One of the most common naming conventions in the United States is to give a child the name of his or her older relative or ancestor. While popular 20th century names like Gladys, Edna, and Bessie may not be popular choices for newborns today, a number of other old fashioned names are making a comeback.
The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has been tracking baby names since before the turn of the 20th century. There are thousands of names in the database. Some names come and go as fads, and their popularity can spike inexplicably. Others have remained en vogue for more than a century.
Sometimes, in rare cases, names that were popular long ago and have faded into obscurity undergo a sudden resurgence. 24/7 Wall St. identified eight such names – two boys’ and six girls’ names – that had all but vanished and are now among the top 100 names chosen by parents.