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This story originally appeared on Mental Floss. While names like Luna and Oliver rule the charts these days (for both new babies and new pets), 1922 l

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While names like Luna and Oliver rule the charts these days (for both new babies and new pets), 1922 looked a little different.

According to data from BabyNames.it, plenty of parents chose timeless classics for their infants that year: John took the top spot for boys, followed by Robert, William, James, and Charles. For girls, Mary was number one; Elizabeth, Anna, and Marie all finished within the top 15. If there’s one thing that hasn’t changed over the last century, it’s the popularity of female names that start with E — Elizabeth, Evelyn, Emma, and Eleanor made 1922’s top 50 and 2021’s top 50.

Though you won’t find Ella, Emily, Elena, or Everly on the former list, you will find Edna, Ethel, Edith, Esther, and many more monikers that we’d now consider “old lady names,” from Mildred to Gertrude. Similarly, male names like Earl, Albert, and Eugene — which we now associate with older men — were deemed perfect for bouncing baby boys.

Some entries reflect naming trends from the past. Virginia, for example, follows the fad of naming babies after states. And Ruby illustrates 20th-century parents’ affinity for choosing jewels or other words that embodied opulence. Others could turn up in Generation Alpha more than you’d expect. Betty, Frank, and Ralph were still popular into the 1950s — an era from which today’s Millennial parents are borrowing names.

See 1922’s top 50 girls’ and top 50 boys’ names below, and find out what just missed the cut-off here.

MOST POPULAR BABY GIRL NAMES FROM 1922

  1. Mary
  2. Dorothy
  3. Helen
  4. Margaret
  5. Ruth
  6. Betty
  7. Virginia
  8. Mildred
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Frances
  11. Doris
  12. Anna
  13. Evelyn
  14. Marie
  15. Alice
  16. Marjorie
  17. Irene
  18. Florence
  19. Lillian
  20. Jean
  21. Martha
  22. Louise
  23. Rose
  24. Catherine
  25. Gladys
  26. Ruby
  27. Eleanor
  28. Josephine
  29. Edna
  30. Annie
  31. Ethel
  32. Thelma
  33. Lucille
  34. Edith
  35. Lois
  36. Pauline
  37. Hazel
  38. Grace
  39. Shirley
  40. Barbara
  41. Bernice
  42. Marion
  43. Beatrice
  44. Esther
  45. June
  46. Norma
  47. Clara
  48. Gertrude
  49. Ann
  50. Emma

MOST POPULAR BABY BOY NAMES FROM 1922

  1. John
  2. Robert
  3. William
  4. James
  5. Charles
  6. George
  7. Joseph
  8. Edward
  9. Richard
  10. Frank
  11. Thomas
  12. Donald
  13. Harold
  14. Paul
  15. Walter
  16. Raymond
  17. Henry
  18. Jack
  19. Arthur
  20. Albert
  21. Kenneth
  22. Harry
  23. Ralph
  24. Eugene
  25. David
  26. Howard
  27. Louis
  28. Willie
  29. Clarence
  30. Carl
  31. Earl
  32. Roy
  33. Fred
  34. Francis
  35. Joe
  36. Lawrence
  37. Ernest
  38. Leonard
  39. Anthony
  40. Herbert
  41. Stanley
  42. Alfred
  43. Samuel
  44. Norman
  45. Warren
  46. Bernard
  47. Daniel
  48. Michael
  49. Russell
  50. Melvin


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