Names that Ruled the Century: #1 Baby Names of the Last 100 Years

by Erin Dower

Before baby names became quite so trendy, parents chose classic names that were en vogue for long stretches of time. Take a look back at the #1 baby girl and boy names from the late 1800s on in the U.S. You may be surprised to learn how long some names reigned supreme!

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1900s baby girl name, Mary


There's something about Mary! This was the #1 name for a baby girl from at least 1880 (the first year for which there is data) until 1946 (that's 66 years!). After falling into the #2 spot for a stint, it became the top name again from 1953-1961. These days, Mary rarely breaks into the top 100 girl names.

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