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Victorian baby name list....

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stumblymonkey Fri 12-Feb-16 11:07:45

With the current trend for Victorian names I've found a list of the 1,000 most common names in 1890...

A lot could be found in today's version of the list but still a few that haven't yet come back...what are your favourites and predictions of the ones which will never come back?

stumblymonkey Fri 12-Feb-16 11:10:33

Quite a few boy's names in the girl's list: Leo, Fred, Walter?

I've never heard of them usages as girl's names so maybe a wrong entry?

HackerFucker22 Fri 12-Feb-16 11:14:41

Fanny and Willie are due a resurgence <juvenile>

stumblymonkey Fri 12-Feb-16 11:22:34


Thurlow Fri 12-Feb-16 11:29:49

I can't see Bertha making a come back any time soon! Or Edna. But other than that you'd barely notice the difference from now.

NadiaWadia Fri 12-Feb-16 11:35:54

Gertrude is the worst!

Maryz Fri 12-Feb-16 11:36:40

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Walshie123 Fri 12-Feb-16 11:36:47

I like a lot of those names!

I'm not sure Gertrude will come back in...

Lightbulbon Fri 12-Feb-16 11:39:28

Some surprises there!

I don't think John for a girl will come back!

I'm surprised some names thought of as trendy such a Stella were popular then.

squoosh Fri 12-Feb-16 11:40:46

I like Carrie (no.40), Lena (no.48) and Maggie (no.68) but if they was suggested on MN there'd be lots of stern calls for a 'proper name' to give 'options' wink

squoosh Fri 12-Feb-16 11:41:52

Mina (no.279) is nice and doesn't sound too Victorian.

squoosh Fri 12-Feb-16 11:42:33

What about Floyd for a boy? Is that due a comeback?

Thurlow Fri 12-Feb-16 11:47:44

It's worrying how many of those names are on our shortlist for future DC - John and Margaret(Maggie) being the front runners.

Oh well. If future DC ever end up travelling back in time to the Victorian era at least they'd not have to change their name!

MackerelOfFact Fri 12-Feb-16 12:05:47

I can't see Orange, Lemon, Gay, Boss, Pleas or Concepcion coming back!

It's an American list and it's quite interesting to see that even then, names over there had distinct 'flavour' compared to British names.

Bloody love some of them though - Lemuel, Clarence, Mittie, Claribel.

stumblymonkey Fri 12-Feb-16 12:50:49

There were quite a few names that I completely assumed were modern names: Mercedes, Crystal, Zena

insieme Fri 12-Feb-16 14:34:19

The names of all my grandparents, my parents, my sister and her children are on there, as well as my name and the names of both my children! So I'm not sure how 'Victorian' the names are, just classic names really that are neither in fashion nor out of it.

Having said that, I can't see Mildred coming back anytime soon!

Sophronia Fri 12-Feb-16 15:15:41

Here is a British list (England and Wales) for 1890 to compare it to:

CityFox Fri 12-Feb-16 15:22:32

Bloody hell, very very similar to nowadays! Although perhaps not Hyman for a boy...

Olbersparadox Fri 12-Feb-16 16:57:24

Maude/ Maud, Thirza, Gertrude, Madge, Hesta, Myra, Blanch, Blodwen . . . I'm blown away!

PippaHotamus Fri 12-Feb-16 17:03:07

Mina was probably short for Wilhelmina

CityFox Fri 12-Feb-16 18:43:16

Mins was also a character in Bram Stoker's Dracula.

CityFox Fri 12-Feb-16 18:43:36


stumblymonkey Fri 12-Feb-16 20:52:23

My 94 year old Nan is called Madge. Originally it was a diminutive of Margaret but then became a name in its own right

RosaDiazepam Fri 12-Feb-16 20:59:01

Gosh some are so ugly I can't see them coming back. Gertrude, Stella confused

stumblymonkey Fri 12-Feb-16 21:00:40

Stella did have a bit of a moment in the 90's didn't it...when Stella McCartney was in the media a lot?

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