The Most Popular Baby Names of the 1800s

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14. Bessie
> Babies named 1880-1899: 39,790

Perhaps Bessie is a name more strongly associated with the mental image we have of the 1800s. Bessie was most popular in 1898, when it ranked 16th. That peak, however, was short-lived. The name began to decrease in popularity by the early 20th century and became virtually non-existent by the 1970’s.

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13. Annie
> Babies named 1880-1899: 40,149

Annie was the fifth most popular girls’ name in the year 1881. The name became even more widespread later in the century. In the year 1898, a total of 2,470 baby girls were given the name Annie, over 1,000 more than in 1881.

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12. Alice
> Babies named 1880-1899: 41,557

Alice experienced the most popularity in 1898 with 2,846 baby girls given the name. The name had staying power — Alice was in the top 100 most popular names all the way up until 1956. It did not regain that kind of popularity again until the year 2014, when it was the 98th most popular name. By 2016, it was 76th overall.