Baby Names from the 1890s

Now-1890s A great place to look for vintage baby names is in the 1890s. If you are interested in old fashioned baby girl names or  this is a great decade to begin your search. The 1890s were a time of creativity with significant literary achievements and artistic endeavors taking place. Some of the greatest novels were published during this time and some of the most progressive artist produced notable works, as well as significant leaps in fashion. If you are a sports fan you might be interested to know that basketball was also born in the 1890s, along with the modern Olympics. The discovery of gold in the Yukon also sparked one of the largest gold rushes in history.

sherlock_home.2jpg A Creative Decade

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published the first Sherlock Holmes story in 1891 and Herbert George Wells published some of his most influential works during this decade: The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) and The War of the Worlds (1898). The 1890s are sometimes called the “Mauve Decade” because William Henry Perkins invented aniline dye. The color mauve became a craze in fashion and design as a result. The Post-Impressionist movement was taking place in art at the same time with the likes of Vincent van Gogh and Roger Fry. William, George, Roger and Arthur were some of the most popular boys’ names at the time reflecting the admiration of their creativity. They are all classic names with connotations of strength and hard work. Inspired by literary characters of the decade are other vintage baby names like Edward, Mary, Irene, Helen and Emma.

 

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    Athletic Names

James was the third most popular boys’ name of the 1890s and it is no surprise that this correlated with the creation of basketball – one of the world’s favorite sports, which caught on incredibly fast. Dr. Jaimes Naismith invented the sport in 1891 and it was being played in North American colleges by 1895. 1896 saw the first edition of the Olympic Games as we know them today with athletes such as Robert Garrett and Paul Masson. All of these names are associated with fame and athleticism.

gold-rush    Gold Rush

If you want a name conjuring visions of wealth then names like George, Kate, Jim and Charlie are ones related to the Klondike Gold Rush. The particular gold rush was huge and kicked off in 1896. A party of four consisting of George Carmack, his wife Kate, Kate’s brother Skookum Jim and the Carmack’s nephew Dawson Charlie discovered gold in a tributary of the Klondike River known today as Bonanza Creek. Some other great names from the gold rush period are John, Frederick and Jack. Jack London later became a famous novelist with his books based on his time as a gold stampeder.

 

Vintage Baby Names

For old fashioned baby names unique girl names and classic boy names look no further than the 1890s. It is easy to find solid names for boys and classy names for girls in the decade. Be inspired by prominent authors and athletes or by literary characters or gold rush adventurers.

 

Rank

Name

Number

Name

Number

1

John

80,669

Mary

131,137

2

William

72,246

Anna

55,261

3

James

50,723

Margaret

37,939

4

George

43,359

Helen

37,802

5

Charles

36,849

Elizabeth

33,880

6

Joseph

29,000

Ruth

32,868

7

Frank

28,718

Florence

32,345

8

Robert

26,149

Ethel

31,453

9

Edward

22,033

Emma

28,652

10

Henry

21,664

Marie

25,853

 


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