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Classic American names patriotic parents are going gaga over

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...

There's a little something all-American about these baby names

There's a little something all-American about these baby names
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American names from the 1800s

Names in the 1800s became even more modern and American.

In the early part of the century, names for girls came about such as:

  1. Augusta
  2. Betsy
  3. Caroline
  4. Charlotte
  5. Eliza
  6. Maria
  7. Polly

For boys, these names began to appear:

  1. Augustus
  2. Darius
  3. Elbridge
  4. George
  5. Henry
  6. Horace
  7. Sally

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 1800s

Top 20 names for boys in the 1800s

  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 1800s

  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

Originally published July 2010. Updated Sept. 2016.

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