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Traditional American baby names

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Classic girl and boy names

When the first settlers arrived in what is now the United States, they brought their own culture and names with them. As the pioneers spread westward through the country, this evolved into a culture all its own, one of hardship and pride, of heavy work and reward and of home and hearth. Many of the names of the early American pilgirms, pioneers and settlers are classic and traditional names still in use today, while others are truly unique. We've gathered the best baby names from early America for you -- check them out!

In the late part of the century, records were kept for names given in the United States and even though these records aren't complete (many people born before 1937 did not apply for a social security card) it gives us a glimpse into the popularty of names at this time.

Top 20 popular names in the 1800's

Top 20 names for boys in the 1800's

  1. John
  2. William
  3. James
  4. Charles
  5. George
  6. Frank
  7. Joseph
  8. Thomas
  9. Henry
  10. Robert
  11. Edward
  12. Harry
  13. Walter
  14. Arthur
  15. Fred
  16. Albert
  17. Samuel
  18. David
  19. Louis
  20. Joe

Top 20 names for girls in the 1800's

  1. Mary
  2. Anna
  3. Emma
  4. Elizabeth
  5. Minnie
  6. Margaret
  7. Ida
  8. Alica
  9. Bertha
  10. Sarah
  11. Annie
  12. Clara
  13. Ella
  14. Florence
  15. Cora
  16. Martha
  17. Laura
  18. Nellie
  19. Grace
  20. Carrie

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