The Most Popular Baby Names of the 1800s

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5. Emma
> Babies named 1880-1899: 54,056

The name Emma follows an irregular path. After being wildly popular in the late 1800’s, it almost completely vanished. Rather than remaining in obscurity forever, it reappeared in the top 20 most popular names in the late 1990s. In 2008, it was the most popular girls’ name in America. It reclaimed that title in 2014 and hasn’t let go yet.

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4. Elizabeth
> Babies named 1880-1899: 58,885

Elizabeth is a name that has yet to go out of style — it actually never fell outside the top 30 most popular names since at least 1880. In 2016, Elizabeth ranked as the 13th most popular girls’ name.

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3. Margaret
> Babies named 1880-1899: 59,738

As the third most popular name in the late 1880’s, Margaret ranked as high as third in both 1891 and 1894. Margaret’s popularity persisted for years, having remained in the top 10 most popular names until the year 1939.