary
Josephine & Mary
Mary & Sarah
Theresa & (blank)

I’ll try to finish/post the final set of rankings before the end of the year.

Source: Snow, Edwin M. Alphabetical Lists of Persons Deceased, Born and Married in the City of Providence During the Year 1866. Providence: Hammond, Angell & Co., 1867.

Popular Boy Names: Biblical vs. Non-Biblical

How has the ratio of Biblical names to non-Biblical names changed over time (if at all) among the most popular baby names in the U.S.?

This question popped into my head recently, so I thought I’d take a look at the data. We’ll do boy names today and girl names tomorrow.

First, let’s set some parameters. For these posts, “Biblical” names are personal names (belonging to either humans or archangels) mentioned in the Bible, plus all derivatives of these names, plus any other name with a specifically Biblical origin (e.g., Jordan, Sharon, Genesis). The “most popular” names are the top 20, and “over time” is the span of a century.

For boy names, the ratio of Biblical names to non-Biblical names has basically flipped over the last 100 years. Here’s a visual — Biblical names are in the yellow cells, non-Biblical names are in the green cells, and a borderline name (which I counted as non-Biblical) is in the orange cell:

Popular boy names: Biblical vs. non-Biblical, from Nancy's Baby Names.
Popular boy names over time: Biblical (yellow) vs. non-Biblical. Click to enlarge.
  • Biblical names: Adam, Alexander, Andrew, Austin (via Augustus), Benjamin, Daniel, David, Elijah, Ethan, Jack (via John), Jackson (via John), Jacob, James, Jason, John, Jonathan, Joseph, Joshua, Justin (via Justus), Lucas, Mark, Matthew, Michael, Nathan, Nicholas, Noah, Paul, Stephen, Steven, Thomas, Timothy, Zachary
  • Non-Biblical names: Aiden, Albert, Anthony, Arthur, Billy, Brandon, Brian, Charles, Christopher, Dennis, Donald, Dylan, Edward, Eric, Frank, Gary, George, Harold, Harry, Henry, Jayden, Jeffrey, Kenneth, Kevin, Larry, Liam, Logan, Louis, Mason, Raymond, Richard, Robert, Ronald, Ryan, Scott, Tyler, Walter, William
  • Borderline name: Jerry (can be based on the Biblical name Jeremy/Jeremiah or on the non-Biblical names Jerome, Gerald, Gerard)
    • It felt strange putting an overtly Christian name like Christopher in the non-Biblical category, but it doesn’t appear anywhere in the Bible, so…that’s where it goes.

      Here are the year-by-year tallies:

      Year Top 20 names
      given to…
      # Biblical # Non-Biblical
      1914 40% of baby boys 5 (25%) 15 (75%)
      1924 43% of baby boys 6 (30%) 14 (70%)
      1934 43% of baby boys 7 (35%) 13 (65%)
      1944 47% of baby boys 7 (35%) 13 (65%)
      1954 46% of baby boys 11 (55%) 9 (45%)
      1964 42% of baby boys 11 (55%) 9 (45%)
      1974 38% of baby boys 11 (55%) 9 (45%)
      1984 36% of baby boys 14 (70%) 6 (30%)
      1994 27% of baby boys 14 (70%) 6 (30%)
      2004 19% of baby boys 14 (70%) 6 (30%)
      2014 14% of baby boys 14 (70%) 6 (30%)

      But there’s a huge difference between sample sizes of 40% and 14%, so let’s also take a look at the 2014 top 100, which covers 42% of male births.

      By my count, last year’s top 100 boy names were half Biblical, half non-Biblical:

      Biblical names (49) Non-Biblical names (51)
      Noah, Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, James, Daniel, Elijah, Benjamin, Matthew, Jackson (via John), David, Lucas, Joseph, Andrew, Samuel, Gabriel, Joshua, John, Luke, Isaac, Caleb, Nathan, Jack (via John), Jonathan, Levi, Jaxon (via John), Julian (via Julius), Isaiah, Eli, Aaron, Thomas, Jordan, Jeremiah, Nicholas, Evan, Josiah, Austin (via Augustus), Jace (via Jason), Jason, Jose, Ian, Adam, Zachary, Jaxson (via John), Asher, Nathaniel, Justin (via Justus), Juan Liam, Mason, William, Logan, Aiden, Jayden, Anthony, Carter, Dylan, Christopher, Oliver, Henry, Sebastian, Owen, Ryan, Wyatt, Hunter, Christian, Landon, Charles, Connor, Cameron, Adrian, Gavin, Robert, Brayden, Grayson, Colton, Angel, Dominic, Kevin, Brandon, Tyler, Parker, Ayden, Chase, Hudson, Nolan, Easton, Blake, Cooper, Lincoln, Xavier, Bentley, Kayden, Carson, Brody, Ryder, Leo, Luis, Camden

      (Christian, Angel, Xavier, Dominic…all technically non-Biblical, despite having strong ties to Christianity.)

      50%-50% isn’t quite as extreme as 70%-30%, but it’s still noticeably more Biblical than 1914’s 25%-75%.

      Do any of these results surprise you?