Special Report

The Most Popular Baby Names of the 1800s

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13. Walter
> Babies named 1880-1899: 37,680

A total of 1,755 boys were named Walter in the year 1880. It was one of the top 20 boys’ names through 1932, but by 1973 was not even among the top 100.

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12. Harry
> Babies named 1880-1899: 43,979

Harry earned its badge of popularity in the year 1888, when 2,759 boys were given the name. By comparison, in 1880, 2,152 baby boys were given the name Harry.

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11. Thomas
> Babies named 1880-1899: 44,865

The year 1882 was a good year for the name Thomas, with 2,610 boys claiming the name. Its peak in history, however, came much later. It was the eighth most popular name for a baby boy every year from 1940 to 1955.