The Most Popular Baby Names of the 1800s

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11. Clara
> Babies named 1880-1899: 43,190

This name Clara was hip in the year 1898 with a total of 2,731 baby girls given the name that year, ranking 14th. Interestingly, Clara was bumped out of the top 100 most popular names by 1939 but had a resurgence in the 2000’s, and was back in the top 100 by 2015.

10. Bertha
> Babies named 1880-1899: 43,388

While this name may have a negative connotation about weight thanks to the Big Bertha comic book character introduced in the 1980s or– even worse– the “Big Bertha” siege gun used by German soldiers in WWI, its original meaning is what caught the eyes of parents in the late 1800s. Bertha has Germanic origin, and stems from a word meaning “bright one.” After all, what parent wouldn’t want to name their daughter after intelligence?


9. Ethel
> Babies named 1880-1899: 46,319

Ethel fell within the top 10 most trendy names for a baby girl up until the year 1903. But the name’s popularity was short-lived. By 1976, its popularity had truly expired when it failed to even make the top 1,000 most popular names.