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Looking for girls names popular in early 1920s UK?

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farfromtree Mon 02-Jun-14 09:51:50

Can anyone suggest any please?


JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 02-Jun-14 09:56:17

Some of my Aunties were born in the 1920s. Lillian, Rose, Nora and Gladys. There was one more but I never met her and can't remember her name atm, might pop back later if I do remember.

Any reason why you want a 20's name? <nosey>

giddly Mon 02-Jun-14 09:59:51

Elizabeth, Mary, June, Freda, Edith, Kay, Majorie, Margaret

TheOriginalSteamingNit Mon 02-Jun-14 10:00:06

Joan, Margaret (Peggy), Dorothy, Edith, Constance, Joyce, Doris, Lily/Lilian...

Paddingtonthebear Mon 02-Jun-14 10:00:17

The top 100 names for baby girls born in England and Wales, 1924:

For girls:
1 Margaret
2 Mary
3 Joan
4 Joyce
5 Dorothy
6 Kathleen
7 Doris
8 Irene
9 Elizabeth
10 Eileen
11 Betty
12 Jean
13 Marjorie
14 Gladys
15 Doreen
16 Vera
17 Elsie
18 Barbara
19 Winifred
20 Edna
21 Audrey
22 Edith
23 Florence
24 Phyllis
25 Lillian
26 Hilda
27 Olive
28 Annie
29 Violet
30 Alice
31 Patricia
32 Ivy
33 Muriel
34 Iris
35 Evelyn
36 Peggy
37 Catherine
38 Ethel
39 Beryl
40 Gwendoline
41 Ellen
42 Sylvia
43 Sheila
44 Rose
45 Constance
46 Frances
47 Lily
48 Freda
49 Marion
50 Nancy

elQuintoConyo Mon 02-Jun-14 10:07:27

Millie. As in Thoroughly Modern.(Julie Andrews film, hilarious!)

callow Mon 02-Jun-14 10:29:15

One I liked when doing my family tree was a relative named Alice but she was only known as Lallie. It was quite a common nickname in the 1920s for Alice.

TheWoollybacksWife Mon 02-Jun-14 10:34:31

My dad was born in the 1920's. His sisters names were Norah and Kathleen. His SILs were Catherine, Dorothy, Elizabeth and Irene, so I imagine they were all fairly popular names of the time.

meditrina Mon 02-Jun-14 10:35:10

Thinking round my family tree: Rose, Hilda, Margaret, Dorothy, Elizabeth, Joyce.

Pollaidh Mon 02-Jun-14 10:39:31

Josephine, Margaret, Mary, Marjorie?

VelvetStrider Mon 02-Jun-14 10:41:47

Quite a few Fannys back then, you might want to avoid that name though!

dontevenblink Mon 02-Jun-14 10:49:28

My Grandma was born in the 1920s and her name is Sybil Alice and her sister was Eve. Was wondering if Sybil might start to make a comeback due to Downton Abbey, but not quite yet...

BikeRunSki Mon 02-Jun-14 10:55:32

My GM was born in 1919 in Scotland and was am exotic Rosita.

C4ro Mon 02-Jun-14 10:58:09

Mary and Jean were my grans (1915/1918 vintages).

farfromtree Mon 02-Jun-14 10:59:48

Wow. What a response. You're all brilliant, thanks a lot.

I'm a fiction writer. I was struggling with a name for a female character born early 1920s.

Thanks again

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 02-Jun-14 11:04:33

Paddington just checked your list and my Aunt was Elsie. Thanks smile

She died in infancy, and I'm quite old hence the forgetfulness smile

DessieLou Mon 02-Jun-14 13:05:35

Love these! How about Nora or Inez?

meditrina Mon 02-Jun-14 14:25:39

There's a huge thread on The Chalet School. If you have a look there (for the pre-WW2 books), they are school girls in the 1930s, so would have been named in 1920s. It'll show you which European names were recognisable in UK then too.

And by that reckoning, you'd probably need to go for Joey, Madge or Grizel.

annielewis Mon 02-Jun-14 14:36:09

I also knew a Hildergard, Vida, Ruth, Bunty (christened Lilian) Freda, Amy, all of which were born in or around the 1920's. Sure you've prob got a name by now anyway....grin

Stokey Mon 02-Jun-14 14:37:53

I was going to suggest going into any nursery in north London. but actually I only know about 15 on that list (as under fives).

Both my grandmothers and one great-aunt is on there, and feel like my other 2 great aunts, Pam & Daphne, should be.

slightlyconfused85 Mon 02-Jun-14 14:44:46

My great aunts all born in the 20s are Ivy, Dolly, Mary and Betty. I have Austrian family on the other side called Magda, Mari and Dora

emotionsecho Mon 02-Jun-14 14:54:52

Slightly confused farfromtree if you are a fiction writer looking for a female name for a character born in the 1920's why didn't you just google "popular girls names in the 1920's"? Rather like the poster who listed 50 of the top 100 names for you?

FidelineandFumblin Mon 02-Jun-14 15:23:49

I hope MNHQ are hunting down the creative writing teacher responsible for this tidal wave or guff. angry

thegreylady Mon 02-Jun-14 20:12:36

1923 my mum was Ruth Mary
1926 my auntie was Patricia
1922 my other aunties were Ivy and Emily I also had aunts Elsie, Dinah and Audrey.

muttonjeffmum Mon 02-Jun-14 20:26:58

My mum was the youngest of ten, 8 of which were girls. Her older sisters were born in the 1920's. Here are all of their names:


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