Analyzing the Top Twenty: 1890
Who would have thought that in just 10 years, so much has changed? Still, several are the same, so I’ll just be brief on those. Here is the Top Twenty for the year 1890.
|Rank||Male name||Female name|
1. John and Mary. Of course, always the classics. I’m not a huge fan of John, though I love Jonathan, but Mary is always simple and pretty.
2. William and Anna. I adore William, and Will even more, and Anna is so pretty. More info in the last analysis.
3. James and Elizabeth. James is a nice, solid name, and I see it coming back in a few years, But only James, no Jim or Jimmy. Elizabeth is my middle name, except I have it with an S. Its a family name, and I’m starting to like it more and more, especially after the Nameberry post on it.
4. George and Margaret. Don’t like George, and ok with Margaret. More info on these in the last analysis.
5. Charles and Emma. Love both of these. More info in last post.
6. Frank and Florence. Not sure about Florence, but I sort of like Frank. More info in last post.
7. Joseph and Ethel. I love Joseph, but Ethel is just plain ugly. I mean, as a name nerd, I respect it and maybe, perhaps, someday it might be popular again, but right now I am just not fond of it at all.
8. Robert and Minnie. Love both of these, more info in last post.
9. Henry and Clara. Love both of these, more info in last post.
10. Harry and Bertha. Not a huge fan of either. More info in last post.
11. Edward and Bessie. Edward is not my favorite name, but its ok. I just hate that it has become so sensationalized by the Twilight Series’ Edward Cullen. Its as if you cannot pick this name for a child without being labeled as a fan. Bessie has never been a huge favorite, I used to always think of a cow, but now it has a weird appealing quality that maybe only name nerds notice. Anyway, I’m growing on it.
12. Thomas and Helen. I like Thomas, but I just hate the nicknames Tom/Thom and Tommy. I absolutely adore Helen, I totally don’t see it as an old lady name. I see it as the Greek beauty it is, and I love the whole story behind Helen. (She was a beautiful queen who was kidnapped, thus starting the Trojan War.) I wouldn’t use Helen as a first name yet, but I would pair it with its Greek myth friend Penelope.
13. Walter and Grace. Like both of them. More info in last post.
14. Arthur and Alice. Like Arthur, love Alice. More info in last post.
15. Fred and Annie. Don’t like Fred, but ok with Annie. More info in last post.
16. Albert and Ida. Not a huge fan of Albert, but ok with Ida. More info in last post.
17. Clarence and Mabel. Finally, a big change. Clarence and Mabel moved up a couple of steps, and this is evident as there are many Clarences and Mabels in history. Clarence is a name I used to like for a girl, and I can still see it on a girl, but now I definitely like it for a boy. I read somewhere that Clancy can be a nickname for Clarence, and I love that. Mabel is sort of a guilty pleasure, I know that it won’t be “in” for decades to come but I absolutely love it. I also like Mabelle, pronounced MAY-BELL
18. Roy and Edna. I’ve never liked Roy very much, at my elementary school I remember them drilling “Roy G. Biv” over and over into our heads. So I’m a bit tired of hearing that name. Edna is another name that I try to like, but I still don’t for some reason. Its not bad, its not really ugly, compared to other names, but somehow it just holds no appeal to me.
19. Louis and Lillian. I said that Louis will grow to be popular soon, and so it does. A Louis William was born on my street a few days ago. Lillian has fully come back, right now all things Lilly are in. I love Lillian, I think its a very stately name and Lilly is just darling. I prefer the spelling Lillie, and I also like Lillianna and Lillianne.
20. Samuel and Nellie. I love both of these, especially Nellie. More info in last post.