The Most Popular Baby Names of the 1800s

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8. Minnie
> Babies named 1880-1899: 46,339

The name Minnie was in vogue at the end of the 19th century. In in the year 1886, it was the fifth most popular girls’ name. It fell off the map completely by the early 1970’s.

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7. Florence
> Babies named 1880-1899: 49,043

Florence is another name that you may correctly assume is circa the 1800s or early 1900s. The popularity of the name may have have been inspired by world-renowned nurse Florence Nightingale — she was alive during this time, and died in 1910.

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6. Helen
> Babies named 1880-1899: 49,298

While it may seem old-fashioned today, the name Helen was chic in the late 1800’s. From 1895 through 1924, it was in the top three names given to newborn girls in the U.S. While the name was already widely used, it’s possible that parents were inspired by the legendary Helen Keller, after the young woman who triumphed above tremendous adversity.